Hi! Please introduce WORD OF LIFE to the readers.
Hello! Well Word Of Life were formed in 2013 in Athens, Greece and we have maintained the same line up ever since. We started as an alternative – prog metal band, but then things started to get heavier and darker. So here we are now, with a reinvented sound, closer to melodic death-black metal.
Tell us more about “Jahbulon”.
Jahbulon is our first full length album and it was released via Sliptrick Records. It deals with occult and esoteric concepts that try to stimulate you through allegories and symbolisms. Soundwise it is a combination of progressive death metal with traditional greek and eastern folk elements.
When did you start writing music – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I personally started writing music at the age of 15. I was always fascinated by the fact that you can get something like an idea or a feeeling out of you and express it through a musical form that stays there forever. The musical influencies were mainly bands from the black metal scene and this is an influential part that we share in common with all the other members.
What are your main impulses to write metal music?
Mainly the energetic outcome you get from this kind of music. We enjoy other kinds of music too but when it comes to composing your own stuff you need to write what expresses you the most.
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your musical work?
Jahbulon is definitely one of these moments as an album. It combines all of my influencies and aesthetics in music. Our next work is also going to be our most remarkable moment I think (it is already composed and we are so impatient to release this material).
How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in?
Definitely a rich scene with so many excelent bandss, but professionalism and opportunities for the artists are really non-existent.
When it comes to be musician, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a musician?
The main purpose and first priority is, and should always be, writing good music. The biggest challenge is to always create material that has a meaning of existence. Our ambition is to take it one step further with every album we release. Of course touring, selling your merch, getting attention on social media and stuff like that is what every band would consider as “professional”, but with the current state of the music industry we all know these things are difficult to happen so they come second.
What do you usually start with when working on a new song or lyrics?
I usually start with the music. I write down all my riffs, I work my way through the song and record it in a pre-poduction form. Then we take it to the rehearsal room where all the fine tuning is taking place. The lyrics are always written after the song is finalized.
Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, gathering altogether in general?
We usually don’t do any research because we write about things we know of. This is due to the esoteric nature of our lyrics. I spend a lot of time though in writing down the lyrics and giving them the form I want.
As more and more people are producing and releasing music, there has been an exponential growth in promotion agencies. What’s your perspective on the promo system? In how far do you feel it is possibly undermining musical freedom?
Promotion is a very important part of the marketing mix nowadays. Many consider it as the most important part, but I thing that the product itself is what really matters. The whole social media promo system has led to an exposure-chasing culture that degrades the quality of the music being released. Also many promotion agencies do absolutely nothing in reality and the only thing that matters for the bands that follow these strategies is paying for some fake facebook likes and youtube views. Not worth at all.
Metal scene have changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could – or should – be new forms and formats for music? And, should we save old-school spirit or just go forward together with musical ‘evolution’ (‘degradation’)?
The format of a piece of music being released is not the problem. The problem is the culture of the audience. We as listeners have the obligation to keep the music spirit alive. Music companies and big producers simply sell what we as listeners seek. If we start supporting this scene and stop being victims of cheap advertisement and pop pseudo-culture then things will change. It doesn’t matter if it Is called Cd or vinyl or mp3, it is just a matter of culture to start supporting those who deserve it.
Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are killing music. What’s your view on this topic?
Music sharing sites wouldn’t be a problem if there wasn’t already chaos in the music industry and generally in economy. They didn’t cause the problem, they are a result of the problem. When someone is not capable of buying music because of his low income or just because there are 8.000.000 bands that released an album ,then he is going to download it for feee. We should be concentrating on how we are going to make music industry alive again and not on how much problem these sites cause.
Please recommend two bands to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
Oh there are so many! I recommend Raw In Sect and Hail Spirit Noir both from Greece!
What are your plans for near future?
We have already composed the material for our next release and we are currently working on a video that is probably going to be released before summer. We are also rehearsing in order to chase some live shows.
Thank you, see you next time!
Thanks! It was a pleasure!