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10Even if you are not a fan of this genre, it’s   In 1975, Alice Cooper releases his first       for Alice to work with yo...
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This is issue #2 of Burst Magazine with cover story about the art of Seth Siro Anton. Also featuring interviews with Tuomas Saukkonen, Hatebreed, Enforcer, Katatonia and so much more. On the film section, tributes on Quentin Tarantino and Alfred Hitchcock! Read and share!!

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  3. 3. BURST MAGAZINE “In my opinion, every modern movement pages 6-20THE ART OF of Art which wants to have an ‘’evolving’’ character needs to re-build and combine Tributes realistic elements from Academic – Classi- pages 21-39SETH SIRO cism period. Interviews I have always liked Mutated hybrids works pages 40-44ANTON on Art, I feel that each period always needs to include elements from the past, the pre- Album reviews sent, and sometimes, if possible, trying for Karolina Pacan an insight character of the future.” On Voices of The Soul e Turn Th Pag Turn The Page February 2013, Issue 2 Director’s Cut TUOMAS SAUKKONEN “THE PLAN IS THERE IS NO PLAN” EDDIE VEDDER THE MAN WHO ROCKED YOUR WORLD DIRECTOR’S CUT HATEBREED Quentin Tarantino ”WE GET BACK TO OUR HARDCORE ROOTS” Alfred Hitchcock Cover by Seth Siro Anton taken from the upcoming Serenity album “War Of Ages” Release date: March 22nd EUROPE and March/April USA & Asia Napalm Records BURST PRESENTS: BURST { music magazine }
  4. 4. 4 publisher/editor in chief Raphael Aretakis managing editor Spiros Smyrnis art advisor Aikate D. editors Byron S. Orestis David Garcia Eleni Lampraki Eleni Leonida Hope Vnz Join us Korina P. Pana Apostolidou Do you want to be part of the Burst crew? Sobieski Sisters Stathia S. Pedioti We are looking for live reporters, columnists, contributing editors Cristina Alossi news writers and photographers from around Elias J. Kay the world. Emm Den Giorgos Kotrozinis Gogo Apostolaki Contact us now at Jo Gogou info@burst.gr! Kalliope Tsouroupidou Matina Katsarakou Sissy Dragonfly Sophie Tsekoura Connect Sotiris Stilianos www.burstmagazine.org Vana Valma Zack Papadakis www.issuu.com/burstmagazine www.facebook.com/burstmag editor/proofreading Marianna Kofinaki www.twitter.com/burstgr Matina Katsarakou www.youtube.com/burstgr burstmag.tumblr.com photographers Apostolis Kalliakmanis Byron S. Orestis Eileen Von D Email us: info@burst.gr Jo Gogou Myrto Cat Penelope Tripatzi Raphael Aretakis int. photographer Kalliope Tsouroupidou special guest Karolina PacanBURST { music magazine }
  5. 5. 5BURST MAGAZINE Divided we fall. Do we?You are probably familiar with the common saying and also popular Pink Floyd lyric “United we stand,divided we fall”. But does that particular saying apply for everyone? Maybe the Greeks? Ok ok, let me startwith a joke.A man dies and goes to hell. The devil welcomes him and gives him the grand tour to the underground. Af-ter walking for 6 straignt hours, they finaly reach to the room with all the boiling pots, one for each countryin the world. All the pots were guarded by ruthless beasts and unnamed creatures. All but one. The greekone. The man looks at the devil and asks him:-Why don’t you guard the greeks? Aren’t you afraid that someone might get away?And the devil says: No need to. If someone tries to get out, the others pull him back from the inside.Now that we’ve broken the ice, let move on.Nearly 10 years of raw compromising and unrecognizable hard work, and a young man decides to makea few baby steps on his own, only to find himself facing the barel of a gun! Actualy two guns; Society andhimself. Dodging a bullet from your own self and overcoming your personal fears, I believe it’s the easy part.Especially when you grew up on a closed suburban environment and your only wish ever since you were ateen was to break free from the chains of social oppression. Being the black sheep can pay off after all. Thehard part is to overcome society’s hardcore troops disguised as friends, partners, smiles etc. This is whereyou get your hands dirty.From the moment you make your tiny step to differ from the masses you will feel a warm sensation aroundyour feet. Be alarmed! You are the poor guy in the pot who is trying to get away from the flames of a rottensociety and the warmth on your feet are the hands that try to pull you back in. Well to be fair maybe theyonly try to step on you in order for them to get out. Either way, you can’t let that happen. All those years ofyour personal hard work and the work of other likeminded individuals, in order for someone else to get thecredit? Not on my watch...Well, can’t we work together?The answer to that question can be given by someone who has tried it before. There are numerous exam-ples of two or more individuals who tried to ride the partnership horse without considering a simple thing;There’s only room for one on a settle! Very few managed to fit on a single person settle without falling off!And to give you a piece of advice, when you do get to fit, make sure you sit on the back, or else you’re gonnaget fucked.So what do you do?Stand on your feet. Believe in your self and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need to. Ask for help or anudge but don’t let other’s do your own job or interfere with yours. Yes, united we do stand if we can livewith each other, but divided doesn’t necessary mean that we fall.“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shallfind a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose them-selves.Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. Youput water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, watercan flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” - Bruce Lee Raphael Aret akis BURST { music magazine }
  6. 6. 6Written by Sobieski Sisters Is it hot, or is it the warm smiles? The the German director Wim Wenders. of their live shows, you’ll find out that vivid colors, or the vibrant dance? These Having worked before with Ry Cooder you won’t be just a part of the audience. images may pop up in your mind when in some of his films, Wenders, filmed a You’re going to experience a colorful you hear the first notes of “Chan Chan”. documentary, named after the band. It festival, where everyone is welcomed, no And there’s no way to keep your feet from included some shots of Buena Vista Social matter their age or background. The only dancing to the beat of «Candela»! And Club outstanding concert appearances in thing that seems to matter in this party that’s how you enter the world of Buena Amsterdam is to smile and let the music carry you Vista Social Club, this world-Latin band, Carre Theatre and in New York’s Carne- away. It’s amazing how these people show consisted of traditional Cuban musicians, gie Hall (1999), as well as with interviews their passion for life and the importance who were meant to make history. of the members. The film was nominated of small things in it, how everything is a for an Academy Award for best documen- chance to celebrate. It all started in the 90’s, when the Cuban tary feature in 1999 and it was awarded musician, and later band leader, Juan de as the best documentary at the European We can use numerous words to describe Marcos González and the American gui- Film Awards. Buena Vista Social Club’s work and musi- tarist Ry Cooder decided to make a pro- cians. “This is the best thing I was ever in- ject inspired by the, back then, popular After the success of the movie and the volved in”. Ry Cooder mentioned himself, members’ club in Havana “Buena Vista release of their first album “Buena Vista “These are the greatest musicians alive on Social Club”, that held musical and dance Social Club”, people started taking more the planet today”. activities during the 