Original version here, and here (it's hungarian...)
Hey! Congratulation for your EP, it's really killer! Are you satisfied with the results of this EP?
First of all, thanks a lot for the words, we appreciate !
Well, what you must know about the E.P, it's that we did it totally by ourselves. We' ve recorded all the sessions on our studio, with our own stuff and knowledge.
Then a very good friend of us (almost a part of the band now) made all the mixing, mastering and editing process. It's Vladimir from Mirrothrone a very long time friend. Then I've made all designs and layout for the E.P so basically, it's an 100% self produced album. Thinking back about all that, we're pretty proud of the result... Even if we already noticed some stuff we could improve for the next record. Especially for the guitar sound which could be really better.
Anyway, you learn a lot of stuff during the recording process and we know, we will improve a lot for the next record.
Having a guy like Vladimir by our side, is a pleasure, because he
pushes us to go really further and we learn amazing stuff with
What are the reactions so far?
They're pretty good considering this is our first effort.
We're really coming out of the blue, as no one knew about ATYS before this record. So it's pretty hard to generate interest while nobody knows you.
Once again our friends at Conatus Records and Skartnak. com did a great job promoting the E.P.
Today we've received more than 30's reviews on different webzines and blogs. We've been on an online radio for a while and a lot of people are ordering, downloading, listening to our E.P, or visiting our pages on myspace or purevolume.
Basically, we're really surprised about the feedbacks... When you record something, you never know what to expect and no one in the band thought we would receive that many compliments, or even generate an interest.
We've had some constructive feedbacks, mostly. Some people really felt we have such of a potential but we still need to work.
And that's something we love to hear... We know we must work hard to write better songs and to create better stuff.
Hearing those feedbacks really motivates us. We all know we can do a better record, the next time.
Is there a conception or a main theme between the songs?
Not really. A Fury Named Spartan ain't a concept album.
Actually we're writing our songs without wondering if we should sound this way or another... Basically, when we're done with a song, we're starting another totally different.
We're trying as much as possible to sound different in every song... We think it's pretty boring to hear 30 minutes of a CD when all songs sound quite the same.
In the other hand, we've always loved all the epic stuff. You know, knights, dungeon, antiquity, that kind of stuff. And that is where we
found our inspiration for the lyrics.
We're trying to picture our inner struggles with methaphors and poetry, mixing all kind of epic stuff.
As we're not a political band, we can really go everywhere with our lyrics, and I really think that it gives an unique dimension to our musical world.
Of course we didn't invented or revolutionized the style, but we like to think that we have our own universe.
Finally, to answer your question, there's is no conception or main theme for this E.P, but maybe, we'll do a concept album someday. The idea is interesting, but only if every song sound different from each other!
My personal favourite song is Epicurean. It kicks ass! Which is you favourite one?
This is a difficult one to answer...
You know we like every song we play today. One day I could tell you my favourite is Epicurean, the next day I could say An Eternal Tree and the day after Betrayed Flavour, etc...
I think every song has cool riffs and moments I really enjoy and there's no clue for me to choose my favourite.
Of course epicurean sounds great... But I must admit, the one I enjoy the most playing live must be Betrayed Flavour...
Your artwork is outstanding. What did you want to express yourself through it?
Well, as the E.P name is A Fury Named Spartan, I thought he would be cool to see a Spartan Helmet on the cover.
Behind, I tried to create such of a mountain-fortress burning. Like if the spartan came to this place, ravaged and burned everything, then left the place to conquer another.
In between I imagine there is like a cliff and a river flow.
Once again, this is an epic idea that quite sticks to our mentality. In a way that also represents us as a band. You play a show somewhere, make it burn by playing furious metal, and then go somewhere else.
As I said before, we like to picture things and for this particular main song, we are the spartan, in a way.... :)
Can you tell me a few things about the band?
Jeeeez' I could go and speak for hours you know ! ;)
We’ve started ATYS back in 2004. We've all had other projects before that didn't make it through. But we really wanted to play music together.
So basically, we forgot all of our previous project and started something new.
Well except for Laurent who was still playing with is previous band for about a year more. Which was hard for him, cause he had practice session almost everyday.
Anyway, we started something new, mixing everyone wills and interests as we all came from kind of different styles...
