Interview with Defender

Defender is a new RAC band from Athens with members of previous Hellenic bands. They have just recorded their first full lenght album and will be out very soon. So we decided to do an interview with the bands guitarrist Chris.
 
 

Hi. Would you like to start with introducing yourself and the band Defender.

Hello brother, and nice to meet you. I am Chris the guitarist of the band and ex member of Filopatria, as George the drummer too. Dimitris the bassist was playing in No Surrender for a while, and on vocals is Trifonas. We are friends since a long time ago. So, we talked about to share our thoughts, beliefs and moments, through music.

 

Describe the feeling you have now right before the release of your debut.

We have played music for many years, and this feeling remains the same. It’s like to have record for first time and to wait for the final result. Yes, we can’t wait to have our debut CD. We will take part in some compilations too, so we are in studio working and recording for all projects.

 
"Fly the Flag'' is the name of the album. What can we expect from it?

''Fly the flag'' will contain 10 songs where most of them are in English and 2 that will be in Greek. I think that It’s a really good work, because all of us we got same influences and we have a perfect connection between us. The style is Skinhead rock - Oi! and we play what we love to hear ... this is our music.

 

 

How did the merge between you and the German company Old-School Records went?

When we started to search for a label, as a ''new band'' and because we are from Athens (Greek scene now is not so famous), we send a lot of emails but no one answered back. Times are difficult, and risks are big for a label now, so we understand it, and at the end we had conversation between us if we could publish it by ourselves. After a while send us an email through our page on Facebook a lad that he is working with Oldschool, and he said that they were interested. He liked a lot our self-titled song, so we arranged everything. They are great guys, and we have had a good contact all the time. And as I said before we can’t wait to have it published.

 

How would you like to describe the situation in Greece today?

It’s like more or less like in the rest of Europe. Here in Greece we are a little bit different in the mentality from other countries. I’ve travel a lot and I’ve seen things that European countries have accept and adapt in their society, things that here in Greece are impossible to happen, at this moment. For example, in Europe now there are many official mosques around big and small cities, where people have accepted them in their everyday living and in the society... Here in Athens government have been fighting for a long time to fix the first, and people just don’t accept it. This is a little example that we are back 20 years in the mentality from rest of modern Europe, you know what I mean. General situation is shit, with our left government that have betrayed even the ''left side'' voters (and this is very funny for us) by following the political stance of Merkel and Schauble, spreading lies and keeping the zionist plan alive, by accepting ''refugees”, in a poor country, in the middle of crisis, leaving Greek people alone to survive as they can, same time that they give all benefits to “refugees” ... They strike against us through ''European laws'', we got a debt loan that our grandchildren will pay off and so it goes on... I can’t see other solution with the democratic way, except of a local civil war. This is what I see as a solution. I can’t believe that things are difficult only for now, but it’s sure that things will be more difficult and worse every year, especially for us. The only good is that people see it and nationalism has been rising a lot. We hope for the best.

 

And how would you like to describe the movement?

Golden dawn is the 3rd political party in the parliament at this moment. This is the example that you can see that Greek people have been waking up a lot. They said “fuck off” to the 2 parties that have ruined Greece from the 70's till now. This is good. Bad is that I don’t know why and who did that, we are many nationalists, just that we are divided. Some are GD, other support another smaller parties, other another and another. This is the fault for some people that turned the personal issues to common problem, also we got new modern points of view in the movement, and all this situation I don’t think that is ''by luck'' ... An old friend of mine had a quote ''In everything that you think that you did for first time and that you will turn down the whole system, the monsters in black have the answer for it, and they laugh at you.'' This is what we got in Greece now, many nationalists, a nationalist party in the parliament, and unfortunately no Unity between us. I hope someday to find the right path, to kick out from the movement all trash and to do something common and powerful, for our country and for Europe.

 

Are you active in anything besides music?