40’s. Some of the interest in traditional Cuban music and Adding to this, the essence is that they best musicians were coming together and Latin rhythms. It seems that their suc- put their heart in their music and that’s by playing there they became members cess not only acquainted the public to what makes it so magical and timeless. of the original ensemble, which took its their music, but also in Cuban culture in name upon this club. general; inspiring salsa dance classes and Cuban-themed bars and cafeterias. After 1997 was the year that the first album was 1998 many concerts were given around released, named after the band. Surpris- the world and even today arenas in main ing as it may seem, no serious promotion capitals are packed with fans. Except was ever made but their label. Despite from the released albums under the name this, their work became known word- “Buena Vista Social Club”, many musi- to-mouth, as anybody who listened to cians of the band made independent their music couldn’t help but falling in projects (Compay Segundo, IbrahimFer- love with their warm rhythms. The sales rer etc). of their record were increasing week by week and today stand at over eight mil- Throughout the years the line up has lions globally. “Buena Vista Social Club” changed several times. Some of the souls album won a Grammy award in 1998 and of the band kept spreading this party un- in 2003 it was listed by the New York til the end of their lives. Today the band based Rolling Stone magazine as #260 in is performing worldwide as Orquestra The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It Buena Vista Social Club, consisted of is significant that through their long ca- 13 members, some of whom were on reer they have released only two albums: the original line-up, such as trumpeter Buena Vista Social Club and Buena Vista Manuel “Guajiro” Mirabal, laúd player Social Club at Carnegie Hall. However, Barbarito Torres and trombonist and they were not just a flash in the frying conductor Jesus “Aguaje” Ramos. pan, they but were established as the most popular representatives of Cuban Their live performances are not a typical music tradition. music show, but an initiation in Cuban life and philosophy, transporting you in a A defining moment that made the band Cuban neighborhood during a big fiesta. widely known was the co-operation with If you ever have the chance to be in one BURST { music magazine }
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  8. 8. 8We are in the early ‘90’s and, to be more “The story and the glory wilspecific, in 1991, in Manchester. LiamGallagher, Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs, Paul“Guipsy” McGuigan and Tony McCarrolldecide to rename their group “The Rain”,to “Oasis”, due to an “Inspiral Carpets” tourposter, Liam and his older brother Noel,kept in their bedroom. Noel soon joined therest, and the now five-membered “Oasis”started their tour from anonymity to glory.If it hadn’t been the ambiguous Gallagherbrothers, probably the group wouldn’t bethat important, and if it’ hadn’t been theOasis, “Britpop” music movement wouldcertainly not be the same. A bunch of greatsongs, legal issues with plagiarism andoffensive behavior, sibling rivalry, “Beatlesobsession”, and a couple of the greatestBritish albums of the last 50 years are someaspects of the story of this, very favoriteband.Let’s start with the era. UK has always beenthe core (at least the European one), of allthe new music movements. In the early90s, we were introduced to “Britpop”, asub-genre of British independent musicthat emerged from British guitar pop ofthe 1960s and the 1970s and stood againstthe American “grunge” scene of the sameperiod. But Britpop wasn’t only a musicalgenre. It evolved to a larger cultural move- we are firstly talking about Blur and Suede, abuse. Liam was the less abused, but statesment called “Cool Britannia” which included and then about Oasis, Pulp, Supergrass, that it affected him deeply and contributedmusic, visual arts and fashion and was also Sleeper and Elastica. At first, Oasis didn’t to his artistic nature. Both Noel and Liamcoincided with the change of the conserva- figure themselves as part of the Britpop were troubled teens, they were expelledtive government of the past decades, to movement, but on the 14th of August they from school at the age of 15, robbing shopsthe “New Labor” by Tony Blair (which also released their single “Roll with it” at the and stealing bicycles. At the same timeled to a tremendous growth of the Brit- same day with Britpop kings Blur’s “Country Noel started to learn playing the guitar byish economy). UK was having its cultural House”, which fired up a supposed rivalry himself, his father had left him while Liamrenaissance. Especially when it comes to between the two groups, powered by the became confident by his vocal abilities. Theymusic, where we meet the term “Britpop” media. In fact, Noel’s Gallagher statement were influenced by The Smiths, The Who, about Blur members The Stone Roses, The Kinks, The Jam, T. Damon Albarn and Alex Rex and of course The Beatles. James that they would “catch AIDS and die” So all five of them meet in 1991 and “The because their single was Rain” becomes “Oasis”, while Noel’s more best-selling, didn’t condition was that he would be the only help the situation. Just songwriter (Liam and Paul Arthurs, the for the record, Noel songwriters of “The Rain”, stood back). formally apologized a Their first single “Supersonic” was released while later. in 1994 and peaked in no. 31 in official UK charts. Their debut album “Definitely But first things first. maybe” was released in August of the same Noel Thomas David Gal- year and went straight to No. 1 of the UK lagher was born on 26 Album Charts. It was also very successful in May 1967 and William the USA. It received overwhelming reviews John Paul “Liam” was from the critics due to its optimistic sound born five years after on and themes, which were very different from 21 September 1972 and the grunge dominance. they were the second and the third child of Their second album came out on October 2 Irish Peggy and Thomas 1995, and it’s the famous “(What’s the story) Gallagher (they also Morning Glory”, maybe their most com- have an older brother, mercial hit album of their whole discogra- Paul Anthony). All three phy. A few months earlier, drummer Tony had unhappy childhood McCarroll left the group in not so friendly due to their father’s terms, and was replaced by Alan White. The alcohol issues, and first single that preceded the album, “Some especially Paul and Noel might say” was the first to reach no 1 to UK were victims of domes- charts. The sound of their second album was Official photo tic violence and violent much different and much softer from theirBURST { music magazine }
