Interview with Nightfall
Ok, here is my interview with one of the best bands in the well-known (yet still undervaloured) Greek scene. Nightfall have become the flag of their label Holy Records and their last album overpassed all expectatives, so i decided to ask these questions to Sir Efthimis Karadimas, the mastermind behind this great Athenian outfit…1.-Geia xara, Efthimis! Ti kaneis?
I’M QUITE OK MAN, THANK YOU.
2.-Well, first of all let me ask you about your last album “Lesbian Show”: By the release time of “Lesbian Show” you said you expected it to sell about 20,000 copies. Have you already achieved it? Do you know how many copies have already been sold?
YES, WE’VE ALREADY ACHIEVED THAT GOAL, EVEN THOUGH WE COULD HAVE SOLD MUCH MORE IF HOLY HAD OFFICIAL DISTRIBUTION THROUGHOUT AMERICA TOO. I’M NOT 100% INTO THE EXACT NUMBER RIGHT NOW. HOWEVER, EVEN WHEN I’LL BE , I WON’T MENTION IT DUE TO I’VE SEEN A LOT OF BULLSHIT GOING AROUND THE SCENE NOWADAYS; I’VE READ NEWSLETTERS OR INTERVIEWS OF BANDS WHO SELL 2 OR 3 OR 4000 COPIES WHERE THEY SPEAK ABOUT 10 OR 15000 COPIES SOLD, OR EVEN MORE! SO, FANS GET CONFUSED AND ANNOYED AS WELL!..
2.-”Lesbian Show” has many connections with sex. What are your views on it? Do you think Christianity has satanized sex because of its judaic roots? Our kinfolk Indo-Aryans conceive sex as a medium by which reach divinity…
YOU CANNOT BE OBJECTIVE -100%- WITH SEX; IT’S SOMETHING THAT EVERY INDIVIDUAL VISUALIZES, EXPERIENCES OR WHATEVER IN HIS/HER OWN, UNIQUE WAY. I DON’T LIKE PUTTING SO SPECIAL THINGS TOGETHER. MOREOVER I ALWAYS PAY (TO BE HONEST, I TRY TO UNDERSTAND) AN EXTRA ATTENTION TO EACH ONE’S “EGO” AND ITS REFLECTIONS ONTO REALITY. “SEX” IN LESBIAN SHOW IS BEING USED AS A MIRROR THROUGH WHICH EVERYBODY CAN REALIZE THE TERRIBLE YET SWEET SPIRITUAL DECADENCE OF OUR…ADVANCED/MODERN CIVILIZATION.
3.-Moreover, do you think (like me) that paganism fits much better to our nature than Christianity, and that paganism helps man to live in accordance with mother Earth while Christianity (along with Judaism and Islam) is the antithesis of this “kinship” with Nature?
OH YES, CERTAINLY! HOWEVER, CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED TO THE WORLD IF MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF UNEDUCATED, CLOSE-MINDED PEOPLE WOULD’VE BEEN SET FREE FROM RELIGIONS’ CHAINS? TOTAL CHAOS! THAT’S WHY I’M TRYING NOT TO MIX THINGS TOGETHER; HOW MANY TIMES YOU’RE GOING TO SCREW YOUR LADY OR YOUR BROTHER, UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES, AND WHETHER YOU LIKE TO EAT CUM WITH YOUR BREAKFAST OR NOT IS A STRICTLY PERSONAL CASE! THE RULES ARE ALWAYS HERE FOR THOSE WHO NEED THEM. FOR THOSE WHO FEEL UNSAFE WITHOUT THEM!
4.-On your website appears an article written by you on the relationship between man and the divine. Can you summarize it in a few lines?
WELL IT’S BETTER OFF FOR EVERYBODY TO CHECK IT OUT BY HIM/HERSELF AND COME UP WITH HIS/HER OWN CONCLUSIONS. SO,GO TO http://www.lut.fi/~mega/muzac/Nightfall.html EVERYBODY IS WELCOME TO CELEBRATE THE NATURE OF MAN.
5-In the article you oftenly refer to authors like Jung and LaVey. What are your views on them? Are you interested in philosophy? If yes, which is your favourite philosopher?
