Singer Dee Theodorou, drummer Costas Koulis, bass player Niki Danos, keyboard player Makis Vandoros and guitarists George Papantonis and Greg Bakos – Illusory
Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Roberto at Rockshots Records for setting up the interview.
Thanks to Rockshots Records for the promo pictures of the band.
Illusory is a heavy metal act from Athens, Greece that originally started out under the band name THE IVORY TOWER back in 1992, eventually changing their name to Illusory in 2012. Illusory’s first album hit the streets in 2013, titled THE IVORY TOWER, and second album POLYSLLABIC came three years later. Now it is time for a new album with CRIMSON WREATH hitting record stores at the beginning of the summer 2021. It has taken the band a long time to follow up POLYSLLABIC; why that’s the case is one of the things I discussed with the band members. We also talked about the band’s new label, the work on the new album, and the band’s history and member changes.
I had the pleasure to talk with singer Dee Theodorou, drummer Costas Koulis, bass player Niki Danos, keyboard player Makis Vandoros and guitarists George Papantonis and Greg Bakos. Read on and see what they had to say. If you’re a fan of Iron Maiden, Queensryche or Savatage then the music of Illusory should speak to you.
Why has it taken you 5 years to follow up your previous album POLYSLLABIC?
Dee Theodorou (Vocals): First of all, we would like to thank you for this interview and the opportunity to talk about our band. Regarding your question, I’d say that it’s not exactly five years, because POLYSYLLABIC came out at the end of 2016, but still…We had a plan of releasing CRIMSON WREATH two years after POLYSYLLABIC. After all, we had almost all songs in pre-production status. So many things went the wrong way through these last years. Initially, we had to face some really sad family matters by our guitarist George, who unfortunately lost both his parents, and also from the side of our bassist Niki, whose father also passed away. After that, we had to search for a new keyboardist, because George Konstantakelos quit the band due to some serious personal issues. George was a member of the band right from the start! Keyboardists in metal are really hard to find! Not only they are few, but most of them are also playing with a number of bands at the same time. We really needed to have someone fully focused on our band and that took us more than a year.
On top of all that, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world and that was the final blow to our engines. We had the album half mixed, and then we had to wait for over a year to complete it; there was nothing we could do. Imagine that we practically took the decision to complete the mix and mastering via internet and that was a brave decision. It was our big bet and I’d say it came out really fantastic!
When did you start to work on material to the new album CRIMSON WREATH?
George Papantonis (Guitar): We started working on material for CRIMSON WREATH right after the release of our previous album, POLYSYLLABIC, in 2017. In the first place, we started doing pre-production. This procedure came naturally then, and we knew we had the opportunity to work on the songs without pressure.
Who in the band writes the music and lyrics and what are the lyrics about on the new album?
Dee Theodorou: There is not just one composer or lyricist in ILLUSORY. We always work together on every single song. Each member contributes with their ideas and this is something that characterizes our sound. That’s why we never mention any name in the album’s track list. For example, if I have an idea for a chorus melody or if I had written a riff then, someone else would have joined and contributed with some other musical theme, or the lyrics, or even with the whole music arrangement for the specific track.
The info sheet states that lyrical themes found on CRIMSON WREATH are mostly anti-war but the full length also includes a thematic unit consisting of three songs that deal with human loss. Could you explain a little more about that?
Costas Koulis (Drums): It is a metaphorical polaroid picture of the composing and recording sessions. When we started writing down the music and lyrics for the songs, we had a perspective about a number of themes and issues. History, mythology, everyday life, the environment, and the world as we know it. Lyrically, we moved towards a very sensitive area, the anti-war zone. War is characterized as “a necessary evil” by many people throughout history, however we beg to differ. We are totally against that opinion. War can’t give life; it can only take it away, as the song goes, and from our side we wanted to underline the awfulness of war. Some of our songs were featuring that theme at the time and it was back then when we thought about portraying that with our cover artwork. The human loss issue is the topic Dee spoke about. Due to the fact that many of the band members suffered such a loss during the making of the album, we were deeply inspired and affected as well as moved and touched by that factor. When the first rough ideas reached the table, we all worked together in bringing them to their current form. Human loss has affected all of us.
Which three songs handle the issue of human loss?
Costas Koulis: “Past Forever Last”, which talks about Dee’s beloved grandparents, “The Isle of Shadows”, talking about George’s late mother, and “Agony’s Last”, which talks about a horrible incident our former keyboardist and forever friend, George Konstantakelos, had to suffer.