  9. 9. 9ll go on” – A tribute to Oasis mental material of the previous album. The Written by Eleni Lampraki world tour that followed was successful on one hand but on the other, it consisted of car accidents, violent nights and legal prob- lems. In 2004, drummer Alan White left the group and was replaced by Zak Starkey but he never became an official member of the band. Oasis continued as four-membered. At the same year, they performed for the second time at Glastonbury Festival, exactly ten years after their first performance there. In May 2005, three years after “Heathen Chemistry”, “Don’t believe the truth was released”. Noel left his producing role and his solo song-writing role as well, and like the previous one, it was a collaborative album. It was acclaimed as the band’s best work after “Morning Glory”. Of course it became No 1. The band was starting to have growing fame again. According to Q magazine and HMV, two Oasis albums were voted first and second in the 50 greatest British albums of all the time, “Definitely Maybe” and “(What’s the story) Morning Glory”. Oasis’ last album was released on 6th October 2008 under the title “Dig out your soul”, and it was followed by rumors that the group was going to split up. Dur- ing their tour, on 28th of August 2009 and after a Gallagher fight backstage, the first one, and it became the fourth best sell- The year before the millennium, wasn’t a European tour was cancelled and their man- ing album in UK charts with over four mil- good one for the band. Two founding mem- ager reported that the band did not exist lion copies sold. “Wonderwall” and “Don’t bers, Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs and Paul anymore. Two hours later Noel’s statement look back in anger” were also singles of this McGuigan left the group, while they had came along “With some sadness and great album, and they became classic Britpop an- been recording their fourth album. They relief...I quit Oasis tonight. People will write thems and significant songs of their period. were replaced after the recording session and say what they like, but I simply could On the promo tour of the album that took by guitarist Colin “Gem” Archer and former not go on working with Liam a day longer”. place from 1995 to 1996, we have to point guitarist Andy Bell, as the new bassist. At Noel continued with his own project “Noel out their two historic sold out performances the same time, they formed their own label Gallagher’s High Flying Birds” and Liam in Knebworth House on the 10th and the “Big Brother”. “Standing on the Shoulder and the rest remaining Oasis members 11th of August 1996. Their audience was of Giants” was released on the 28th Febru- (Archer, Bell and drummer and percus- approximately 250.000 people while 2.5 ary 2000 and it hit no 1 in UK album charts sionist Chris Sharrock, who substituted for millions applied for the tickets. Up-to-date, but it was the band’s lowest selling album. Oasis during their last tour) formed “Beady it’s still the largest demand of an outdoor It was followed by “Heathen Chemistry” Eye”. Whether the two brothers talk to each show in Britain. in 2002, Oasis’s first album with their new other or not, and despite the fact that both members and although it received mixed “Beady Eye” and Noel’s “Birds” still sound Despite the huge success of the “Morning reviews, it contained the hit singles “Stop like Oasis, the Britpop and music scene of Glory”, their next album “Be Here Now”, Crying Your Heart Out” and “Little by little”. the ‘90’s would not be the same without which was released in 21 August 1997, it The sound becomes again the familiar Oasis those people. proved to be a commercial failure although rocking style and leaves behind the experi- it was one of the fastest selling albums in British History,. The album’s producer Owen Morris said of the recording sessions: Did you know that: They have been accused several times for plagiarism? For their song “Shakermaker” they “The only reason anyone was there was the were accused by Coca Cola, lost the case, and they were fined $500,000. money. Noel had decided Liam was a shit singer. Liam had decided he hated Noel’s In Knebworth Festival if all people who applied had got tickets, the band would be playing songs [...] Massive amounts of drugs. Big for 53 nights. fights. Bad vibes. Shit recordings”. The huge success of their previous albums and the “Songbird” was the first single written by Liam and not by Noel. overexposure of the group, the bad relation- ship between Noel and Liam, their extrava- “What’s the Story) Morning Glory” was voted Best Album of 30 Years at the 2010 Brit gant lifestyle and the drug use created a Awards media frenzy over the group that believed to be “the biggest band in the world”. After The band and Liam especially, has been accused for obsession with The Beatles. They all that mania, along with the fact that “Be have recorded a cover of “I am the Walrus”, as well. Here Now” didn’t reach neither the produc- ers’ nor the band’s expectations, the group Noel is left-handed but plays right-handed kept a lower profile. Later in the year, Oasis released a compilation album of fourteen “Oasis” name came from an “Inspiral Carpets” poster. Noel was an “Inspiral Carpets” B-sides, “The Masterplan”. touring member, before he joined Oasis. BURST { music magazine }
  10. 10. 10Even if you are not a fan of this genre, it’s In 1975, Alice Cooper releases his first for Alice to work with younger groups ofcertain that you know his persona. Pretty solo album “Welcome to my Nightmare”, musicians with fresher music perspec-much almost everybody has come across adopting the band’s name as his, a con- tives, in order to update his familiarone of his most popular songs «Poison» cept album describing a kid’s nightmare. sound. This process gave birth to “Theon the radio or MTV. Yeah you got it! “Alice Cooper goes to Hell” (1976) and Eyes of Alice Cooper” in 2003 and aWe’re talking about Alice Cooper, one of “Lace and Whiskey”(1977) follow in a couple of years later “Dirty Diamonds”the few rock artists that managed to stay period when Alice’s alcoholism problem followed. Last to be added to his “small”active in the music scene after 5 decades. is getting out of hand. After some months list of albums are the “Along came theSaying that all these years create an inter- in a sanatorium in New York, he’s ready Spider” (2008) and the sequel of his firstALICE COOPER Written by Sobieski Sisters Billion Dollar Babyesting story would be an understatement! for a comeback. 1978 finds Alice sober, solo album, “Welcome 2 my Nightmare” releasing his 4th solo career album “From (2011).A female name that intrigued people, a the Inside”, whose theme was mainlydark persona that fired up many rumours, autobiographical, inspired by his rehab Surprising as it may sounds, mid 60’sprovoking macabre stage shows. Alice period. bands like The Beatles and The Yard-Cooper became inspiration not only for birds were Alice Cooper’s inspirationmusicians. He is the one who introduced A new decade with different sound was in music and, as he mentioned himself,the theatrical element in the world of coming and Alice takes the challenge his whole career was based on the 70’srock, on and off stage. With the outstand- to experiment, adopting the New Wave movie Cabaret. Considering that whening number of 26 albums throughout musical sounds to his own style. The the Alice Cooper band started the peacehis career-of which 19 are solo albums- first half of 80’s he is very productive, and love Woodstock spirit was at its peak,numerous appearances in movies and releasing four albums, one after another, their style made a contrast, showing aTV shows (like Muppet Show, Prince of (“Flush the Fashion”, “Special Forces”, dark side under a humoristic perspec-Darkness, Wayne’s World, Friday the “Zipper Catches Skin”, “DaDa”) that tive. As mentioned above, the theatrical13th, Dark Shadows etc), guest vocals in didn’t make big success comparing to element defined their live performancesmany famous artists’ albums and his own his past releases. Additionally, the new which were not just music shows but fullradio show “Nights with Alice Cooper”, sounds took it all on his audience, result- performances with shocking acts inspiredwe could say that productiveness is one of ing in losing part of his fan base. Warner by horror movies and vaudeville. Andhis best elements. Bros was not satisfied by his latest perfor- Alice Cooper was not just a lead singer, mance and ended their co-operation, giv- but a real entertainer. Extensive use ofIt all started in the late 60’s when the ing Alice the chance to take a mini break fake blood, guillotines, electric chairs,back then, 17-year-old Alice Cooper (real from the music scene, and to dedicate boas, baby dolls and executions are justname Vincent Damon Furnier) formed a himself to his family