Interview with Sense of Fear. (Band Interview)
Today we speak to Greek Heavy Metal outfit Sense of Fear.
First unleashing their self-titled EP in 2013, they are ready to reveal their full length follow up “As The Ages Passing By…”. Years in the making, the release has an old school heavy metal feel with a modern pounding anvil. Each track was carefully selected for a good old headbanging time along with telling a unique story.
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?
Hey there! First of all, thank you for the interview and your hospitality! About the history of Sense of Fear… Well, it starts in the late 90s and specifically in 1998, when 3 kids started playing some metal covers and soon enough first music ideas came, so the band started its engines! The three of us (John – guitar, Markos – drums, Themis – guitar) never stopped playing together since then. In the years between 1998 and 2013, several members joined our band, some of them for a very short time.
It was 2006 when our current bass player Dimitris joined the band. The years after that we had several singers joining us either as band members or just to help us in some of our live appearances. Finally, in early 2013, Ilias joined our band as the lead vocalist and this was the time when we decided that this is the line up with which we can go one step further and we recorded our first EP “Sense of Fear” (2013).
The following years we started working on our full-length album… and here we are! Ready for our full-length release!
What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)
We don’t share a common musical background. Some of us are trained, some are self-taught. But we very early came to a point when it was all professional, so there was never an issue.
So what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)
We had a lot of songs and ideas and we kept the best for our debut album from all these years. Each song was chosen very carefully so from the first till the last it will be a journey through feelings and emotions. We really worked hard and we believe as a band that the final outcome is something very special that comes from the depths of our inner selves! The lyrics derive mostly from personal experiences, thoughts and feelings, our own perspective on the world.
Our best description of our music is Dark/Aggressive Metal. This is our description. But if you want to put it into a ready-made genre, well then you have to say it’s close to heavy/thrash/power.
All the album tracks have been recorded at Valve Studio in Thessaloniki by Stratos “Strutter” Karagiannidis (Gus G, Wardrum), mixed and mastered at Music Factory and Prophecy Studios in Kempten-ALLGÄU, Germany by R.D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Devil’s Train) & C. Schmid.
The album’s artwork has been designed and edited by Colin Marks, (Nevermore, Exodus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Kataklysm, Jeff Loomis, Xerath, Sylosis).
How did you go about making it?
The recordings began in the middle of 2015 and the album was completed in 2017. So, 2 years in total. It was a very long time because we didn’t have much free time because of our personal jobs. Still, we managed to pull it through and create something of very high standards.
Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?
In life, you always try and learn. Of course, we haven’t tried a bit of everything, but you can clearly hear the differences between the EP and the full album, in every aspect.
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
We are a classic heavy metal band line up. So we have drums, 2 guitars, a bass guitar and vocals. We all have more than two (some even more than 4) instruments accordingly. It would take a whole page just to list them, haha.
Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?
We don’t know yet. We are not an experimental band, so don’t expect anything too strange, haha! But we want to implement some new elements, maybe some keyboards, like strings or choirs. But we will see.
Any future plans for your solo work, or do you have other projects on the horizon?
For now, we are focused on the promo of our full-length album… Creation never ends though, so soon you will have more news about our next steps!
Any plans for upcoming live shows?
We have already booked two shows ahead. One in Ioannina and in Thessaloniki and we are planning one in Athens and other cities. Our country, Greece, is the first priority of course for practical reasons, but we would like to do some shows in Europe as well if possible.
Let’s have a few general questions now.
What do you see as a musician’s role in society?
A musician is an artist. In that sense, we believe that he ought to express himself constantly. Say what is on his mind and heart, and raise awareness for any social issue. There are many themes that are timeless, like love, anger, war, revolution etc, and others that are contemporary. A musician should always inspire people and fight his own battles through his music.
How’s the scene different in your country to what we’re familiar with? –Anything unique to your country?
Well, Greece is in economic crisis for almost 9-10 years now. That has affected everyone. The metal scene is no different. Fewer people in shows (not too few thankfully), lower CD sales, low album budgets etc. Still, we are trying our best and we don’t give up. A different thing for sure is that there are very few live stages here in Greece – in correlation with how many bands there are.
Where do you stand on music videos? -Do you see their value in today’s world?
Yes of course. The new trend is to create lyric videos, due to their low cost. Nevertheless, I think that a music video with the whole band performing is essential for a metal band.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I don’t think we can change much regarding sales and how the industry works. When money gets in the way… well fuck it, it’s a hell of a long story. If I could change one thing, I would just give more stages for live metal music, so a chance for new bands to be heard and stand out.
Any advice for new bands?
Have dreams, but not high hopes. Work hard and be patient. Don’t give up. If you quit, that means you never really loved (your) music anyway.
“Each song has its own gravity to the album, and all together create SENSE OF FEAR’s presentation to the world as a band and as musicians. All the lyrics come from personal experiences and emotions. This is our way to express ourselves and fight the personal demons.” – Sense of Fear
Let’s have some generic questions.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Star wars hands down.
Sci-Fi or Fantasy?
Difficult question. We love them both!
Well of COURSE! (Stephen King rules!)
Books or Comics?
Both! But books a little more
Trump or Putin?
Putin no doubt.
Anything you’d like to tell our readers?
Continue reading and listening to good music!
Any last words for our readers?
Check out our album ‘As the ages passing by’! You won’t be disappointed! Sense of Fear, over and out!