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There’s an undeniable mystical and other-wordly atmospheric vibe that surrounds the band and your public appearances. We love that, but let us have a sneak peek at your life. Describe a typical day in the life please.

Not to burst any bubbles but we don’t go performing rituals and practice the Dark Arts every day, we lead pretty normal lives. Work, hobbies, music, friends, it’s all part of our daily routine.

Name a useless talent you have.

Hard to think of one, I’d say that no talent is useless! If you’re good at something, whatever that may be, you’ll put it to use at some point.

Let’s get serious and talk about your upcoming projects. What does the future hold regarding the band?

We just had a couple of very stimulating shows, one in Montreal / Canada and one in Mexico City. Not to undermine other shows of ours, on the contrary every show is exceptional and fulfilling – it’s just that visiting parts of the world that are further from your country than the ones you get to visit more frequently is always an exciting experience. This month we’re also headlining Reykjavik Deathfest in Iceland, then we have a show in Venice/Italy, in the Summer we’re doing Brutal Assault and PartySan, even more shows booked till the end of the year and meanwhile we’re working on new material for an upcoming full-length album.

You travel a lot. You clearly have Scandinavian metal influences and your work has been very well received around the world. What keeps you here?

Hard for me to answer that, I have no idea myself. Playing pureblooded Death Metal with no gimmicks or stage theatrics seems to be hard to sell these days yet we remain more relevant than ever.  People seem to enjoy our shows and our studio material, I guess there’s nothing more to it than that!

The world is about to end and you can only save one metal genre for the future generations. Which one?

If I’m to survive Armageddon then I’d save Death Metal to keep me company, if I die along with the rest of the world I don’t really care what’s left behind.

Names are not important.

Dead Congregation is a Greek death metal band from Athens formed in 2004. The band was founded by the lead guitarist and vocalist A.V.

They focus on creating a dark, majestic atmosphere, and their music has been described as ” uncompromisingly brutal in a subsuming, freeing way. I’ve seen them live, I can confirm. I’ve never seen anything like that in my entire life.  I’m utterly honored to have them on Chelfdom and share their unrestrained musical and aesthetic ingenuity with you. In A’s words: “The same riff can sound completely different if you alter important factors such us sound, drumming, the way you hit the chords on the guitar and many more. But in the end it’s all about the atmosphere a recording creates, if it doesn’t ooze of death and morbidity then it shouldn’t be labeled as Death Metal simply because the vocals are distorted and the drums are fast.” He went on to describe their sound as “just darkened Death Metal the way we perceive it as true.”

There hasn’t been a day since I’ve first saw them that I haven’t listened to their music. ‘Nuff said.

Dead Congregation’s Official Facebook Page

Dead Congregation on Bandcamp  Youtube  Spotify and Deezer

Bookings: deadcongregation@gmail.com


  • Kristi McAllister
    Posted at 16:39h, 14 May Reply

    I haven’t ever heard of this group, but I have to tell you, I love, love, love these kinds of blogs because as writers, musicians, artists, whatever, the people who follow us really love having a sneak peek of a personal world! Enjoyed this and will check them out! Thanks for introducing me to something new.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 16:42h, 14 May Reply

      Thank you for stopping by Kristi! I’m so glad you liked them, they are absolutely addicting!

  • Nellwyn
    Posted at 17:36h, 14 May Reply

    I agree that no talent is useless! I’d never heard of this band before so thanks for the introduction!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 18:36h, 14 May Reply

      I’m sure you’ll get hooked now Nellwyn!

  • Mary
    Posted at 18:06h, 14 May Reply

    I’ve never heard of this band, but love listening to music genres that I am not familiar with. I definitely will be checking out their music and their social media.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 18:35h, 14 May Reply

      Open mind for a different view and nothing else matters Mary!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 18:52h, 14 May Reply

    I’ve never heard of this group, but it’s very different music than I like (country music). It is interesting to hear about what they go through and think about when touring. I love the saying that no talent is useless, that’s awesome. And I’d love to visit so many different countries and cities like the band gets to do.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 21:31h, 14 May Reply

      Ah, the life of a musician right? I’ve worked with many bands and I can tell ya there’s a romantic,artistic side to the tour part, but it’s also extremely challenging to be on the road so often and live out of a suitcase!All worth it thouh when it comes to bands like Dead Congregation!

  • Lakshmi
    Posted at 19:06h, 14 May Reply

    Like many here, this is a new band for me. Though not much into Metal music, its always delightful to hear from an artistic soul…

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 21:28h, 14 May Reply

      Very true! Having said that, try giving them a go, I bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

  • Kirsten
    Posted at 19:25h, 14 May Reply

    It’s always nice to get to know an artist, of any kind and see that they are normal people just like everyone else. I agree with the statement that no talent is useless. That is a great way to see talent!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 21:28h, 14 May Reply

      100% agree Kirsten!