and hobbies. some of the elements that are turningband with Glen Buxton (lead guitar), Mi- his shocking shows in horror movies. Aschael Bruce (guitar, keyboards), Dennis After this break he came back to the Alice Cooper stated in a 2000 interviewDunaway (bass) and Neal Smith music scene with the album “Constrictor” in Goldmine Magazine, “The Alice Cooper(drums). The original band changed a (1986) including the hit He’s Back (The Band actually changed the way peoplecouple of names until they settled for the Man behind the Mask), theme song for looked when they walked down the street,controversial name “Alice Cooper”. They the movie Friday the 13th part IV: Jaon and we changed the way stage showsstruck it as lucky when they were discov- Lives. After “Raise your Fist and Yell” it’s look. We had a big impact on the entireered by Frank Zappa and got signed to his time for Alice Cooper to make great suc- culture, and it wasn’t just the music,record label. With Straight record label cess with his Grammy nominated album although the music has stood up well overthey’ve released their first two albums “Trash”. From this album comes his most all those years. I think we were at the(“Pretties for You” 1969 and “Easy Ac- popular hit, Poison, which made it to No apex of a movement.”tion” 1970), which were characterized 2 in UK and No 7 in US charts.by the psychedelic sounds of the era, but Proud innovator, constantly experiment-through their unique bizarre style. In the 90’s only two albums were ing with different sounds, and styles released, “Hey Stoopid” in 1991 and a in music and not afraid to take on newTheir third album “Love it to Death” concept album “The Last Temptation” in challenges inside and outside the musichas signified the beginning of their 1994. Despite the fact that “Hey Stoopid” industry. A real veteran and one of hisco-operation with producer Bob Ezrin was a dynamite album in the terms of kind, living between his on stage darkand the famous Warner Bros label. Over the 80’s sounds, it didn’t make the same persona, executing mannequins, and histhe years many albums followed, such commercial impact as “Trash”, prob- everyday life, playing golf and spendingas “Killer”, “School’s Out” and “Billion ably due to the dominance of the grunge time with his family and friends, AliceDollar Babies”, including songs like No movement. Cooper couldn’t do anything else butmore Mr. Nice guy and School’s Out that leave his mark in rock ‘n’ roll history.made massive success and hit the tops of New millennium has arrived and Alicethe billboards. “Muscle of Love”, the last Cooper is still present in the music scenealbum with the original line up came out and ready to try new things. In 2000 hein 1973 and a few months later the band releases “Brutal Planet” with which he ismembers took separate ways, leaving returning to his horror-lined heavy metalAlice to continue the project. style and in the very next year “Dragon- town” is coming out. It was about timeBURST { music magazine }
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  13. 13. AherusiA “As I Cross The Seas Of My Soul” Release date t.b.a soon! www.myspace.com/aherusia Photos by Raphael Aretakis Magnaturias minumquistFacearum inullabo. Obis sa quo minum quis veris consequatet lateet volorum. Epera veribus tiorumq uissit aut estes es dolo dunturis esteceaquoPosse inatem senesulturbi includem niciaedo, nequedit quam Rompecris missena, num abem te enteribem num terorei patabuncum etissis hae que nunum hemum ala noster
  14. 14. 14 eddievedder The man who rocked your world by Spiros SmyrnisOfficial Pearl Jam photo by Karen Loria Paraphrasing Nirvana’s words, I started December 23, 1964. Musician, singer, Seattle scene. He was a friend of Jack writing these lines for an Eddie Ved- song-writer and leader of Pearl Jam. Do Irons (former drummer of Red Hot Chili der article, or should I call it a tribute? want more? I am sure you will, so read Peppers). Irons introduce him to a band You could tell when you read it. Let me the lines that follow. in Seattle looking for a singer and Vedder tell you how I fell into Vedder’s music. I wrote three songs for them. You may have been a metalhead since the age of Vedder was born Edward Louis Severson know ‘em: They’re called “Alive”, “Once” thirteen. A proud one, defending my first III in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, and “Footsteps”. Somewhere in Seattle music love till now. Whenever a music Illinois, son of Karen Lee Vedder and Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament (ex Mother conversation took place I was one step Edward Louis Severson, Jr. His parents Love Bone members) with Chris Cornell ahead standing up for all the metalheads. divorced in 1965, when Vedder was one (singer of Soundgarden, Audioslave) What the hell are you talking about my year old. His mother soon remarried a had been working a project dedicated fave music? How dare you? Listen to the man named Peter Mueller, an attorney, to Andrew Wood( the singer of Mother shitty Greek barking pop you like and and Vedder was raised believing that Love Bone who died at the age of 24 from leave us alone. As you may understand, Mueller was his biological father. It was heroin overdose). They named it “Temple I wasn’t an open-minded person, so at this point when Vedder, who received of The Dog”. Matt Cameron (drummer when a friend of mine gave me a Pearl a guitar from his mother on his twelfth of Soundgarden), Matt McCready and Jam album to give it a listen I was loud birthday, began turning to music (as well Vedder joined the band which released and clear: Who the hell are these guys? as surfing) as a source of comfort. When in 1991 the “Temple of The Dog” album. This ain’t no heavy metal, man! This is Vedder found out that Mueller was not Vedder and Cornell’s duet on “Hunger grunge, like Nirvana and you know, I hate his biological father, he changed his name Strike” still mentions as one of the best Nirvana. Back then I was under the stu- to Vedder, which is his mother’s maiden duets ever recorded. pid belief that 90s heavy metal wasn’t so name. He particularly found solace in The popular, because of Kurt Cobain’s band. Who’s 1973 album, Quadrophenia. He Temple of the Dog was the band before Listen carefully my friend said and you said, “When I was around 15 or 16... I felt Pearl Jam as I’d like to say. Gossard will not regret it trust me. all alone... I was all alone—except for mu- Ament and McCready were the founding sic.” In the early 1980s, Vedder worked as members. The last one recruited Vedder Ok man, just because you finally bor- a waiter, earned his high school GED, and in the band. 1991 was an important year rowed me that Black Label Society album briefly attended a community college near for them as they signed Epic Records, I owe it to you. Nine years later I still owe Chicago. He kept busy recording demo changed their name from Mookie Blay- to that guy! He was the one who gave me tapes at his home and working various lock to Pearl Jam and Matt Chamberlain Pearl Jam’s “Ten” to listen for the first jobs, including a position as a contracted replaced Dave Krusen in drummer’s posi- time. That’s when I also first “met” Eddie security guard at the La Valencia Hotel tion. The band was about to release one of Vedder. From time to time, I make lists in La Jolla. Vedder had several appear- the best grunge/alternative/rock albums with my ten, twenty fifty favorite albums ances in San Diego area bands, includ- ever recorded. In my opinion Ten should ever. “Ten” is always on every list I’ve ing Surf and Destroy and The Butts. He be the biggest opponent of Nevermind. ever written. “Garden” and “Jeremy”? joined a band back then with the name Wait don’t shoot me yet! Alice In Chains Countless times, countless listening, Indian Style. Indian Style’s drummer was “Dirt” and Soundgarden’s “Badmotofin- priceless feelings. The man behind Pearl Brad Wilk (the future drummer of Rage ger” were hard rock albums, not grunge. Jam was Eddie Vedder born under the Against the Machine and Audioslave) Period. Let’s focus on “Ten” now. How name, Edward Louis Severson III on Vedder became an active member in the many times has a debut album made so BURST { music magazine }
