fredag 15 november 2013

Himonas Interview!

1. Hails! How are you doing? How far has the winter progressed over there in Greece now? 

-Hails! Thank you very much for you interview proposal! I am afraid that you are asking the wrong people… Right now we are both in different countries. I am in Canada for work and John (Psychros) is in Bulgaria. So I am going to answer about Montreal! Right now it is already too cold for a Mediterranean person, with the temperature inside the city already below zero degrees.

2. First i like to now how this band got started and what kind of bands inspired you to embrace this kind of warlike black metal?

-We began the band back during the spring of 2009. 
We consider this band active since our very first recording inside our rehearsal room. There is a huge number of bands that influenced us in order to create our own style (If we have such a thing). 
I am going to mention some of the most notable for us. Horna, Satanic Warmaster, Sargeist, Behexen, Baptism, Goatmoon, old Burzum, old Darkthrone, old Ulver, old Siebenburgen, old Behemoth, Black Witchery, I Shalt Become, Hate Forest, Noctis, Kristallnacht, Seigneur Voland, Abyssic Hate and many more. Regarding the vocals part, I wouldn’t be able to do such a “Punk” approach if I wasn’t familiar with Greek bands like Γενιά τους Χάους (Chaos Generation), Βανδαλούπ (Vandaloup), Ναυτία (Nausea), despite the different (sometimes completely opposite) lyrical themes. 
Speaking about the music, although we are Greeks, Himonas is mainly influenced from the Scandinavian Black Metal scene, especially the Finnish.   

3. From your start up to this debut release album "To the Battlements" has it been a bumpy or smooth ride? How did the creative process look like?

- 2009, 2010 and most of the 2011 we were not really active. We made a few handy recordings by our own. We even did a live rehearsal recording in a studio but that’s all. 
We were preparing ideas for a serious upcoming work. I would like to mention that until the middle of 2011, we were using a different name for our band. December of 2011 found me inside our rehearsal studio, recording by my own my drum parts with a multichannel recording. 
Later, during March of 2012 we recorded the guitars in my home studio and around the autumn we completed the vocals and the base guitar. As you can see we were not really in hurry… The real Golgotha began with the mixing and mastering. 
At the end of 2012, I moved in Canada, leaving the 2 final steps uncompleted but John had just made the deal with Werewolf Promotion, so we had to finish as quickly as possible. George Chr., the drummer from my ex grindcore band (Delete the Mass), assumed to complete the mixing and mastering stages but the huge distances between 3 people, from 3 different countries caused a lot of stress and countless collusion problems. 
Finally in the end of April 2013 everything was ready and in June we had our album released.  

4. As i understand your bandname Himonas means winter in Greek but how did you come up with it and why?

- The name Himonas came in my mind around January of 2011 for a solo project of mine that never came on surface. Later I proposed that name to Psychros and he accepted so that’s how it starts. 
This name comes with our obsession for winter landscapes, snow white covered forests, iced rivers and all those things that remind us this season. Although Greece is a southern country, it’s very mountainous so a visit around the mountains nearby Athens during winter, could be quite interesting to witness those type of landscapes. Additionally, if you think about the seasons circle, winter is the darker, more mysterious one from all seasons. He is the black and the cold side of this endless journey. That’s all about our name… To be honest with you, there is no really deep or sophisticated explanation about our choice!  

5. Even though your band is not straight out political how has Greece current state of being affected you as a band and on a personal plane?

- Politics, especially here in Greece are strictly limited around two major, outdated political terms. Those terms are well known as “left wing” and “right wing”. Himonas is indeed an apolitical band, but only if we limit politics between those 2 major political poles. 
In fact, if you take a look into our lyrics (probably uploaded soon), you can realize that we try to give a direct sociopolitical message. Our bands sociopolitical message is something really different from the majority of every Greek political band message (left or right wing). 
We talk about national unity. 
There is a certain phrase I would like to mention inside the lyrics of the song “Path of our ancestors”: “Now that the difficult times have come, I see all of us as brothers standing as one.” Well… I know that if someone reads that phrase, can easily blame us as paranoids who live in their own, fantastic Greece, but this phrase is our vision. 
This is what we want and hope. Unity. 
We have well in mind that a lot of our listeners, probably support extreme right wing political ideas. This is the nature of this “warlike” subgenre of Black Metal. 
And this is exactly the reason we declare that we have nothing to do with racism or white supremacy. It’s extremely sad that many people (usually left wing) consider patriotism as synonymous of fascism and we knew from the beginning that our pro – Hellenism lyrical content is going to provoke, although we don’t have this purpose. Unfortunately, in a country that political murders (from both sides) are becoming part of our reality, we feel obligated to declare ourselves completely disgusted with this “two poles” way of thinking. We would rather prefer to stay away from this awful kind of political culture and concentrate in our music. 

6. Have you played any live gigs? If so how did they go?

- No, we have never played a live show. We have only invite friends to see our rehearsals. As long as both of us live far away from Athens, there are no chances for a live show in the near future. Actually, as long as we are only 2 members, we always considered our band more like a studio band. But we are not going to exclude a possibility for a live show for the later future.

7. How does your close future plans look like? Any plans of doing a split with some band?

- Right now, the only way to release something is by participating in a split album. I have some ideas enough for recording 1 or 2 songs but as long as nothing is on plans I can’t say anything more.

8. Greece has some good & respected hordes as we all know but which ones do you like personally the most?

- I am going to mention only the newer Black Metal bands (after 2000) that I really like. 
Abyssgale (check out their upcoming work), Sad, Dodsferd, Nadirawth, Impure worship, Burial Hordes, Windstorm, Vetusmora, Enshadowd, Angstriden, Necrochakal, Ravencult, Human Serpent (Check out their demo) and many more. I belive that if our scene was not so introvert, it could be as glorious and well-known, as it was back in the early 90’s.  

9. Well thanks for this interview! Best of luck to you! 

Last warcry is yours! 

- Go to live shows! Buy the original albums of the bands you like and don’t steal them by downloading them. Try to support your local bands as much as you can. Speak with people and try to get involved into the scene with anyway possible (playing in a band, create a small label, have a distro, organize a live show, write for a fanzine or webzine). 
And last but not least, if you have a good word to say for a band or an artist, say it! Stay united. 
That’s all. 
Thank you for your time. 


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