HATRIOT INTERVIEW – KOSTA VARVATAKIS

Last year I conducted an interview with Steve ‘Zetro’ Sousa for From The Vault on his days in Exodus and his new band, Hatriot. Earlier this month, Hatriot’s new album, Heroes of Origin was released and HearEvil had to chance to to interview another member of Hatriot, guitarist Kosta Varvatakis on the new album and what’s next for Hatriot. Check out our interview below.

Congratulations on the new album Heroes of Origin. Can you tell us about the concept behind the album?

KV: Thank you!  We just wanted to make a heavy, fast, loud album that captures the best elements of new school and old school.  I’m very confident that listeners of the album will not be disappointed and I feel like it is something metal has needed for a good while.

How was the writing and recording process for the new album?

KV: We spent weeks rehearsing before going into the studio so we could go in like a well-tuned machine and bash out our songs with precision.

How much input did each member have?

KV: I write all of the music and Zetro writes all of the lyrics.  Everyone in the band does have ideas and I do give them a chance, but for the most part I have things written and arranged before showing them to the band.  Everyone all around thinks up really good ideas and puts their touch on it though.

 

What are some of your favorite songs to play live?

KV: I really can pick a favorite.   It’s just nice playing our music loud and watching people going crazy and having a good time.

Any covers?

KV: We have covered a few old Exodus and Legacy songs at shows.   You never know what we might pull out of our hat!

Hatriot has been playing shows around the Bay Area over the past few months. Any long range tour plans for the upcoming year?

KV: Yes –  we want bring Hatriot to as many places as we can, as soon as we can.   Now that the record is out we are shopping for a good booking agent.  We are getting some offers so a tour should happen soon.

For those who have yet not seen Hatriot what can fans expect from the show?

KV: Expect a loud and ferocious band that does a show very much in the vein of bands in the Bay Area Thrash scene in the 80s.  You will see lots of head banging and lots of pits.

Who do you consider some of your biggest influences (along with Exodus) and what band or bands inspire you?

KV: Death, Sepultura, Slayer, Pestilence, Carcass, Morbid Angel, Malevolent Creation, Megadeth, Metallica, and the list keeps going.   I love all the old classic thrash and death metal bands.

What band(s) are you currently listening to today?

KV: Lately I’ve been spinning Dying Fetus, Sepultura, Toxik, Broken Hope, and Lynch Mob.

What’s next for Hatriot?

KV: We are looking to hit to road and promote the album.   That is our main concern right now.

Any news you’d like to share?

KV: On February 12th our album “Heroes of Origin” will be available in stores.  It has been on iTunes for a couple weeks now.  Please go out and buy it and join our quest in world domination.

If there’s one thing you want Hatriot to be remembered for, what would it be?

KV: Good question.  I want us to be known as a very heavy and loud staple in music history that will be remembered for ages to come.

Anything you’d like to say to your fans on HearEvil.com?

KV: Thanks for all the support and thanks for listening to our music.  I can’t wait to see all of you out on the road.  You guys rule!

Thank you Kosta!

For more on Hatriot visit their official website here or their official Facebook page to pick up your copy of Heroes of Origin. Stay tuned for my album review next week and check out the title track, Heroes of Origin below.

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