  15. 15. 15much noise? How many bands should more. Eddie attracted attention and he released “Pearl Jam” album an aggressivesay that their first album define a music soon became the most recognizable Pearl album with up -tempo rhythms and “Thegenre, worshipped by audience and crit- Jam member. Vitalogy in 1996 establish Who”-escque riffs. Vedder’s skills couldics. Pearl Jam as one of the most important not have been used in Pearl Jam only, so rock bands of our time and Vedder as he wrote the soundtrack of Sean Penn’sThere are not enough of such albums, one of the most talented and influential film Into the Wild. A cutting-edge filmbelieve me. “Rolling Stone” magazine rock performers and frontmen. “We’ve ,with a heartbreaking performance fromput “Ten in the 207th place in its list of had the luxury of writing our own job Emil Hirsh. Vedder won a Golden Globe500 greatest albums of all time, while description...and that description has for the “Guaranteed” song. The signifi-“Jeremy” took the 11th place on VH1’s basically been cut down to just one line: cance of this album mainly relies on thelist of 100 greatest songs of the 90s. It is make music.” Using Vedder’s own words fact that Vedder decided to tour alonepointless to mention here the awards Ten is easier to describe his affair with music. for the first time in his career. In Maywon, or been nominated because we need A strange connection which was obvi- 2011, Vedder released his first officiala book for them. Grammys, MTV Music ous from his first steps in music and it album with the enlightening title “UkeleleAwards among them… Eddie Vedder will have been revealed at all range some Songs” a collection of original songs andbecame a rock star. Million copies of Ten years later. Vedder is a very sensitive covers performed on the ukulele.” It waswere sold worldwide, tours all around the man. His relationship with his step-father about 13-14 years ago. I was in a tiny rowworld, front covers in the “Time” issue stigmatized him. (The lyrics of “Alive” of dilapidated shops on an outer islandwere just the beginning of an admirable are referred to Vedder when he found of Hawaii with Kelly Slater the surfercareer. out that Mueller was not his real dad). (Vedder himself is a dedicated surfer). I His music influences are known to his went to buy beer at the liquor store andIt was the crucial year 1993. I was in love fans: The Who, Doors (to me Vedder Kelly went to buy fish at the grocery store.with Dimitra, my fellow student in the is a hoarse Morrison) Ramones, Bruce I was done first, so I was sitting there onsecond grade, but she didn’t care. It was Springsteen, Elvis Costello and Tom a couple of cases of beer waiting for himthe same year that Pearl Jam released Waits. When you’re influenced by the when I saw this ukulele in a storefronttheir second album, under the name best, you belong to the best. Write down window. It was a nice Kamaka Tenor.“VS”. Dimitra, now I don’t care. Sorry but my wise words: Vedder is God. Period: It wasn’t a kids’ toy. I went in empty-I always wanna write that down. Un- To be accurate these words are not mine. handed and walked out five minutes laterfortunately I was only 7 years old when Someone said it in the “Dream For An In- with a great sounding ukulele, and had aVS was released to understand why this somniac” movie. I still remember this line chorus and a verse written a few minutesalbum was so important to Jam’s career. even though I found the movie extremely later. I was halfway through writing theFive weeks at number one on Billboard boring. bridge when a few people walked by and200, the album with the most copies of threw some money in the open case. Ian album sold in a week, nominations for “ No Code” was another exceptional had a $1.50 from playing the ukuleleGrammies, and songs like “Daughter”, album affirmed the myth of Pearl Jam. after owning it seven minutes. I thought,“Leash” and “Indifference” which kissed Yield Binaural and “Riot to Act” were “Hmmm, this has some possibilities.”eternity. weaker for the first four Pearl Jam That is how Vedder described to Greg Kot albums without losing their ability to the Eddie Vedder-Ukulele story.Vedder’s popularity was grown more and write great rock songs. In 2006 the band Official Pearl Jam photo by Karen Loria BURST { music magazine }
  16. 16. 16 I respect Vedder’s attitude so much. He Jam.”He didn’t like music editors either: there’s going to be a record-burning party stated once “I didn’t trust music that’s “I don’t mind talking to people. I don’t any time soon. I wrote a letter at the made without some pain and insanity” mind giving interviews so much, but beginning suggesting that this was some .This phrase defines him. This phrase the way it’s all organized and regulated. stuff we found helpful when forming an defines a guy still fighting for what he That’s almost like being in the army. I opinion, and you can put it in your pipe thinks it’s worth. “This is guy is still here don’t like rules and regulations.” and smoke it and see what it does for you. said Eddie pounding his chest defend- Even when we were last touring—our last ing his angry attitude in the early 90’s. I’m closing this article with a part of show was the day before the presidential I know that this wasn’t a classy way to Vedder’s interview in The Onion maga- election in 2000—at the beginning of the handle our fame, but you cannot be classy zine, “I think that if your approach is one tour, I was just suggesting that people and delicate in a street fight. You can’t. where you don’t want to alienate vote. We had voting tables out, thinking, You just trying to stay alive out there. It anybody, you’re going “We’re not gonna tell you how to vote, is so difficult staying in the front line for to have to just create a voice for yourself and see if so long”, as Vedder stated to rearview w you can get the politicians to respect your mirror zine. “We have been rn a nd I kno voice.” We just wanted to encourage a was bol die... galvanized through these years. younger crowd to activate themselves.” I “I know that I’l n is mine. Unfortunately, some people died. I am not referring only to Kurt Eddie, I pay my respect here, cause you (Cobain) but to Layne Stanley and ee are still this man singing these goddamn the guitarist of 7 Year Bitch, these were facts that bonded the rest of n betwMine” The i I Am lines: dder us.” Vedder is a man challenges I will walk with my hands bound, I will e himself, trying to evolve his band’s sound: “We’d rather challenge our Eddie V walk with my hands bound I will walk with my face blood fans and make them listen to our songs I will walk with my shadow flag into than give them something that’s easy to soften the your garden of stone digest. There is a lot of music out there viewpoint or the informa- that is very easy to digest but we never tion that you’re offering to such an wanted to be part of it.” extent that it doesn’t have the power to make any difference. You have to take Eddie is an activist, a man with political that risk. That’s part of creating and actions and revolutionary thoughts. I like participating in open and honest debate. him a lot because he hates music compa- I saw a few responses to [the newsletter] nies: “OK, a lot of people would like that, that were pretty intense, and I guess they especially the record companies wouldn’t were questioning how we could align our- mind if we’d sell more albums this way. selves with someone like Noam Chomsky. But for us, it just wouldn’t be right. I personally didn’t follow up on it, but I It’s not the way we do it. It’s not Pearl felt like it was misguided. I don’t know ifOfficial Pearl Jam photo by Karen Loria BURST { music magazine }
