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The Black Capes

Enkele maanden geleden kreeg ik het debuutalbum van deze Griekse band te pakken. Hun doel is het toch wat verloren gegane genre gothic rock wat nieuw leven in te blazen, in de vorm van een donkere band zoals Sisters Of Mercy maar dan met wat meer ballen erbij door wat invloeden van Type O Negative toe te voegen. Dat zorgde voor het vermakelijke album 'All These Monsters’. Zanger en oprichter Alexander S. Wamp stond ons te woord en gaf ons wat meer inzicht in het ontstaan van de band en het nieuwe album.

Door: Koen W. | Archiveer onder gothic metal

For me The Black Capes are a completely new band. So, can you tell us short something about the band and where it stands for?
The Black Capes is a guitar driver gothic rock/metal band with a modern twist. It is a new band for us too, since we all play in other bands. We wanted to create such a band for many years but we never had the time. So last Summer everything was perfect on our schedules and we felt the time was right to do it. So it came to life.

Recently I reviewed your new album ‘All These Monsters’, and it was very nice to listen again to gothic and dark rock that sounds is it comes straight from the eighties. I take it you love that kind of music, right?
We are big time lovers of traditional and modern gothic rock. The idea behind The Black Capes was how gothic rock would sound if it came out today. So yeah it has all the goth rock signature patterns there and that is why it sounds a bit 80s if you take out the production.

‘All These Monsters’ is your debut album. How did you write and record it?
Well I had some songs ready and I talked to Thanos (guitars) about recording them together since we wanted to do this for many years. So when we had them ready I started calling up the rest to come to the studio and see if they want in. And that is how the project became a band. Later on everybody brought ideas and we made some changes to the first songs but also wrote new music.

The album is produces by Pete Rutcho. He is known for his work with bands like Parkway Drive, Deez Nuts and Revocation, bands that sound a lot harder and more aggressive. Was The Black Capes also for him something new and experimental?
Actually Pete understood exactly what we were going for. That is why we wanted to work with him. We wanted that fresh sound that these bands have so it can breathe new life into the gothic genre. It would have been pointless to go for a vintage sound. Let's say a young kid listens to traditional goth the way it was produced back then, it would sound so distant to him. We need to have a fresh sound if we are to get new people to listen to goth rock.

Are there perhaps some specific horror movies that you watched for achieving more inspiration?
We dig horror movies a lot. I don’t know if one of these movies inspired us so much. But if it did, it would be monster movies.

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The band name and band logo are quite simple yet wonderful at the same time. Who all had the ideas about it?
Well I created both the logo and trademark (Mr. Gothopoly). I just wanted something vampiric for the logo and that’s how I got the idea with the reverse a’s looking like fangs. For the trademark, I just thought it would have to be something vintage but modern too. The name is from the first lyric of Bauhaus classic “Bela Lugosi’s dead” and it refers to the vampire capes.

I don’t actually know how old you guys are, but have any of you experienced firsthand the glory days of dark and gothic rock in the 80s and 90s? Your biography states the band is influenced by the likes of Type o Negative, THE69Eyes, The Sisters Of Mercy, Fields of the Nephilim and The Mission. How important where these bands for the sound you now have?
Well me and Grekas danced some post punk and goth rock tunes in the 90s goth clubs, the rest were too young hahahaha. Like I said we love tradition goth and the bands you mentioned are the epitome of gothic rock. Type O Negative are for me the biggest influence along with Sisters and The 69 Eyes. But yeah, I mean Fields guitar sound have influenced most goth bands I have heard and The Capes are no exception.

A lot of people think that this particular niche in music is almost dead. How do you feel about that, and in what way do you think The Black Capes can help this kind of music to get up again?
That is why we wanted to create The Black Capes in the first place. Because the genre needs new bands and new ideas, Otherwise it will fade. I don’t know if we can “help” the scene but we will give it all we have.

Here at Lords Of Metal ‘All These Monsters’ scored 83 out of 100 points, that’s quite good. How is the rest of the metal press responding on your record? And what about the public’s reaction?
Ninety is more than positive, whether it’s big magazines on small zines. Now the people who discovered the band are becoming fans fast and we even got some fanatics out there. All this makes us confident that we made the right choice.

The Black Capes isn’t the only bands you guys play in. Alex is also part of Potergeist. Thanos Jan plays in Inactive Messiah. Irene Ketikidi played a lot in London as a guitar virtuoso. So is there still time for The Black Capes as a full time band or is it more to be considered as a side project? And are there perhaps already plans to release more music with the band?
Well it started out as a project but now it’s a full time band. There will be many albums to follow ‘All These Monsters’. When you love something you find time.

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