Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
R: We belong somewhere in the broad spectrum of the Death Metal genre. Lyrically we focus on life, death, frustration, oppression, suppression, propaganda, pain and the lot.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
R: Redreigner formed in 2020 by putting together a few songs, followed by a need to put them out into the world. Paschalis Christofilos (Zakula and ex-Sacram), Anastasis Karamichalis and the Jajas brothers (Petros and Constantine) are the main members. For our first EP we were missing a drummer so we turned to Chris Dovas (Seven Spires, Dovas, Vital Remains etc.) for that role. Fairly new to the scene, we have a long road ahead of us and look forward to what the future holds.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
R: Ha! Well that’s a mixed bag so we’ll try to keep the list short. Musically, metal is obvious. Sabbath, Priest, Death, Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Slayer, Testament, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Obituary and Cynic. No surprise there I guess. Blues and 70s rock. The three Kings of blues.. Petros has lots of classical influences from Beethoven to Yehudi Menuhin and David Oistrakh. We also draw influence from 80s-90s pop and video game culture since that’s the era we grew up in.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
R: We’d love to play in-front of a huge crowd to some of the big metal festivals here in Europe and support some of our favorite bands.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
R: Constantine and Petros write most of the music. Petros also writes the bulk of the lyrics. Constantine and Paschalis fit them to the groove. Anastasis does whatever he likes on the bass since 9/10 he’s spot on. Putting together the music gets done really fast and we try to not overwork things. The way Paschalis sings is one of the final but strong ingredients to our sound.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
R: Same as most. Word of mouth and Social Media.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
R: Buying and downloading or just straight up pirating music? The first one we are fine with. The second one doesn’t make sense to us, especially with all the streaming services available.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
R: Nothing we can think of that we would’ve done a better job at. We like the ones we wrote. Looking forward to what we’ll write in the future as the band’s sound progresses.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
R: Wet socks. Just the thought…
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
R: Our latest EP. We are really proud of the music we recorded.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment and what are your future plans?
R: We just finished shooting a video of our guitar section performing “The Morbid Statistic” and are now working on the next batch of singles that will be released sometime during the following months. We hope to have a full length album by 2023.