Saturday, March 12, 2016

Rapture Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

Well first of all hello, and thanks for the interview offer. Currently we are very busy composing new material and practicing. We have a lot of new songs, and a future release is in the talks right now. At the same time we are organizing live gigs all over Greece!

2.In October you had released your first full length, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from your previous 2 ep's?

Well, our album is quite different from our previous releases. We have managed to push things a little further, by combining all of our influences and composing material that sounds extreme, raw and oldschool at the same time. Our music sounds like 80’s and early 90s thrash, death thrash and death metal.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?

We mostly write lyrics about gore, Psychopathy, madness and in general, the dark pages and events of human history. We like to bring in the light the worst cases of dehumanization. Our influence comes from horror movies and books, history and the world all around us.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Rapture'?

The name was inspired by the Morbid Angel song of the same title. Nothing more, nothing less. We just liked it and the name stuck hahaha.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?

Some of the best gigs have been our performance at Metal From Hellas festival (November 2015), Iron Force live (organized by us, June 2015) and Supporting the Greek Death Metal Legends Death Courier (January 2015). Our shows are just like extreme metal shows are supposed to be. Violent and Straightforward. We play as brutal as we can, inspiring the audience below to tear down the venues.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

As mentioned above, a lot of things are under organization right now. We are talking with bands all over Greece, in order to organize a mini Greek Tour.

7.So far you have done cover's of Death's "Crystal Mountain" and "Born Dead", what was the decision behind doing your own versions of these songs?

Death has always been a big influence for all four of us. Their music, their lyrics and their attitude is something that we consider the ideal for an oldschool extreme band. For this reasons we decided to cover some of their songs.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and thrash metal?

The feedback is very positive –judging from the reviews we get- and people seem to expect even more for us. That’s the reason we practice a lot and we focus so much on producing new material which will take our musical personality a step further.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?

Of Course! Apostolos also plays lead guitar in Endless Recovery and our Drummer George also plays in a new-born band called Boneyard. However Rapture is our number one priority in music and dedication.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

As we have already mentioned a lot of new material is ready and even more is under production. The new stuff is even more brutal and fast and a bit more complex and technical. You could say we pushed everything a bit higher.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Our influences are way to many to be written down. Each of us have his own musical taste. However there are some bands that we all like, and we consider them our biggest influences. Bands like Sadus, Demolition Hammer, Dark Angel, Sarcofago, Merciless, Massacra, Slayer, Num Skull, have affected our sound and songwriting to a great degree. Besides that we all like oldschool heavy and speed metal from classic bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden to more underground like Savage Grace and Piledriver, Black metal, Punk and Oldschool Rock. There are also a lot of new bands that we admire. They play many genres but all of them are oldschool. Some of them are: Nekromantheon, Deathhammer, Antichrist, Gouge, Enforcer, Black Trip, Abyssus, Sacral Rage, Dead Congregation, Convixion, Demolition Train.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?

Well all of us have busy lives. I (Apostolos) study History And Archeology, Nikitas studies Chemical Engineering, Stamatis studies Computer Technologies and Giorgos has 1 and a half years of school ahead of him!

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Thank you once more. As the mighty Razor say: We spit on those who choose to pose, we thrash with all the rest.

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