Monday, 22 August 2016

Interview with Rapture done by Patrick on 12-12-15‏

Here  is  a   new  Interview  with  Greece's   Rapture   the  band  plays  a  mix  of  thrash and  old-school death  metal  so  if you  enjoy  those  styles  of  metal  then  defintly  give this  band  a  listen  and  buy  their  debut  cd   "Crimes  Against  Humanity"  through the  german  label  Witches  Brew  Rec.

Interview   with   Rapture   done  by  Patrick

1.Metal  hails   when  did you  first  get   into  metal  music?Who   were some  of  the  first  bands  you   listened  to?Who   are  some  of your  current  favorites?

Hails from Rapture too!! Let's see.. We all got into metal mainly in the age of 12-13 years old. We used to listen to classic/Progressive rock bands very earlier in our lives so there was the perfect infrastructure to get into metal! Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and many more were the first bands we listened to.
Every one of us has his own personal favorites from every kind of metal. Just for the record..Demolition Hammer, Dissection, Dark Angel, D.R.I., Kreator and Heavy load are just some of our favorite bands which we listen to almost every day!

2.When  did  you  first  meet  the  other  members  of  the  band?How  did  you  all  decide  on  the  name  Rapture  for the  name  of the  band?

Apostolos is the oldest member of the band and the only one from the very first line-up! Apostolos met Stamatis many years ago but they never managed to form a band, so when Rapture were in need of a bassist Stamatis was the first to pop into Apostolos' mind! Me (George) met Apostolos 2-3 years ago and we hung out a lot and became very good friends. When Rapture needed a drummer I was the first to pop into Apostolos mind too!
Nikitas, my brother, got in the band mainly in the same way! He was not even asked to join! We just announced it to him! The name in some kind of tribute to one of the best death metal bands ever 'Morbid Angel' and was picked for band name by the first bassist of the band.

3.What   is  the  current  line up  of  Rapture?For  the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Rapture's   music  how  would  you  best  describe  it?

The current line-up is:
Apostolos Papadimitriou - Lead Vocals, Rhythm and Lead guitars
Giorgos Melios: Drums
Stamatis Petrou: Bass and Gang vocals
Nikitas Melios: Rhythm, Lead guitars and Gang vocals
For metalfans we would say that Rapture is a mix of Brutal thrash metal and traditional old-school death metal. Bands like Demolition Hammer, Sadus, Dark Angel, Autopsy, Baphomet, Num Skull, Chemical Breath and Rigor Mortis are our biggest influences and our music comes from and era of late 80's and early 90's.

4. Rapture   is  getting  ready  to  release  their  debut  cd  "Crimes Against Humanity"  through  the  great  label  of  Witches  Brew Rec. how  did the  band  come  in contact  with  this  great  label?

We got to Witches Brew through our goodfellas Endless Recovery. They released a 7" Ep through the label in June 2014 so we knew about it since then. When we got into the process of searching for a label, Witches Brew was of the fist to come into our minds. We send a message with a Live-rehearsal recording as an example of our work, the label liked it and we were accepted! Simple as that!

5.Does  the   whole  band  take  part  in  the  writing  process  or  does  one  member   usually  write  all the   music?

Our music is written mainly by Apostolos and Stamatis. We all contribute to the composition process, each one with his own way and his personal style and preference. The results is something that has the seal of the whole band.

6.What are  some  topics the  band  writes  about?

Given the fact that we play extreme metal, it goes without saying that our lyrics are something as extreme as our music. In the first album we wrote about murders, serial killers, Unit 731 (a huge crime against humanity), human experiments and psychopathy. Our inspiration mainly comes from horror movies, history, documentaries and the interest to search everything every atrocity and monstrosity. In the future we want to concentrate on the sector of psychopathology, but keep the gore and horror element too.

7.Besides  the  debut  cd   "Crimes Against Humanity"  does  the   band  have   any other  merchandise  available  for the  readers?If  yes   where can the  fans  buy your  merchandise?

Besides our cd we also have T-shirt featuring the artwork of crimes against humanity available for everyone who wants one! You can get a cd for 8 euro either from us or WITCHES BREW online store, but unfortunately you can get a T-shirt only from us in the price of 8 euro + Shipping cost.

8.In  your   opinion  what  is the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene?And  what  does  underground  metal  mean to you?

Interesting question. We believe that the best thing about the underground scene is the huge range of bands to listen to. We are people we like to discover new bands every day and the underground has lots of talents that have not been discovered by a big label or a promoter yet. Latin America especially might have the best underground scene in the world counting thousands of ultra metal bands. The worst thing about underground is that a lot of bands use illegitimate ways to get fans, sell merch and book an appearance as a support act for a big metal band. We are totally against these bands because they use such ways to go high and apart from that, many greater bands which don't have the "way" continue to be minorities that remain to be in the bottom. Underground metal means everything to us and underground lives with a true and original audience of 80-100 people is enough to make us have a blast! We are just proud to be a part of it!

9.Besides   Rapture    are  any  of  the   members   currently   working  with  any  other  bands?

Apostolos has been a guitarist for our pals Endless Recovery for about a year now and he's is doing perfect! The other 3, we just concentrate on Rapture because our other obligations don't let us be in another band.

10.Rapture   comes   out  of  Greece's   metal  scene   what   is  your   opinion   of  the  metal  scene  in  Greece?

Greece has a great metal scene. There are great bands not only in Thrash metal but in other metal genres too. Unfortunately there are bands that kind of embarrass the scene. What we mean is that they care only for their views in the youtube and their likes on facebook. They don't give a fuck about underground lives at all and never appear at an underground concert. The sad thing with greek bands is their complexes and their poser-lifestyle. Of course we are talking about a minority of bands in Greece, because in general Greece does have a killer scene!

11.Who   are  your  all-time  favorite   bands  from  Greece?Are  their   any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

Ok you'd better keep notes 'cause there are LOTS of bands to check out! Let's see...
Overkast, Released Anger, Convixion, Death Courier, Ravencult, Dead Congregation, Sacral Rage, Necrochakal, Death Trap, Saboter, Mentally Defiled, No Flame Candle, Slaughtered Priest, Speedrush, Noise Disorder,
Chainsaw, Vomit Bitch, Raw Poison, Mallediction, Inveracity, Resurgency and many more...

12.Thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  out  this   interview  do  you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?

Support the underground and metal above all..nothing more at all.

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