RAVENCLAW


Ruslanas except that he is member of the pagan/viking metal band owns also and a record label, ATLANTIDA Productions. With this interview we had to chabce to ask him about all these. So if you are interested, go on and read this interview, especially if you have a band contact with Ruslanas... 

1.HELLO!FIRST OF ALL I'D LIKE YOU TO TELL US THE REASON FOR CREATING RAVELNCLAW. IS IT JUST A FUN PROJECT OR DO YOU WORK SERIOUSLY AND ON PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS?

  • At first I got proposal from my friend Alex(HROSSHARSGRANI band)create one track for my compilation...After that we liked result and had an idea release full album. I can't say that we are professionals... But we like what we do very much!And I hope that peoples like RAVENCLAW!
2.YOUR MUSIC BROUGHT TO MY MIND BANDS LIKE IN THE
WOODS AND BATHORY. DO YOU AGREE? CAN YOU NAME SOME OF YOUR OTHER INFLUENCES? DO YOU USE ELEMENTS FROM THE MUSICAL TRADITION OF YOUR COUNTRY, LITHUANIA?
  • I cant say that we have influences from other bands...We have our sound I think...We donít copy other bands.And our first and second stuff a little different...If first Viking metal(lyrics about Vikings), second pagan /folk(all lyrics in Lithuanian). No we donít choose Lithuanian music motives,because all music create Alex(he live in Austria).And on second album we have new member DIMO DIMOV(Bulgarian live in Germany).But possible in next album fans can listen some Lithuanian music motives.....I have some ideas.....
3.YOU ALSO OWN A RECORD LABEL UNDER THE NAME ATLANTIDA PRODUCTIONS. WHEN HAVE YOU DECIDED TO CREATE THIS LABEL AND WHAT CAN YOU OFFER TO THE BANDS?
  • Yes you are right!I started with ATLANTIDA releases in 1999!And started release compil. tapes...7 volumes released and from vol.8 I release on CD(CDR).At this moment collect bands for vol.23!On vol.1-22 are more than 300 bands! If you interesting in more info can visit www.brutalism.com/atlantida Also I re-released black metal band EMPTY some years ago... And in 2003 I started release split releases! PRIMAL DAWN/OUTRAGE, RAVENCLAW / SVARROGH. If peoples interesting in those releases-can contact with me by email!
4.ATLANTIDA ALSO RELEASES PERIODICALLY COMPILATIONS
WITH METAL BANDS. HOW MANY COMPILATIONS HAVE YOU
RELEASED SO FAR AND WITH WHAT CRITERIA DO YOU SELECT THE BANDS THAT WILL PARTICIPATE? WHICH COMPILATIONS OF YOURS SOLD THE MOST? DO METALLERS BUY COMPILATION CD'S?
  • Yes. And when I started with compil. and never thought that in one day I collect bands for vol.23!Im happy that can help and support for underground! All bands welcome!Can ask more details for putting track on compil.! I support all kinds of metal,except grind, core, noise... Each volume(from vol.8) released 1000 copies and spreaded 500-800 copies of those stuffs!
5.ARE YOU PREPARING ANY NEW RELEASES FROM ATLANTIDA? IF YES, COULD YOU GIVE US SOME INFO ABOUT THEM?
  • I mentioned about that in last answers... PRIMAL DAWN(DEATH FROM Ireland)split with OUTRAGE(death from Austria) Also black metal band EMPTY Also split release RAVENCLAW(pagan/folk Lithuania,Austria,Bulgaria) split with SVARROGH(pagan from Bulgaria) And some more releases will be out soon!!!!
6.YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC AS PAGAN/VIKING METAL AND MY QUESTION TO YOU IS WHICH IS THE CONNECTION  BETWEEN YOUR COUNTRY AND THE VIKINGS?
  • We can't find connection...The reason was that I and Alex like history,old times,Vikings....
7.WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE OTHER BAND THAT
