Just a few days before #ThisIsHell tour hits the road, we have the pleasure to discuss with Foray Between Ocean and more specifically Themis Ioannou, over the band and the tour in general.
Welcome to Metal Invader guys, it’s our pleasure to have you here.
Thank you very much for the invitation.
Before we start, we would like you to introduce the band to our readers. How did you start, your influences and goals.
The band was formed in 2014 by Themis (guitars) and Jon (vocals), when we first started writing music together. Themis always wanted to compose a little more extreme music than the one he used to play with Trendy HooliGuns, so this dream started at a very beautiful place in the summertime. We have barious influences, coming from both the extreme metal scene or not from the metal scene at all in general. In 2016, our debut album “Depression Neverending” was released, while our goal is to never stop writing music that expresses our inner self.
Your debut album came out in 2016 if I’m correct, entitled “Depression Neverending”. Were your expectations fullfilled within it? When you get back to it, is there something you would like to change?
Not only were our expectations fullfilled; it was something huge, something we would have never expected. We have been receiving greatly positive feedback from the press and people coming from both Greece and abroad. We have been parts of great festivals and we have been on stage with a legendary band. We weren’t ready for something like that.
Your lineup consists of renowned names coming from the metal scene in Greece. Do you think that this has played an important role so that people could get easily in touch with Foray Between Ocean? Or at least more important than if you were new, upcoming musicians?
I don’t think that people came in touch with our music via our previous projects. We think that people “got in” our music, not just took a look at it. We are being through some tough times, where the financial crisis is strong while everyone’s ability to be judgemental towards everyone in stronger. It’s difficult to built something by only focusing on your name.
You have been on stage with Annihilator, during October 2016. What experiences did you get from this live appearance?
It was really the best thing that had ever happened to the band. We were given a chance to go up on one of the biggest venues in Greece, while it was packed with people. It’s greatly important, especially if you are still in the very beginnings. It sets the bar higher.
Your musical style is a little experimental such it includes various, while beautifully mixed spices from various genres. What are your influences?
We wouldn’t name our music exprimental. It’s just a mix of ideas and influences, coming from people who do not only listen to metal music, while having a lot of various metal elements. Maybe that’s why we cannot be easily labeled, we love that.
Speaking of influences, last year some great records came out. What are your favorites?
Indeed, metal music gave us some great releases last year. Some of those are:
• Hate – Tremendum
• The Black Dahlia Murder – Nightbringers
• Lorna Shore – Flesh Coffin
• Decapitated – Anticult
• Dyscarnate – With All Their Might
• Dying Fetus – Wrong One to Fuck With
• Amenra Mass VI
• Mogwai – Every Country’s Sun
• Converge, ‘The Dusk in Us’
Your lyrical themes are depressing and dark. Where do you get your influences to write lyrics?
Our lyrics are mainly based on sorrowful feelings. The most promiment of all are sorrow, grief, despair and of course depression, which gave the name to the album. However, there is some hope and sparks of light somewhere in between.
Let’s stay here for a while. As I said, despite your themes being dark and grief, you guys are (as far as I can see on your social media) happy and funny people! How is that even possible?
It’s very simple. Writing lyrics is like writing a screenplay with fictional heroes. Sometimes, it’s like writing an allegory. Even the best comedy ever has some inner thoughts. We are basically influenced by our everyday lives. This doesn’t mean that we can’t have some fantasy in it. We are all great friends who love each other. Love brings joy and joy means happy people as you say!
On January 19th, the first “This Is Hell” show took place on Temple Club, Athens, along with Vermingod, Blessed By Perversion and Aetherian. The supposed date and venue however changed in the meantime, due to a sad event that took place and disappointed a great amount of people. Would you like to comment something on it?
It’s not that we wouldn’t want to comment, but we think that it’s over now.
Despite this incident, the concert happened and became a great success, that led you to the decision to hit the rock and specifically, bring it to Thessaloniki and Larisa! What was that thing that made this night special for you?
We were actually planning to do a big concert in Athens with Vermingod. We didn’t expect such a success though! The venue was packed. Our personal success however is the fact that we managed to collaborate with three great bands. Within this, our goals was to create an institution if you want, under the name “This Is Hell” in order to play all over Greece with people we love and respect both in music and in person.
What does the future hold for Foray Between Ocean? Is it going to be as dark as your music?
Foray Between Ocean is a band of five good friends. The stronger our relationship gets, the darker our music is going to be. Our future is going to be purple and pink though. During 2018, we will unleash “Depression Neverending”’s heir, which we think it’s going to be our best work so far.
What should we expect from your upcoming appearances?
We can’t wait to embark on #ThisIsHell tour in Thessaloniki and Larisa, we think it’s going to be a blast. There are also some other appearances scheduled for the summer, under the sign of “This Is Hell”. We are also planning some gigs with bigger names but for now, a great summer is ahead with Rockwave festival.
The epilogue is on you. Thanks for your time!
We would like to thank you for the hospitality, the support and the great job you’ve all been doing with so much love, like we all do. Support the underground and brush your teeth!