Julien and I started playing punk rock music and even ska-punk, back in 2001, Laurent played also some Skate-punk music for some years before he joined Julien and I to make another band with Michael, a friend of us who was playing rythmn guitar. The band was named Facing Ground.
With this band we were playing some punk-hardcore-metalcore stuff, we can't really call metal. It was sounding a bit like old From Autumn to Ashes’s stuff.
Cedric and Roan were playing in another metalcore band called Lasting Pain and both had previous projects also between hardcore and punk.
We've heard them once, playing at practice and quickly understood those two guys should complete our line-up, while Michael left the band for personal reason.
This is how A Thousand Years Slavery begun.
Today, we've spent more than 4 years together and still standing each other, hahaha, wich is not always easy you know !
But we're looking forward to create more music and play some gigs all around.
We're really playing music for fun, but also to create stuff we're proud of. We're always trying to push ourselves beyond. This is a constant motivation for our band and this is why we're still here today.
You are from Switzerland. Can you recommend us some bands
from you country we really need to check out?
Hell yeah there's some very good bands down here. We have friends on the area not specially death or metal, but cool guys we like: Despise, Again'n again, Life as war, Deadline for a murder, Time for Plan B.
Especially in Metal-hardcore there's those bands you should check out: Breakdown of Sanity, Promethee, and Cataract, of course.
And you should also check our friend’s projects (Vladimir): Mirrothrone, Weeping Birth, Unholly Matrimony. This guy is incredible, sincerely !
Some people say that core music is gay. What is your answer
Man, we love gay people !!!
No seriously, we don't think about that kind of silly stuff people might say... As a band you always hear bad stuff people throw on your face.
This is part of the game you know.
I think today it's pretty fashioned to say something is gay.
"look those guys with their pretty black hair, they're so gayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...", "Have you seen this band playing ? They look so gayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy..." etc...
This is just goddamn stupid bullshits.
But this is true in the other hand, that a lot of band are playing this kind of music because it has become famous now. They take advantage and abuse about that. So they try to make them "as fashionable" as they can, with the wear, the haircuts, black fingers nails, etc... This is something we're not into...
We are playing 'metal' or 'core' music because we like it and that has nothing to do with any gay attitude. Even if we like to have sexual relation between the band members on the backstage, before a show ! ;)
What do you think about the relation between extreme sports
and core music?
That's a good question dude.
For me, I would say it has a very special relation for the simple reason that I would not be playing in ATYS without the extreme sports.
You know, we've used to skateboard a lot, when we were younger,
with Julien and Cedric and this is by chilling with some other skater that, I, -someday back in 1997-, discovered Millencolin, the swedish punk band.
For me, everything started this day.
I felt in love with punk rock music and I really started being passionate about music.
With the time, the music style evolved and today the punk rock scene is kind of dead. The metal-HXC stuff replaced it and I've evolved with it as well.
When I chose to start playing bass in a band, I knew it was all because of this special day when I heard Millencolin on my skateboard.
I think extreme sports are practiced by crazy people, who are listening to crazy music... So it is a natural thing that a relation exists.
Playing core music is almost like an extreme sport, and extreme sports are some extreme forms of art. So is the core music...
What can one expect from ATYS in the future?
A lot of things, let's hope so ! :)
First of all, we'll release 4 new tracks by the middle of this year. They will go on a split-CD with some friend of us. Then we will write 4 or 5 more songs to make a full length. This will be for early 2010.
In 2009 we will try to play as many shows as we can all around Switzerland and why not in other countries !
We would love to make a tour over east Europe, Hungary, Poland, Czech republic why not, that would be awesome.
But for now, we have some opportunities to play here and in France.
Also we will record a videoclip pretty soon. This is something we really want to do, as some of us are passionate about making movies and cinema.
Of course, once again we'll be doing that all by ourselves.
This is our philosophy. “Always by ourselves, it's so much better!” (except for sex perhaps) ;)
Thanks a lot!!! Please add something for our readers and any
last thoughts you would like to express…
Thank's to YOU man, it was a pleasure ! Of course thank's to all of the readers.
We also would like to thank all the people who are helping us in a way or another, all the people who are sending messages and comments. Guys, we really appreciate !
Please go to skartnak. com webshop, check out our E.P and merch.
Download our music for free if you can, share it to your friends...
And we hope to see you someday in the pit over there !
Enjoy yourself !
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