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  20. 20. 20Art, the strange restless roaming of a The artist puts side by side this “God ‘’The Figure of the Monster’’ in Paristrue conception born in the human mind, that wants to die” and the realistic aspect (France), and INFERNO FESTIVALdeveloping, challenging, forming, until it of the frequent exploitation of people SWISS GALLERY, Solo Exhibition, inreaches its final destination –which is not through religion. Lausanne (Switzerland), in 2012. Let usonly a surface or a canvas- but the inner Admittedly, Seth Siro Anton’s art echoes hope that in the future there will be thecomprehension of itself through other hu- a rhythm of unconventionality and defi- proper educational infrastructure hereman beings. Greek artist Seth Siro Anton ance. Apart from the digital art, his paint- in Greece so as the diversity in Art to be(Spiros Antoniou) handles those passage- ing methods include mixed techniques easily accepted.ways in great skill and determination. using acrylics and collage on canvas. Observing his themes one might conclude Seth’s influences derive from SumerianIn 1990 Seth entered a private school on that they often contain human figures and Egyptian Art enriched with the dyna-DTP, Digital Design and Graphics. Being which most of the times are fragmented, mism of abstract expressionism. Througha vivid and talented spirit he continued with dismantled structural rendering. Seth’s figural forms a vibrant dream nethis art studies and attended the Supreme Rather than featuring a typical destruc- is produced. The images become theUniversity of Fine Arts in Athens under tion of some kind, the artist chooses to means of lifting the veil and revealing thethe supervision and guidance of the es- present sounds of elusive rivalry and remnants of space and time replacing thetablished painter mr. Dimitris Mytaras. overall defiance instead, always under ordinary with a true mystic vision. His the prism of waking decadence. Avoiding methods explore and gloriously presentHe participated in a multiple symbolicnumerous exhibitions manifestation of cha-while at the same time otic expression whichconcentrated on explor- communicates its darking the possibilities of power to the public.artistic creation using According to the artist’sphotography, digital point of view, he intendsart and other mixed to emphasize in histechniques. He also work the crucial utmostdeveloped another form importance of dreams.of art, that of writing, Dreams are conceivedplaying and perform- as a vehicle of chaos,ing music as a founder/ floating uncontrollablymember of the sym- out of our limitations ofphonic death metal band Five Senses. The sub-known as Septic Flesh. conscious contains the rapid imagination, andThe world of music dreams are the bridgessparked his interest in which help to extractdesigning a number of what is underneath.cover artworks of al-bums for famous bands Seth Siro Anton made asuch as Paradise Lost, comment about his in-Moonspell, Kamelot, spiration deriving fromRotting Christ, Draconi- the realm of dreams:an etc, and of course thecover works for Septic “I consider my art, aFlesh. One of the most dark portal to thingsobscure and boldly con- forbidden, freed fromtroversial images is the the safeguarding valveone he created for the al- of Reason. My worksbum “The Great Mass”. are distorting dreamAs the artist himself mirrors of the bodydescribes, the structure and soul. When I amof this artistic synthesis painting, I am trying toforms an aggressive tri- emulate the consciousangle spreading menace state of lucid dream-and drama across the ing. Besides, a dream iswhole complex of forms. actually a canvas filledThe artist intended to with images (and muchpresent “a symposium more) from the subcon-between God and Man”, in which the God loquacious aesthetics, the artist insists scious, with responsible artist the Hyperfigure embodies the idea of weakness and on the domain of directness using a Ego”. S.S.A.fear towards Man and his intention to dramatic but sincere way. Paintings likedevour him while reaching impulsively ‘Addiction’, ‘Childhood’, ‘Misery Woman’, Dreams introduce themselves withfor the God’s heart. In this composition ‘Politics’, are recognized and sold among persistence. Dreams always pierce ourGod is depicted in a reverse position (as various collectors, making Seth one of subconscious. Dreams penetrate ourMan is traditionally weak before God) the most highly respected artists of the souls. Dreams hunt us down and there istormented in a cannibalistic way by his underground scene. no way out. After all, even “The Undeadcreations. At the same time, this figure of Keep Dreaming”…God is pictured in the midst of a transfor- Seth participated in several exhibitions By Aikate D.mation, giving to the viewers a sense of (most of them abroad) including LEStransition, a stage “in between”. TROIS BAUDETS, Group ExhibitionBURST { music magazine }
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  22. 22. 22It seems to me that art found you instead the other way However, this results in a monotonous, atrophic art, since itaround… How did it all start? only aims at fun and pleasure. As a rule of thumb, I’d say I’m interested in the human figure through a modern expressionis-I was 8 years old when I started to paint my first portraits and tic deformity and scripture.landscapes on small wooden surfaces. My grandfather was my Through this deformity of figures in a minimalistic and abstractbasic motivation as he painted also. I used pencils, soft –tip place and time, I need to express-transform my internal needs,pens and pastels. impulses and repressions by finding my way to salvation, trans- In 1990 I started my studies in a Private School on DTP, Digital formation into something better, something surreal, somethingDesign and my first attempts on freehand drawing. It was my free from religious beliefs and moral codes.first contact and approach also with Adobe Photoshop, illustra-tor and Quark express software. What makes you more proud about yourself: musicalIn 1991 I had some private lessons in the Art Workshop on free or visual art?Drawing with the purpose to enter the Supreme University of It’s a Great circle of Art, an artistic symposium and Self-satis-Fine Arts in Athens. In 1993 I passed my exams for the Supreme faction; both of them exist equally and they work united , as aUniversity of Arts and I was the 12th person accepted in Athens Massive Mental Recorder of my vision.(also10th in Thessalonica) out of 2000 candidates.I choose to study Painting, study from a live model and Syn- There is a constant theme of decay, death and horror inthesis with professor D. Mytaras. I also studied Photography, your art (that including your music as well). Is it a mes-Multimedia, State design, History Of Art, Theory of Space and sage, or a constant nightmare?Architecture.University of Fine Arts in Athens is one of the best in Europe as My style is realistic with intense doses of expressionism con-the competition is really strong and hard since most nominees cerning the central object of my work although the backgroundare in High-Level. remains clear in terms of shape and color.You could study Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Theoretical A nightmarish an claustrophobic world, a plasmatic, alternativeStudies, installation, video, Lithography, Mosaic, Fresco and time and space, where the main figures are fighting, screaming,icon Painting etc… howling, pumping their power from the chaotic kingdom of the cosmic unconsciousness. They’re frightened, self-destructive fig-What was the point of no return? An impulse to dis- ures seeking redemption… Images descending from the primalcover the secrets of the universe or a means of compli- forces of metaphysical disorder…Disfigured faces and bodiescated expression? free of moral and religious codes begging for transformation into a higher being.The instincts and the archetypes are those that form the collec- Now if it’s a message or a constant nightmare, it depends oftive unconsciousness and express a regularity in form. I want the way you decode and which filter you’re using in order to doto believe that art is a basic, archetype therapist of the human that….conscience; art is deactivated from the obvious restrictions of Here comes the quote from Hellraiser movie “Demon to Some..moral and logic. Unfortunately, our optical filter necessarily ac- Angel to others”cepts whichever thing is familiar and known and decodes themas something beautiful, good-looking and pleasant.BURST { music magazine }