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Is CRIMSON WREATH a concept album?
Greg Bakos (Guitar): No, CRIMSON WREATH is not a concept album. Our debut album, THE IVORY TOWER, is a concept record, portraying the story of a fictional character, Steven Towers. Our sophomore album, POLYSYLLABIC and CRIMSON WREATH, cover a number of topics, with the exception of one particular song on each album, which will keep up with Steven Tower’s story.
The album clocks in at an hour and 20 minutes, which is really long. Was it your intention to make such a long album?
George Papantonis: There is never an intention to do a longer or shorter album. When we feel that the songs we have, make the album complete as we want it to be, this is it. Then the album is ready.
Did you use all of the material you wrote or were there any songs that didn’t make to the final edition of the album?
George Papantonis: Every band works on more songs than those which are released in the album. Yes, we had some riffs, lyrics and ideas for more songs that were left out from CRIMSON WREATH.
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What are the longest songs “S.T. Forsaken” (8.08) and “Fortress of Sadness” (10.04) about?
Dee Theodorou: Actually, the longest songs on the album are “Fortress Of Sadness” and “The Isle Of Shadows”, with the latter being a tribute song to our guitarist George Papantonis’ mother, who unfortunately passed away while we were at pre-production status. It speaks about her and also about her homeland, the island of Tinos. It is such a dark and sentimental song, yet so strong and melodic. On the other hand, “Fortress of Sadness” has a cinematic essence and it is played out like a suspense thriller film. It speaks about a pedophile whose victims are trapped in his house, suffering from his spiteful deeds. “S.T. Forsaken” is a song about Steven Towers, the main character of our debut album, THE IVORY TOWER. It’s the continuation of his story. It is a very powerful and melodic song.
The band also featured a three part opus in “Pedestal 1 – Past Forever Last”, “Pedestal 2 – The Isle Of Shadows” and “Pedestal 3 – Agony Last”. What is the story behind those songs?
George Papantonis: It is an opus about human loss. These last few years, most of us suffered the loss of family members. Niki, our bassist, lost his father a couple of years ago, and as I have said, my parents passed away during the procedure of pre-production and recording of CRIMSON WREATH. The passing of my mother led to the composition of “The Isle of Shadows”, whilst a loss that Dee suffered led to “Past Forever Last”. On the other hand, “Agony’s Last” is a song speaking about a tragic loss that our former keyboard player had suffered.
There are a bunch of guest artists that appear on the album. Can you tell us about them? Are they all friends of yours?
Dee Theodorou: We had the pleasure to work with some great musicians and artists on this album. Most of them were already friends of ours. I would like to introduce them to you and your readers:
Vocalists Anastasia Papadopoulou, Nancy Mos (Fortis Ventis), Gregory Koilakos, Nancy Moschopoulou and Ophelia Baudelaire appear on the songs “The Isle of Shadows” and “Fortress of Sadness”.
Mary Tirou sings the lullaby intro to “Agony’s Last”.
Alexandros Roumeliotis plays the piano on “All Shall Fade”, “Past Forever Last” and “Fortress Of Sadness”.
Acoustic and classical guitars on “Acedia” and “The Isle Oo Shadows” were played by Dimitris Fakos.
The very characteristic Scottish narration on “Acedia” was by Paul Logue (Eden’s Curse).
And of course we had the honor to feature Mr. Grigoris Valtinos, a huge actor/director, for the narration on “Ashes to Dust”.
It says in the info sheet that all keyboards on the album are played by previous member George Konstantakelos and singer Dee Theodorou. What about current keyboard player Makis Vandoros, why doesn’t he play?
Niki Danos (Bass): Album composing, and mixing was concluded during the period we were also searching for a keyboard player. Thus, when Makis joined in, he found a complete record and was actually requested to reproduce the keys. The exact same thing happened to me when I first joined ILLUSORY.
I read that fans of Iron Maiden, Queensryche, Savatage and Jag Panzer are going to like the music of Illusory. What do you think about that?
George Papantonis: We do not hide our influences. Yes, Maiden, Queensryche and Savatage are influences of most of ILLUSORY members. We also have been influenced by all the enormous metal bands of the ’70s and ’80s, such as Black Sabbath, Dio, Metallica, Helloween, Judas Priest etc. You can find some similarities with Jag Panzer, but they’re not one of our main influences.
Why did you call the album CRIMSON WREATH and who came up with the idea?
