1. Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
ESCAPE FROM was formed in December 2005. Till now we have recorded two materials - promo CD entitled “Ciemna Strona Duszy” released in December 2007 and EP “Opętani Okrucieństwem” released in October 2009. At the end of this year we are going to record our first full length which will be entitled “Architekci Apokalipsy”. The actual line-up is: Ghoc – vocals, Chunk – guitar, Urgul – guitar, Wolish – bass and Seeg – Drums.
2. How would you describe the musical sound that was presented on the current demo and how it differs from the previous demo?
Tracks from Promo 2007 were pure metalcore. After this release the band completely changed its style. Tunes from EP 2009 are much more death metal oriented. We wanted to play faster, more aggressive. When we were releasing „Opetani Okrucienswtem” we described our music as blackened death metal but… now I think it was not the best description. We mix a lot of styles in our music, so I think it would be better to describe it as extreme metal. Yeah, definitely. It’s much more wide term than death metal, black metal, etc.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and concepts that the band explores on the demo?
Ghoc is responsible for the lyrics, so I think I’m not the right person to talk about them. All I can say is that they are about pathologies, the dark side of human nature. They’re antichristian in some way, too I think. All the lyrics are Polish written but everybody could find their English translation on our myspace in blog section. So, check them out.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
It’s very simple – the band is our asylum. It’s our escape from all this shit that surrounds us. All these stupid people, real life problems, you know… On stage all that really matters is our music, our fans and nothing more.
5. Has the band had any opportunities to do live shows, if so what are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
Yeah, of course. We played a lot of gigs so far but it’s very hard to point out the best ones. We have played in small pubs, big pubs, open air, in front of 20 people, 300 people and so on. Every gig is different and every is important for us. We always play at 100% of our abilities, try to show people our energy and passion. I think it works. We have great feedback after every show no matter if we play for 20 or 1000 people. It’s great! We just love to play live!
6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?
Yes. We’ll play on IX Festiwal Mocnych Brzmien with HATE, LOST SOUL and some other great bands on 30th July. We are going to play next mini tour this fall but we can’t tell any specific dates or places. We got some great propositions, we’ll see what future will bring.
7. Have you received any label interest yet for the demo?
Yeah, but they are rather very small labels. We are not sure if we are interested in such collaboration. We just don’t want a label that do for us less than we could do ourselves. We have an internet era, so a lot of things bands could do alone… yeah, it’s not so easy and it’s really hard work but it’s worth it. Apart from writing great music promoting the band is our primary goal. If someone can’t do more than we could do by ourselves – we are not interested.
8. Are there any side projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?
It’s full time line-up. We are not interested in any side projects. ESCAPE FROM is our priority and it won’t change I think.
10. What direction do you see the music heading into during the future?
It’s hard to say. Metal music develops all the time. Twenty years ago there were only a few genres like death metal, black metal, thrash metal. Today we have metalcore, deathcore, industrial metal, gothicmetal, groove metal, etc. It’s great! I think that after all the future of music is… industrial… but who really knows?! haha
11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We are listening to a lot of stuff nowadays. We are open minded, we listens to rock, industrial, blues, ambient, movie scores, etc… oh, and metal of course, hahaha. All music that is ambitious is worth to check it out no matter if it’s metal or not I think.
I can’t point out any specific bands that influenced our music. Yeah, sure, someone could tell that we are a copy of Behemoth. We love this band, it’s for sure, but we don’t copy them... we don’t copy anybody! We play on the same scales so the music could sound similar in some places to Behemoth but not the same. It’s like saying that Melechesh copies Behemoth, you know. The process of composing music is very natural in our case. We are playing what we think sounds good. We don’t assume: this time we will compose a track in Nile style. No, no, it doesn’t work this way, haha.
12. Does Occultism play any role in your music?
No, definitely it does not.
13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thank you for your interes and support. It was great to answer your questions. Greetings for you and all our fans. Check out our website: http://www.myspace.com/escapefrom666 and download our EP for free: http://lix.in/-5fef15
See you on some gigs!