Summon: How did the band get started?
Kris: In 2005 I was back from college and gather some friends to play some Swedish melodic death metal, like In Flames, Dark Tranquility, Arch Enemy etc. I already had some songs written and I started the band.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Kris: In the beginning we started to play Swedish melodic death but through the years and changing some new members we’re now into pure death black metal.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Kris: We always have a solid fan base. You know, with every new album you get some new fans but loose some old fans too. But the response is always good.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Kris: Defiant means our fight through the life and our efforts to make something positive in this fucked up world… But It comes from Star Trek series too, Defiant was a star-ship, and we all love Star Trek 🙂
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Kris: I write all music and Kova is the author of all lyrics.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Kris: Ideas come from constant interesting and reading about time before the time, from history and legends about old Babylon, Muslim Religion and Mesopotamia…the age we live is very stupid, without any mystery so we decide to explore that whole thing and we’re satisfied with results and that’s the new lyrical way of Defiant…
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Kris: We are not a satanists or something like that…we don’t believe in one true god or something created by the hand of man.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Kris: 3 albums and 1 demo/promo:
The End of Beginning [Self- released 2006]
Without Religion There is No Fear [Promo, 2008]
Era of Substitution [Grom Records, 2012]
Morbid Spiritual Illness [Miner Recordings, 2015]
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Kris: New album Morbid Spiritual Illness is based on Babylonian and Mesopotamian mythology, on era before the civilization we know and Muslim Religion. Some songs on album like Flesh is Nothing and Empty Chords is just our view of age we live…its about religion control and irrelevance of our life on earth.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Kris: Kova is vocalist/songwriter in Hereza it’s an old school death metal project, and Leo, the drummer have a couple of bands.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Kris: Everything from old school death metal to black metal. We listen a lot of good music, not just metal, but also 80’s pop, rock, punk and HC.
Summon: Which current bands?
Kris: From Bon Jovi to Marduk.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Kris: Now we have a new style, with blood and corpse paints and people are really love that.. After every show, the floor is full of blood and really messy…
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Kris: Yes, of course, we have few European tours, we played in 10-12 countries so far…
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Kris: Depends from club to club.. and promotion of the band of course. But, usually it’s something between 50 – 100 people on each show.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Kris: Very good, our show is very aggressive and sometimes it can be really dirty and sloppy with all that blood work, here… and crowd give you even more energy for the show when you see them pogo dancing 🙂
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Kris: I’m familiar with US death metal bands more than black metal and lot of things couldn’t be made it without ’em. Just to name a few…Death, Morbid Angel…
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Kris: Well, it’s a strong scene…
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Kris: There is a lot of good bands ,but sometimes it’s hard to follow all of them..
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Kris: We already started to writing new material, and we have a plan to make a new album for the next year.
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Kris: Lots of shows, beers and good extreme fun! 🙂
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