|Interview by Burt Wolf with Giannis K., drummer for DARK VISION!
Interview done May 18th, 2015!
DARK VISION HAS BEEN CRUSHING THE UNDERGROUND SCENE FOR NEARLY 20 YEARS NOW,
BUT CAN YOU GIVE US A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BAND AND HOW YOU GOT TOGETHER?
Yes of course! DARK VISION was formed in 1996 and have been performing extreme Metal ever since, starting
off as a Heavy / Black Metal six piece shaping into the straight Death / Black Metal quartet of nowadays. This idea
started when we were at the high school, along with two friends, we wanted to do something different than the
standards (along with the usual teenage stuff) and express our feelings different, so we created the band.
WHY WAS DARK VISION CHOSEN AS THE BANDS NAME?
We wanted to describe our darkest side in music from that name, that’s why has been chosen.
DARK VISION HAS GONE THROUGH SOME CHANGES IN STYLE OVER THE YEARS, HOW
WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE AND SOUND?
DARK VISION has been through many changes in the past regarding the line up, thus allowed us to experiment
with our style but always staying in the Metal idiom.
WHO OR WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME INFLUENCES ON YOUR MUSIC, YOUR DRUMMING AND IN
LIFE IN GENERAL?
Many things! At the beginning Metal music (e.g. BATHORY, EMPEROR, BLACK SABBATHl, ROTTING
CHRIST, and many others) that helped me to understand the basic and the standards of this music style, later on,
different styles to enrich my knowledge in drumming. In life there are many thing that influence me , especially
nowadays that everything has been changed and the need to express my /our selves through music it helps a lot
for our daily matters.
WHY DID THE BAND START OUT AS A SIX PIECE AND NOW SETTLE AS A FOUR PIECE?
The period then was different! As were different our influences and our needs. Nowadays with this form, I
believe, we are expressing our selves, much more with this style.
YOU PUT OUT A BUNCH OF DEMOS A FEW EP'S & ONLY ONE FULL LENGTH OVER THE YEARS.
CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT EACH AND WHY ONLY ONE FULL LENGTH?
To be honest it wasn’t done on purpose! At our first step, a full length album was created to describe our needs
back then, later on and through many lineup changes we decide that a short album can be more comprehensive,
although we are discussing now the possibility that the next album that is planned to be released on 2016 to be full
WHAT IS SOME OF THE LYRICAL CONTENT OF YOUR SONGS?
Usually our vocalist Mark is the one writing most of the lyrics – describing personal matters and situations and
sometimes can be describe some of darkest feelings / thoughts.
WHO WRITES THE MAJORITY OF YOUR MUSIC OR IS IT A WHOLE BAND COLLABORATION?
CAN YOU TAKE US THROUGH SOME OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?
Depends the situation and the timing! Sometimes we are working a new idea in the studio all together, and other
times we are working on an idea that created home.
WHY DID YOU GUYS WAIT TWO YEARS AFTER THE RECORDING YOU FULL LENGTH "FULL
MOON SHINES" TO RELEASE IT?
Ah! Many things came into play! Firstly, we faced some problems with the album release, at the time that we had
started to record “FULL MOON SHINES” the record company closed! So when the recording finished we had to
look for a new company (NMC MUSIC) to release the album, apart of that, some members choose to express
their music needs through other styles of music. So we had to release firstly, the album and then to reconstruct
the band again.
YOU HAVE A FEW OFFICIAL VIDEOS
OUT. CAN YOU TELL US FOR WHICH
SONGS AND WHAT THE VIDEOS ARE
Our first video was a single that was released
on 2004 “Signs From Fallen Stars” which
promoted mostly as a song and not as a video.
Secondly was the most recent “King Of
Emptiness” from “INGROWTH” album. In
both cases we choose these songs to be
described simple with the band performing
and not as a specific concept.
DARK VISION HAS PLAYED OUT A LOT OVER THE YEARS, WHERE ARE SOME OF THE PLACES
YOU'VE PLAYED AND WITH WHO?
We have played mostly in Greece, and we had the honor to share the stage with well established bands like
MAYHEM, SATYRICON, SODOM, ROTTING CHRIST, SEPTIC FLESH, ANCIENT RITES, KAAMOS,
DARK FORTRESS, DEVIANT, DEVISER and many local underground bands.
ANY COOL OR INTERESTING BAND / LIVE / TOUR STORIES YOU CAN SHARE WITH US?
We are always having a good time with most of the bands that we played! And believe me, most of the famous
bands that we have met, are simple people that want to play the music we love!
IT'S BEEN THREE YEARS SINCE YOUR LAST RELEASE "INGROWTH". IS THERE ANY NEW
MATERIAL OR A NEW RELEASE IN THE WORKS?
Yes! As a matter of fact we are working at the moment on brand new material! We hope that by the mid of 2016
the new album will be released!
I KNOW A LOT OF KILLER BANDS HAVE COME OUT OF GREECE, WHO ARE SOME OF THE
BANDS & LABELS YOU WOULD RECOMMEND?
Ah! There are many! MORTAL TORMENT, ALTER SELF, VIGOUR, LEFTHANDED SOCIETY. About
labels there are few left actually in Greece but they are supporting in full the underground scene … SLEAZE
RIDER, FLOGA RECORDS & BLACK VOMIT RECORDS.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST ALBUM YOU EVER BOUGHT?
Ha! “KILLERS” IRON MAIDEN in vinyl form!
WHAT WAS THE FIRST CONCERT YOU EVER WENT TO?
IRON MAIDEN on “THE X FACTOR” Tour!
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE HORROR MOVIES AND WHY?
IT - Stephen King, PSYCHO, THE EXORCIST..!
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU'D THINK PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO FIND OUT ABOUT YOU?
I really don’t know… I believe that all the people that are next to me all this years, have seen something in me...
so it must be something! The only thing I can tell you about me, is my “Persistence” and my “Faith”…
WHAT CAN WE HOPE TO SEE FROM DARK VISION IN THE NEAR FUTURE?
For now we are planning to complete and release our new album, at the same time we would like to arrange some
gig over the Greece and who knows maybe in Europe ..
THANX A LOT FOR ANSWER THIS INTERVIEW. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD ANYTHING ELSE
TO CLOSE OUT!
Thank you for your support Burt! BEOWOLF Label / Magazine have been many years in the scene supporting
the underground! Keep the Flame Alive!