07th, November 2013
by Nikos Bardosis
time for Heavy Metal, and it comes from Grece. GAUNTLET is
one of the few bands in this genre I have heard from these
country and they do it in a very special mood, melodic,
classic and extremely well performed, so I invite you to
check them out because I am sure they will reach the masses
in a very short future!!
Hello Nick, you are the founder member of the band, Could
you tell us how difficult was to recruit the rest of members
to your band and if they comes from previious acts?
FIND MEMBERS FOR A BAND ISN'T THAT DIFFICULT.THE HARD PART
IS TO FIND MEMBERS THAT HAVE THE SAME INFLUENCES,MUSICAL
DIRECTION,PASSION TO ACHIEVE THINGS AND TO WORK HARD AND
MOST IMPORTANT TO FIND MEMBERS THAT WILL BE YOUR FRIENDS
EXCEPT FROM JUST MUSICIANS OF THE BAND.THE MOST IMPORTANT
THING IS THE ATMOSPHERE BEETWEEN THE MEMBERS AND THAT'S
SOMETHING WE ALL CARE FOR AS GAUNTLET.ALL THE MEMBERS HAD
BEEN INVOLVED IN OTHER BANDS SOMETIME BUT NOW ONLY OUR
DRUMMER IS INVOLVED IN A SECOND GROUP BUT IN DIFFERENT
Tell us the story about your past as
a metal musician. How and when did you first get into
A MUSICIAN MY STORY IS VERY SHORT.I HAVE BEEN PLAYING GUITAR
FOR 10 YEARS NOW BUT THIS IS THE FIRST TIME PLAYING IN A
GROUP.I ALWAYS HAD THE PASSION TO PLAY THE GUITAR LIKE MANY
OF MY ''IDOLS'' AND THAT'S WHY I GOT INVOLVED INTO IT.THE
TRUTH IS THAT IT IS GREAT PLAYING AND COMPOSING MUSIC.IT
GIVES YOU A TRUE FEELING OF FREEDOM AND LETS YOU GET AWAY
FROM THINGS THAT STRESS AND UPSET YOU.
You have released a 4-song demo so far. Could you tell us
more in details
about the musical approach on it? And if you have already
started to compose new music for a future full lenght?
FIRST DEMO IN TITTLE BREAK THE CHAINS IS OUR FIRST WORK AS A
BAND AND WE SELF RELEASED IT ON CD AND CASSETTE.IT INCLUDED
4 SONGS AND I THINK THAT IT WAS A PRETTY REPRESENTATIVE
EXAMPLE OF OUR MUSICAL STYLE.WHILE RECORDING WE TRIED TO
ACHIEVE A 80´S METAL FEELING THAT I THINK CAN BE HEARD IN
THIS DEMO.OUR MAIN PURPOSE IS TO COMPOSE SONGS THAT ARE NOT
A RECURRENCE TO OLDER SONGS BUT HAVE THE STYLE THAT WE ALL
LOVED AND RAISED WITH.THE 80´S TRADITIONAL HEAVY METAL TYPE
OF SONG WRITING WITH THE CLEAR RIFFS,CATCHY REFRENS,CLEAR
VOCALS AND KILLER SOLOS.I HOPE TO ACHIEVE IT MORE ON OUR
FUTURE WORKS.AT THIS TIME WE HAVE COMPOSED MANY NEW SONGS
AND WE HOPE THAT THEY WILL BE RECORDED IN A FULL LENGHT
UNTIL SUMMER 2013.
