Twenty Questions With Motherfaster


Interview @ True Metal Lives

1. First of all, thank you for taking the time to do this interview with me. Before we really get rolling, please introduce yourself and can you please give us some information on your band and its background?
Paminos: We are Motherfaster, a three piece heavy metal band. We play straight to the point heavy music, decorated with dirty stories.

2. Please describe your band’s style. Genre, similar bands, etc. What should a potential new fan expect upon hearing your music for the first time?
Jim: The style of Motherfaster is like an avalanche of riffs. I don’t actually like the term genre, because all of the band members of Motherfaster are grown and raised with the true essence of music, which lies out of any specific genre. For example, we worship bands like W.a.s.p, Whitesnake and Alice Cooper, the same way we love Asphyx, Impaled Nazarene, or Gorefest. As for the expectations of a new fan, after listening to our album, I believe he will hit the repeat button on the cd player, when the last song ends…

3. What other bands have you played in previously?
Bill: The three of us have been involved in numerous projects over the past decade!
After dusk is the first band we created in 1998. We have recorded two death metal albums with Dominate, where Jim did the vocals and the lyrics and I wrote the music. Then after that, Paminos, Jim and Theodore of After Dusk created a black metal project called En Tafo!

4. What are some of your musical influences both in metal and maybe in other styles of music?
Bill: Dimebag Darell, Randy Rhoads, Tonny Iommi, Lemmy, Danzig, Rory Galagher, Gary Moore, Manolis Hiotis, Andy La roque, Chuck Shuldiner,
ZZ top and the list goes on.

5. Can you please share with us your band’s recording history and any interesting stories and experiences from the studio?
Paminos: We have recorded one full length album, which came out on February 2015. A funny story I can remember, during the recordings, is the following. Jim has a strange phobia about midgets. When I told that to our friend and sound engineer George Emmanuel, he found it very funny. He laughed and said to me something like: “Man this guy is 2 meters tall! How can he be afraid of midgets?”. After Jim had finished with the drums, we were in the control room and George sneaked behind him, while on his knees and poked Jim in the back. I can’t describe to you what happened in there, when he turned around. We had a great time recording the album.
6. How about your bands live experiences? Any amusing or memorable shows you would like to share with us?
Paminos: Every show is different. I remember a Halloween show, when we dressed up as zombies, another one that everybody in the club was drunk, including us! Someone even showed up with a inflatable sex doll on that one. Last year’s appearance at Wreck Athens fest was great too.

7. We have all heard of the big 4 of thrash. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. It has been talked about in the past and critiqued quite often. In your mind, what are the Big 4? You don’t have to just list thrash bands, lets open it up to all metal genres, past or present, what is the big 4 in your mind?
Paminos: I think this Big 4 stuff is mostly marketing. Ok, all the 3 of us LOVE Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer. But Anthrax? Why should be Anthrax there and not Testament, or Kreator, or Destruction, or Sodom? But if you have to have 4 bands, I think it would be Sabbath, Maiden, Priest and Megadethallica. I don’t fit Motorhead in there, because Motorhead are the Big 1.
Bill: For me there is no big 4, cause there are bands out there that perform way better live than the big4, but they are underestimated! And now a few examples
Saxon the best live performing band on the planet, Carcass kicks ass, Cannibal Corpse, Celtic Frost, Testament, Grip INC, King Diamond and many, many more!

8. What would be your dream supergroup? Again lets open it up to past or present musicians, what would be the dream band lineup?
Paminos: I don’t like the concept of supergroups. How can I know if Randy, Dime, Cliff and Cozy Powel would produce something good?

9. Now if you were to be a member of any band, who would you love to join up with?
Paminos: There are many musicians that I love and respect and it would be awesome to write, play, or compose a song with them, but being in a band is a lot more than that. So I have to say that, being a member of Motherfaster and After Dusk, fulfills me 100%!

