EMQ’s with BETRAYAL
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bavaria, Germany based Progressive Death Metal band, Betrayal. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Alex, for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Alex (Vocals/Guitar). Betrayal was originally formed in 2005 by Manuel (Drums) and a couple of fellow musicians. An EP was released in 2007 and a lot of live performances followed in the next two years including supporting act for bands like Deadlock, Eisregen, Fear My Thoughts, Equilibrium and many more. In 2009, part of the line-up decided to leave the band, which led to missing spots for rhythm guitar, bass and vocals. Alex joined the band on rhythm guitar end of 2009. After that, a long search for vocals and bass began. Finally, end of 2014, Philipp joined the band on bass and Alex took over the vocals. With this line-up, Betrayal recorded their first full length album “Infinite Circles” in 2015 which received very good reviews in the underground scene worldwide. In 2019 Basti took over the lead guitar position and joined Betrayal in their reinvention. With this line-up Betrayal returns with a new full-length album in 2021. Be prepared!
How did you come up with your band name?
We hear this question a lot and are always disappointed for giving a lame answer! The band’s name has no deeper meaning. It somehow came up and had a good sound to our ears 😉.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from Bavaria, Germany. Our scene here has been slowly shrinking in the last couple of years, but we have a strong base on which we rely and build on.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Better talk of our upcoming full album release on April 16th 2021 – “Disorder Remains”.
‘War’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
We are definitely a Death Metal band with a strong favour for the technical side as well as the blackened/dark side of this music genre. A big influence, of course, is Death. The combination of Technical Metal, which has that unique groove to it, definitely inspired every one of the band members. We like to keep up the atmosphere and underline the concept of the record. The godfathers of this “atmospheric” metal are Behemoth for us. Their whole concept from music to stage appearance is just amazing. Another great influence is Swedish Melodic Death Metal, especially the guys from At The Gates. I think, we have some progressive approaches on the new album as well. At the same time, we try to give our music the required brutality and rhythm, which in combination builds an atmosphere that leads you to keep listening to the music and make it fun to perform live.
What first got you into music?
Since all of us come from more or less musical families, music has always been a part of our lives and we started learning instruments early on. For example, our drummer was taken to Jazz and Rock concerts very early in his life by his father, who himself is a musician. He played the sax at the end of our song ‘The Shell’.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Due to our latest experiences – Belphegor.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Hard question. We played some so far and the best ones are typically the smaller ones (e.g., Protzen Open Air). But…who doesn’t want to play Wacken?
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Can’t think of any weird stuff.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Bring some beer.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Hanging around with friends and to work on stuff we all have a focus on. As in every good relationship sometimes there are some arguments in the family. That happens…
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Oh boy…there is so much to say. But we can’t change the whole industry so we have decided to deal with it the best we can.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“The Sound Of Perseverance” – Death.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Depends on who you are talking to. For me: Downloads because I am on the road pretty much. For our drummer it’s cassettes/vinyl, for our Tech its vinyl. In the end it comes down to supporting the bands, where you probably should prefer the Hard-Copies over the downloads.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
For me that’s probably the last gig of our tour with Belphegor and Suffocation at the Futurum Club in Prague just before the Corona lockdown. Incredible intense crowd. A great way of ending this journey for us.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
We all have full-time jobs and doing this in our free time.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
What’s next for the band?
Promoting our new record, recording some videos etc… Get some stuff ready for the fans to enjoy. Hopefully, get back on stage soon to do what we do best.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for having us! Big greetings to everyone out there who keeps on supporting art in general! Keep the cultures alive and don’t forget the small bars, clubs and artists in this weird time.
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