Greg Bakos: The title track “Crimson Wreath” came from Dee and Costas, who wrote the lyrics. Musically, a big part of “Crimson Wreath” was written by me almost twelve years ago; it had a different name back then, and it was in a simpler form than the current one. We worked on the song, Dee and I and we actually turned it to what it is today. We talked about it, brainstormed about it and it seems that “Crimson Wreath” is a very loved song by all of us and we decided to name our new album after that.
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How would you like to describe your music?
Dee Theodorou: We love playing heavy metal, we adore all classic bands we grew up with and we never wanted to create a new sound, just to be different. In addition, we also have some progressive and thrash influences that we always like to express through our compositions. Our goal is not to play differently from other bands but to play our songs with heart and soul. We don’t try to reinvent heavy metal or give birth to another random metal hybrid. We stick to our roots, and we love composing and performing heavy metal music.
What band’s do you feel you lie close to?
Niki Danos: I’m not quite sure. I mean, clearly our influences for most of us in the band, point to the ’80s. Actually, this is a good question for our fans, for those listening to our music and loving it. I simply want to be close to ILLUSORY sound.
CRIMSON WREATH received 3.5 out of 5 in the review in Metal-Rules.com, what do you think of that?
Costas Koulis: To tell you the truth, when I read the review, I thought to myself that Cristóbal’s article was so great, that it felt like an actual 5 out of 5! We do thank you for the nice words and the whole approach.
Have you read any reviews yet of the album and do you care about what critics and media think of your work?
Makis Vandoros (Keyboards): Yes, we’ve actually read all reviews concerning CRIMSON WREATH and I am very proud that every day I discover something beautiful about us and our songs…this shows how much I and everybody in this group care about the critics; after all we all want to evolve at what we do.
How have fans responded on CRIMSON WREATH?
Greg Bakos: The press and fan feedback is huge and what we receive from the listeners, in a global scale, is beautiful and moving at the same time. We look forward to seeing all those people in one of our live appearances and pretty soon, when the pandemic will be completely behind us.
Are you happy with the outcome of the album?
George Papantonis: We are very happy with the outcome of the album. Firstly, we will not release an album if we are not satisfied with the final result. At the moment we have an excellent feedback and that pushes us to continue and do more music the likes of CRIMSON WREATH and better!
Studio and production
In which studio was the album recorded and why did you chose to once again work with producer Yiannis Petroyiannis?
Dee Theodorou: We are more than happy to own the iCave studio. I am a professional sound engineer, so I do almost all the tracking in our studio and also everything that has to do regarding editing. We were very pleased with POLYSYLLABIC’s production, so we decided to work once again with the Matrix Recording Studio. We have the best collaboration with our producer, Yiannis Petroyiannis, who is also a great sound engineer and a very good friend of ours. I feel very comfortable working with Yiannis and sharing production responsibility with him. At the Matrix Recording Studio we do the main vocal recordings, some additional tracking and procedures and of course the mixing and mastering.
Band member Dee Theodorou co-produced the album, how involved was he and what part did he take in the production?
Costas Koulis: Dee is an exceptional sound engineer and a totally hard-working pro. He did almost all the tracking of the album and he was always there, when we wanted to add or change something as well as throughout the producing, mixing and mastering procedure. I spent countless hours in the studio, recording and brainstorming and I can tell you that he is a vital part of the whole album-making. I think that soon enough he will be recognized as a producer with great potential.
Petroyiannis also mixed and mastered the album; were any of the band members involved with the process?
Dee Theodorou: As a matter of fact, yes. I was there all the time. Yiannis is an excellent sound engineer, he knows all the tricks and bits and I trust him big time. My presence at the studio has to do more with the arrangement of the songs and the final aesthetic outcome.
Where did the guests record their parts?
George Papantonis: All guests recorded their parts in our studio, the iCave, in Athens, Greece. The only exceptions were Paul Logue, who recorded his narration part in his home studio in Scotland, and Alexandros Roumeliotis, who recorded the piano in Matrix Studio, Athens, Greece, where we do the production, mixing and mastering of our albums.
Did the pandemic have any impact on the outcome of the album?
Costas Koulis: Not on the outcome per se, but it did affect the procedure. The pandemic caught us in the middle of the mixing procedure. It was impossible to work in the studio and we finally decided to conclude the album via Internet. It took the whole project back; it was a whole year setback. Yet, during that period we completed the album by giving every little detail its due attention. And, of course, we composed songs for our next album, the one after CRIMSON WREATH. I’m proud to say that we have more than half the new-new album in pre-production mode.