You have defined your style as Traditional Heavy metal and
have mentioned Judas
priest,Iron maiden, Savatage as some of your influences. Do
you think Heavy metal is stronger than in the past? Which
would you consider your biggest aspirations as a hevay metal
CAN'T REALLY ANSWER TO THIS BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT HEAVY
METAL IS NOT AS POPULAR AS IT WAS DURING THE 80'S AND THE
EARLY 90'S.BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THIS MUSIC DOESN'T
HAVE MANY FANS NOWADAYS. HEAVY METAL AS A GENERAL STYLE WILL
NEVER DIE BUT THE PROGRESS OF THIS MUSIC HAS REACHED METAL
TO OTHER STYLES THAT ARE OF COURSE RELATED TO METAL BUT ARE
DIFFERENT FROM WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THE BEST. WE ARE A
TRADITIONAL METAL BAND AND WE HAPPILY CAN SEE PEOPLE WHO ARE
RETURNING BACK TO METAL ROOTS AND SEARCH FOR THIS KIND OF
BANDS.THERE IS FOR SURE A REVIVAL IN THIS STYLE OF METAL AND
WE ARE HAPPY FOR THIS.OUR ASPIRATIONS ARE DEPENDING OF HOW
HARD WE WORK AND HOW GOOD SONGS WE CAN WRITE AND DELIVER AS
A BAND.I CAN'T IMAGINE A BAND THAT DOESN'T HAVE THE
ASPIRATION TO ACHIEVE AND BE KNOWN TO MANY PEOPLE.BUT TO
ACHIEVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS YOU MUST BE FOCUSED ON WHAT YOU
DO.YOU MUST DO THE BEST YOU CAN AND THIS WILL BE APPRECIATED
BY THE PEOPLE THAT LISTEN TO THIS MUSIC.SO WE HAVE TO
CONTINUE WORKING HARD AND IF WE HAVE AND THE LADY LUCK ON
OUR SIDE,WHO KNOWS WHAT CAN WE ACHIEVE?TIME WILL TELL....
would you describe GAUNTLET as a whole? Is there anything
that makes the group different compared to most new and
IS A FAMILY.WE ARE REALLY HAVING A GOOD TIME ALL TOGETHER
AND THIS HEPLS US A LOT TO DO OUR BEST AND IMPROVE DAY AFTER
DAY,BOTH AS INDIVIDUALS AND AS A BAND.I CAN'T SAY WE ARE
DIFFERENT THAN OTHER NEW BANDS.PROBABLY OUR STYLE OF
SONGWRITTING IS SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN'T SEE IN THE MOST NEW
BANDS AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT MAKES US DIFFERENT.WE ARE
NOT DOGMATIC BUT WE DON'T WANT TO EXPERIMENT TOO MUCH ON OUR
SONGWRITTING. WE PLAY TRADITIONAL METAL AND THAT'S WHAT WE
ALWAYS WILL DELIVER AS A BAND.
In my opinion, “Hearts Of Metal” song is the most
representative of your style. Could you provide us any more
information about this tune and if there is any special
history behind it?
OF METAL IS A GREAT SONG AND IT DOES HAVE A LITTLE STORY
BEHIND IT.IT IS THE ONLY SONG OF THOSE WE HAVE COMPOSED THAT
IS WRITTEN COMPLETELY IN THE STUDIO DURING THE REHEARSALS.I
REMEMBER THAT I CAME UP WITH THE MAIN RIFF WHILE WARMING UP
AND WE ALL LIKED IT SO WE DECIDED IT TO WORK IT
IMMEDIATELY.OUR SINGER CHARIS TZANETIS TOOK A PAPER AND
STARTED WRITTING DOWN LYRICS THAT WERE ASSOCIATED WITH HEAVY
METAL AS WAY OF LIFE.IT'S A BIT STRANGE THAT IS TOOK US
SHORT TIME TO COMPOSE THE MAIN STRUCTURE OF THE SONG.WE WERE
HAPPY FOR WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED UNTIL THE LOW TEMPO PART
WHICH WAS A GREAT IDEA OF OUR GUITARIST GEORGE DARAS ALONG
WITH THE SOLO THAT HE WROTE A FEW DAYS LATER.BUT STILL
SOMETHING WAS MISSING AND AS WE ALWAYS CARE OUR SONGS TO
HAVE AN IMPACT ON LIVE SHOWS WE WROTE THE FAST PART WHICH I
THINK IS THE BEST WAY WE COULD END THIS TRACK.THAT IS THE
SHORT STORY OF THIS SONG WHICH IS THE ONLY ONE THAT WE
COMPOSE WITH A DIFFERENT WAY AS WE USAUALLY DO.
you explain the method of songwriting employed by GAUNTLET?
Is the writing process generally collective or does one
member often craft the song on his own?