10. Now it’s time to get philosophical. What IS heavy metal?
Paminos: Heavy metal is loud, distorted, controversial music

11. What has heavy metal done for you thus far both in music and in your personal life?
Paminos: Musically I think metal and rock music can be close to the classic and the traditional at the same time. It can combine many different musical cultures. It helps you to enjoy music out of the box, not only for entertainment. In personal life it helped me learn the English language well, plus I had great times with friends at concerts.
12. If you were not playing in a metal band, what do you think you would be doing currently?
Paminos: I would be very miserable! The only other thing, that interests me remotely as much as metal music, is motorcycles.

13. What is your heavy metal dream? I am not talking about goals here, I am talking about going to bed and dreaming…what is the dream you are having? Or is it a nightmare?
Paminos: Being able to release an album, without worrying about anything else, than the music and the sound.

14. What is your view on the current state of heavy metal?
Jim: The way I see it, heavy metal is in a comatose state. There is war going on between bands in all the musical platforms. Imitation, useless battles in soulless technical displays.. who’s the faster..who’s the most shocking.. The true heart of heavy metal lies mostly in the underground bands, those bands who play music because they get richer in their souls and not in their wallets.

15. What are your thoughts concerning the digital era of metal. I am curious what you think of digital downloading, recording in the modern era and anything else that has changed since the early days of the industry.
Paminos: As a music fan, I don’t like downloadable stuff and I don’t like streaming services either. I prefer cd’s and vinyl records. Have I ever downloaded an album? Yes, but only to check it out. If I like it, I always go ahead and buy a copy. Paying to download a digital album is another option available the last few years and also cheaper. It is just not my favorite medium. Bottom line is this: if you enjoy an artist, or a band, buy a copy of their work. It is your responsibility as a music fan. Most of us are not rich, but spending 10-20-30$ per month for art is not a big deal. We all spend more money for less important things anyway. The digital era of recording on the other hand has only benefits, because it reduces the recording costs by a large factor.

16. Heavy metal has gone through some changes since the early days. New movements have come and gone as has its overall popularity. With that in mind, what direction do you see heavy metal going in the future?
Jim: Heavy metal is a die-hard motherfucker… Despite the fact that everything has been played, over and over again, by every band out there in the last three decades, it has a bizarre and unique way to reinvent itself. It’s like a phoenix. It rises, then burns to dust and comes to life again. Even someone who has grown up to heavy metal and for some reason he quits listening to it. For example, when he turns to 50 years old or something like that. If you play him an Iron Maiden or a Metallica song, he will remember it.. It has an impact on you. Thus, I believe, it will keep its steady direction for many years to come. Just like calms..but there’s always more..burning.
17. Several musicians have gone on record to say that the full length album is dead. That with the digital age there is no need to produce a full length release. What are your thoughts, is the full length dead or still viable?
Paminos: It is dead from the point that you can’t expect to make much money from the album. On the other hand how many albums have you bought in the past that should have been singles, or EP’s? Like 2-3 great songs and the rest for the trash? You can’t be a musician without producing new music. And the best way to do that, is to record an album, if you have the inspiration. I mean you can record a single song every other month, but that is not any cheaper than to do it all at once. And it’s not cool, if your fans haven’t heard anything new from you for some years, to give them only a couple of songs, or use a new album as an excuse for a tour.

18. Okay time to talk and promote your band some more. What is the current news coming from your camp. Any new music, tours, festivals or anything going on?
Paminos: We are still getting great feedback for our debut album! We have written new songs for the sequel and we will keep working on that, so that we hit the studio before the end of 2016.

19. What are the immediate short range goals for your group?
Paminos: Last month, we recorded a cover song. We’ll make a video for that, to keep you guys wired until the next album.

20. What about ultimately any long range goals?
Paminos: To spread the music of Motherfaster as far as we can!

21. Finally if you have any last words you wish to express to your fans and the metal community in general please do so here.
Paminos: Be critical about the things you hear and read. No matter who wrote them. Admit when you are wrong.


