Please, tell us something about your band (history, members,
recordings/ releases, livegigs, label? etc.).
Kalopsia formed in 1999, originally as a side project to Eschaton.
Eschaton was a melodic death metal act and I wanted to have a project
that featured brutal slams and barbaric song structures. After Eschaton
broke up, Kalopsia became my main focus. We had several line up
changes, as many bands do, and played only a couple shows. In the
summer of 2002 we began to prepare to record a full length, as we
had 11 songs completed. Around this time, there were further line
up changes. By the time we were scheduled to record in October 2002,
it was only myself and a drummer. We went to Victor studios in Montreal,
Quebec Canada, and recorded our debut album, "Exquisite Beauty
of the Defiled" with masterful production work by Jean Francois
Dagenais, the legendary guitarist of Kataklysm and producer of some
of the scene's best bands including Malevolent Creation, Misery
Index, and of course, Kataklysm. Shortly thereafter, the drummer
left the band. We now have a new guitarist and bassist, and are
currently seeking a drummer. There are a few promotional copies
of the album floating around, but it hasn't been officially released
yet, but the response so far has been overwhelmingly positive.
How would you describe your
position in the wide-world metal scene? What do you think about
the underground movement?
Kalopsia stands for quality songwriting. Some people would catagorize
us as gore metal, or death metal, and they wouldn't be wrong.
For me though, we just want to put out the best quality material
possible and not subject ourselves to labels or limits. Sonically,
people compare us to Dying Fetus, Death, Malevolent Creation,
Kataklysm, Impaled and even Opeth, and I am more than happy to
be compared to such legendary bands. I think it is incredible.
We are a metal band, and we are proud to be part of the global
metal scene. No mainstream genre of music has the support and
fan mechanisms of the underground metal movement. It is one of
the longest running fanbases in the current music scene and it
just proves that people who love metal really live for it like
Which 3 CDs would you take
with you to a lonely island?
That's too hard a question. If I had to pick, I would say DEATH
"Symbolic," MEGADETH "Rust in Peace" and NAPALM
DEATH "Noise for Music's Sake" because it's basically
a "best of..." But somebody better get me off that island
soon so I can listen to LIVIDITY, DYING FETUS, DARK TRANQUILLITY
If you had enough money to
shoot a video, how would the clip look like?
We are actually looking into doing a video for the song "Tool
Shed Therapy." I just want it to be gritty and bloody as
fuck, with a lot of seizure inducing flashing and thrashing. No
hi-tech CGI crap, just full on GORE!
If you`ve the chance to change
one day of your life. Which will it be and why?
The day I missed Lividity playing in NYC. I hadn't seen them in
3 years and they haven't been back since. But that was also the
day I met my girlfriend, so I would only change the part where
I got lost in the Bronx and missed the show.
Which song shall be played
on your burial?
I would want everyone to feel better, so I would pick something
silly, like Weird Al, "Since You've Been Gone." If I
had to pick something more serious, it would be probably the title
track off of DEATH's "Symbolic" album, or MEGADETH,
"In My Darkest Hour".
If you had the chance to kill
someone and to bring back one person in the same way, which would
it be and why?
I would kill Carson Daly, just because he really needs a knife
stuck in him. And I would bring back Chuck Schuldiner. I think
we all agree he was taken from us too soon.
What means metal to you?
I live for metal. It has been a huge part of my life for over
10 years now. I have hundreds of cds and my room is plastered
with band posters. My dresser is full of band shirts. I don't
know where I would be without metal, but I'm willing to guess
probably dead or in jail. So I guess you can say metal is one
of the most important things in the world to me.
What is your opinion on political
Depends. If they're done well, then they're ok. Napalm Death is
of course a good example. Misery Index is a good new band that
is bringing that to the forefront and making people think about
those issues, which is good. Some bands, however, don't know what
the fuck they're talking about, and they just make metal/grind/punk
bands with political leanings look like angry, uninformed children.
"Smash the government" isn't a good lyric unless you
can back it up with information that justifies the statement.
What can we expect from your band in the future?
Until we get a drummer, I am focusing on writing new material. If
we need to hire a drummer to record, I'll do that. Shows are obviously
not a possibility until that gets taken care of. We'll probably
do another record, then tour. It's up in the air. Of course, if
Dave Culross or Richard Christy knocks on my door and we get signed,
everything changes. Expect "Exquiste Beauty of the Defiled"
to be unleashed upon the underground in the very near future, and
check out www.kalopsia.org to see what's going to happen next.
For more information on Kalopsia visit their website at www.kalopsia.org