With sophisticated, epic metal, you’re of course at the right place here – so it’s only logical that we talked to the Greek newcomers from Triumpher about their very impressive debut album Storming the Walls. Singer, bassist and main songwriter Mars answered our questions.
André: Thank you very much for taking the time for us. How are you?
Mars: Thanks to you for the invitation too! I am great!
André: What is the last album you listened to before this interview?
Mars: Sacred Outcry – Damned for all time.
André: Some readers might not know your band Triumpher that well yet. Please tell us something about your band history so far. And how would you classify yourselves stylistically?
Mars: Triumpher was born in 2019 by myself and Christopher Tsakiroulos (guitars). We are former members of the split-up band Saboter. The main idea behind Triumpher is my vision to form an experimental, epic heavy metal band with elements from all our influences. And of course, to achieve the highest level of compositions possible.
André: Which bands have influenced you the most?
Mars: My influences range from classic heavy metal like Maiden, Manowar, Sabbath etc. to all kinds of sub-genres. Bands like Emperor, Satyricon, Bathory, Morbid Angel have affected me a lot.
André: Your debut album Storming the Walls was released on 08/03. What can listeners expect from this record?
Marc: True epic heavy metal with dark extreme touches and a powerful atmosphere.
André: Can you name a favourite song?
Mars: My favourite song on the album is “The Blazing Circle“.
André: What is the significance of the lyrics for you? Is it especially important to you to tell the listeners an interesting story?
Mars: I think good music and a good story are the best combination for me when I listen to someone’s work.
André: On our blog, we focus on metal with epic elements. How would you define the term “epic” regarding music?
Mars: In my opinion, the answer lies in the atmosphere of the music. I define something as epic when the orchestra plays with a pompous tempo or dramatic tones and the singers or choirs tell a great story with their lyrics.
André: Are you planning to perform live in 2023? Are there already fixed dates that we should note in our calendars?
Mars: We are already planning many things that we will announce very soon.
André: What’s your favourite festival? Where would you like to play with Triumpher in the future?
Mars: I don’t have a favourite festival because I like a lot of them, but we really can’t wait to go on tour.
André: Which five albums would you take with you to the famous desert island?
Mars: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son, Hail to England, Tyr, Nemesis Divina, Blood Fire Death.
André: Last question: Let’s assume time travel would be possible. In which era would you most like to live, at least temporarily?
Mars: I think somewhere between 500 and 50 BC in Athens.
André: Mars, thank you for the interview. I wish you and your bandmates all the best with your debut. Hopefully I will meet you live in the course of the year!