Metal invader interviews Motherfaster (In Greek)

logoblackTo Metal Invader επικοινώνησε με τους Motherfaster, μία νέα heavy μπάντα, τα μέλη της οποίας κάθε άλλο παρά νέα είναι στο χώρο. Μιλήσαμε μαζί τους για τον –πολύ καλό- ντεμπούτο δίσκο τους, τις μελλοντικές τους κινήσεις και πολλά άλλα…. Enjoy!!!

– Πείτε μας λίγα λόγια για τους Motherfaster.

-Παμίνος: Οι Motherfaster είναι μία μπάντα με ένα πολύ απλό σκοπό, να παίξει straight to the point heavy metal, χωρίς πολλά-πολλά και η μουσική και οι στίχοι να είναι, ξέρεις,  βρώμικες ιστορίες από όλα τα μήκη και πλάτη του πλανήτη.

– Έχετε τα ίδια μουσικά ακούσματα ή ο κάθε ένας ακούει διαφορετικά είδη μουσικής;

-Παμίνος: Κοίτα, να σου πω δεν έχουμε και ιδιαίτερες διαφορές γιατί είμαστε και οι τρεις από το σχολείο μαζί και παίζουμε, ακούμε, πάμε σε συναυλίες κτλπ… Να σου πω ότι εγώ και ο κιθαρίστας ο Βασίλης είμαστε αδέρφια…

– Ωπ, δεν το είχα υπόψη μου αυτό…..

-Παμίνος: Δεν το πολυ – διαφημίζουμε (γέλια)… και ο Μήτσος, ο ντράμερ, είναι συμμαθητής μας από το σχολείο, οπότε είχαμε μεγαλώσει και οι τρείς μαζί. Μπορεί ο ένας να ακούει λίγο παραπάνω black metal, ο άλλος λίγο παραπάνω death metal, αλλά όλοι πάνω κάτω τα ίδια ακούμε…

– Πάμε στον καινούριο σας δίσκο. Τι απεικονίζει, τελικά, το εξώφυλλό σας; Πώς σας ήρθε η ιδέα για αυτό;

-Παμίνος: Τώρα πάλι εγώ θα απαντήσω, γιατί εμένα μου ήρθε η ιδέα… Όταν ήμασταν στη διαδικασία ηχογράφησης δεν είχαμε κάτι στάνταρ για εξώφυλλο. Τη μέρα που το συζητάγαμε πέρασα από κάπου και είδα αυτό το σχέδιο μπροστά μου, ξέρεις….. την ανατομία των αναπαραγωγικών οργάνων της γυναίκας και μου ήρθε αυτό σαν φλας, αντί για τις ωοθήκες να έχουμε αυγά και αντί για σάλπιγγες φίδια κτλ… και βρήκαμε ένα παιδί που μπορούσε να το κάνει, γιατί κανένας από μας δε ζωγραφίζει και του είπαμε για τη δουλειά μας και βγήκε αυτό που είδες.

– Το άλμπουμ είναι selfreleased ή έχετε υπογράψει κάπου;

– Βασίλης: Έχουμε υπογράψει με το Final Touch label του Μίλτου Καρατζά και ο δίσκος θα έχει τη διανομή μέσω της Cobalt music. Όλα έγιναν «σφαίρα» και τα ανακοινώσαμε μέσα σε ένα μήνα.

Black Label Society με τον Ozzy στα φωνητικά. Κατά διαστήματα αυτό μου ερχόταν στο μυαλό ακούγοντας το δίσκο σας. Τι λέτε;

-Παμίνος: Δε νομίζω… εννοείται ότι γουστάρουμε πάρα πολύ και τον Ozzy και τους Black Label, αλλά γενικά εγώ δεν είμαι φαν της περιγραφής ενός συγκροτήματος ή ενός δίσκου με λόγια… βέβαια μερικές φορές είναι απαραίτητο και δεν μπορεί να γίνει αλλιώς. Ίσως να μπορεί να περιγράψει μερικά δευτερόλεπτα κάποιου κομματιού, όχι γενικά…

– Πώς πάει ο καινούριος δίσκος; Τι ανταπόκριση βλέπετε από το κοινό και τον τύπο;

-Παμίνος: Από τον κόσμο δεν έχουμε ακόμα άμεση ανταπόκριση, γιατί δεν τον έχουν ακούσει πάρα πολύ, καθώς βγήκε τη Δευτέρα πριν μία βδομάδα (σ.σ. 24/02). Ολόκληρο το δίσκο τον έχουν ακούσει κυρίως τα περιοδικά και οι αντιδράσεις είναι πάρα πολύ καλές και τα σχόλια πάρα πολύ καλά.