  23. 23. 23Following the previous questions: is your art about you orabout others? Do you talk to yourself or to the world throughyour visions? Again I will bring the great example of Ouroboros (Uroborus), the Circleof Life and Death , the + and - , creation & destruction and at last our per-sonal existence with others. So there is a great connection between all ofus, we need each other, sometimes we need the ‘’others’’ as a mental mir-rors of our selves ,in order to explore our mental disorder though them.So there is a dialogue between my work and others , a dialogue which isalways different but with no start and ending. At the end ( again!) I willuse a quote from Bane “ It doesn’t matter who we are … all that matters isour plan’’You have tried almost every form of art (music, painting, po-etry, sculpting). Any other that we don’t know of? Yet? Haveyou considered making a movie, or a short film perhaps, to gopublic?Thanks for the description, but I have never been into poetry.. Possibly,sometimes with my art without even knowing. As for your last question...SEPTICFLESH new album (on which I have already started working, pos-sibly released on 2014) will be supported at last from a qualitative, artis-tic & avant-garde video clip. We will have a great support from our labels(Season of Mist and Prosthetic Records) so I could have all the elements,materials, figures with high end Professional equipment and cameras tocreate quality stuff…Do you consider art ever evolving, or a return to the classics ismandatory?In my opinion, every modern movement of Art which wants to have an‘’evolving’’ character needs to re-build and combine realistic elementsfrom Academic – Classicism period. I have always liked Mutated hybridsworks on Art, I feel that each period always needs to include elementsfrom the past, the present, and sometimes, if possible, trying for an in-sight character of the future. BURST { music magazine }
  24. 24. 24Most of your exhibitions are in Can this kind of art be commercial? ing to learn, explore new bases for Paint-France, or abroad in general. Is Do you feel good that it pays off? ing and Photography, while I have to beGreece not “ready” for such art updated from the internet on everything(meaning the beautiful grotesque I work really hard, sometimes I even that has to do with Art, Digital processand horrific)? forget to eat as I am almost hypnotized and generally Digital Art. So I have to by creating stuff, and of course it’s a combine 2 tasks which are totally differ-Right now Greece needs time, time to great pleasure to be an artist and have an ent , Analogue and Digital, and recreate areconstruct, recompose, change and be- income from your creation. I don’t like new Artistic Hybrid. Art is a very im-come stronger with a new character and commercial stuff, I work alone and I’ve portant part of my life. Instead of doingaesthetics. Then I am sure we could see a never had any desire to make something sterile repetitive things, I have chosennew chapter even on Art, a new era which bigger with a commercial character. to spend as many moments of my life asaccepts the Beautiful art of Grotesque, possible, doing creative things. My life isthe Dark Art… In addition, education is Who is your average customer, in surrounded by art and I feel very happythe most crucial part, based on whose paintings and Digital Imaging? Do about it. And definitely, all my artisticprinciples we seek knowledge. Greece you have regulars? activities are important for me.needs to Change… Many people, from different ages from 18 to 50, are interested in my art; and yes, They say that through art one canYou have made the artworks for I have some regular collector customers have visions of the future, premoni-many bands around the world. Is especially in painting. tions, and universal understanding.there a band that you have missed Have you ever reached that level ofso far and you look forward to work epiphany? Is it possible?with? Has the whole creativity process ever exhausted you? Do you take That’s a really good question; I attachedDead Can Dance, Diamanda Galas and time to just relax and do nothing? an interesting statistical graph…ofAphex twin. Known / Unknown and Time. You could Never, even when I am relaxing I am try- draw your own conclusions.BURST { music magazine }
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  26. 26. 26Is there a light and dark side in art? U.S.A. expressionism, but basically my discipline of drafting, the knowledge ofLike a side to make you messiah main influence is the work and life of the composition and color, can bring to lifeand a side to crown you in hell? great artist and painter Francis Bacon. I something that comes straight out of your could also say all the Dark artists includ- esoteric world.It always depends on how you decode ing me have been influenced by the workLight & Dark; each human has a differ- of the photographer Joel Peter Witkin. Anything radical or innovative youent Messiah , a different nightmare and He really undresses the human subcon- are preparing these days?salvation. I mostly use the nude hu-man figure, which always attracted myinterest, as an example. I guess becauseI could express myself directly and I canprocess the clarity of the sculpture form.In my view there is not “ugly” and “beau-tiful” nude, for example a big disfiguredlady with a small Pig (like a pet), canbe more beautiful from a model in thecatwalk. Basically this is the mission ofart, to doubt, to morph the virtual realitycreating a new sensual reality freed frommediocrity of the day to day realities.The attached photo shows the Dramaticrelativity of a visual content .The first impression that you have is anice shinny place with trees, green andgenerally things that make you feel calmand nice… but if you look more carefullythe message is different... It always de-pends on how you decode things.. scious in a way both sweet and raw. I’ve just finished Serenity’s new album ,Other Artists you look up to? Is working on Belphegor artwork right now ,there a peak you can never reach? I usually express myself freely and as Daylight Misery from Greece, then I have much spontaneously possible, so that Dagoba and 8 more bands if I rememberThe artists whom I admire and are great neither logic can interfere and organize correctly. I am booked until May.influence to me are Leonardo Da Vinci, me nor my fear as a feeling to overpowerMichael Angelo, Vladimir Tatlin, Kasimir my stand. I try to orchestrate whatever A message for us commoners? AMalevich, Constantin Brancusi, Francis comes to the surface later within my hint to observe art more efficiently?Bacon, Pablo Picaso, H. R. Giger, J.P. composition. The cannibalistic and tragicWitkins, Robert Motherwell, Robert figures of Francis Bacon have influenced I will end up with a question that I haveRauschenberg. my work. It’s very early in my career to always had ‘’ Art imitates life or life art?’’ say that I have settled in something, I Thanks for your interview I wish all theIt is actually true that I have influences am still learning and it’s very difficult to best for Burst Magazine. SSAfrom the post-war Germany and from “own” knowledge. It is certain with the Interview by Byron S. OrestisBURST { music magazine }