I got a precious family, so my main activity is work, family, music and sports. I am an amateur boxer of Panathinaikos as my little son too (he is 6 years old), so we are together in this and I like it a lot. Rest of the lads, got their jobs, their families, they are going to the gym and we have our band that unites us all.

 

Which bands are active?

If you mean which Greek bands are active now, as far I know, we are and a new band named White Demons (a project of No Surrender and Social Defeat members with Steve Drakos of Skrewdriver era). I hope to have more people involved in music at the future and new bands to come.

 

Which bands do you listen to?

I listen a lot of Oi!, RAC of the 80's till now, also I love the punk scene of '77 and after, as I like some psychobilly stuff. Bands such as Skrewdriver, Cock Sparrer, No Remorse, ABH, Business, Last resort, Vengeance, Celtic Warrior, Freikorps, Endstufe, Bunker 84, Brutal Combat are some of them ... List is big, I could be writing for a long time my friend. Music has always been a part of myself, in good times, bad times, always was there for me.

 

Any other inspirations, like historical or live persons, books or movies and so on?

I am Greek, so my biggest inspiration is my ancient legacy. Something that they want to delete from us, thru political correctness and modern society. Big inspiration is our freedom fighters and our revolution of 1821 against the Turks. Theodoros Kolokotronis was our leader, and it was something that no one believed in Europe that we would do, but we did it. I like history a lot and I like to read, because in Greek schools, as a student, you don’t learn the whole truth. Adolf Hitler was the last that fought the snake, because he saw what would happen in Europe. I give a lot of respect in his sayings and his acts. The problem here in Greece is that all people, including patriots too, are anti nazis, because in schools from young boys till the universities they teach us what they want us to believe. As we know from history, zionists used us to fight the Germans, in a war, that Greece couldn't afford in this period of time. At the end we were the main reason that Hitler waste a lot of time in Greece, and they went out of their schedule plans, going in Soviet and fight the worst enemy, in Russian winter. By the way, war is war, but you need to look deeper in that. I strongly believe that Greece should be in the Axis, and things then would have worked out different for Europe now. I admire also Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera and Ramiro Ledesma, for their national syndicalism, Codreanu, and all of the white people that stood up for their beliefs, against the snake. I also admire Japan, and we must not forget that they were our allies in fighting zionism, and their history as a race is big too. Myiamoto Musashi was a real bad ass hero, and his book of five rings is a masterpiece. I see a lot of movies, but I don’t like any political involve in this, as they have ruined everything. 300 was a good one, but Alexander the great was a shitty propaganda from fuckin Hollywood, by making him gay and to be in love with his friend Hefaistion.... what I will see to this one? Most of stupid people that they don’t know history or they don’t want to learn the truth, they just see and learn history from Hollywood ... they brainwashing them and this is one of their biggest weapons.

 

What keeps you motivated?

No matter who you are and what you have done in your life, how many muscles or tattoos you got, for me in 2016, the biggest fight that you give is to try to have a family. That keeps me motivated, I am responsible to give all efforts and to guide my son, so he will not be their good slave in the future... This is very difficult my friend, it’s an everyday struggle, I am dedicated to it and my best joy is to see that at in the end of the day I did it. Schools and modern shit and rotten society hit from very young ages, so kids to be anti traditional, and full their brains in sickness. Also, they want to take out all the warrior's DNA, so they will not have a reaction / resistance in the future. They hit you thru food chain as well, you have to take care a lot my friend, but in the end, you have to do something good. My respect to all everyday real warriors that got families.

 

Thank you for your time, and good luck with the release! Any last words you would like to share with our readers before we end this interview?

I must thank you too for the contact and the support my friend. I just want to say that no one is perfect, but we must follow the way that we know that is better to secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.

Thank you mate.

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Interview with Legion Twierdzy Wrocław

Legion Twierdzy Wrocław is a well-known band on the stage of identity derived from Wroclaw. Established since 2011 and have already released 3 albums and a split together with Old Firm. This weekend they will celebrate 5 years as a band with a concert. And a new release will be announced at the concert. We have take us a moment with LTW just the days before thier celebration so people can get to know them a little bit more. Enjoy!