– Η μουσική και οι στίχοι σας παραπέμπουν σε “sex booze and rocknroll” καταστάσεις. Η έμπνευσή σας είναι βιωματική; Πώς ενσωματώνετε τους στίχους σε ένα τραγούδι;

– Παμίνος:  Όχι πάντα από προσωπικές εμπειρίες. Και από βιώματα προσωπικά ή από βιώματα άλλων. Κοιτάμε πάντοτε η ιδέα να μας κάθεται καλά και στο τραγούδι. Ξέρεις, ότι ταιριάζει ο ρυθμός του τραγουδιού, το ριφφ, στο θέμα που θέλουμε να αφηγηθούμε.

– Έχετε κάποιο συγκεκριμένο τελετουργικό για τη σύνθεση των κομματιών και των στίχων;

– Παμίνος: Όχι απαραίτητα. Δεν υπάρχει στάνταρ διαδικασία. Την πρώτη φορά που ξεκινήσαμε να κάνουμε την μπάντα μπήκαμε για πλάκα στο στούντιο και οι τρεις μαζί και τα δύο πρώτα κομμάτια που έχουμε στο δίσκο τα παίξαμε στο έτσι, εκεί, στην πρόβα. Στην ουσία τα κομμάτια γραφτήκαν εκεί στην πρόβα… Τώρα έχουμε και μερικά καινούρια κομμάτια, άλλα τα γράφει ο Βασίλης, άλλα τα γράφω εγώ, ο Δημήτρης μας έχει φέρει κάτι στίχους , τίτλους, ιδέες, διάφορα… Όπως μας κάτσει, απλά όταν κάτι ακούγεται ωραίο το κρατάμε.

– Έχετε δηλαδή ήδη καινούριο υλικό;

– Βασίλης: Υπάρχει αρκετό υλικό, γιατί ο δίσκος που άκουσες τώρα έχει ηχογραφηθεί ήδη εδώ και ένα χρόνο πάνω κάτω. Γενικά είμαστε και άτομα που δε σταματάνε τη σύνθεση καθόλου, συνθέτουμε οπουδήποτε. Ήδη είμαστε σε μία φάση που έχουμε μαζέψει παραπάνω υλικό από ότι θα χρειαζόμασταν για τον επόμενο δίσκο.

– Εκτός από τους Motherfaster συμμετείχατε και σε πολλά άλλα συγκροτήματα. Στην παρούσα φάση τι γίνεται;

– Βασίλης: Οι τρεις μας έχουμε βρεθεί σε πάρα πολλά project. Ξεκινώντας από τους After Dusk, που είναι και η πιο παλιά μας δουλειά, από το 1998. Και οι τρεις από τους Motherfaster είναι και στους After Dusk. Πάλι με το ίδιο concept βγάλαμε με το Δημήτρη και τον Παμίνο πριν τρία-τέσσερα χρόνια το “ Εν τάφω”, μία black metal δουλειά. Πάλι οι τρεις μας είχαμε βγάλει δύο δουλειές με τους Dominate που παίζαμε death metal και είχαμε κάνει και κάποιες συναυλίες από το 2005 μέχρι το 2007, οπότε και σταματήσαμε να παίζουμε live. Τώρα οι δύο μας μπάντες είναι οι Motherfaster και οι After Dusk. Δεν έχουμε άμεσα σχέδια για το μέλλον για κάτι άλλο, γιατί δεν έχουμε και χρόνο, οι δύο μπάντες είναι υπεραρκετές.

