Seventeen years into its existence, Greece-based melodic death metal horde, Nightrage, has had a storied journey. Founded in 2000 by former Exhumation guitarist Marios Iliopoulos, the band initially featured fellow Greek Gus G. who eventually left to focus on Firewind. The band has moved back and forth between Greece and Sweden, and has now returned to its Greek roots. Iliopoulos has continued to guide Nightrage through seven studio albums, including its latest, The Venomous. It is the first record to feature drummer Lawrence Dinamarca and guitarist Magnus Söderman, who join Marios along with bassist Anders Hammer and vocalist Ronnie Nyman.
The new line-up sounds more solid than ever and it has made The Venomous one of the band’s most cohesive records to date.
“We have a more solid unit,” offers Iliopoulos. “Me and Magnus, the new guitar player, we wrote all the songs together. I wouldn’t have been able to write this by myself. Ronnie put a lot of his ideas on the vocal melodies and he wrote the lyrics and helped us with arrangements. You can hear definitely that this is a team effort. Everybody tried his best to make these the best songs we can. Also we wanted to go in different directions this time, I think. Of course we have the signature Nightrage style that we are well-known for, but this time because of that fact that Magnus also contributed on the songwriting takes it in a different direction. That for me is very important, to be able to evolve with your music without forgetting where you come from.”
The new album is darkly tinted by the ugliness in a world.
“We were affected by a lot of stuff that is happening in the world nowadays,” Marios explains. “There is a lot of hatred and racism going on: A lot of bloodshed and killing innocent people in the name of a false god. All that stuff led us to right about wondering why we humans ended up like that. Between the lines there is some glimpse of hope and a glimpse of change. We hope that people will change and take care of each other instead of killing one another.” So this is a main concept for the album The Venomous.”
You can listen to the full interview with Marios below and check out the videos for the title cut and “Affliction.”