Do you think you’re going to work with Petroyiannis more in the future?
Dee Theodorou: Absolutely! We are very happy with the production of CRIMSON WREATH and the Matrix Studio feels like home. Yiannis is almost a member of the band, the 7th Ivory and we really enjoy working with him.
Label and management
Why did you end your co-operation with your previous label 7 Hard?
Costas Koulis: I would have to say that we basically have no complaints or quarrels with 7hard. The period we collaborated was a good one and we have nothing but respect for that label. Yet, when we were “window shopping” for CRIMSON WREATH, we were approached by a number of labels. Most of the incoming proposals were really interesting. And then there was Rockshots Records; these people showed they could really make a difference. We examined all proposals and decided to sign with them. Naturally, we are glad about that decision.
Was the band without a record deal a long time?
Costas Koulis: There was a period before the debut album release of course, where the band was standing without a label contract. Something very usual and natural, considering that the band has been in hiatus at some point, due to member coming and going, army obligations (serving the country is mandatory in Greece and back then it was even up to twenty-one months) and academic studies. When the band stabilized and got a solid members backbone, when the band acquired its own studio, then it was only just a short period of time, until we were handed our first record deal.
What made you choose Rockshots Records and are you happy with the work they’ve put into the band and the album so far?
Costas Koulis: As I said before, the Rockshots Records proposal was one that was difficult to say no to. From the moment we received it, we thought about it and talked about it. We even spoke with other bands, already signed to Rockshots, and they all said the same thing: that these people do care about their roster. During initial negotiations we felt that the label really wanted us, that they really liked our music and that they wanted to push it as much as they could. We are really satisfied with the collaboration so far, as our label is fully promoting the album and they are always close to us, when needed, and open to suggestions and ideas, in terms of further promoting the album.
What’s your opinion regarding record labels in general, I mean you have worked with quite a few now?
George Papantonis: Record labels… it is tough for a band to get a record deal for a debut album. We tried hard to find a label back in 2012, but it was difficult and the guys in The Leader Records offered us a deal that seemed good at that moment. When you go on with releasing music, you want to do a step further and have collaborators that will help you to do that step. That’s why we moved to 7hard for our sophomore album and to Rockshots Records for CRIMSON WREATH. We are very pleased with our current label, and we feel that a good cooperation and a good partnership have begun.
What’s the main difference between working with RR and your previous labels?
George Papantonis: The main difference is promotion and the way of handling it. The Leaders Records was an independent label and our first move, as I said above. 7hard did a good job for POLYSYLLABIC and promotion was OK for the time. Rockshots Records has a fine promotion system, and this was shown from the beginning of the collaboration. Just after the contract signing, we started receiving emails with interviews and mentions about the release, the singles, etc. We are very pleased to have such partners!
What are the pros with working with a smaller label?
Costas Koulis: We have not worked with a “major label” so far, however, I think that they would love to operate the way Rockshots does. Constant communication, top-notch organizational skills, and a team that will assist us, regardless the time or day. When pros run the whole thing, one can find only pros in that procedure.
Any plans on releasing CRIMSON WREATH on vinyl?
Dee Theodorou: We would surely love to have the album on vinyl, and this is something we are also working on. The vinyl production is an expensive procedure and a time consuming process, but at the end of the day, it’s the result that counts.
Are the band members fans of the vinyl format?
Dee Theodorou: Yes, we really are!
Which format do you like the most, digital, CD, or vinyl?
Dee Theodorou: We mostly prefer vinyl and then the CD format.
Does the band currently work with any management?
Costas Koulis: Our band is operating in the managerial area through our label, Rockshots Records, which covers a big percentage of all managerial issues. We are also fortunate enough to have a great consultant and media collaborator with us, company Media PR, who is handling a huge portion of our social media issues and further networking needs.
The band first started out back in 1992 under the name THE IVORY TOWER. When did you change the band name and why?
Dee Theodorou: Back in 1992, when I discovered the name IVORY TOWER, I never thought that my band was going to last for life! After all those years with this specific name, it was very hard for the band and especially for me to let it go, but there was no other way. You see, back then I never thought of registering the name and that was just wrong. A couple of years after our formation, a German band released an album under the “Ivory Tower” name and that was it. We kind of transformed it for a few years to THE IVORY TOWER, but that was not enough. So, when the right time came and the label contract reached our hands, we simply had to completely change our name, we simply had to move on. ILLUSORY was an idea amongst other ideas for a new name. It has almost the same meaning with THE IVORY TOWER, with the same approach; it fits in our shoes and our music style.