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  29. 29. 29The next best thing in Heavy Metal. The Swedish Metallers signed to Nuclear Blast and are aboutto release their third official album or should I call it another heavy metal masterpiece. Time will tell. Olof Wikstrand (singer/guitarist) of Enforcer talked to Burst magazine about “Forged By Fire” Heavy Metal and their upcoming Enforcer shows in Greece. Read that Loud! By Spiros Smyrnis BURST { music magazine } Enforcer photos by Gustav Öhman Spjuth
  30. 30. 30Hi, Olof. Nice to hear from you man. wanna have an entirety in the record. We I’ve got heavy metal music in my are most proud of this entirety. The basic blood and I tried to get it to you if IMe too Spiros difference is that we recorded, produced, could. To me is so simple to you? mixed and mastered “Forged By Fire” That’s quite simple and that was all about.So two weeks are left for the official ourselves. What you hear is Enforcer. It delivers energy to the listener. Deliverrelease of Forged by Fire album. Nothing Else. what you have inside of you.How do you feel about it? From Earache to Nuclear Blast re- Some people may say that tradition-I feel very confident about it actually. It’s cords. A big step indeed. How does al heavy metal is dead. To me bandsbeen very different comparing to the last it feel being a member of the biggest like you Grand Magus In Solitudealbum. For the first time I got the feeling metal label worldwide? is the biggest fuck off to these guys.that we have something coming up that Heavy Metal is not dead. Are youevery single note, every single word we That feels good. We’ve been in the label with me?wrote for this album we are proud of only for a month but they work in much more professional way I’ve ever seen. There are some bands of this movementThe vibe you get so far by the that they are great but the most of them“Forged By Fire” album? Enforcer consist of four members are bad. This type of music will never die. now. Adam split his way with the To me it has never been dead. That’s whatThe critics have been overall much better band. Why does that happen and I believe.than anything before. We managed to how Enforcer are affected?create something that is more uniquethis time, much more unique for being Only positive I would say. It was reallyEnforcer and people seem to appreciate hard when Adam decided to drop off. Butthat. Of course there will always be people as soon as we found out that we wantedthinking that what we achieved before to continue, that I could play guitarswas better like “Diamonds” album. Over- instead of sing and do some rehearsals asall the critics have been much better that a four member band. In fact it’s easier inanything we did before a band of four. Honestly. For this album we have only one vision and when you areYou wrote the album by yourself? five members it’s hard to do it. It was a bit tough when we came for the first timeYeah we did. We started recording some with this idea but now I’m confident thatrecords a year ago in March 2012. It was a we can do better with this line up. It’sfour songs demo but we decided to record much more easy to play together as foursome more. We decided also to do this instead of fivealbum by ourselves. We definitely havethe knowledge with Jonas and especially You’ve made some interesting cov-we know exactly what to do more than ers in the recordings of Forged Byanyone else. We could have that way the Fire. You Can Be of Nagazaki andopportunity to sound how we really like. Bursting Out of Venom. More info please.What differences could a fan listento Forged by Fire compare it to They are very very different. On one handDiamonds? you have a melodic Swedish song, while on the other hand you have an outlet ofThe song writing in this album was very energy. It’s fast, it’s brutal and I think thatdifferent comparing to the other ones. Enforcer moved between these songs.The first one we recorded it without We did not want to destroy these songs.thinking the built ups that an needs. The That’s what we think about covers. Thesecond one has more songs individu- Venom song we wanna do it our wayally written from everybody. It was not because the first recording was poor, theso consequent that it may should have same happened with Nagazaki song whichbeen. This time we wanted to do the total, has very big potentials and we thoughtdefinite Enforcer record. To take what’s that with our production we gonna lift itvery unique to us and then exaggerate a up.lot. Then we have to pinpoint the typicalEnforcer sound, to make the sound that Diamonds album put you in thewe do, even something more unique than heavy metal map as the next bestbefore. We looked more into ourselves. thing in Heavy Metal? How do En-We took the melancholic, melodic sound forcer deal with that?of “Diamonds” and mix it with the speedand intensity of our first album. We also To me there’s no success. To me it’s onlytried to bring back the roughness of the a small step in a long road. I always haveearly demos to this album. I think all of us new goals in mind you know. In my mindare more confident on our way of playing. I am already in the next step of the band.All drums are in one take to be able what’s The good thing is that there people outunique in Jonas style. The same happened there who appreciate what we do andwith the guitars. that’s a good start.In that way we really managed to dosomething unique and that happened be- Every time I’ve listened to an En-cause we recorded this album ourselves. forcer album I remember the Holo-The album is written as a whole. We caust lyrics of Heavy Metal Mania.BURST { music magazine }
  31. 31. 31Tour plans. I see that on February You are gonna expect a total energy out-you’re gonna share the stage with let. Like we always do. You gonna expectGrand Magus and Angel Witch. A new songs, new stage show. We gonnahell of a tour package I have to say. travel down Greece with our van so weYeah we feel very confident about this can have a huge show we’ve never donetour. Angel Witch is a great and of the before. The show in Athens we gonnapast and a great band of the present. It’s record it.always to play with bands that share thesame attitude with us. Grand Magus cre- For a live album?ate something out there. I believe that weshare a lot of fans with Magus and it will We gonna record it in 60 channels and ifbe great playing together, it is good enough we maybe use it some- how.23d and 24th of February . Greekfans gonna see you again live on the The last words are yours man.stage of Eightball Club, Thessalonikiand Kyttaro Club, Athens. What I hope will see you all Greek fans in ourshould we expect? shows there. Thanks for the interview. BURST { music magazine }
  32. 32. 32 Matt Byrne HatebreeD. Maybe one of the most important hardcore bands out there. Jamey Jasta and his gang from 1994 spreading the disease of hardcore re- leasing great albums and giving shows you will never forget. Matt Byrne, Hatebreed’s drummer spoke to Burst about their upcoming album: The Divinity of Purpose, their U.S.A tour with Shadows Fall, Dying Fetus and The Contortionist and their first show in Greece back in 2003. Read that loud! By Spiros SmyrnisBURST { music magazine }
  33. 33. 33 “We get back to ourhardcore roots. The last two or three albums were more metal and that’s the reason wewent back to our roots.“ Photo by Randy Johnson BURST { music magazine }