– Τι έχετε στο πρόγραμμα από ζωντανές εμφανίσεις;

– Βασίλης: Στο άμεσο μέλλον, θα συμμετάσχουμε στις 20 του Μάρτη στο τριήμερο φεστιβάλ heavy metal που γίνεται στο Κύτταρο: Athens Wreck Festival. Με φοβερές μπάντες μέσα, όπως Disharmony, Parthian Shot και διάφορες άλλες πολύ σημαντικές και δυνατές. Για μετά, θα αρχίσουμε να σχεδιάζουμε ένα tour τις επόμενες μέρες, εδώ τριγύρω στον ελληνικό χώρο προς τα παρόν και βλέπουμε…

– Υπάρχει κάποιο live που σας έμεινε αξέχαστο; Κάποια μπάντα που να έχετε δεθεί παραπάνω;

– Βασίλης: Δεν μπορώ να σου πω κάτι, ίσως να αδικήσουμε κάποια. Μπορώ να σου πω δέκα μπάντες που μου έρχονται στο μυαλό έτσι…

– Ήρθε η ώρα για την κλασσική ερώτηση σχετικά με την ελληνική σκηνή. Υπάρχει μία διάχυτη αισιοδοξία. Τη συμμερίζεστε;

– Βασίλης: Εγώ προσωπικά τη συμμερίζομαι. Γενικά, τα σταριλίκια και τα βεντετιλίκια του παρελθόντος έχουν εκλείψει, δηλαδή δεν τα βλέπεις συχνά. Μία μπάντα σε μία χρονιά θα παίξει μαζί με δέκα-δεκαπέντε μπάντες. Δε βλέπεις αυτό που γινόταν παλιά, να τσακωνόμαστε όλοι με όλους. Εμείς, γενικά, δεν είχαμε τέτοια θέματα στο παρελθόν, γιατί δεν ασχολούμασταν με τέτοια πράγματα, αλλά πλέον δεν το βλέπουμε στα live, οπότε αυτό είναι το πρώτο πολύ καλό. Άμα ξεκινήσει λίγο και ο χώρος να υποστηρίζει τις μπάντες λίγο πιο δυνατά και όχι με like και share μόνο. Βασικά αυτό είναι που χρειάζονται όλες οι μπάντες αυτή τη στιγμή… Σκέψου, δηλαδή, ότι μία μπάντα ελληνική που μπορεί να μην τα πηγαίνει καλά οικονομικά ή οτιδήποτε το μόνο που χρειάζεται είναι η ανταπόκριση από τον κόσμο. Να πάνε σε κανένα live και να πάρουνε κανένα CD! Δεν είναι κάτι το ιδιαίτερο, απλά πρέπει όλοι να το κάνουνε!

– Πώς μπορεί κάποιος να επικοινωνήσει με την μπάντα και να αποκτήσει υλικό σας;


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Album review from Metal Invader!

logoblackGenre: Heavy Metal
Country: Greece
Year: 2014

For some very strange reason, I was reluctant to write a review on this disc. I was afraid to push the “play” button. I didn’t know what to expect. A name based on a pun, eccentricity on the cover. You know, I had this feeling you get moments before you do something you’re not sure of, but you simultaneously want to be proven wrong for your ostensibly poor choice. On the other hand, said “What if it actually IS good and I waste my time faffing around.” I hit play. That was it. Doom.

Motherfaster are three lads from Athens, that even though they’ve been together since 2011, their debut record came out just in 2014. Paminos, Bill and Jim, who fill the shoes of singer / bassist, guitarist and drummer respectively, bring us a 9 – tracks record with compositions that remind you of something, but on the other side of the coin are so unique and special. It is a production of Motherfaster themselves, while mixing and mastering was George Emmanuel’s work.

