Saturday, April 2, 2016

Interview with Greece's Immensity done by Patrick on 4-2-16

Here   is  a  new   interview  with  Greece's   Immensity  who  recently  released their  new  cd  through  the  great  label  Hypnotic  Dirge  Rec. 

Interview   with  Andreas   guitarist   of  Immensity    done  by     Patrick

 1.Hello  Andreas   how  are  things  going  with you  and  the  band  these  days? Please  introduce yourself to  the  readers?

Hello everyone!  thank you for giving me this opportunity to express myself and not just only ! Not   much  to say about myself ! 34 years of age, born on an island in Greece called "Evvoia" from Italian mother and Greek father . Started  to listen and get into to metal music at the age of 15!

2.At  what  age  did you  become  interested  in  playing  the  guitars? Are   you  self taught  or did you  take  lessons  when  first  starting  out?

I attend classes for a few months at the age of 18. But It seemed that I just could not listen to “their” rules,  no one to tell me how and what to do suited me  better,  so I followed my instinct and inner voice along with some vital knowledge in the end.

3. Who  are  some  of your   influences and  favorite  guitarists? Besides the  guitars  do  you  play  any  other   instruments?

 Just like many youngsters back then..Metallica ! Also my first attempt  to play "one" or "harvester of sorrow" Oh i was crazy about  Joe Satriani and that's about it. I like playing some piano and synth though.

 4.When  did you  first   meet the  other  members  of   the  band? Was  it  long  before you  all decided to  form   Immensity ?

 Well it was around late 2010 when i met Leonidas, after a few hours of discussion I understood that this man was on the same page and purpose for what I had in mind musically. The name came after my return from Canada  after of two years of working abroad to earn my living.

5.What  is  the  current  line-up  of  Immensity  and  for the  readers who  have  never  heard    Immensity's  music  how would you  best  describe  it?

Myself  Andreas Kelekis on Guitars / Synth, Leonidas Hatzimihalis on Vocals (clean and brutal), Yiannis Filippaios on Drums, George Kritharis on Bass though currently he's living  far way from Athens . And worth mentioning  a Remarkable  friend of ours  helps  us out as session  with gigs and other needs! Referring to Nikolas Loukopoulos on Bass of course. Chris Markopoulos on Guitars and last but least Nora Koutsouri on Keyboards / Synth.

How I would describe Immensity’s music ?  I’d say  “A sea of numerous moods and emotions“

6.  Immensity   has  signed  to  hypnotic  Dirge  how  did you  all  come  in  contact  with this  great  label?

During the time we were seeking for a label I Just send them a letter along with cd with Album recordings and to make long story short they liked what they heard and sooner  than we could imagine we sealed an agreement. One of the best moves we ever made was surely contacting with Hypnotic dirge.

7.The  new  cd  "The  Isolation  Splendor"  will  be  available  soon  how  long did  it take to  write the  music for this  release? Does  the  whole  band  take  part  in  the  writing  process  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

70% are at least 8 years old material was based on my own ideas. The bandmates helped me a lot to finish the other 30% and the outcome was this wonderful album. For me it is truly  a redemption after so much hard work.

8.Besides  working  in    Immensity   do  any  of the  members  currently  play   in  any  other  bands  or  solo  projects?

Yes of course, our drummer  is playing in a well known band called "Daylight Misery" and also conducts his own amazing band called DECEMBERANCE  in the style of Extreme Doom Death Metal and is in fact One of the oldest bands in Greece.  Also Nikolas Loukopoulos  and Chris Markopoulos are hereby part of DECEMBERANCE as well.
 Just about all members were and are in different projects, but mainly , we are focused on Immensity’s  Music which always comes first .

9.  Immensity   comes   out  of  the  Greeek  death,doom  scene  what  is  the  metal  scene like  in  Greece?

I think  in total we  barely reach a handful speaking  strictly  Doom, Death , not much indeed but hopefully increasing  through time . 

10. Who  are  some  of your  all-time  favorite  greek  bands? Are their  any   new  bands  you  feel  the readers  should  watch  out  for?


11.Besides  the   new  release "The  Isolation  Splendor"  does  the  band   have   any  other   merchandise   available  for the  readers if  yes  where  can  the  fans  buy  it ?

We are working on this as we speak and planning  to have a full package soon,  we will  surely make some announcements about that.

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

It was a great pleasure Patrick, 
I just want to say : Never give up your dreams , your goals or anything else you want to do in life.  Cheers all , Hope you enjoy the album  ! 

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