MY FAVORITE PHILOSOPHER?? IS THERE SUCH A THING? PHILOSOPHY IS THE WAY TO FACE YOURSELF; YOUR LIFE; YOUR NATURE, ETC… I BELIEVE I CAN DROWN MYSELF INTO THE STARRY NIGHT OF MY SOUL FAR BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE CAN DO FOR ME! THE SAME GOES FOR EVERYBODY TOO!
6.-What do you think of the Nietzschean idea of the “übermensch” (“overman, a man whose moral is beyond good and evil”)? Do you think it exists, it can exist, or it has ever existed?
AS FAR AS INDIVIDUALS CANNOT LIVE ALONE BUT NEED ONE EACH OTHER “GOOD” AND “EVIL” WILL EXIST. EVEN MORALS’ GOD(S) ARE GOOD AND EVIL JUST BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN MADE BY HUMAN NEEDS…
7.-In that interview you said and I quote: “My aim is to learn everything”. Do you still wish to be omniscient? How can one try to be that?
MY AIM IN LIFE IS TO GAIN AS MUCH WISDOM AS I CAN! I PREFER TO LIVE MY LIFE RATHER THAN TO…SERVE IT.
8.-Talking about culture, which do you think is the reson why we all Greeks feel so much pride of our blood? I know that by mythology we’re descendants of our fathers the gods…
SORRY BUT THE REASON WHY ALL “MODERN” GREEKS SEEM TO BE SO PROUD OF THE ANCIENT GLORIOUS DAYS IS BECAUSE NOONE OF THEM HAS TO PRESENT ANYTHING WORTH MENTIONED NOWADAYS! YOU’RE LIVING AWAY FROM GREECE OF TODAY, THAT’S WHY YOU FACE YOUR “FATHERLAND” IN A SO ROMANTIC WAY TO SAY SO. REALITY IS MUCH MUCH DIFFERENT AND BELIEVE ME WE’RE TRYING BADLY (THE FEW EXEMPTIONS-AMONG THEM NIGHTFALL AS WELL)TO CHANGE IT. YOU KNOW ANDREAS, CHRISTIANITY HAS RUINED ALMOST EVERYTHING; WHAT WE CALL “HISTORY” THEY CALL IT “MYTHOLOGY” AND SO ON… IT’S A PITTY BUT IT WON’T LAST FOREVER!
9.-By the way we speak on gods, in “Macabre Sunsets” you have a song dedicated to “those who didn’t betray the Byzantine empire by leaving it to the hands of a fake god” (more or less, since I don’t have the booklet here right now). What does this sentence mean? Do you consider the Greeks who converted (or were converted) to Christianism as “traitors” since they abandoned the elder gods? Who do you blame for bringing Christianity into Hellenia?
YOU’RE QUITE RIGHT. I DON’T BELIEVE THAT CHRISTIANITY AND ITS DOCTRINES FIT TO ANY GREEK, MOREOVER TO ANY “MEDITERRANEAN” PEOPLE. IT’S NOT THAT CHRISTIANS “ABANDON THE ELDER GODS” BUT THEY TRY TO REJECT THAT SPIRITUAL FREEDOM WITHIN. CHRISTIANITY (AND ALL OTHER RELIGIONS) IS A STATUS QUO SITUATION SIMILAR TO THE ONE EXISTS IN PRISONS: ONE LEADS, FEW CONTROL, AND MASS BLINDLY FOLLOW.
10.-In an interview with Italian mag Grind Zone you said: “The Greek civilization doesn`t exist due to Catholicism”. Could you explain this sentence? Did you really mean “Catholicism” or simply “Christianism”? I know that before the cismas (Arrianism, Orthodoxism, Protestantism…) Christianity was homonymous with Catholicism (I’m sure that you, since you are Greek know the meaning of the word “Catholicism”…). Moreover, which Christian branch is less bad: Orthodoxism, Catholicism or Protestantism?
NO, I SAID “LIKE CATHOLISM HAS DONE TO THE ROMAN ETHICS…” (Oops, sorry Efthimis, but in the Spanish version what i quoted is EXACTLY what appeared, maybe there was a mistake in its translation… -ed!) FOR JUST LET THE ITALIAN INTERVIEWER UNDERSTANDING BETTER MY POINT OF VIEW. AS FOR THE BRANCHES YOU MENTION, I BELIEVE THAT ALL OF THEM HAVE EXPERIENCED MOMENTS OF MERCY AND CRUELTY; IT’S ALWAYS BEEN UP TO THEIR LEADERS AND THE SITUATIONS THEY HAVE TO FACE… EVEN A BEAST SOMETIMES LOOK LOVELY!