Do all of the members live in Athens, Greece?
Dee Theodorou: Yes, we all live in Athens, very close to each other.
Why did your former guitarist Dimitris Kourmousis leave back in 2014?
George Papantonis: Dimitris was a member of the ILLUSORY family for ten years. He is still a part of our family. The main reason for leaving ILLUSORY was that he decided to focus on his family and had to leave one of the two bands he was in. He decided to stay with his current band, Endomain, and left ILLUSORY back in 2014. A few months later, Greg came to be my other guitar half.
Was it hard to find a new guitar player and when did Greg Bakos join forces with you?
Niki Danos: Greg joined almost eight years ago. It’s hard to find a new member because the whole thing is mainly about characters matching and chemistry between people, not necessarily about technique and performing abilities.
Also former keyboard/player Giorgios Konstantakelos left back in 2018. Was his departure expected and when did new keyboard player Makis Vandoros enter the band?
Dee Theodorou: Giorgos is a close friend of mine and basically, we know each other from our childhood days. He really had to leave the band due to some serious personal reasons, but we still talk to each other very often and we even go out to the park, hanging out with our sons. Makis has officially joined the band in October 2019. We feel very happy having him onboard and we are looking forward to playing our first gig together.
Is it correct that the band’s debut album THE IVORY TOWER is a re-release of the album you did under the former band name?
Dee Theodorou: Basically, the 2006 album, under THE IVORY TOWER name, was a promo. It was a self-financed release, recorded at my home studio and the idea back then was to use it just for our local fan base and mostly for promotional reasons. We always had a plan to re-record it in a professional studio, under a full production procedure. We finally did it when the right time came. When we had a new name and a label contract in our hands. By the way, the structure of the songs is not the same. Even some lyrics and melodies are different between those two releases.
What did the fans think of the re-release of THE IVORY TOWER?
Dee Theodorou: They really loved it! They all wanted to hear the album with a suited production and many of them even consider the promo as an ILLUSORY collectible item.
And how did the fans react on POLYSLLABIC from 2016?
Costas Koulis: Oh, they still love it! I have to say that we get messages from fans saying how much they love CRIMSON WREATH and then they all come down to the same request: “a copy of POLYSYLLABIC as well!” I would say it’s a win-win situation for us.
I know the band have toured a lot in Greece but why not more in the rest of Europe?
George Papantonis: Realistically speaking, we all have our day jobs and it is quite difficult to plan a tour with the band. We all want to perform in Europe; we had that opportunity back in 2014, but due to job schedules, we weren’t able to go on tour for a month and more. We are looking for the possibility to perform in some festivals in Europe or do mini-tours, like a week or so. Firstly, the concerts shall have to be in perspective after the COVID situation.
Has the band got a big fan base in Greece?
George Papantonis: We are making new fans every day, for the time being. The new release brought us new fans and it is very satisfying that most of the people that order CRIMSON WREATH, they also want our previous releases, too!
I read that the band opened for Blue Oyster Cult, Warrel Dane, Geoff Tate and Gus G. How was that? Do you have any special show that you especially remember?
George Papantonis: We had opened for Blue Oyster Cult back in 2008; we still were THE IVORY TOWER during that time. It was our first experience, opening for a huge act. We all were astonished. The Warrel Dane gig was an acoustic show in Athens and the promoter wanted a second opening act, so we received a call, and we did it. It was another great experience and we are proud that we had the opportunity to do it. Unfortunately, Warrel passed away a couple of years later. The gig with Geoff Tate was another astonishing moment for the band. It was the tour he was performing OPERATION: MINDCRIME in its entirety and that’s one of our favorite albums ever! We feel blessed to do have done that gig. The mighty Gus G! This one took place at Let’s Rock Festival, in Inofyta, Greece, and it was our last performance up to now; September 7, 2019. The guys that organize the festival called us to perform there. We liked the idea, and a couple of days later they announced that Gus G. would headline the festival. Quite an experience! Gus, Dennis Ward and Jo Nunez are very cool guys and the fest was a bliss!
Were there single shows you did opening up for those acts or did you follow them on tour?
George Papantonis: All those were single shows. As I mentioned, we haven’t had the opportunity to be on tour, even for a week or so.
Do the band members have any special artist or band in common that inspires you musically?
Niki Danos: I would say that 80’s and 90’s Heavy Metal is a common influence for all of us. Should you prefer to hear some specific names, we could go with Iron Maiden or Black Sabbath or whichever you want. It was that time we were growing up; consequently that particular music is our main influence.