SONGWRITTING METHOD IS REALLY SIMPLE I COULD SAY.ME AND
GEORGE RECORD A RIFF THAT WE THINK IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR A
GAUNTLET SONG.THEN WE TRY TO EXPAND THIS RIFF SO THAT WE CAN
CREATE VERSES,REFRENS,SOLO RYTHMS AND SOLOS. WHEN WE HAVE
THE MAIN BODY OF THE SONG CHARIS OUR SINGER IS MOST OF THE
TIMES RESPONSIBLE FOR WRITTING LYRICS TO FIT THE MAIN BODY
OF THE SONG.ALL THE BAND HEAR THIS AND IF WE ALL AGREE THAT
IT'S A GOOD SONG,THEN WE WORK IT ON STUDIO WHERE VASSILIS
OUR DRUMMER COMPOSES THE DRUMS PARTS AND LYMPERIS OUR
BASSIST WRITES THE BASS LINES OF THE SONG.SO MUCH WORK IS
DONE BEFORE PLAYING IT ON STUDIO AND WE ARE BETTER PREPARED
TO COMPLETE THE SONG DURING REHEARSALS. I HAVE TO SAY THAT
MANY TIMES WE WRITE A SONG BUT IN THE END SOMETHING IS NOT
AS WE HOPED TO BE AND WE ABANDON THE SONG UNTIL WE FIND
BETTER IDEAS TO INCLUDE IN IT.WE ARE VERY SELECTIVE ON WHICH
SONGS WE KEEP BECAUSE WE WANT TO BE REALLY PROUD OF WHAT WE
always enjoy hearing what life is like outside of a band.
What can you share with us about what your lives are like
outside of the bands? Wives,
kids, jobs, hobbies?
WE ARE NOT PROFFESIONALS AND WE DON'T GET PAID FROM MUSIC WE
HAVE TO WORK NOT ONLY TO LIVE BUT ALSO TO INVEST TO
GAUNTLET'S SUCCESS.APART FROM THIS WE ARE ALL FRIENDS,WE
HAVE OUR GIRLS,WE LISTEN TO HEAVY METAL,PLAY FOOTBAL,HAVING
SEA ACTIVITIES AND OTHER USUAL STUFF.I HAVE TO SAY THAT IS
HARD TO COMBINE THE BAND WITH ALL THE OTHER OBLIGATIONS THAT
WE HAVE AS INDIVIDUALS.WE HAVE LITTLE TIME AND MANY THINGS
TO DO BUT WE BELIEVE SO MUCH IN THE BAND THAT WE GIVE
EVERYTHING WE HAVE IN IT.
I’ve noticed your pretty solid technical skills. Are you a
self-learner, or do you have some musical education?
AND GEORGE ARE MOSTLY SELF LEARNERS HAVING OF COURSE SOME
MUSIC EDUCATION BUT IN BASIC SKILLS.SO IS LYMPERIS.CHARIS
AND VASSILIS ARE THE MOST MUSICAL EDUCATED IN THE BAND ON
DRUMS AND VOCALS RESPECTIVELY.ALL THE GUYS ARE REALLY GREAT
MUSICIANS AND HAVE GREAT IDEAS WHEN COMPOSING SONGS.WE
ALWAYS TRY TO BECOME BETTER AS INDIVIDUALS DAY BY DAY AND WE
WORK HARD TO ACHIEVE THIS.I HOPE THAT IT CAN BE VERY CLEAR
IN OUR FUTURE WORKS AS A BAND.
Before we finish, I would like to ask what can we expect
from GAUNTLET in the near future?
TRADITIONAL HEAVY METAL SONGS.THAT'S WHY YOU CAN EXPECT FROM
GAUNTLET.THIS IS OUR WAY OF LIFE,THIS IS OUR FAVOURITE MUSIC
AND THAT'S WHAT WE WILL ALWAYS TRY TO DO AS A BAND.GOOD
SONGS AND PASSIONATE LIVE SHOWS ARE OUR MAIN PURPOSE AND I
HOPE WE WILL BE SUCCESFULL IN BOTH THESE.
Well, I´ve got no more questions! What would you say to our
readers in conclusion?
READING THIS GREAT WEBZINE AND SUPPORT IT,AS IT GIVES IN
MANY BANDS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE PROMOTED.AS A BAND WE NEED
THE SUPPORT OF ALL HEAVY METAL FANS AND WE WILL ALWAYS TRY
TO DELIVER GOOD HEAVY METAL MUSIC. LONG LIVE METAL,PLAY IT
LOUD...PLAY IT ROUGH...