Hello, your new album Oi Magoi is out now and it sounds awesome. What can
you tell us about it?
Theoharis (vocals, guitars): Thank you, we really appreciate this. Well, Oi
Magoi is our second release so far. It was recorded in Lunatech Studios in
Katerini, Greece, and mixed by Dim Douvras whose previous work includes Rotting
Christ. Plus, weve worked with him before for various other projects so we knew
we could trust him. Jens Bogren of Fascination Studios is responsible for the
albums mastering and we must admit he exceeded expectations. Its a weird trip
into the obscure world where prog rock, psychedelia and black metal meet.
When I heard your album for the first time, I was amazed by all the tiny
details in your music that gave to the atmosphere an certain almost lunatic
touch (in a good way). Would you agree with me on this?
You just complimented us, thank you! I think you are pretty spot on.
Creating a certain maniacal atmosphere that would take the listener by the hand
into the bizarre was something we really like doing. Its like we set out to
scare anyone but this is what came naturally during the composing process. There
was much experimenting with arrangements, sounds and patterns to achieve maximum
effect and we are absolutely satisfied with the outcome. We are glad you picked
it up, it means we did a good job. Details you mention are the result of
rehearsing this, they there to spice things up and keep you interested and
discovering even on your 20th listen.
What can you tell us about the lyrics of your album?
First of, the title is the Greek word for magicians. They are one of the many
aspects of the album that grant it its identity. On the surface of things, what
you have is essentially horror stories. Always with a twist and with an element
of irony, if you will, to them. There is this underlying evil feeling going on.
If you pay attention, though, youll find out theyre a bit more. On the first
albums lyrics we concentrated a lot on the inherent evil, for lack of a better
word, nature of man and how Black Spirit, be it the Devil or whatever you want
to call it, is ever-present in our lives. Mind you, selfishness is not a bad
thing per se, it is what makes us move forward and better ourselves. On this
album, the focus is more on the selfish and deluded aspect of man and the
foolish belief we hold dear thinking we will be around forever. But in the end,
Time will prove to be the biggest joker of all, a nasty trick played on our
backs while we strive to think we are unique whereas all our efforts are just
smoke and mirrors.
From where do you get the inspiration for your music when it comes to the
music and the lyrics?
There is no specific inspiration for our music, everything around us, books,
movies, images of real-life, anything can be inspiring. When it comes to lyrics,
t the inspiration is always the human nature. It is inexplicably impossible to
make heads or tails of it and feeds my curiosity and leads to observations we
find worthy of sharing and expressing. Always dressed in the guise of darkness
I must say that I didn't heard about your band until this album. Can you
speak about the history of the band so far? Since when do you exist, etc.?
The band was formed back in 2010, when Haris decided he wanted to do an
album that would fuse prog rock of the 70s, black metal and the atmosphere of
60s/70s horror movies and see what he could come up with. When he had completed
a couple of songs he presented to Dim and me and we realized we had something
special and different in our hands. After a lot of tweaking and complete
disregard of any sort of rules the result was our first album called Pneuma.
Code666 was interested and released it in 2012. For the recordings, we employed
the talents of Dimitris Dimitrakopoulos for the clean singing parts and Ioannis
Giahoudis laid down the drum parts. The three of us are in Transcending Bizarre?
as well so we are not strangers to each others way of going about things and
that made it easy to play on each others strengths and add to them.
Greece seems to have a very open minded and progressive scene these days.
Would you Agree with me on that?
It seems that way, yes. Its not only the progressive scene though. Theres
music of all kinds coming out of Greece nowadays. Maybe the crisis fuelled our
Among other things, a member of your band participated on the new album of
your fellow country men and label colleges Aeanon. How did it came to this
We are good friends with the guys from Aenaon and they asked from Haris to
participate in some songs. He listened to the new stuff, found it intriguing and
went on with the co-operation.
Are you planning to do a video soon to promote your new album?
We just shot a video for the self-titled song of the album. I think turned
out just like the record. Horrifying and creepy, its a bit like a movie. Manos
G. of Universe217 directed it and we are really satisfied with the way it came
out. Look for it by the end of this month, Im sure youll enjoy it.
Are you a live band and if so, with whom did you play together so far?
Live shows have been a problem for us. Due to various commitments we were
unable to promote Pneuma with live shows. One of our main goals with the new
album is to get out there and give people a show worthy of both their money and
one that that will translate the album;s aural experience to the visual
successfully. We want it to be a performance that will leave an impression. We
are putting the band together right now to start rehearsing and arranging all
the little details that must be taken care of. A tour in the near future would
be an awesome way to start, dont you think?
Any last words?
Thank you for the interview and we hope your readers will enjoy the journey
the magicians will take them on. The Spirit Noir is greeting you, just take a
look in the mirror