Nightfall Talks New Album "Cassiopeia" And Greek Metal
Greece's symphonic maestros Nightfall are only a handful of days away from the release of latest opus "Cassiopeia," which follows on the heels of 2010's comeback album "Astron Black and the Thirty Tyrants."
As the January 22nd release date inches ever closer, Nightfall mastermind Efthimis Karadimas checked in with us to reveal the band's writing and recording process for "Cassiopeia." Learn about the background themes of this multinationally recorded effort and how it differs from the previous release in the interview below, along with some inside insight about the state of the Greek metal scene.
xFiruath: When were the tracks that appear on “Cassiopeia” written and can you fill me in on how your band puts together new music?
Efthimis: They were composed during 2011 by Efthimis Karadimas and Evan Hensley. The outcome is unique taking into consideration the cultural background of these two main composers (from Greece and Tennessee USA respectively). The final stage took place in our drummer’s studio in Germany, the mighty Soundlodge Studios!
xFiruath: Are there any leftover tracks that were recorded but won’t be appearing on the album?
Efthimis: Not at all. What we do is pour our inspiration into the right channels right from the beginning so to save ourselves from wasting time and effort in wrong stuff.
xFiruath: Where did recording take place and how did the whole process go?
Efthimis: It took a few months and few studios in Greece, USA, and Germany. We decided each one of us to go on to record in the studio of his preference with the sound engineer he preferred best. That way things rolled smoothly to the benefit of the final outcome. You know, being in the right place under the chosen conditions supports your performance as musician. I recommend that.
xFiruath: What sort of themes are present on the album and how are they expressed through the lyrics?
Efthimis: Nightfall lyrics are flirting with poetry. What I simply do is express my inner fears through words. I exorcise my inner demons by bringing them to light and sharing them with people who may feel in similar ways.
The concept of the album is referring to arrogance, that leading human characteristic that generates its wrath through the feeling of superiority the subject believes he has at a certain point in his life. It is presented through the myth of beautiful queen Cassiopeia who claimed hers and her daughter Andromeda’s beauty were greater to that of nymphs Nereids, only to trigger Poseidon’s anger in the form of punishment.
xFiruath: Who handled the artwork and how does it tie into the themes of the album?
Efthimis: The artwork was made by Vincent of Above Chaos, France. Check him out cause he is really talented. Icons represent views from a shattering world that failed to understand its inferior nature.
xFiruath: Comparing “Cassiopeia” to “Astron Black and the Thirty Tyrants,” how do you feel the new material differs musically?
Efthimis: “Cassiopeia” has more guitar leads that remind of old school heavy metal guitar works like those of Mercyful Fate. That together with the ultra heavy vocals creates what one can call a brutal heavy metal album!
xFiruath: Do any of the currently active members of Nightfall have other metal projects going right now?
Efthimis: Constantine is playing with Primal Fear too.
xFiruath: Outside of your own album, what have you been listening to lately and what are you looking forward to in 2013 releases?
Efthimis: I listen to “Cassiopeia.” No shit, we are so crazy about this album we cant stop listen to it. As for other releases in 2012, Dead Can Dance released their best album according to my humble opinion.
xFiruath: Does Nightfall have any tour dates lined up in support of the new album?
Efthimis: We are considering the touring issue right these very days. Believe we’ll do some shows. We are not the rock ‘n roll type of guys you know looking for excuses to hit the road. Studio tranquillity and inspirational creation is preferred than going out playing the same shit every night for fun or promotional purposes.
xFiruath: What’s happening in your local metal scene these days and do you play hometown shows regularly?
Efthimis: The Greek scene is strong and doing good. Many good musicians and bands exist. However, the leading triarchy is Nightfall, Rotting Christ, and Septic Flesh: the three of us created what the Greek scene is all about today and we all feel very proud of it!
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