Tas Danazoglou of Satan’s Wrath Interview
During the 80s there was panic amongst the good Christian people of the western world. A new, heinous entity was fast becoming a prevalent force in popular culture and was spreading in the form of music, corrupting the social fabric of our youth and driving them towards a godless life of sin; such as dying their hair black, wearing a leather jacket, possibly even getting a tattoo. The rise of Metal music in the 80s was upsetting for a lot of religious folk due its Satanic imagery and aggressive musical style in the midst of the hysterical social trend dubbed ‘Satanic Panic’, which was sweeping America at the time. Judas Priest was put on trial for allegedly using subliminal messaging urging fans to kill themselves, and while this was obviously not the case, I do wonder if a certain new band brazenly named Satan’s Wrath would have been quite so easily acquitted.
Recently signed to Metal Blade records, the blackened thrash duo Tas Danazoglou and Stamos K have produced something which screams 80s Metal nostalgia in a way that would make Tom Araya faint into the arms of a camp sailor. With an over the top Satanic image, lyrics that continuously extol Satan, and music that is chock full of terrifying riff wreckage, their new album ‘Galloping Blasphemy’ has so far been widely received with praise. As a result Satan’s Wrath have swaggered confidently around the trap of becoming “just another retro throwback band” as it possesses a certain rawness and authenticity that so many other bands trying to achieve the same thing lack.
HMA: Much of your music and literature evokes physical acts of Satanic worship. Is this where you draw your inspiration outside from just being music?
Tas Danazoglou: Yes, satanic rituals and black magic is the lyrical inspiration for Satan’s Wrath.
HMA: Much of the imagery you portray feels like elaborate theatrics. How is this important to your philosophy as an artist?
Tas Danazoglou: A bands image should go along with the bands music. How would you feel to see king diamond on stage wearing shorts and snickers?
HMA: Your music is influenced heavily by the 1980s; do you think there is more to be accomplished creativity-wise using the old school as a basis for your music?
Tas Danazoglou: No, we just like this specific style of music being 80s real Heavy Metal because there was a lot of shit in the 80s too without mentioning any bands….
HMA: Your debut album has received good reviews so far, whereas most retro bands do not get away with it quite so easily. What did you intend to set you apart from the rest?
Tas Danazoglou: I think we are superior to all the rest so it was natural.
HMA: Tas, production-wise you handle drums, bass and vocals which are quite a hefty work load. Is this because SW had been something you’d envisaged long before it became a reality?
Tas Danazoglou: No, there was none else around so I had to play all I could ha ha.
HMA: Your record sleeves are quiet simple and at the same time it feels like a classic record cover at first glance. Who’s the artist and how the creative process developed?
Tas Danazoglou: I did all the artwork, logo etc.
HMA: Plans on taking your record on the road?
Tas Danazoglou: Yes were waiting for a booking agent to contact us but none so far… maybe they are afraid… haha.
HMA: Thanks for your time any final words?
Tas Danazoglou: Death to posers and die evil!!!!!!
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