Scotland’s Demonic Obedience may have never been the death / black metal freight train they are on their recently released third full length Fatalistic Uprisal of Abhorrent Creation. The band started in 2013 as The Deepest and played a more progressive style of death metal. But, within less than a year shifted their vision and have been a destructive force ever since. We recently roundtabled with mastermind and guitarist George Ntavelas with our set of Profile questions so head inside to get the scoop and support the band via the links contained.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
My older cousin listened to early Bon Jovi and Guns n’ Roses so by listening to Slash and Sambora I was instantly hooked up on playing guitar. I don’t consider these two guitarists as inspiration for me but, they were definitely the first ones that I listened to. About the level of success, it’s hard to tell. You see, I was always happy to produce music so selling albums or becoming famous was never my goal.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
Demonic Obedience was never a live band. It started as a one man project and on our latest album, Kruxator and Stormwhipper joined me. We still don’t have a drummer though so no funny/embarrassing moments on the stage. Although, there was a funny story from the first album. I was asked to take a professional photo for the promotion and because of the time difference between Mexico and Scotland, I woke up my flatmate (he was studying Photography) at 4-5am and I was talking for ages about how the photo shooting should go, etc. The poor guy woke up the day after and I dragged him to the nearest cemetery.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
One of the greatest things is definitely the fact that you can listen to bands that are coming from every corner in the world. The bad thing though is that music is getting worse and worse. Music, most of the time, is flawless but it’s missing the spirit and the energy of the metal bands back in the day.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
For me music isn’t about expressing my concerns or views. It’s more about escapism and having fun. I actually play music to distract me from mundanity and stresses of daily life.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
As I said before, it was my cousin and then my brother who brought some compilation tapes home. You know, bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Running Wild and stuff like that. I think I was around 8-9 years old. My parents at some point got freaked out with me but they got used to it after a couple of years.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
There is no advice. All you need is to play music because you love it and you have fun. Music is not something that you should study. It’s only feelings. So all these things about working hard and stuff is bullshit. Ideas can be good either if they are simple or complicated. Who doesn’t like Venom and Celtic Frost? I don’t think that these guys did something special. They loved what they were doing and that’s how they did what they did.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
I don’t really want to talk about our personal lives. As for the targets, I suppose that once I will get some new ideas, we will record more songs.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
I keep listening to metal from the 80’s and 90’s. Any genre. Black, Death, NWOBHM etc. Nowadays, I am listening to a fantastic Greek and 2000’s rock band called Socrates. Amazing music. You should check them if you like 70’s rock.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
As I said in one of your previous questions, unfortunately, we don’t have a drummer so it’s difficult to play live shows. I already have some ideas for a new album and I also have one more project which is like a tribute to Bolt Thrower. We play original stuff but they are very inspired from Bolt Thrower. We will release a demo soon with Kruxator on the vocals again. Stay tuned!
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Aggression. Demonic Obedience is pure aggressive Blackened Death Metal. Nothing more, nothing less.
Many thanks to George for his time!