Thrashfest 2010, Vienna, Arena @ December 3, 2010 Well, first of all, congratulations because I believe it's a real honor
for you to be part of Thrashfest 2010. So how did you get to this huge tour? Nick Melissourgos (vocals, guitar): When we left Nuclear Blast and we joined
NoiseArt Records they directly offered us this amazing tour. That's how it
happened. We are more than honored to play with bands that have been a great
influence to us and that created what we call thrash metal music today. Exodus,
Kreator and Death Angel have been the ones that created thrash metal music in
the way we see it today. I tell you what. When I was 15 years old I was
headbanging in my room to these bands – and now I have a chance to play with
them. So the least that I can say is that I'm fucking honored to play with them.
Besides the fact that these bands are all your major influences, do you now
have personal or even friendly connections to the guys? Of course. We are on tour, we meet every day and one way or another we have
a chance to talk every day. Apart from saying “hello”, “good morning”, “good
night” and stuff like that, we have this chance. I'm just sitting with these
guys and “interviewing” them in a personal way. Kind of like that. For me, it's
like a dream coming true, that's how it feels. For all of us, actually. This
tour gave us a chance to become really close friends with Death Angel. And now
that we have a chance tour tour with them in eastern Europe it's going to be
more than amazing. We are friends and what is most welcomed or most appreciated
is to tour with guys who are already friends of yours. So this tour is going to
be like “Thrash Over Eastern Europe”, kind of like that. The guys are great, we
spend so many hours with them, we get in touch with each other. We just spent
one week together and we already knew each other so well that I believe that the
March tour is going to be fucking great.
As for the Greek scene, the band called Lucky Funeral is getting more and
more known internationally, making one European tour after another. Do you know
them? Yeah, I know them. Some old friends of mine are playing in this band.
Despite the fact that I don't listen to that kind of music (it's something
different that I listen to), I totally respect what they are following and the
steps that they are doing. I love that these guys are out on tours, even by
themselves, and I really like that they are pushing the music out in Europe
their own way. No matter if I don't like the music, it's an honor for me because
they are old friends of mine. A couple of them at least. And if you see them
again, just say hello from me, all right?
All right. And what other Greek bands are coming up currently? There's a brutal death metal band named Inveracity that is doing some
concerts in Europe. There is another old school death metal band named Dead
Congregation, they are fucking amazing, I love them. So I believe that within
the next years, you will see more bands, no matter what kind of music they play,
classic heavy stuff, thrash, death metal or black metal, come gradually on the
surface of metal music in Europe. Just be patient and you will see that these
bands are going to come over on the surface and you will learn from them, you
will hear their names. There's so many bands in Greece that play good music,
they just need the chance to spread their music in Europe.
You've been around for many years but your career has actually started in
2007 after your first full length album, “Eternal Domination”, right? Yeah. You know what? You can go out in the market just like that. First you
have to try. You have to spend money on what you are doing. You have to do it
self-financed in order to go out in Europe and world wide in order to promote
I guess that's what you did in the early years when you had your first demos
that you even made a compilation of, and an EP... Exactly. That's what it's all about. First you have to do 200% of yourself
in order to make steps forward. Then you have to give 1000% of yourself to keep
the pace. You have to tour more, you have to do more stuff, you have to release
records, you have to do a thousand things in order to be able to stand and to be
on time with Europe. World wide, actually.
You have experience with different record labels. Your second album,
“Sanctify the Darkness” came out on Nuclear Blast... Our second record was released by Nuclear Blast and this was given by
winning the “Rock the Nation” award when we had a chance to sign a deal with
Nuclear Blast. Our cooperation with Nuclear Blast so far was incredibly amazing.
And we're friends with these guys, they're coming over to our concerts, we meet
each other at festivals. There are no bad feelings about the fact that we've
left Nuclear Blast now. There was no fight or anything like that, the guys are
still friends of ours, we're talking by e-mail and personally at concerts. It's
just a decision that we moved from a label to another one. There's no need for a
fight, a misunderstanding or anything like that. We belong to a management and
this management is taking the best decisions for the band. And they told us that
we had this offer from NoiseArt. We saw what was going on, we talked to the guys,
made a deal and that's it. They did a great promotion with the new album. Now we
got the chance for a big deal, they didn't have the chance to do it before and I
believe it's going to be more than a great cooperation with these guys because
they're really professional in what they're doing. The guys from Nuclear Blast
were also as professional as these guys are, so I believe it's going to work out
really well for all of us.
Looks like you have all the reasons of the world to be optimistic about the
band's future concerning the “Dead Again” album, the Thrashfest 2010 tour and
your 2011 tour with Death Angel... I don't want to be optimistic but realistic. I'm just watching and seeing
things as they are. I'm trying not to have any feelings about anything but to be
focused on what is going on. We're really excited being on the road with friends,
like I told you before, because this gives us a chance to play more and more and
more gigs and make new friends. I don't like the word “fans”. We're friends with
everybody. We don't see it as the band and the fans but as the band and the
friends of the band. All of them are our friends. I know most of them by names.
Even if they are hundreds or thousands. I remember their faces, their names.
They come over to each concert and find me and the other guys, of course, and we
talk to each other, like: “Hey dude, how's it going, how's life?” and stuff like
that. So I'm really excited about the upcoming tour because it will give us a
chance to make new friends and also to meet old friends. That's how it is.
Greece played an incredibly important role in the history of European culture.
Do you think people in Greece still respect it today? Do they keep true to those
traditions? Greek culture, I mean the ancient Greeks' culture, has been a great
influence to Europe through the years. Greeks know their culture and they
respect their culture somehow. But it's not only the culture that you've had
before that will keep you moving in the future. You just have to take examples
of your ancestors and then to move on. So I think that in the world wide culture,
Greece has been a great influence. That's what I'm seeing around, what I was
taught in school or anything like that. Unfortunately, Greece sucks nowadays. We
have really serious problems with all the economic stuff and all this crisis.
But I believe we're going to make it through.
Are there any signs that show the way out yet? I don't know if there are any signs that show the way out but for sure there
are sings that we have already realized what is going on. No matter which
country you are from, politicians are fucking major assholes. Normal people have
already realized what is going on and each of us is trying individually to work
this out. We're making some sacrifices in order to have a better future for
ourselves. Not only me and my parents but my friends and my friends' parents and
everybody is making some sacrifices so that this country can move on because
otherwise we're going to fall.
What about today's Greek scene? I know how dedicated Greek fans are. So, are
they still as supportive as they were before? I can easily compare the Greek audience to the Hungarian audience or to all
the Balkan and southern European audience because they're fucking nuts. They're
insane. If they like a band they go totally insane. Stage diving, huge fucking
mosh pits, people bleeding after the shows and stuff like that. Sometimes even
we bleed after shows because all this stage diving. We become one with the crowd.
I must admit that I have already stage dived a couple of times during a Greek
concert. We were playing and I just put my guitar down, jumped in the audience
and moshed with them. It's just amazing.Do they support the Greek scene as much as they support foreign bands? I can not talk on behalf of all the Greek scene. Each of us has his own
favorite bands either from abroad or from the local scene. But as for me, if I
like a band that comes from Greece, I'm going to buy their shirt and their CDs,
I'm going to bang my head and mosh at their shows if that's what I really want.
Whatever I feel actually. That's it, that's how it works. If you like a band,
just go for that. Just support this band. It's going to be good for you, for
your own country and for the band itself.