Well, we had to clear out some “unmusic” things, such as emails to labels, contracts, finalize the layout of the physical copy and unpleasant stuff like that. On the other hand, we had some nice things to do, such as, get on with some new songs, record some voices and song arrangements.
We have already started the procedure of creation, and we are planning to give out a full-length album soon. The songs are nearly ready, we just need to record, fix some details and then, mix it.
2. Recently you have released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
I think that the audience should give a description of our music. We, the band, have a difficulty to define our music, as it combines many genres, but the one thing I can say is that Disharmony plays metal. Dynamic, open minded, traditional and modern in the same time. With a progressive and doom approach maybe? I can’t tell... Well, guys, listen to our music and send us what you think of it!
If I must compare our 2 albums, I think that “The Abyss Noir” is a more “in-your-face” album. It still has some introverted parts, but not as many as the “Shades of Insanity” has.
3. Between 1999 and 2009 there was no new material being released, can you tell us a little bit more about what was going on during that time frame?
Oh, there was a time when “adult obligations” came up. Some had to start working, some to travel abroad for studies, we all had to serve the army (about 2 years, it’s obligatory in Greece), and two of our members had to leave the band. So, the three of us who remained, just recorded demos of new ideas and piled them up in our hard disks.
The recordings of “Shades Of Insanity” were something that took us really long, but we did not have a time deadline, so we were not in a hurry. Afterwards, we had a real mess –messy deals- with some labels that wanted to release the album, so the whole thing took us back for about, mmmm…5 years? It’s been a long time for sure, so we must make it up to you with many new songs!
4. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
I think we need to see this piece by piece.
The first song “The Abyss Noir” is about obviously about Justice.
Second track “Vain Messiah” is a scenario about the second coming of Messiah on Earth -if he's ever been here- and how modern people would react on his presence.
The third song “Delirium” is about some people that are just hard so hard to bear.
Tthe fourth track “This Caravan” is an introvert song and has to do with some things you have hidden deep in you - like a treasure.
I cannot tell you things about the Disposable Heroes, its lyrics are something awesome at least. You must ask James Hetfield about his lyrics!
But, the 6th track “A song for Friend” is obviously about a friend of mine who died long ago and never had the chance to meet my newborn son…
5. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Disharmony'?
Back in the beginning of this band, we needed a name someone should not forget. Its meaning is also something controversial. Disharmony is a Greek word and means “lack of harmony” and it's the opposite of what we are. Our music is full of melodies and harmonies but in a dark way.
6. What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I obviously don't want to describe our stage performance by myself, we’ll leave the audience to do this… We've done many shows… I cannot ever forget our first gig out of Athens, a great show in Agrinio city, there was something electric in the atmosphere. And surely I cannot forget our supporting performance in the Sanctuary show in Athens back in 2011, as well as our participation in The Metalmorphosis festival in Cyprus supporting Angela's Arch Enemy.
Sanctuary has given a great inspirational boost to our music, it was something unique to play with your idols.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Oh yes! The next planned show is in December in a great festival in Athens but I cannot tell you more, it needs to be officially announced first. We want to perform in nice and adequate stages and play as many good shows as possible in order to promote our music. So if you need Disharmony in your city, we are ready to discuss about it!
8.You have done 'Dead Can Dance' and 'Metallica' covers, can you tell us a little bit more about your own versions of their songs?
To begin with the Metallica cover, I think it's not “our” version It's the original Metallica version played by Disharmony, in our own sound and changing just some small details. We had to do it this way because it was going to be included in the Metal Hammer magazine’s collection for 30 years anniversary of Master of puppets album. So, we afterwards added this as a bonus track. Now about the Dead can dance cover, I can say “Yes it is OUR version!”… John (gtr) had done a great experimental demo of the original song, added some distorted guitars and metal drumming. We loved it instantly, so we began working on it in order to convert it to a great Metal song that expressed our music standards. And I think that something really good came out of this cover. Check it out guys at https://disharmony.bandcamp.com/track/oman-dead-can-dance-cover
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of heavy, progressive, and doom metal?
Let's see… our debut album “Shades of Insanity” gained fine to excellent reviews .This one has got also fine to excellent again and that's something that pleases us. It's good to know that you make music of high standards, so our next goal is to make an album that will exceed the quality of our first two!
10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these days that some of the band members are a part of?
Well, I sing for Art of Simplicity too and we have released our album this year as well! So I'm in the pleasant position of having two CDs released with my voice in 2017! Panagiotis and Thanos, our rhythm section is also playing for Scar of the Sun, and they released their latest album one year ago, they are in the recording sessions right now. Stefanos is playing in a few bands as well (check out Mute Tale), but he’s not playing only metal…
I should not forget to mention that Panagiotis, Thanos and me are performing in a regular basis for a metal/rock cover band called Bigus Dickus (https://www.facebook.com/bigus.dickus.the.band/) and we love it!
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I think that the band will continue to compose new music. I think that we will not change something in a dramatic way, but some small changes due to what we love to listen from time to time. We’ll give you new songs that you have not already listened to, as we desire to make different kinds of songs, songs that the band will love to listen to. We try not to repeat same ideas again and again, it’s boring!
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
All the great bands of metal music have been our inspiration: Metallica, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Dream Theater, Opeth, Death, My Dying Bride, Candlemass, Sanctuary and Nevermore and many many more.
Personally right now I am listening to Orphaned Land, some old Judas Priest stuff, Opeth, Sanctuary – they gave a show in Athens two days ago and theycame back into my mind!
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Personally I like play football and exercising, Panagiotis likes archery, Thanos is a Yoga teacher and likes climbing over mountains.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you very much for this interview and support! We need you to listen to our music and give us some feedback. You can subscribe in our YouTube channel, and/or become member of our Facebook page too, so as to keep in touch of what’s about to come. And have a nice summer too!
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