  • Valdas
    Posted at 20:34h, 14 May Reply

    They sound amazing! And it’s fun to learn more about various music aspects and musicians.

  • Tiffany D
    Posted at 20:55h, 14 May Reply

    I absolutely loved reading this interview! Especially the notion that no talent is useless. I 100% agree! Love Dead Congregation!

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    Posted at 23:59h, 14 May Reply

    Your interview is really engaging, and it’s great to see artists pursuing their passion – certainly a band to keep an eye on.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 10:22h, 15 May Reply

      Thank you dear! Good to see you on the Chelfdom.

  • Heather
    Posted at 03:09h, 15 May Reply

    It seems you really have to look hard these days to find good music! They are awesome.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 10:20h, 15 May Reply

      They are indeed! I’ve been looking for new music abroad, sometimes what you are looking for is right infront your nose..

  • Rachel
    Posted at 04:03h, 15 May Reply

    Interesting interview. Big fan of Dead Congregation! I like to hear the insights and perspectives from different artists.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 10:18h, 15 May Reply

      Same here Rachel!

  • Lois Alter Mark
    Posted at 04:10h, 15 May Reply

    Though I’ve never listened to this band before, I absolutely love hearing about the ways different artists navigate their lives and careers. Dead Congregation seems to bring a unique and powerful experience to its listeners- glad you got to see them live!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 10:17h, 15 May Reply

      Powerful indeed! There are no words!

  • Aine
    Posted at 09:38h, 15 May Reply

    Haven’t heard of these guys before, but must check them out – love the combo of humor and “serious” questions 🙂

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 10:16h, 15 May Reply

      We are always on the fun side here on the Chelfdom Aine 😉

  • Trần Quốc Hưng
    Posted at 10:22h, 15 May Reply

    This is one of the most fantastic interviews I have ever read! I love the fun approach and the fact that you get to know the band on a personal level just a bit better! I really want to read as much as possible from you guys! Thanks for sharing!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 15:34h, 15 May Reply

      Thank you so much!!

  • Dalene
    Posted at 11:15h, 15 May Reply

    Dead Congregation! I love their music!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 15:32h, 15 May Reply

      Very happy to hear that!

  • Angela Tolsma
    Posted at 14:58h, 15 May Reply

    I have never heard of this band. I love the question and answer regarding talent. What a great observation.

  • Deimarys Colon
    Posted at 18:34h, 15 May Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this interview. They seem really interesting and different. Like their vibe!

  • Kristyn Medriano
    Posted at 19:28h, 15 May Reply

    I love Dead Congregation,there are so many Greek Death Metal groups. It’s an awesome opportunity though you had to have an interview with them. It seemed like a laid back and fun interview!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 23:10h, 15 May Reply

      we do have a substantial underground scene, that’s for sure.

  • Holly
    Posted at 22:18h, 15 May Reply

    What fun. I have never heard of them, but they seem like an awesome band.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 23:09h, 15 May Reply

      they really are. I’m obsessed! Let me know if you listen to their music, I’m sure you’ll feel the same way Holly!

  • Nadine
    Posted at 00:57h, 16 May Reply

    Interesting read. I definitely think this genre of music and bands are misunderstood. You really gotta listen for yourself and hear the lyrics and you may be surprised.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 10:31h, 16 May Reply

      very true! Myself,I have made peace with the fact that we’ll always be misunderstood and that’s ok. A few will understand. Quality over quantity and forever trusting who we are.

  • Nikki Arnold
    Posted at 01:32h, 16 May Reply

    I went through a metal phase when I was in middle school and I will say that from time to time I still love their music. This sounds like a very interesting band!

  • Narkis Moshe
    Posted at 17:53h, 16 May Reply

    This band is defiantly worth checking out. something needs to balance all the pop on the radio lol. Great interview 🙂

  • Nagad
    Posted at 22:06h, 16 May Reply

    Good thing we all have a different taste when it comes to music. There’s something for everyone.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 10:41h, 18 May Reply

      Very true!

  • Bill
    Posted at 19:03h, 10 June Reply

    I fuckin love Dead Congregation! Well done for the unique style of interview.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 19:04h, 10 June Reply

      Thank you Bill, glad you enjoyed the interview.

  • master of puppetz
    Posted at 09:22h, 12 June Reply

    whoawhoawhoaa you interviewed Dead Congregation, Chelf! I haven’t been on your blog for a couple of weeks and I I came back to this! Awesoooomeeee! You know how to keep us on our toes, don’t you? The Chelfdom will always be the answer to the question: what shall we listen to today? Well done, queen. Well done to the band as well.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr
      Posted at 09:26h, 12 June Reply

      On behalf of the Chelfdom and the band we thank you master of puppetz.

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