The album begins with an instrumental track called “Not a Good Idea”, pacing through doom trails both quick and slow, with solos that give you goosebumps; Portends the style of the rest of the album. “A Bad Idea” comes next, a combination of heavy metal with doom and southern tunes. Although they state that their music heavy metal, the sound overall is much darker than that, like cement plates falling unto a glass front. There is a change in vocals in “The Nymph and the God”; Mr. Paminos voice becomes clearer. The solo and in general the sound of the guitar (in my ears) seems to have changed, imperceptibly, smoothly, while keeping character. In “Twenty Four Seven” we have different colors and vibrations, catchy sounds and perhaps the ideal piece to gain airtime. It has this quality that no other pieces of the genre have; generally it could be a radio success easily. Afterwards “Tunes of Doom” is full of a Black Sabbath feeling and a gentle touch of Black Label Society. “Jealously Insane” increases the speed with faster playing, full of energy, with a hefty bonus riff that works as an outro simultaneously. Next stop “Mirrors of Insanity” and “Red Lights” follow the same pattern with mid – tempo dark guitars. The album closes with “Royal Treatment”, a Judas Priest – like track with southern influences, completing the circle of the album in the best possible way. Lyrically, “Motherfaster” is not intended neither for sweethearts, nor sensitive souls, nor children of the church. As they reveal themselves, they talk about drug abuse, sex, violence, murder, an extreme mafia mobster, a guy who falls in love with a prostitute, a maniac rapist; all beautiful and delicate.

I highly recommend listening to “Motherfaster”, as it sounds different from other releases of the genre and those three musicians know exactly what they are doing. There is no way you won’t be satisfied. Even if it’s a Greek production, it has nothing to envy from the bands abroad.


An absolute motherfaster! (Album review from WMD Studios)


Well, whoever holds the opinion that ‘Rock is Dead’ should face the Motherfaster!

The above statement is a light in the dark for all lovers of heavy and pounding sounds of ‘Heavy Metal’ and Rock: from those who have had cut down their locks and cried in the night hearing Justin Biebers’ being played over and over on the radio, to those who have sold their soul and taken the distortion pedals out of the effect’s chain –to produced cleaner/lighter sounds- just to feed their (Sunday School going) kids…

Ironically, Motherfasters is producing the darkest music (in their genre) that I have heard in the contemporary acts so far. Their menacingly corrupting songs include tales of a wide range of insane realities: from topics like drug-sex-abuse to serial-rapists and laments-of and about-gods to underworld-gangsters.

Yeah, not the stuff for Sunday Schools…

Motherfaster is: a three piece ‘Rock Machine’, driven by the Ozzy influenced vocal antics of Paminos (who also holds the Bass guitar) with Bill fanatically rendering riffs after riffs; that could put smiles on Toni Iommi’s face, and then they have Jim thrashing drums -while keeping the trio steady at the same time. The trio is (surprisingly) from Athens, Greece. These three got together in the fall of 2011, and after some initial experiments (and around a dozen gigs during 2012, 2013) they took the applause of their fans seriously, and conjured up a studio album (March 2014).

In November 2014 they released the first single ‘The nymph and the god’ which was featured in the compilation CD Fear Candy No 138, that comes with Terrorizer magazine (Issue 254) along with some other existing bands.
It is needless to say, but the moment you play Motherfaster, the first thought that hits you is: “Oh my god, this is the rebirth of Metal…”

If I hadn’t been keeping an eye on the aging monsters of Black Sabbath, I would have mistaken Motherfaster for their pseudo name. Motherfaster has got the same musical chemistry going, only with a refreshed and original zeal.
Their sound ranges from Hard (Blues oriented) Rock to Heavy Metal, very much into pioneer’s style, and the feel of it tells about the varying influences of Sabbath, Pantera, Judas Priest and even Black Label Society at times.

My favorite pick is 24/7 (the song about Mafia Guy) with its in-your-face attitude. So far Bill has impressed with his guitar chops, but I would love to hear him using less takes/layers during guitar solos.

In conclusion, Motherfaster gets thumbs up from me; with a middle finger attached to it…

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Motherfaster @ Terrorizer’s compilation CD!

terrMotherfaster is featured on Terrorizer magazine issue 254 compilation CD, Fear Candy No138, along with Exodus, Obituary and other great bands! A very special thank you to our good friend Dimitris from Pandora’s Box Booking for making this happen!!!

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