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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Interview: Karybdis


On February 19th Karybdis will release their album Samsara, so DutchMetalManiac's Tim van Velthuysen asked them some questions.

Hi, how are you? 

Very well thank you! How are you?

I'm fine, thanks! Karybdis, what does it mean? 

Karybdis is the name of a mythological sea monster that creates whirlpools in the ocean. It is from Homer’s Odyssey.

You play a mix between death metal and groove metal. What makes Karybdis different from other bands? 

We play a mixture of lots of different styles! We combine technical rhythms with soaring guitar lines, occasional bone crushing breakdowns, brutal vocals and symphonic live strings in a way that we believe is unique.

On February 19th you are going to release Samsara, why did you choose that name?

Samsara is a concept prevalent in some religions, especially Hinduism. (Don’t worry, our album isn’t about religion in any way shape of form!) Samsara is the idea that the energy flow in the universe is a never ending cycle, life, death and the journey between. Our songs are stories of love and loss both epic and personal at the same time. Samsara seemed a fitting title for our collection of stories.

What are the differences between Samsara and your debut album From The Depths? 

We have matured, and have developed our songwriting to create our sound. Our first album could be dissected into different influences, while ‘Samsara’ is a much more potent blend of our writing.

What are the lyrics about on Samsara? 

Life, love, anger, and relationships.

Why will you release it by yourselves? 

We haven’t been offered an attractive enough proposition by a label. We are very lucky to have been picked up by Mark Lewis- at the incredible Audiohammer studios. We sent him some demos, not expecting any reply. He replied within a day saying he wanted to work with us and really liked our music. It was very humbling, especially when you look at the bands he’s worked with.

Last year guitarist Harsha Dasari stopped with Karybdis and he is replaced by Matt Lowry. How did you met him and are you happy to have him in Karybdis? 

Matt is actually an old friend of our vocalist, Rich. He stood out when we held auditions. As well as being a very talented guitarist, he is a brilliant song writer, and his style really complements our founding guitarist, Pierre. He is also a lovely person and very humble.

Can we expect some touring in support of Samsara? 

If so, where and when will it happen? We will be sending our album via our PR company to bookers and venues both far and near. We will make it happen, and we hope to be with you very soon. Please do let us know if you’d like us to play near you, and we will do our utmost to make it happen!

Do you want to say something to the readers of DutchMetalManiac? 

We all love Holland and we would like nothing more than to travel there as a band in order to play shows. Thank you for the support, and stay metal!

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