Bulgarian death metallers Eufobia released their third full length album, the self-titled Eufobia, last November…. so, what better time to throw Worship Metal’s 10 Questions of Biblical Proportions their way!
1. So….what are you up to then?
“Greetings! As you know, a few months ago we released our third album (the self-titled Eufobia) and we’ve been quite busy with its promotion recently. It’s not just any album, but probably the most important of them all so far. It took us almost five years to complete, because we had decided that this time there would be no compromises and that the album would never be released until we were totally satisfied with the final result. It was a long and painful process but finally we succeeded and achieved our goal. That’s why the album was called Eufobia, just like the name of the band. We would be very happy if your readers decided to check it out or at least watched our two videos for “Liquid of Creation” and “Hater”, which are available on youTube (see the end of this interview for both vids – Ed). Speaking of videos, I’d like to mention that we’ve just finished the shooting of another video for the song “Graveyard”, whose story is related to the story told in “Hater”. Those two videos are very impressive technically, by the way. A whole new version of reality was created thanks to the green screen technology, so one should definitely give them a chance. On the other hand, where would any promotion of an album be without concerts! So, of course we have already booked our next tour and in April we’re going to travel with polish metal masters Christ Agony across Bulgaria and Romania to promote Eufobia. That’s all for now, but there’s going to be much more soon.”
2. Which album/artist/gig/experience made you first realise you ‘Worshipped’ Metal?
“Like most metalheads that I know, I didn’t start listening to music with something extreme. My Father was a huge fan of Queen. He had all the albums of this great band, so I was just five years old when I started listening to these amazing albums on a daily basis and soon I knew every note by heart. I admire this band to this very day. Thereafter I started listening to grunge, playing the guitar and thus, little by little, I became the metalhead I am today. But, like many fellow metal-heads, I didn’t forget the roots of my musical evolution so I still listen to a lot of rock music. This actually helps me to be more creative and open-minded and therefore the music that I compose sounds more interesting.”
3. Name the one album that epitomises heavy metal/hard rock over all others.
“It’s very hard to name just one album, but if I really had to, it would be The Antidote by Moonspell because this album just has everything! Melodies and screams – as well as pretty cool guitar solos – along with the cover artwork and the video to the song “Everything’s Invaded” are awesome too. Not a bad choice, is it?! I’ll never forget the moment when I listened to this album for the first time; I just couldn’t believe my ears. I felt so inspired, that I played it over and over again for several weeks. Of course, it was not the only album that made me feel this way. Fortunately there were many others. I believe that one should never stop searching for new beautiful and inspiring music, wouldn’t you agree?” (yes we do, wholeheartedly! -Ed)
4. Which 5 metal albums have had the biggest influence on your sound?
“Yet again, it’s hard to name just five and moreover we don’t want to copy the sound of any particular band. We’d rather be ourselves instead. In fact, since the beginning of the band and until this very day, we’ve always been searching for our own distinctive voice. I believe that our strength and creativity is due to the fact that everyone of us listens to diverse kinds of rock and metal music. Thus, we have diverse musical influences and that makes our own music sound more interesting and unusual. But, in order to answer this question, I’ll just list my personal favorite albums instead and hopefully it will do the trick. So let me begin with Individual Thought Patterns by Death, then comes Aealo by Rotting Christ, after that The Antidote by Moonspell, which I’ve just mentioned above, the fourth place would be reserved for Korn’s Life is Peachy and finally last, but not least, L’enfant Sauvage by Gojira. I have to say, however, that this list is too short to include all of my favorite albums, but on the other hand we don’t want to bore the readers by listing a complete catalogue of my top albums, right?”
5. You have one opportunity to introduce your band to the entire world, which song from your back catalogue do you blast them away with?
“Well, finally an easy question and I think I know the perfect answer. The most important and meaningful song of Eufobia in my opinion is the very first one. It’s called “Believer” and I wouldn’t lie if I told you that this song was the very reason to form the band. I believe that its lyrics are the most meaningful ones that I have ever written. You can read them on our official website www.eufobia.com, while listening to the song and judge for yourself! We still play it live and it gives us great pleasure each and every time. Unfortunately we didn’t make a video for this song, but it’s never too late, you know.”
