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......::::GAUNTLET (Greece)::::......
Date: 07th, November 2013
(Answers by Nikos Bardosis - Guitar)

It is 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!! 

1. 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?

TO 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 MUSICAL DIRECTION.

2. Tell us the story about your past as  a metal musician. How and when did you first get into this music?

AS 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.

3. 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?

YES.OUR 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.

4. 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 band?

WE 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....

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

GAUNTLET 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.

6.  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?

HEARTS 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.

7. Can 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?

OUR 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 COMPOSE.

8. I 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?

AS 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.

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

ME 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.

10. Before we finish, I would like to ask what can we expect from GAUNTLET in the near future?

PURE 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.

11. Well, I´ve got no more questions! What would you say to our readers in conclusion?

KEEP 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...

 

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