Interview with Nicholas Leptos (Warlord, Arrayan Path)
Metal-Rules.com: Hello, Nicholas, how are you?
I am very well thank you!
Metal-Rules.com: I have seen you twice in Cyprus live with Arrayan Path. Now you are the new singer of legendary Warlord. Many great singers such as Joacim Cans (Hammerfall) have been Warlord’s vocalists. What’s your thought regarding to the previous ones?
I really like all the previous singers. Each and every one of them seemed to be appropriate for the kind of songs they were singing. It’s going to be a challenge for me to sing as well as they did!
Metal-Rules.com: How has W. Tsiamis chosen you as the new singer? What did he tell you?
Well, we have been in contact for a few months now so when they started looking for a new singer, he contacted me and asked me whether I would like to be the new singer in Warlord. He said my voice is what he was looking for and that it would fit perfectly with the new direction in Warlord’s music. So I did a few demos of older songs to make sure I could sing their stuff and that was it I guess!!
Metal-Rules.com: Well, you released your last album named ‘IV Stigmata’. Tell us some things about this release. I can see that this album is different to the other ones, but I don’t know why. Surely, it’s more progressive and epic than your previous albums. Could you please give us some of those differences?
In this album we gave more emphasis to the melody. We wanted the refrains to be catchier, and at the same time we tried to give a darker feel to the whole sound. I think we have succeeded in both. I can’t agree with you that it’s more epic, I think in this record our power metal side surfaced even more.
Metal-Rules.com: Nicholas, let’s talk about Arrayan Path. You have only one word to describe the entire ‘Arrayan Path’ career? Which word would that be? And why?
Destined! You know, after our first album, we kind of put the band on ice. Our cooperation with VagelisMaranis and the album ‘Terra incognita’ gave us the incentive and the thirst to make the band more active. Finally, we had found a producer who could realize our ideas into songs without destroying them with bad production.
Metal-Rules.com: What does the ‘Arrayan Path’ name mean for you and what is going to happen? Can you be the singer of two bands in the same time?
Arrayan path is my baby. I have become a workaholic for this band haha! Yes, I can be a singer for both bands. It’s not a problem as neither of the two bands has heavy touring schedules.
Metal-Rules.com: Tell us, please, some things about the production of the album, the meaning and the choice of the cover and if there is any concept among the lyrics.
The album was produced by Vagelis Maranis at Maranis studios in Germany. Some recordings were done here in Cyprus as well. The whole album has a religious theme. It does not stand against religion necessarily but it shows respect to all opinions and all views regarding religion. Sometimes it’s just stories from the bible as seen through my point of view. The cover was designed by Katerina Philaniotou-Leptou (at Fallen fairy designs), a new artist with a lot of potential and imagination! Check her out!
Metal-Rules.com: How did you get into playing music?
I’m not really sure. I guess I picked up the microphone because I couldn’t play any other instrument haha!
Metal-Rules.com: What do you do when you are not playing with the band?
I like spending time with my family and kids. I also watch a lot of movies and of course I can’t stop writing new music. So I am always in some room working on melodies.
Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on other kinds of music?
I respect all kinds of music and I listen to a lot of stuff that are non-metal. But usually I only buy metal music.
Metal-Rules.com: Which are the plans of the two band for the future and how can you deal with both bands’ schedules at the same time?
The plans are new albums with both bands and of course live shows! As I said, it will not be too hard to be in both bands as neither has heavy touring schedule.
Metal-Rules.com: Give us a small taste of the feedback for your new album ‘IV Stigmata’.
I think we have had great feedback for this album, probably better than any other album. It will be a hard album to surpass!
Metal-Rules.com: And now I would like to discuss about some deplorable events. We are in the end of 2013 and three big metal personas have passed away… Ronnie James Dio, Peter Steele and Paul Grey (SLIPKNOT) and finaly Jeff Hanneman (SLAYER) and Lou Reed. Are these the last 4 years the most depressing years of heavy metal?
No, I think there will be more and more deaths of our favourite musicians in the following years as well. I know it sounds a bit morbid but I guess it makes sense. Our heroes and favourite bands are getting older. Some of them are over 70. I’m afraid there will be more bad news in the following years.
Metal-Rules.com: You have toured supporting and co-headlining with numerous bands. Which of those bands did you have more fun?
One of our best shows was with Stratovarius and Rage. We also had a great time at Up the hammers festival in Athens and our headline show in Thessaloniki!
Metal-Rules.com: What do you think of today’s music industry in general?
You know, there are so many bands out there that it is hard to absorb everything and become a fan of some band. But musically, there are some great new bands in all kinds of music although metal music remains ‘romantic’ to a greater extend than other kinds of music. For now.
Metal-Rules.com: Is technology part of your life or are you still a “romantic”?
I am really bad with technology! But I am working on changing that!
Metal-Rules.com: I have beholden that heavy metal changes through the decades. Heavy and Thrash metal dominated over in 80’s, Death, Black and Power metal in 90’s and Metalcore and Nu Metal in the 00’s in general. 2010 was the beginning sign of the new decade. What do you see for the future?
They say that music makes circles. Who knows? Maybe it will be the return of glam! Personally I see the music moving to a more ‘electronic’ direction. Kind of a more advanced Rammstein. But I think it will co-exist what we hear nowadays. Metal musicians ate stubborn haha! If they insist on playing power metal, it will always be power metal etc etc…
Metal-Rules.com: What’s your opinion on downloading?
A necessary evil. It helps bands become more well-known but at the same time they don’t get any income. They can only make money from touring. So if they can manage to make a good name for themselves and then tour then I guess it works out for everybody.
Metal-Rules.com: If you could pick only one musician to work with, who would that be and why?
Bruce Dickinson! Those who know me also know why!
Metal-Rules.com: Thank you for this interview. I wish to ‘Warlord’ and ‘Arrayan Path’ all the best!!!
Thanks for this great interview!