6. You find yourselves booked on a mammoth, 12 month, non-stop, around the world tour. Which 5 essential items do you take with you in order to survive?
“Another easy one. I would take my cellphone -in order to be able to speak with my beloved ones – who wait for my return at home. You know, when I tour I never miss the comfort of my house but the company of the people that I care about. I would take my laptop, so I could work on some side projects during the long hours of waiting between the gigs; whenever I would be sober of course! I would take some books, because I adore reading and I’m constantly reading something. I would take all my money, so I could spend it all wisely on alcohol and on the merch of the other bands, like I always do, and of course I would take my favorite guitar. This is all I need, except for some spare clothes probably, but not necessarily.”
7. What’s been your most memorable experience on the road?
“We’re one of the very few Bulgarian bands, that tour regularly across Europe. We have toured or shared the stage with great bands such as Arch Enemy, Dark Tranquility, Rotting Christ, Vader, Immolation, Onslaught, Malevolent Creation, Pyogenesis, Gorgoroth, Sinister, Broken Hope, Christ Agony, E-Force, Agathocles, Negura Bunget, Suicidal Angels and many more. We have learned a lot from these great bands. The most memorable experience on the road for me personally was not related to the music, bands or stage experience at all. In 2010, we went on our longest tour so far. I’m talking about a month and a half on the road. We didn’t bring much money with us, because all of our expenses were supposed to be covered by the money that we were supposed to make playing those gigs. But, at the very beginning of the tour we realized that we had not enough space in the van for two bands and all the gear and we were forced to spend all of our cash on an additional road rack for the van. So far so good, but when we were in Berlin we learned that the plane of the Polish President Lech Kaczynski had crashed in Russia and because of the national mourning our next shows, that were supposed to take place in Poland, were canceled. So, we had to stay for one more week in one of the most expensive cities of Europe with no money. Fortunately for us, the owner of the club in which we played, a great guy named Schiler, allowed us to stay at his place and didn’t ask for any rent. Another friend of ours, Alex, was meeting us each and every day and showed us the city and these two were not the only ones who took a good care of us then. Actually, we had a great time thanks to those nice people but still we had no money, not even for food. I could have called my parents and ask for some cash but I didn’t want to. That’s why we started searching for empty beer bottles and returning them for money. I’m so pleased that I had this wonderful experience. Now I could proudly claim that once in my life I was a real tramp.”
8. You’re given the chance to handpick the ultimate 4-piece rock and metal supergroup (living or deceased). Who’s in the line-up?
“Alright! Now I see dead people! Let’s start with the frontman and the bass player of the band. It would be none other than Lemmy Kilmister himself. The second member of the band would be the backing vocalist and rhythm guitar player, Chuck Schuldiner. The solo guitar position goes to Dimebag Darrell and the last member of the band would be the only person who is still alive, Dave Lombardo! Unfortunately, most of these great musicians have already left us but we ought to cherish their immortal legacy. Without their musical creativity most of the bands that are playing today – including ours – would not even exist or at least wouldn’t have been the same.”
9. Hard rock and heavy metal is blatantly the greatest thing ever invented but what’s the second greatest invention of all time?
“The booze, of course. And I’m confident that every sane person would agree with me.”
10. It turns out Ozzy’s luscious long hair is imbued with time-travelling qualities and just one stroke of his lion’s mane can transport you back to any rock/metal gig of your choice. Who do you go and see?
“Most of the gigs that I would like to see were caught on video, so I could have a pretty good idea of the experience I could have if I went back in time to be there just by watching these videos. So, if I had just one chance to go back in time I would use it for something else. I would go and see my first gig. It was in high school and I played in front of all the school children, teachers and parents and back then I already knew that I wanted to become a devoted underground musician. So, I would go there, hide in the public and watch that young boy, fool of dreams and crazy ideas, and maybe later I would go and tell him never to give up….because life is full of shit but music is one of those precious things that make it worth living!”