Εν όψη της ζωντανής τους εμφάνισης αύριο στο Death Disco για την προώθηση της τελευταίας τους δουλειάς εν ονόματι “To The Graveyard”, είχαμε την ευκαιρία να κουβεντιάσουμε με τους Αμερικανούς Castle , οι οποίοι μας ξεναγούν στη μουσική τους και στις επιρροές τους, και μας μιλούν για το επερχόμενο live τους στην Αθήνα και φυσικά για το άλμπουμ “To The Graveyard”.
Να σημειωθεί ότι το “To The Graveyard” ηχογραφήθηκε από τον Billy Anderson στα Type Foundry Recording Studio του Portland, τον περασμένο χειμώνα, ενώ απέσπασε πολύ καλές κριτικές από μέταλ κοινό και κριτικούς παγκοσμίως.
**Η συνέντευξη που ακολουθεί είναι στα Αγγλικά**
Thanks for the interview. Castle is Liz on vocals and bass and myself on guitar. Our recording drummer is Al.
What are your main influences for you as far as the music and the lyrics are concerned?
We have many influences for music and lyrics. The main catalyst to start the band was Black Sabbath – rather than aping the sound we set about to deconstruct the elements and rework them through the kaleidoscope of all our other influences – in particular at that time, black metal, American 80’s heavy metal like Dio, Motley Crue and Metallica and progressive thrash in the vein of Kreator and Voivod. Over time all these influences have developed into a sound that is much our own yet we continue to push the envelope and try new things, both musically and lyrically.
Your new album “To The Graveyard” came out earlier this summer– how has the reception been?
The album ‘Welcome to the Graveyard” has been received very well – it is a different record for us, very deliberate and very realized, less a culmination of events and circumstance and more of a triumph of the moment. Our fans have been very receptive to the new music and that for us is the best.
Do you write while on tour or do you basically do most of the writing while at home? How do you get the ideas?
We write almost exclusively at home but there always seems to be one song that gets written on the road – for the last album it was Labyrinth of Death and on the new record it was Down in the Cauldron Bog. Ideas come from all over – I just try to stay open to the sources – sounds, ideas, written words, conversations – anything really… I never know where it will come from at this point.
Which Castle songs do you enjoy performing live?
We have played almost all of them live which amounts to something like 45 songs – I have a few favorites of course; Blacklands, Evil Ways and from the new album already we are really enjoying playing Flash of the Pentagram and Down in the Cauldron Bog.
Are there any new bands or albums that have grabbed your attention lately?
Fellow Van Records bands Universe217 blew us away at the Acherontic Fest last year in Germany when we played together and we are very lucky to have them on tour with us in Europe this fall.
In a couple months you’re performing live in Athens at Death Disco. Is this your first time in Greece? Could you give us a hint about what to expect from your performance?
Yes this is our first performance in Greece and we couldn’t be happier – there was another tour a few years ago where we were supposed to play but because of a scheduling conflict it didn’t happen. So now we are really looking forward finally getting to play there. As for our performance, there is a primal energy to Castle that comes out live – people always seem to enjoy that aspect and can be a little surprised by it to.
What would you like to say to the Greek audience?
We look forward to the experience of playing in Athens and hope to see the heavy metal fans out for the show!
Thank you very much and good luck with your show in Athens!