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Interviews with Cult Of Orpist
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Well, I can’t recall if there was a specific event that made me get into music. As long as I remember myself, I was into heavy stuff. As a kid I used to listen to my parents’ tapes with bands like Sabbath, The Stooges, Doors, The Police and stuff like that, headbanging, dancing, pretending being on stage and performing like one of them. If I had not gotten into music I’m not sure what I would do today. I like bikes and cooking.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
As I said before, I really enjoy riding my bike and cooking. Both of them clears my head and relax me, so I guess they also boost my creativity. I also enjoy watching movies!
How long has your band been around? Also, please tell me about the dynamic of the band of what brought you all together.
The main idea was started back in 2017 by Chris (guitars) and me, but it was not earlier than last year that the line-up was complete and Cult of Orpist took their final form. And in that form we will remain!!
The things that bind us are simple: Thrash metal, Death metal, metal in general and of course, the love we share for playing live music and alcohol!
Where are you based and how did that influence your music?
We are all living in a small town of Greece called Lamia. There's literally nothing here, so playing our music and expressing ourselves through it is our gateway and psychotherapy.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
Well, Cult of Orpist is a very special name. If you read Orpist backwards it spells “tsipro”, which means Tsipouro in our local slang... I won't tell you what Tsipouro is. Do your research!! But we love Tsipouro!!
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
The Cult is still young in terms of live shows, so we still can’t tell. As far as I am concerned, I have played many gigs with other bands in the past but I won’t refer to any of them since we are talking about Cult of Orpist.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
I don't have any favorite venue. As long as it has loud speakers and amplifiers and people headbanging to our music any venue is good for me.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Obituary, Sodom, Toxic Holocaust and of course Cult of Orpist!!
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Practice, patience, don’t trust people that tell you how you should do stuff, express your art in the most serious way, be professional, and trust your guts.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
The most meaningful song for me is still unreleased. I can’t reveal the title but it refers to the apocalypse in a kind of funny way. From our EP, I enjoy Trendkiller very much, because it’s really fun playing it live.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
I really enjoy every single one of our song, but as I said before, I enjoy Trendkiller a little bit more. So far, the most requested track is Wasted Scum for which we have also released a video clip.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
Well, the main concept is that we all pitch in, bringing ideas and working on them in the studio. The songs are taking shape and with constant rehearsing and practice we bring them into their final form. Our inspiration comes from our common taste for metal, by hanging out together drinking and by our every-day life and routine.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
The kind that will bring people nightmares in their sleep!!!
Do you have any new singles, videos, or albums out that you would like to tell me and your fans about?
Couple of months ago, we released our debut, self-titled EP digitally, followed by its physical release in CD format via Theogonia Records. Also, there is an official video for our track “Wasted Scum” available in YouTube for anyone interested!
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
Currently, we are focused on playing as many live shows as possible. Meanwhile, we have already started the songwriting process for our next album.
How can your fans best keep up to date with you, any socials you want people to check out?