 

 

Hello, and thank you for participating in this interview. Would you like to start with giving us a background story of your band Legion Twierdzy Wrocław.

Hello Friend! We are Legion Twierdzy Wrocław so as the name suggests we are from Wrocław. The band was formed in 2011 after finishing L.S.H.P project in which our vocalist and guitarist have played. We've had some perturbations during these five years. In the past few years our second vocalist and bassist have joined us. The band members have some various taste in music so our music isn't dull or monotonous. We are focusing on development.

 

Your domicile, Wrocław. Would you like to describe it for us who have never visited it? Like a travel guide.

Wrocław is called "the city of a thousand bridges". The infrastructure of our citadel was built in relation to river Odra. We have a lot of rare monuments of European architecture here such as University of Wrocław or City Hall. The green colour of our plants and trees goes well with the bloody red bricks which gives a magnificent effect and pleases the eye. We cordially invite you to visit the capital of Lower Silesia. As we sing in one of our songs "they write everywhere that that's the meeting place so maybe you'll finally meet us"

 

Does your locality influence your music in any way?

Our city and region plays a big role in our artistic creativity. We take ideas and inspiration from everyday situations that occur in the city or outside of it as well. Lower Silesia is a huge inspiration for being creative because of beautiful landscape and nature not to mention the cultural heritage that our ancestors left for us.

 

How did you come to appreciate music, and what motivates you to create your own?

How you cannot love the music when it takes a huge part in human life? We’ve met in the right place and in the right time. We share interests and passion so it affects our albums.

 

What do you hope listeners will take away from hearing your music?
Most of all we wish that our music was heard by greater number of people. We bring up a lot of subjects in our music. From dim and distant pagan times till this day. We are sure that everybody will find something for themselves in our music.

 

 Please take this opportunity to highlight your new album “Defend of Europe”.

"Defenders of Europe" is a very differential album. Our goal was to describe the current situation of our Mother Europe and her biggest problem for now-the refugees. It is a global scale problem under the leadership of one filthy rich man. On our album you can find such songs as "Świętosław" or "Angela" .Titles speak for themselves. Texts are worth noting (as some hack reporter from British Isles did 😉)

 


You have a concert upcoming in a couple of days. Would you like to say something about it?
19.11.2016 we play our birthday gig with our friends from Germany and Slovakia. It is a great occasion to solidify our relations and speak about our common future. On that day we also have a premiere of our next album "Druga twarz (the second face)-five years of hate". On this occasion we have prepared a couple of surprises.

 

You have interacted together with Painful Awakeing before. How did this idea came up to do a song together? Describe the lyrics of this song.

We had an occasion to meet up several times here in Poland or in our brother land - Germany. We have familiar music style so it wasn't hard to intercommunicate and to create something together. I think that the video clip delivers the message perfectly.

 

How is it with live gigs for you? Have you played a lot of gigs?

We have played more often recently and not only in our country. We have played in Sweden, England, Hungary, Slovakia and Germany. In every of these countries atmosphere was simply great. We hope to get a chance to play in different cities of Europe and whole world maybe.

 

Is it easy to book you for a gig?

If you are interested in concerts you can contact us through our fanpage or simply approach us at gigs and talk about cooperation.

 

How is the scene in Poland today? Gigs, active bands ect.

Polish scene is slowly taking colors again. There was a time of demurrage but everything is slowly going back to normal. I assume you heard about Night Of Terror. Brainwash, Moshpit, Velimor and our friends from Painful Awakening already played in Poland.

 

What keeps you moving on?

Actually we don't need any incentives. We are permanently inspired and we have plenty of ideas to realize.

 

Thank you and good luck on the gig! Any last words?

