Interview with Bill Benakis of CRANIAL TORMENT

[ December 15th, 1999]

  1. As usual, please tell us a bit about the history of CRANIAL TORMENT.

    WE STARTED THE BAND AS TWO MEMBER (BY ME , BILL IN VOCALS GUITARZ AND COSTAS IN DRUMS IN MAY    OF 98 . WE TESTED A BASSIST BUT WITH NO RESULTS.    IN AUGUST OF 98 WE RELEASED THE FIRST TAPE "DECAYING IN THE MUD " WITH 3 TUNES . WE DIDN'T    REALLY SENT IT INTO MANY CONTACTS CAUSE OF THE BAD SOUND .IN JANUARY OF 99 I RELEASED THE 2nd TAPE "THE TRIUMPH OF IMPUDENCE" WITH 9 TUNES MUCH BETTER THAN THE FIRST AS AN ONE MAN BAND I SPREAD ABOUT 500 COPIES AND RETURNED TO STUDIO. IN MAY OF 99 AND RELEASED THE LAST TAPE "DEATH IS RISING" WITH 4 TUNES , AND IS THE BEST   C.TORMENT RELEASE. I HAVE SPREAD 800 COPIES TILL NOW (DECEMBER OF 99) .

  2. After recording the second demo, one of the band member left, that means in the third demo "Death is Rising" you have recorded yourself? Please tell us a bit about that.

    AS I SAID ABOVE AFTER THE FIRST TAPE THE TORMENT IS AN ONE MAN BAND.I AM PLAYING THE GUITAR, THE BASS ,DOING THE VOCALS AND WRITING THE DRUMS PARTITURES FOR PROGRAMMING IN THE STUDIO.

  3. What are usually the themes used on CRANIAL TORMENT demo?

    LYRICS HAVE TO DO WITH MURDERERS , GORE STORIES THAT COME FROM MY SICK MIND. MAYBE IN THE FUTURE I'LL USE MENTICAL AND SURGICAL THEMES.

  4. Most of the people recognize GREECE as the "warehouse" of the blackmetal bands. What do you think?

    I'M NOT INTERESTING IN THE BLACK METAL ASSHOLES. ONLY BRUTAL DEATH AND WELL PLAYED GRINDCORE.

  5. How is the relation between the black and death metal bands in your country.

    I'M NOT INTERESTING IN THE GREEK UN/ND SCENE. THERE ARE NOT MANY DEATH AND GRIND BANDS.

  6. Some people connote that death/blackmetal bands has relations with satan and free-sex, what do you think about it?

    IT'S EVERYONE S OPINION OF WITH WHAT TO DO WITH. I DON'T THINK THAT MUSIC HAS TO DO WITH OUR   PERSONAL LIFE.

  7. What is your opinion about BOOTLEGGING (cd/tape piracy)?

    IT'S BAD FOR THE RELEASING LABELS BUT IT HELPED MANY BADS TO BE WELL KNOWN (SEE MORBID ANGEL, HELLHAMMER , INVOCATOR AND MANY MORE.)

  8. Let's turn back with CRANIAL TORMENT, what are your plans for the future? Are you going to look for a new band personel (member) or are you still want to stand alone?

    THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE TO TEST, IF IT WONT WORK. I'LL CONTINUE ALONE. MAYBE IN SPRING OF 2000 TO RELEASE NEW STUFF.

  9. Last but not least, what do you know about brutal deathmetal bands from Indonesia? And what is your last message for AOPN readers?

    I LIKE MORBIFIK, BLOODY GORE, CRANIAL INCISORED, GRIND BUTO, VENDUZOR . YOU HAVE A VERY STRONG UN/ND SCENE BUT WHY YOU DONT MAKE CONTACTS IN EUROPE AND AMERICA ?
    I WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU PUTRA FOR THIS INTERVIEW, TO ALL METALHEADS IN INDONESIA STAY BRUTAL AND UN/ND . FEEL FREE TO WRITE US CRANIAL TORMENT IS NEVER A RIP OFF.

CRANIAL TORMENT
Bill Benakis
32, Paradision St.,
Peristeri, 121 36
Athens, GREECE
E-mail:
ctorment@yahoo.com
Website :
http://www.geocities.com/ctorment/

 

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