Steal the Spotlight

Interview with Aydin from Revenant Dead

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Steal the Spotlight: Hey Aydin, what’s going on?


Aydin: Hey man, It's good. Lookin forward to answering some questions for you.


Steal the Spotlight: Well it’s been awhile since I talked to Theo, what’s going on in the Revenant Dead camp?


Aydin: Well, we’re working on the new album which will be out later this year. We're almost ready to start recording it. We've been doing a few shows. Things are going well.


Steal the Spotlight: How is the album going?


Aydin: We have about sixteen songs and about eleven of those are complete. We're almost ready. It's been a long time coming so we're really excited.


Steal the Spotlight: Is there anything that you can elaborate on currently?


Aydin: It's our heaviest and darkest collection of songs. The songs have a lot of energy and power to them. We wanted to define our style and I think we’ve achieved that. I can’t wait to release it.


Let’s do some personal and band related questions:


Steal the Spotlight: What was it like growing up in the UK?


Aydin: I didn’t really like it. I hated school and all the social groups. I just wanted to play guitar and be in a band. 


Steal the Spotlight: What bands did you grow up listening to?


Aydin: There's so many. Kiss, Manson, Rammstein, Disturbed. Bands like that. I always loved rock and metal.


Steal the Spotlight: Which one(s) have you drawn from musically?


Aydin: I’m not too sure. I guess all of those bands had catchy guitar hooks so this is something I wanted to achieve. 


Steal the Spotlight: I heard a lot of different styles and textures on your last (debut) release, Imperial Rape March, can we expect the same in the next effort?


Aydin: No, I don't think so. Our first album was us finding our feet. So, you had the heavy thrash songs like Torment and Perfekt Hate but also the heavy rock songs like Jailhouse and Decay Dance. What we've done now on this next album is simply blend the two styles together. It's much more focused. It’s a more complete album and I think it defines the sound of Revenant Dead.


Steal the Spotlight: What have been your influences in making/writing the album?


Aydin: We wanted to step it up a level and create something that was bigger and better than IRM [Imperial Rape March]. That was our main motivation when writing these songs. We wanted to improve musically and technically. We've worked hard on the song writing aspect. In every area, It's a step forward.


Steal the Spotlight: To date which is your favorite Revenant Dead track?


Aydin: So far, it’s a song called The Dead Is Here on the new album. It’s a seven minute epic. It's strange because every time we played the song something weird would happen. The song might be cursed. Off of Imperial Rape March, I like Decay Dance. It's a really cool song to play live.


Steal the Spotlight: Tell us more about the other songs off the new album?


Aydin: We have a song called Revenant Dead, which is our title track. It's probably best not to give too much away at this time, but, the main riff actually features in one of our youtube videos. Playing the opening riff and the solo sends a real shiver. I can't wait for people to hear it.    


Steal the Spotlight: Who or what is your motivation and inspiration?


Aydin: All the people I’ve met in life are inspiration. I try to draw from everybody I meet. It's important to understand people and their motives to make yourself stronger. I’m also really inspired by people who are great at what they do. Like actors and sportsmen who are the best at what they do.


Steal the Spotlight: Who in particular?


Aydin: Floyd Mayweather Jr. I think is the best boxer who has ever lived. I have a lot of respect for what they do. Actors like Christian Bale in The Machinist or Heath Ledger as The Joker. When you look at the dedication, motivation and sacrifices someone has to make to be the best, these people are an example of that.


Steal the Spotlight: What kind of things are you into? Dragons, skulls, horror movies or anything like that?


Aydin: I like competitive things. I like driving cars really fast. I like loud guitars.. I like boxing. The last horror movie I watched was Rob Zombies, Halloween. I really enjoyed that.


Steal the Spotlight: Where did the band name come from?


Aydin: We were talking about a name that embodied the idea of rising up. We wanted to symbolise the idea that, no matter what happens to you in life, you can always rise up and get through it.


Steal the Spotlight: What’s in your CD player or iPod right now?


Aydin: I just bought the new Static X album.


Steal the Spotlight: Anything else you would like to say or discuss?


Aydin: I just want to thank the people who care about what we do. It makes it all worth while and we really appreciate the support. 


Steal the Spotlight: Okay, this is the last one and I always finish it up with this one. If you can share the stage with anyone ever….who would it be and why?


Aydin: Tough question. There's so many bands out there. Maybe the best thing would be to play a huge festival and share the stage with loads of different bands. However, if i was in a situation were it was our last and only tour, ever. I think it would be amazing to share the stage with Rammstein. 


Steal the Spotlight: I want to thank you for taking your time to answer these questions and I look forward to hearing your new stuff when it’s released.


Aydin: Thanks Erick, I hope you like the new album.

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