Hello. How are you today?
P > Today I relax after a hard drinking weekend (from Thursday till Sunday! Haha!). Listening some music and watching bullshits on PC.
First, can you please tell who and what is Witchcurse?
P > Witchcurse is a heavy metal band who plays metal music with balls, leather, spikes, chains and alcohol. We found the band in November 2005. We are here to kick in the face all the gay metal bands of nowadays. I don’t mean all bands, only bands of goth, nu, hardcore etc metal. I mean also all these bands that don’t live in a metal way full of alcohol, chaotic nights etc and all those who are metalheads only through the internet! Witchcurse at the moment have some line-up changes. We have a new drummer and a new singer. We made the first rehearse with the new line up the previous week. It was the best rehearse we ever have made. Both of them are great!
Your debut album "Heavy Metal Poison" was released last year, right? Did you have any problems to find good record label? What kind of feedback “Heavy Metal Poison” has received?
P > No we hadn’t problem on finding a record label. To tell the truth we never sent any promo to the labels that released something for us. We just worked hard through underground (interviews in zines , good promotional through distro lists, spreading flyers, organize live gigs in our country and abroad by ourselves) so the labels came in contact with us. We had a really good feedback from the album. The free copies that we took for sale are almost sold out (cd version). The free copies of the vinyl edition are sold out from the first weeks we took them in our hands….
You have also “demo cd” from 2007 titled “Heavy Metal Poison”. How much difference album and demo versions have?
P > It’s absolutely different releases. The demo was recorded in rehearsal way. Only one recording microphone in the middle of the rehearsal room and the band to play! It includes 8 songs. 5 of them are in the album but really different than the demo editions. With some new riffs and solos and played really faster than in the demo. In the album we have, also, 6 new songs. We thought that it was killer to call the album with the same title because it’s the best title we’ve ever thought in our opinion. It’s a title who speaks about our music. They wich spread the poison of true metal to all the gay metalheads!
Do you have plans for second full-length? Maybe next year?
P > At the moment we rehearse new songs for the second album. We have ready all the new material! 10 new songs! We plan to end with the recordings till the end of the year. So I guess the new album will be out round in February 2012…
What is the biggest reason that made you start to play old-school styled Heavy Metal?
P > I took a bass and started to make some songs. I really wanted to play live these songs. I was really influenced from NWOBHM sound and I was so disappointed that only few new bands played in this way back in early 2000. So when I found members for a band in this way we just had begun to spread the violence!
Lately you did split release with Iron Kobra. How did you end up doing split with them?
P > We are in contact with Iron Kobra from 2008. They booked us a mini tour in Germany and we slept in their homes. We will never forget it. We really thank them for this thing! They are real brothers. After that we visited 2 more times Germany for playing live gigs and again we played together and slept in their homes. I also visited them in Keep it true festival and spread some days with them. Of course we, also, have invited them for live gig in Greece. somewhere in the future they will play here! When Jose from LA Medulla Espinal Records asked us for a release. We told him that we wanted it to be split release with Iron Kobra, so here comes the storm! Hail the speedbikers!
What is your writing method for new tracks? Are everyone in the band involved in writing or is it “one guy job”?
P > The most songs made by me and our guitarist Necro. We usually compose a song in our houses and then we meet and put some extra ideas, solos etc on it… After that we start rehearses of the song in the rehearsal room with all the other members.
What heavy metal bands are nowadays most important to you? And which bands were important to you when you were kids?
P > First of all the gods from Peru Cobra! This band really kicks asses! They play dirty heavy metal and work as a true underground band into the true circle! I also hail Iron Kobra (Germany), Convixion (Greece), Dark Nightmare (Greece), Skullfist (Canada), Sammohan (Finland), Inquisitor (Portugal) and Midnight Priest (Portugal). And of course the all time classic and more characteristic band of now days Metalucifer (Japan). Hail true underground bands!!! When I was a kid I can remember the first bands I discovered: Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin. Of course I still listen these bands so fanatic as when I discovered them!
Does your homeland Greece have any kind of "old-school" heavy metal scene?
P > Of course we have many bands in this way here. But this is not a scene. All the bands are from different cities and don’t work together. Of course we make some live gigs together but this is not a scene... Some bands that I have to mention are Dark Nightmare, Strikelight, Stinger, Wrathblade, Demolition Train, Steamroller Assault and Convixion.
What is your opinion about modern metal styles? Is N.W.O.B.H.M. styled metal still alive or is it "dying" because of all new young bands focus on metalcore, deathcore and other that kind of stuff?
P > My opinion is that there is only one metal style. The TRUE metal style. This one with members with spikes and leather jackets, this one with fights in the streets, this one with balls! Even if this is heavy, thrash, death or black! We hate all the gay stupids of today metal scene! Of course back in the 80s there were also false metal bands as Pantera, D.R.I., Motley Crue etc. This will be an eternal war of true against false metal! Of course the N.W.O.B.H.M. genre is dead now. But as our song “Keepers of the N.W.O.B.HM. sound” says we are here to stay proud and play in this way because this is the only way to play if you want to play metal and not another style of music that you want to baptize metal. It’s like you want to drink beer but tells to everyone that you drink whiskey!
Do you still have plans for this year? Anything new coming out? How much Witchcurse does live shows?
P > At the moment we wait to new releases. The first one will be “Fantomania 3-Antidisco”. This will be a cd release through Metal or die records (Hungary). This label has already released 2 cds in this way. They are tribute cds to the underground thrash/black metal band Fantom (Hungary). They had released only one demo plus some rehearsal songs. The previous Fantomania tribute cds included 2 or 3 bands playing one song of Fantom plus some songs of every band. This time we will be the only band. We made 4 cover songs of Fantom and the cd will includes, also, the 5 songs from our split LP with Witchunter (Italy) for first time on cd. The other release we wait is a re-release of our “Heavy metal poison” demo 2007 on pro-tape format through Bloodlust Records (Colombia). This demo is sold out many years now…And of course we will record our second album. About live gigs we booked a show for Up the hammers festival in Greece which is the only true metal festival here. We’ve also plan a new European tour which perhaps will take place in summer 2012.
Thanks for the interview. Do you want to add anything in the end?
P > Nothing more! Thanks for the interview and good luck with your work here! Contact us here for all info, new releases and merchandise: possessed666ia(at)hotmail.com