Webzine: Possessed / Germany
Article: Smalltalk: Kalopsia

Written by: unknown
Published: 2003



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 I do!

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 and ABORTED.

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 lyrics?
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


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EmptyWords-Published on October 7 2003