I like grindcore. Let’s face it, who doesn’t? There are, however, a lot of bands that just don’t stand out enough to be worthy of real attention. Greek grinders Stheno are very much not one of these. The first time I ever heard them on their split with Grassroll, I was hooked, and when I found out they had their first full album coming out, I couldn’t wait.
Well, let me tell you in no uncertain terms – Liberty Crawls in Waste absolutely rocks. Or grinds, I suppose. But still. Stheno’s debut album is unleashed fully on the world on September 20th via EveryDayHate, but you don’t have to wait that long to get a taste of the glorious blackened brutality that they have to offer…
Today Wonderbox Metal is proud to premier the second track on their album – Hail Nothing. The song is a blinder, all slithering malevolence and grim hatred. But don’t take my word for it; turn up the volume and blast it out at full volume. Once you’ve scraped your brains off the floor, read the interview below. Finally, make sure you order the album, because it’s a real killer.
What are your influences?
“Influences” is a very general matter…It’s something that comes from the inside of our brains. We don’t have a plan to sound or play like some bands that we believe they are idols or something. Of course there are bands like Napalm death, Hateplow, Terrorizer, Assuck, Marduk, Darkthrone, Motorhead, Discharge, Ratos de porao, Crass, Amebix, Phobia and many more that we grow up with so lets say they are always to our musical-lyrical path.
What’s the driving motivation behind Stheno’s existence, would you say?
There is not something really special behind the birth of Stheno. We were playing in other bands and we decided to meet and play something different, some kind of crust but very fast. We added grind-black metal stuff and we made a blend. Crust was enough for the first rehearsal, we still keep some crusty elements but that’s all. The motivation was and still is to create fast aggressive music with lyrics that have something to say not just empty sentences.
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Tell us about Liberty Crawls in Waste
This is the first release that the production was not handled by us. The production is really massive and professional compared to our releases before. We started working with Stelios “Stelth” Koslidis and we trusted him 666% so everything was taken care by him and the results are really extreme!
It’s our fist full length album, some songs were ready more than a year and some were composed 2-3 months before the recording of the album. It’s a complete Stheno album; it has everything inside from grindcore-black metal-crust-punk, but all in our way. We think we made a really nice blend. The last song of the album is the most different thing we ever did not only because it’s slow but it’s a kind of tribute to the Irish modern history about the events of 1972, so it had to sound like that…In general we are very satisfied with everything. And of course we’re grateful for Everydayhate that will be releasing the album. This makes it even better. Hahaha!
How did you choose the cover artwork for the album?
The cover of the album is a creation of Krystian Lenszuk, he is a young tattoo artist and a painter, he is the son of the mighty Andrzej Lenu Lenczuk from the Alien Tattoo studio in Poland. So we saw his work we liked it and here we are, he made this crazy thing for us and we are really thankful about it. The colours-the insane face, everything is very connected with our music. We had a great cooperation with Krystian.
What’s your favourite song on the album and why?
Cant answer this, all songs have something special for us. Every song is different; you can’t ask a mother which of her children is her favourite hahaha.
What’s the story behind the song we’re streaming today – Hail Nothing?
This song is the most complete in the way that has every musical style we are using; it’s a crust track that turns to panzer black metal. Then comes the grindcore groove part and so on. It was the one to open the album but our good friend and great DJ Christian Cambas created the intro for us so we connected it to another song (Deathbed Confessions) and became the opening track so “Hail nothing came” came second on the track list. The female voice in the beginning of the song belongs to the mighty Diamanda Galas, everybody can recognise it.
When recording, what’s your take on digital versus more traditional methods of producing music?
Creating music by using digital gear makes everything easier for the production. We don’t think that it is something bad or destroying the old-school feeling, we are in 2016 so it’s normal to follow the new age or progress. If you believe in what you are doing this feeling will pass to the listener. It doesn’t matter how you create your production. If you are fake, digital or analog you are a piece of crap anyway. Also using digital equipment doesn’t mean that you cant make it sound really analog. It depends on the musical genre, what every band wants to give as a final result of the sound.
Do you have any upcoming live shows you want to talk about?
We have few concerts in Greece in November, mostly in squats where we belong as a band and one show in a club with Extreme Noise Terror in Athens. By the way we send positive energy to Dean Jones cause he had a serious operation, so we hope he will be ok soon.
What are the next steps for Stheno?
We have already recorded eight new songs for two upcoming splits in 2017 with two great bands, Facada from Brazil and Abyssus from Greece. We plan some concerts, few in Poland and Germany in the end of 2017.
Any final words?
Thank you for this interview.
Blackened sonic hooliganism for free minds!
So the only last thing from me at Wonderbox Metal – enjoy Hail Nothing.