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......::::DAGGER OF BETRAYAL (Greece)::::......
Date: 21st, October 2013
 

DAGGER OF BETRAYAL is a band coming from Greece, they play Melodic Death metal with some metalcore elements, with a very powerful and clear sound. They have just released their full lenght in November 3rd. So feel free to check their website for more infos and purchasing the album!

1. Since your inception in 2009, you`ve recorded just one Demo so far and have played numerous shows in your country. How would you analyze the whole evolution of DAGGER OF BETRAYAL so far?

Since the release of our demo we think that the way we compose songs and writing music has evolved. The biggest change in our songwriting is that we draw more influences from other genres and we try to fuse them in our style. It is really nice to be open to new ideas when it comes to writing music. The next big change that comes to our mind right now, is the way we perform together. Stage presence and playing as one is something a band evolves though time.

2. “Retribution” is your debut demo containing 4 songs, in my opinion it have a very impressive and professional sound (even suitable for an album), Could you please tell us more in details about the works behind it?

These four songs where actually our first material, in our first live shows they were included in the set list along with some covers. So, when we decided that we wanted to release a demo we decided that we were going to record those songs. The man behind the sound is Stelios ‘’Stelth’’ Koslidis, a really skillful sound engineer who was the producer for many metal bands here, such as Mass Infection, Murder Made God, Head Cleaner,Margin Of Existence,Kin Beneath Chorus.

3. You have defined your style as Melodic Death metal with some metalcore elements, could you explain us the balance?  How so you attain to reach these brutal and powerful sound?

Our two guitarists Aggelos and Antonis were the band founders, so the musical style was clearly the music genres they were into. Playing melodic death metal with metalcore was the basic ‘’formula’’ of the band. For sure those two genres had and have a great impact to our musical style, you can hear some guitar leads and melodies and some grooves and breakdowns in our songs that are an example of how those two genres have affect us. Blending a certain groove with melody and heavy riffs is the musical style we follow.

4. Tell us more in detail about your plans for the coming full length and how is going the recordings? I can find some progressive and alot of thrash elements on your new tunes. Am I right?

The recordings are over now and the album is mixed, mastered and ready to be released in the 3rd of November under the title ‘’Paradox Hive’’. Stelios Koslidis was our sound engineer again for our first full length album and it contains nine songs. Yes, as you said there are elements of many metal genres and music genres in general. We tried to draw more influences for the album and for that reason it varies a lot compared to our demo when it comes to the style of the songs, from melodic and atmospheric parts to straight death metal, which is something we aimed to do when we started composing the songs for the album. As for future plans, doing a video clip for a song and find a label that can support us.

5. How would you describe DAGGER OF BETRAYAL as a whole? Is there anything that makes the group different compared to most new and upcoming bands?

Dagger of Betrayal is a band that blends metal genres and tries to form an aggressive and extreme sound through this. Every band has unique aspects and style. We think that a band should be compared to others by the listeners and if someone would like the band enough to be considered a fan he or she would be the one who would ‘’absorb’’ these aspects.

6.  What are the most memorable shows that you played? Any funny stories to tell about your shows sharing stage with ONSLAUGHT and NIGHTRAGE?

We remember every show where we were supporting a big band. It is a really interesting and nice experience to see musicians that you listen and even watch them sound checking and later sharing the stage with them. I remember when we supported Heaven Shall Burn, we used to cover their song ‘’Endzeit’’ and sharing the stage with them was pretty cool. Funny stories? I cannot remember something specific right now, but we always have a lot of fun during shows.

7. Can you explain the method of songwriting employed by DAGGER OF BETRAYAL? Is the writing process generally collective or does one member often craft the song on his own?

Aggelos and Antonis, the guitarists compose the songs, then Aggelos record the guitars and they send the tracks to us via e-mail .Then, during band practice we add drums and the bassline. After a song is instrumentally complete our vocalist Antonis (same name as the guitarist) writes the lyrics and he add vocals. Pretty much everyone writes the line of his own instrument after the guitarists present the riffing.

8. What are some of your interests, occupations and hobbies outside of composing sick music?

We currently study in different Universities in Greece, expect Aggelos who is a working man now, he finished his studies in sound engineering. When it comes to hobbies, reading books, videos games, Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering! Nerd power!

9. I’ve noticed your pretty solid technical skills. Are you a self-learner, or do you have some musical education?

We all are self-learners with a year or two of musical education. Mostly when we started playing our instruments, we attained some music lessons but we stopped and we continued learning by ourselves.

10. What do you think about the current Death Metal scene worldwide. Which are the bands you have the biggest respect for?

Death Metal is a genre with many different styles and bands to listen to and there are many incredible groups and artists to check! It’s a powerful scene that keeps evolving and always has something fresh to offer. Every band that works with passion is respectful.

11. No more questions my friend. Just thanks for your time and good luck for your future plans. Closing is yours…

Thank you very much!! We want to also thank you for this interview and for the support! Keep on promoting artists and bands, enjoying music and continue your good work!

 

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