Interview With guitarist Christos Antoniou
By Peter Atkinson
Promo photos and album cover from Prosthetic Records
Photos of Christos Antoniou and Septicflesh live by Peter Atkinson
Opening night of a North American club tour co-headlined by a pair of European underground symphonic death metal bands. What could possibly go wrong? For Greece’s Septicflesh, the June 22 kickoff of their “Conquerors of the World” tour with Italy’s Fleshgod Apocalypse turned into something of a comedy of errors – as guitarist Christos Antoniou explains below. Yet the band were able to shrug it off and put on a stripped down but rather pummeling set at Springfield, Va.’s, Empire Club despite most of their equipment and “armor” still being somewhere in transit.
And they weren’t the only band on the bill with problems. Despite having the least distance to travel, Pennsylvania’s Black Crown Initiate – who earned a spot on the tour after Italy’s Hour of Penance ran into a visa snag and dropped out – missed the first two dates when their van broke down. Canada’s Necronomicon didn’t play in Springfield either because of unspecified “technical issues.”
Nevertheless, Antoniou was in reasonably good spirits when we spoke in the back lounge of the band’s bus in the Empire parking lot a few hours before Septicflesh went onstage. As the mud/shaving cream/chocolate sauce-splattered hijinx of “Wipeout” played almost silently on the TV above us – everyone else was watching the U.S.-Portugal World Cup match in the front – the dread-locked guitarist spoke about Septicflesh’s ambitious, heavily orchestrated new album Titan, their unique history and backgrounds (Antinou has Bachelors and Masters degrees in classical music from the London College of Music; his brother, bassist/singer Spiros ”Seth” Antoniou, aka Seth Siro Anton, is an accomplished artist who has created album covers for dozens of bands; and second guitarist/clean vocalist/lyricist Sotiris Vayenas is a banker who rarely performs live with the band) and the “show must go on” mentality that is put to the test on days like this. Read the rest of this entry »