PARTICIPATES ON YOUR SPLIT CD?
  • If you mean SVARROGH band -I like this band very much!And DIMO DIMOV play in this band.Also he member of RAVENCLAW since 2003! Great band with some folk influences!!!
8.HOW DID THE FANS AND PRESS RECEIVE TILL NOW
RAVENCLAW'S MUSIC? DID YOU HAVE ANY PROPOSALS FROM
OTHER LABELS FOR AN OFFICIAL RELEASE?
  • We donít do that for will be popular....But what can I say.... Many peoples like our band....Also are peoples ,whose donít like our band.You know never will be good for everyone..... Our first album will be re-release on tape in Portugal.
9.I THINK THAT YOU ARE ALSO RELEASING A FANZINE. TELL
US A FEW THINGS ABOUT IT. ARE YOU STILL RELEASING IT
OR HAVE YOU STOPPED?
  • Yes I released ATLANTIDA IN 98-99...2 ISSUES OUT...But I had some problems,also some poples rip-offed me and I stopped with my zine...
10.DO YOU KNOW ANY GREEK METAL BANDS? IF YES, WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE ONE? CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK OF THE GREEK METAL SCENE?
  • Of course! I know a lot of about Greece and other metal scenes! I know about 50 bands form yours country.Bnads like SEPTIC FLESH,THOU ART LORD,VARATHRON,DARK VISION,WOLFCRY,and much more! I like Greece bands very much!!!!You have personal sound I think.
11.DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS FOR LIVE SHOWS? WHAT SHOULD THE METALLERS EXPECT FROM A RAVENCLAW LIVE SHOW? SHARE SOME OF YOUR EXPERIENCES FROM YOUR LIVE SHOWS WITH US...
  • I think that it is impossible for our band...At first we are only 3 members and everyone live in different countries...
12.WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE THAT DOESN'T KNOW YOU, IN ORDER TO INTRIGUE HIS INTEREST? WHICH IS YOUR MOST APPEALING ELEMENT ACCORDING TO YOU?
  • I 'm in metal since 85...And if someone is interested in my releases can contact with me without problem!
13.IF YOUR MUSIC WERE AN EMOTION, WHAT WOULD IT BE? IF IT WERE A PAINTING, WHAT WOULD IT SHOW?
  • Hard questions:)
14.IF YOU HAD A PROPOSAL TO DO A VIDEOCLIP, WHICH SONG OF YOURS WOULD YOU CHOOSE AND HOW DO YOU IMAGINE IT TO BE?
  • I can say only my opinion...Probably will be a track from the split CD...I think the track about victory (this album is about one of the biggest battles that Lithuanian soldiers participated...). If you donít know-Lithuania is the last pagan country in the world...
15.IF WE ARE ALL JUST A WORD IN THE GREAT BOOK OF CREATION, CAN YOU SAY WHICH WORD COULD DESCRIBE YOU BETTER? CAN YOU ALSO IMAGINE WHAT KIND OF AUTHOR WOULD BE THE CREATOR OF THIS BOOK AND WHY?
  • I think that the most important word for me METAL MUSIC... I think that music helps you have many friends around the world..
16.LET'S SUPPOSE THAT WE LIVE IN A WORLD WITHOUT MUSIC. WHAT WOULD YOU DO IN SUCH A CASE?
  • I can't understand life without music....Besides music I like sports very much.I train in body building,play basketball,football....
17.IN WHICH MOVIE SOUNDTRACK WOULD YOU LIKE TO HAVE TAKEN PART OR HAVE COMPOSED?
  • In a historical movie or a movie about the old times,battles.....
18.THANK YOU! HAVE I FORGOTTEN TO ASK YOU ANYTHING AND YOU'D LIKE TO MENTION?
  • Thank you very much for the great questions!I hope that my answers will be interesting for the readers!!! I want to send my regards to all metalheads! And if someone is interested in my releases he can visit webpage www.brutalism.com/atlantida And can contact with me by email: atlantida@takas.lt


Nick  "William_Kidd"  Parastatidis

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