11.-Let’s change the topic. As far as I know, you belong to the so-called “Temple Of The Vampyre”. Could you explain what is that about?
NO, SORRY. SUCH THINGS ARE PRETTY PERSONAL.
12.-What do you think of legendary band Rotting Christ? Do you see yourselves as in competition with them in order to be the band number 1 in Hellas?
WHAT?? EVEN THOUGH BOTH NIGHTFALL AND ROTTING CHRIST DO ADVERTISE THE GREEK SCENE ABROAD (MAINLY BY TOURING) EVERYBODY IS LOOKING FORWARD THAT MOMENT WHERE THE SCENE OF GREECE WILL HAVE A PROPOSITION FOR ALL THE TASTES (LIKE IN GERMANY; SO MANY GOOD BANDS, SO MANY STYLES).
13.-Rotting Christ have played in America. Will we ever see Nightfall in the other side of the Atlantic? Have you thought about it?
YES, WE’RE ABOUT TO GO TO BRAZIL.
14.- By the way we speak on playing live, do you like touring? Are you still underground enough so as to travel by van / coach? Do you like it? Any anechdota to tell our readers?
THE LIFE IN THE TOUR BUS IS SOMETHING WHICH CANNOT BE DESCRIBED EASILY. WE DON’T LIKE IT, WE ADORE IT! ANECTODES? WELL, WE USUALLY HAVE A TENSION TO REVEAL OUR SELVES WITHOUT CLOTHES AND STUFF IN FRONT OF SERIOUS-LOOKING PEOPLE! PROVOKING “POLITICALY CORRECT” INDIVIDUALS IS OUR TOUR-HOBBY INDEED. SORRY BUT I CANNOT DESCRIBE A TSOUTSOUNI FRONT OF A SHOKING FACE… IT’S FUNNY ANYHOW!
15.-Unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to see you live in my hometown Barcelona. A couple of months ago, though, it was planned to play in Barcelona and then in Madrid, but finally you only played in Madrid with Avulsed and another band. How was the gig? What do you think of the Spanish audience? Can you point out the best European audience? Why? And the worst one? Why?
THE BEST CROWDS ARE THOSE OF SOUTH EUROPE, INDEED. PEOPLE THERE ARE REALLY HOT AND WHEN THEY COME TO SHOWS THEY TRY TO GET RID OFF ALL THOSE SHITS THEY HAVE WITHIN. WORST… MAYBE IN THE MIDDLE OF EUROPE WHERE FANS ARE SO MUCH INTO BANDS’TOURING THAT THEY DO NOT REALLY FEEL THAT SPECIAL FEELING A FAN HAS WHEN HE/SHE SEES ONLY 8-9 BANDS PER YEAR.
16.-By the way, the rating I gave to “Athenian Echoes” in the reviews section in my webzine was 9.9 with this closing comment: “They don’t reach a 10 because perfection is impossible”. What do you think?
YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! (Hehehe… Well, it was well deserved, really! -ed!)
17.-Let’s finish this exhausting interview with kind of a game: Say a short comment on each of these geographic places:
Hellas: SHE HURTS ME BUT I LOVE HER!
Finland:WE’LL BE BACK SOON!
Spain:RULES! DAVE OF AVULSED IS REAL’S MANIAC, WE DID A FEW JOKES TO HIM AS WE PREFER BARCELONA! L’ESPERANZA…
Germany:I LIKE THE FACT THAT PEOPLE THERE DO REALLY WORK HARD.
European Union:LETS FUCKIN’ DO IT! WE HATE NATIONALISM!
Kemi:COLD AND DRANK.
Mount Olympus:THE REALM…
United Kingdom:OPEN MINDED?!
Cyprus:…LOOKING FOR BETTER DAYS…
Rome:AND MILAN AS WELL!…RULE.
Weird, huh? Yes, my interviews are very particular…
18.-O.k., that’s all. Evharisto, file Efthimis Please close this interview….
THANX A LOT FOR THE SUPPORT ANDREAS. THA TA POUME SYNTOMA APO KONTA! TAKE CARE EVERYBODY AND CHECK OUT BOTH OUR LESBIAN SHOW + OUR WEB SITE! ANTIO, E.K./NF