You call yourselves in the band “the ivories”; how come?
Dee Theodorou: This nickname comes from THE IVORY TOWER era, back in the mid-nineties. I started using this nickname with our first guitarist and co-founder of the band, Kostas Charalampidis and also with our first keyboardist, Nick Aravanopoulos. It was a family kind of thing. It still carries on and that pretty much explains how we feel with each other in the band.
Past present and future
The band’s website looks really great! Who runs it, and do you think it’s important to be active on all the various social forums that around these days?
Dee Theodorou: Thank you for your kind words! We have an associate from Media PR Agency who is responsible for the official site and all socials of ours. We absolutely believe that nowadays a band has to be active on the web.
The band’s got 3,000 likes on Facebook, do you think that number is going to increase with the release of CRIMSON WREATH?
Makis Vandoros: Absolutely! It could reach a really great number, only if everybody were aware to press the ‘’LIKE’’ button. We have to consider that it might not be the absolute criteria for measuring our impact, just because the music fans might forget to react via socials at the same time they listen to good music.
Do you get a lot of mail from fans and what’s the most common question they ask you?
Dee Theodorou: We are more than happy to watch our inbox getting full of messages! These days people are mostly into ordering the new album.
Has the pandemic struck hard in Greece?
Makis Vandoros: Hard enough to make us forget every habit we had until 2019. Life has changed radically in a small country like Greece. First of all, everything was rushing to be done automatically, electronically, without physical human presence. For older persons such as our parents, this is beyond imagination. For us, it just makes things harder. For the next gen, I cannot even imagine about their lives.
What’s the status in Greece regarding the pandemic at the moment?
Makis Vandoros: I personally think we are at a very good level in handling the crisis, taking every measure needed, in order to prevent contamination in a vast part of the population. The numbers of people getting vaccinated are increasing rapidly and anyone can see people all around more relaxed.
Do you think it’s going to be possible for bands to start to tour later this year in Greece?
Makis Vandoros: Well, yes, things seem to go towards that. Every band wishes to go on tour and perform for old and new fans, to show their work and get a chance to be heard nationwide, and, why not, abroad. We will respect all measures needed for COVID-19 prevention. Anyway, we are ready to perform.
Is the band going to head out on tour or play some shows promoting the new album when it’s possible or are you focusing on start writing material to the next album?
Greg Bakos: Actually, this is the first thing we want to do as soon as we get out of this pandemic thing. We would like to do a release party and enjoy the album with friends and fans and play our new material live on stage. As we speak, we are in the studio, in pre-production mode for the next album, however, when we get the chance, we will arrange our next concerts calendar.
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Is the band well known outside Greece?
Costas Koulis: We were surprised to find out that people outside Greece actually knew about us. From our first Japanese license for THE IVORY TOWER, to the feedback about POLYSYLLABIC, and now with all the fuzz created about CRIMSON WREATH. There’s a lot of people abroad into metal, and they seem to like what we do. A few years ago we were playing at this festival in Athens and some German people sent us a message a few days before the event, saying they are coming to Greece to see our show! Naturally, we were elated, and we got in contact with them, meeting them before and after the show. They had the album and ILLUSORY T-shirts on. It was an amazing encounter.
What would you like to say to the ones who haven’t heard the music of Illusory before?
Costas Koulis: That they can always give it a try. Should they prefer pure heavy metal, with lots of melody and powerful outbursts, they are welcome to give our songs a spin and see what happens. Many of our fans started by listening to one song only and now they like everything we have released so far.
Could you give them three reasons why they should buy CRIMSON WREATH?
Costas Koulis: I think I could give you a dozen reasons why they should. Let me just say that they should consider about getting the CRIMSON WREATH album because it’s heavy metal the way they grew up with and learnt to love, because it’s fresh and dynamic, pointing to the great bands of the past and the future at the same time and because it’s filled with music coming straight from the heart. As long as it’s flowing from the inside, it will fulfill every need for a good listening session.
Well, that was all for me and Metal-Rules.com this time around, I wish you and the band all the best in the future. Stay safe and healthy, do you have any words of wisdom to share with fans and readers?
Dee Theodorou: We would like to thank all our fans and supporters and wish good health and happiness to all of them. We are looking forward to meeting or communicating with every single one of them and we hope that the live gigs will restart soon. Thank you for your time and the research you have done on ILLUSORY and of course for all the questions!
Shine On The Ivories!