Italy's Barbarian done by Patrick posted on 6-17-17

Here  is  a  new  interview  done  with  Italy's  old school  metal  band  Barbarian  who  have  a  new  7 inch  coming  soon  from  Hells Headbangers  and  a  tour  in the  U.S this  summer  so  if you  are  a  fan  of  old school  metal  then  be  sure to  check  the  tour  out if  it is  near you  and  pick  up  the band's  releases  and  merchandise  today.

Interview  with  Borys  vocalist and  guitarist   of  Barbarian  done  by   Patrick

1.Hails  Borys   how  are  things  going  with you  these days? Please  introduce  yourself to  the  readers?

Things are fine, I play guitar/vocals in Barbarian and guitar in Children of Technology, I run the label Ripping Storm Records, and that's all quite an engagament enough.

2.At  what  age  did you  first  discover  metal  music  and  who  were  some  of the early  bands you  listened to? Who  are  some  of your  current  favorite  bands?

I guess I was something like 12/13 years old and I was introduced to Metallica and Anthrax, and right after to Kreator, Sodom, Bathory, Slayer, Megadeth and Venom, great times, I could still listen to those early records of mine 20 times a day and never get bored. I used to listen to a lot of hardcore/punk as well back then, and I still do nowadays together with millions other different things, the list could be endless and you'd be surprised. Talking about newer metal bands, not mentioning the obvious 80's/90's classics, some of them still active, I like for example High Spirits, Midnight, Bat, Dead Congregation, Acid Witch, Toxic Holocaust, Cruciamentum, Abhomine, Coffins, Sonic Poison,  Metalian, Deathhammer, Nekrofilth, Kaamos, Hooded Menace, Violator, Evil Army, Shitfucker, Warhammer, Apokalyptic Raids, Bone Awl, Throneum, Insect Warfare, Rocka Rollas, Tangorodrim, Mournful Congregation, and well, I will mention three great bands that I have released myself: Nightshift, Zoldier Noiz and Powerthrone.

3.Barbarian  was  formed  in  2009  what  gave you  the  idea to  start this  band? And  who  are  some  bands that  have influenced  Barbarian's  sound?

I just wanted to play some kind of straight-forward no frills raw metal, we call it regressive metal because that's what it is, it's obtuse and unpolished. But it's personal nevertheless, the influences are quite obvious but the framework it's ours, the sound is ours, the lyrics are ours. I think we are a recognizable band, not just cut & paste one, that's because we listen to a lot of stuff and we are able to organize this mess in something coherent. Even though we aren't here to invent anything revolutionary, that's obvious. Don't know, I could name-drop a lot of classics but I'll choose some well known but less olympic bands that I love and may have been an influence on our sound, like Evil, Slaughter (Canada), Turbo, Cyclone, Atlain, Trance, Kat, Ostrogoth, Acid, Jaguar, Gastunk, Overkill, Anti-Cimex, T.S.A., English Dogs, Steeler (Germany), Taurus, Piledriver, Vicious Rumours... 

4.What  is  the  current  line up  of  the  band?

It's me on guitar and vocals, Blackstuff on bass and Sledgehammer on drums.

5.Barbarian  will release  a  new  7Inch   soon  how  long  did it  take the band to  write the  music for this release?Does  the  whole  band  take  part in the writing  process or does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

The band was caught in the middle of some major line-up changes while writing those songs, so it took a bit more than usual to lay them down. We are usually a hard-working band, in 8 years we have released 3 albums, one split album and a 7", so a pace not bad at all compared to many, but that's simply because we enjoy ourselves writing and playing music. I usually bring riffs in and then we give the final shape to the songs all together in the rehearsal room, the old way...

6.Besides  the  upcoming  Self-Titled  7Inch  does the  band  have  any  copies of the debut  release  still  available  or  any other  Merchandise  if  yes  what  is  available  and  where  can the  readers  buy  it?

Yeah, we have some spare copies of the earlier releases plus shirts and the likes, people interested can get in touch directly or go through our webshop:

7.Does   Barbarian   play  live  very  often  if  yes  what  have  been  some  of the  bands  most  memorable  shows  over the  years?

Well, Italy is not that huge country, so we play often enough without saturating people's evenings. We also had the chance to do two Euro tours over the years, and those have been definitely awesome experiences. We love playing live so I basically have good memories of every single concert we have played, especially when the promoters put their utmost efforts in setting the shows up.

8. Barbarian  will  be  touring the  U.S  this  August   where  are  some  cities  the  tour  will  be  heading?Who  are  some  bands  you  will  be touring  and  sharing  the  stage  with?

It will be a 3 week tour, so we'll have the chance to hit both coasts and the midwest. The coasts will be surely great, but I'm looking forward the midwest because that's an area I'm not familiar with. Nevertheless high fun expectations everywhere. We'll be touring with Peucharist and several gigs will be along Vile Desecration. We'll be play three shows on the east coast with Mortem, we'll share the stage with the mighty Nekrofilth in Denver, Funeral Nation in Chicago and more will come up in the following weeks.

9.Besides  the  U.S tour this  summer  are  their  any other  tours  planned  this  year if  yes where  will the  band  be  playing?

We'll be playing in Slovenja in July at the Krastival fest. No plans after summer besides working on our fourth album.

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

Well, the so-called underground is nothing more than a mirror of the larger society, so there are people dragging on their lives, weak-willed mostly concerned on conforming to standards and on being accepted by others. On the other hand there are many interesting people, devoted to what they do, interested in cooperating, supporting and having a good time. Relating with them is what I enjoy most in my "metal social life". Underground to me means having the freedom of not having to earn money to survive through music.

11. Barbarian  comes  out  of  the  Italian  metal  scene  what  is your  opinion  of  Italy's   metal  scene  over  the  years?

There have always been great bands in Italy, many of them didn't get the recognition the deserved unfortunately, or could have been way bigger if it wasn't that... they were italian. Now the boot is crowded with hundreds and hundreds of bands, like any other country I guess. So, the quality varies a lot, but the strong working ones will survive.

12.Who  are your  all-time  favorite  Italian  bands  and  are their  any  new  bands you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

How not to mention Death SS, Bulldozer, Schizo, Necrodeath, Incinerator, Nuclear Symphony, Headcrasher, Sabotage, Deathrage,   Braindamage,  Broken Glazz, Paul Chain, The Black...  As for newer or relatively newer bands we have guarantees like Bunker 66, Baphomets Blood, Extirpation, Hatred, Saturnine, Violentor, Noia, Sickening, Doomraiser, Restos Humanos, Kinetik, Profanal, Gravesite, Corpsefucking Art, Voids of Vomit, Haemophagus, Terrorsaw, Overcharge, Abysmal Grief, Angel Martyr, Necromorbid, Axevyper, Vesper, Satanika...

13.When  not  working  on  new  music  or  band  business  what  do you  enjoy  doing  in your  free time?

Besides my daily job (I'm a kindergarten teacher) I'm an engaged road cyclist training a lot, then I listen to a lot of different music, read books, watch movies... and then the day is already over!

14.Thank  you   Borys   for  taking  the time  to  fill  this   interview  out  do you  have  any  final  words  for the readers?

I'm glad you found Barbarian interesting enough for an interview, I wish your blog millions of readers!

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