We thank you for this interview for Midgård. We are glad that our band gains more recognition in the world. We invite you to support the scene and see you on our shows! No more brother wars! Hail!

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Interview with TourdeForce

TourdeForce (Christian Ryder) is an electronic music project founded in Bergamo – Northern Italy, in the year 2004.
 
 
Hello Christian! Would you like to start with introducing yourself and give us a background story of TourdeForce?

I'm a musician and video maker based in Italy, where TourdeForce project was founded (in 2004), inspired by the late 80's electronic-wave, industrial music and synthpop.

TourdeForce communicates the suffering in the West progressive decadence, the loss of tragic sentiment, the dark side of love and a basically critical approach to Mass Media, Faith and inculcation of dogmas. 

I always repeat that the use of technology and electronic devices in music does not imply a lack of creativity or absence of feelings, but this dogmatic mental barrier still obstinately endures.

We all love Rock'n'Roll, but I can assure you can sweat programming machines as hard as playing guitar, and technology in modern production is the best fellow You can benefit from, also in terms of investment.

 

From which area in Italy are you from, and how would you like to describe the situation in there?

I was born in a mountainous valley in northern Italy, I would say, uncontaminated.

Now I live right outside the area of Milan. A big urban monster covered in grey, where a lot of thoughtless people produce, consume and die fed by football cult, political farces and gossips inculcated by Media. It's the place you lose your innocence (the uncontaminated state of mountain men) and gain cynicism. After some time this environment changes you deeply and something comes across insinuating that you now belong to all this. And somehow you start to like it (except for air pollution).

Face to face with scum and stressed out neurotics, you understand it's getting even more sick when you stand in silence for a while in a big noisy and stinky square and realize you're the only ghettoized Italian around a horde of do-nothing immigrants.

Free from any sort of racial prejudice, this is simply a statistical fact, and as a natural consequence of your instinct, in this situation you can hardly feel at ease.

 

When did your interest began in making music?

It was like a strong cathartic need to express something that hurt me in the inside.

In the very beginning (approx. 1998) I started to combine noise, music and words in a project called the_reptile. It was very rough! Then it evolved to something more complex.

I think a big input to make music came from the listening of Nine inch Nails album "Pretty Hate Machine". I was fascinated by the idea of a one-man-band: You handle the entire process of writing and playing your songs. What you create totally expresses yourself.

 

You did earlier this year an incredible constellation together with Skoll, what an outstanding album! How did this idea came up?

Thank you so very much. Glad you enjoyed this work. It took almost one year of my life.

I will never do something like that again! The collaboration almost happened by chance:

Skoll wrote a book about Mishima and I went to his conference press, in 2015.

After the book presentation I gave him a copy of "Jedem das Seine" and he totally loved it.

He was so enthusiastic that he contacted and proposed me to take Skoll best songs in 15 years and rework all of them in the key of TourdeForce.

It was simply destructive to recover older backup files, synchronize and make them match, but in the end I was satisfied with the sound I created for "Antologia Elettronica".

 

 

 

I have listened a lot to your album "Jedem das Seine". I must say I really like the controverse in the lyrics together with your musically creativity. Is your earlier releases as controverse as this one, or is it something that has grown gradually?

TourdeForce already investigated thorny themes in the past, including implications with sociology, psychology and literature. I remember songs like "Psychoanalysis for the Masses" (2010) or "Interrupted Boys"(2007): those dealt with a certain dose of anxiety in relation to our future, and some pessimism (I'd call it realism) towards the System and faith in human being.

Surely the more aggressive and critical approach in TourdeForce contents grew gradually time after time.

 

Please use this place to highlight your upcoming album "Tales of Fallen Heroes". What will we be expecting from it?

Porta Vittoria is another project of mine (run with Lisa P. Duse; not another one-man-band), focused on experimentation with music genres and literature. Our second full-length album, will be released in December 2016 by cult label Old Europa Cafe, is an avant-garde trip inspired by Fallen Heroes and controversial personalities like Yukio Mishima, Guido Keller, Julius Evola, Cesare Lombroso and others.

