Ruins Of Time
Interview - Christos Chatzihonstaninos
By: Anders Sandvall
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AS: Would you please
tell us some background info about the band?
CC: "Well, me and Juan met up in early
January 1998 and started playing together. At that time we
hadn't decided on what sound we would have. Later we got
Mathias on keyboards who later switched to guitar after
our lead guitarist left. I had some songs done already and
they all sounded a bit different so we decided to simply
play metal with no other label. We have had bassplayers,
exactly 4 counting Oskar, our present bassplayer. We had
one vocalist but I fired him due to lack of committment.
Then we found Martin and just started to reherse with him
and later we found Oskar and had a full line-up for the
first time in two and a half years. So here we are trying
to play as many gigs as possible."
AS: You seem to have had trouble
finding members for the band why?
CC: "Mainly because Stockholm is
totally drained of good musicians that are easy to work
with and also great to hang out with. We had our share of
assholes in the band. Some that didn't even last through
an audition before we got pissed off. I think that the
scene today, is not the same as let's say 7-8 years ago.
Another reason is that Stockholm is full of people who
either lack confidence or aren't that serious or dedicated.
A guy could be the greatest bassplayer in his bedroom but
when standing in front of a band that have played together
for a few years he just freezes. Or for instance we had
this guy come over to try out on vocals. He kept
complaining that we didn't play a cover so he could try
out. Martin downloaded some of our songs by himself, I
gave him the lyrics, he practiced them a bit at home and
came down to rehearsal and gave it his best. That's
dedication. That's making a good impression. I can just
say that I don't have any respect for that other guy that
complained and ended up fucking around instead and acting
childish, goofing around at our rehearsal. We told him to
AS: You have recorded two albums that
were financed by the band. Can you see any development
between those two records?
CC: "Well, the songs sound a bit
different. On the first cd, For a new dawn, we had a lot
of death metal influences. It was more raw and more
spontaneous. Timetraveller has more melodies, harmonies
and the vocals are different. The lyrics are about totally
different subjects and the songs are more mature. I guess
you have to listen yourself to find out."
AS: I find that you play heavy metal
with deathmetal influences on your second record. Is that
CC: "Yeah, you're not that far from
the truth. It has all kinds of metal elements. We all
listen to different things in the band but I don't think
it affects the music in Ruins Of Time that much. I listen
to Rotting Christ, Anthrax, Iced Earth, Septic Flesh and
Mathias likes In Flames and Opeth but I don't think you
can hear that in our music that much. Maybe some at some
parts of a song but not in whole."
AS: The sound on "Timetraveller" is
extremly poor. Why? The drums are especially a mess.
CC: "Well, you have probably heard
demo tapes with worse sound that people love. But the
main reason is that we where to mic's short on the drums.
With those two mic's it would have been a better drum
sound. Since we work for a living we can't afford
spending money on stuff like that whenever we feel like
it. Personally, I think it sounds great with the
exception of the guitars. They could have been a bit
higher in the mix. Give us a real studio, a real budget
and we'll get a better sound. We payed for everything
ourselves and were not millionaires so with that in mind,
all in all it's sounds great according to the amount of
time and money spent."
AS: Martin has, in my opinion, a
very limited capacity on lead vocals. What is your
CC: "Well, compared to what? We are
pretty happy to have Martin in our band because we all
get along. I could never have a great vocalist with a
lousy personality in the band. All of the few vocalist
we have tried have been chicken shit pussies that
complain that the volume on the pa-system isn't high
enough while the main reason was that the wimped out and
whispered into the mic."
AS: I like the band as a whole and
also the record; I find Martin to be the weak link. How
do you comment on that?
CC: "Martin is used to singing the
old German thrash metal way. He does what he does best.
I don't think that for instance Tom Araya has the best
voice in metal, but it fits the music. And many people
like Slayer so he has to do something right."
AS: From where do you pick up your
influences when you create music?
CC: "Since I'm the one who writes
the majority of the music, I can only say it varies. I
don't really know where the riffs come from, mostly I
just sit and play with my guitar and try to come up with
some good stuff and sometimes it works and sometimes it
doesn't. If I write one song in a month then I'm happy.
As for the lyrics, Martin writes those. He draws
inspiration from everything, like Star Wars, Star Trek,
HG Wells and all kinds of other sources."
AS: The responses from the
press/fans on you records and live performances. How did
CC: "We have gotten mixed emotions
from zines and webzines. Both good, bad and medieocre
reviews but all publicity is good publicity. Most people
who I've talked to that have downloaded our songs from
the net have liked it. The bands we have played live with
have all said that they liked it."
AS: Why are there only eight songs
on the record? Who writes the lyrics and music? Do you
have any special message in the lyrics?
CC: "Eight songs for a cd where four
of the songs are over six minutes each is not that little.
The total length is around 42 minutes so it's not that
short. All the lyrics are written by Martin and about
85-90 % of the music is written by me, the rest is
written by Mathias. You can actually read the lyrics on
our webpage but to answer the question, Slave One is
inspired by Star wars and is about Boba Fett and his
occupation. Man on the roof is based on the old swedish
movie, 'Mannen på taket'."
AS: Are you satisfied with "Time
CC: "Well, as always it could be
better. We recorded the album in three days and mixed in
one, so if we had a little bit more time, of course it
would have sounded better. The performance of each member
was great and our "producer"/engineer was easy to work
AS: Do you like playing live? Have
you had a good reception?
CC: "I enjoy playing live. It's the
greatest thing in terms of playing in a band. We have got
some great response but since we only have played very
few gigs, I can't really comment that much on the subject.
But of what I have seen it's been good response. The
people we have played for have enjoyed the music."
AS: Do you have any backup from the
record companies? Is there any company interested?
CC: "No, it's not that easy to get
a record deal as many other bands might know. We just
have to wait and see what the future holds. We have sent
out a few cd's to some companies and are awaiting
positive responses from them."
AS: The members in the band, do they
take part in other projects/bands? If so which projects
CC: "Well, me and Mathias have
Sauron which is a black/death metal band that we record
with every once in a while. Then we have Kiev Kings that
is a band that we just fuck around with. It's more humor
based and just done for fun. Juan play drums in a
death/grind metal band called Plague Divine and that's
AS: Do you have anything to say to
the fans out there? The word is yours.
CC: "Be sure to check out our
and download some songs. Other than that, I just wanna
say; stay metal!