It's worth a listen!

Where can we buy your albums?

The fact is there are few CD copies left available for sale, so hurry up!

The fastest way is writing directly to the band (TourdeForce and Porta Vittoria are on Facebook, for example).

TourdeForce albums are still on Discogs (including rare old CDs-r) or Poponaut.de (a German distributor of electronic music).

Occasionally you can find the albums distributed into the internet, too: simple type band name and record title and see what happens.

By the way, just in case insist typing "TourdeForce" because know-it-all Google mulishly keeps on suggesting "tour de force" and this would drive you off the track.

It always rains on TourdeForce.

 

Some of your songs have been accompanied by some impressive videos. Are you the one behind all this? And what is your interest in video making as well?

Yes, I studied cinema and I love making music videos. That's a powerful instrument to combine music and visual suggestions. It's the perfect way to captivate people and your audience can identify and hopefully empathize with your project.

 

 

 

What is TourdeForce's task? What do you hope that you can achieve?

Music market became a serious bad business, especially in Italy. Underground music above all.

It's a big hodgepodge: We all swim (and sink) in this cauldron.

So let's put aside dreams of glory and concentrate on what's more important: transmit emotions.

About awaking people mind and conscience...that's the furthest dream. I'd definitely need more promotion. Well, this interview is another step, so I totally appreciate your interest.

 

History is written by the winners. How do we overcome people to dare to search the truth?

We reached a point of no return.

Years of propaganda and daily Media overstimulation gave birth to the most terrible monster: the biological frame of mind. The final step of sleep of reason. It's been a form of violent mind coercion that became like a genetic innate instinct after decades of harassment. People do not dare to search the truth because their biological structure of mind firmly prohibits them, like a machine that's not programmed to execute certain specific operations. This explains people senseless and hysterical reactions when you try to deal with dogmatic issues (even only touching on the issue with prudence). They totally refuse to listen and to talk, like a messed up machine, and become brutally aggressive.

This happens when the System programs human beings since the cradle, like goddamn puppets.

Maybe a great man (or a woman), a famous personality or an enlightened leader with international respectability could succeed one day to give the masses a strong message of truth. Probably they would succumb, too.

Those who dared were ruined. They were not strong enough. The system has deep roots, it has money, it owns the Media and it's definitely too strong.

Sad to conclude perhaps truth is for few.

 

Italy, like other European countries have no interest in highlighting patriotism. How do you think we should proceed in order to reach out to a wider audience?

Patriotism in Italy is such a bizarre emotion. There are strong feelings of "territorial" attachment, but mostly limited to regional areas. Pride is expression of parochialism, and differences between northern and southern way of being, language or stereotypes are often negatively accentuated.

Except for people who feel nostalgic for certain epochs they have never lived in, I'm afraid Italians do feel patriotic only when they watch a national football team match on TV.

 

What about live performance? Is it easy to book your for concerts?

Latest TourdeForce show happened in April, 2013. I played live for a long time, probably in wrong venues.

Except for few heart-felt people, Italian audience during live shows is the worst audience you can go through, most of all in northern Italy.

The live tour promoting Skoll // TourdeForce work "Antologia Elettronica" this summer 2016 was rather good, but not enough to break the mental barrier of electronic music hostility.

At the moment TourdeForce has not a proper live band to support my songs.

It's expensive to hire musicians when Italian venues have no money to pay the artist and just offer beer for your show.

Plus, I am a heretic and don't drink beer. So what?!

Let's see what happens in the near future, I've been told foreign countries venues and audience have more respect for artists.

 

Thank you for your time! Anything you would want to convey to your Swedish listeners before we round off the interview?

I'm glad to announce I have a provisional title for next TourdeForce album I'm working to, and it's in Swedish language:Vargtimmar. Thanks for Your kind attention. Catch up with TourdeForce!

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