Here’s a chance for you to tell our readers about your new release, ‘For Bidens’. But could you please start off by introducing the readers to W.E.B.?
W.E.B. is a dark metal band from Athens, Greece. We started in 2002 and so far we got 3 full length albums and one EP out there and several mini tours around Europe. We are now releasing our third full length album “For Bidens” through No Regrets Records and getting ready to hit the stage again.
And now onto ‘For Bidens’ - track-by-track! What inspired you, which topics are you dealing with, what do you want to express with the songs etc.
1. Let There Be Night
This is an instrumental intro to the album. I needed something not exactly melodic, but more like a built up atmosphere to get you calm and then briefly into the tension to enter the darkness of the album that follows.
2. Nightmares In Disguise
Sleep is a situation that still holds secrets from us. Most common for every person is the dreams we see. But what makes a good dream or a nightmare, really? What if you have the worst life in the world and every night you dream you are a king in some paradise? When you wake up how would you feel?
3. For Bidens
The song about Bidens. The song “For Vampires” as I am used to explain it lately. It deals with the anatomy and the vampiric nature in general.
4. God Plays Dead
In such a world there cannot be any “god” around. I don’t see any goodness around here, not to mention that the ones that rule this world seem to be the ones that are just addicted to power at every cost.
Eligos is the demon that decides the outcome of battles. In this song you can hear his legions scream his name to victory and then attack into battle taking the side their master decides.
6. Crimson Dawn
I was really into some short of fetish with the vampires of the East. The ones dressed as dancers to seduce their victims. And after that, there comes the crimson dawn after a bloody night. This would be the music they would dance to when they enter their coffins again before the sun is able to touch them.
7. Prince Of 1000 Frozen Suns
I was deeply inspired by the mystery of the pyramids and all the legends around them. At the same time I saw the way governments see us, the common people. We are almost drained. We are the frozen suns. What will they rule after we are all gone? This is what we are heading to.
Malaise is a word to describe the general feeling of being unwell. It is a French word that is now used as a term in psychology. This discomfort is what a mortal felt in this song and decided to leave the living for the undead. This song is the few minutes of the embrace and the passing from one condition to the other.
9. Night Funeral
This song is about the death of youth. I was shocked by the murder of Alexandros Grigoropoulos, a 14 year old child in downtown Athens while I was a few blocks away at this point… I have nothing more to say. It is extremely sad a young boy died this way.
10. Clamor Luna Part I – Clamor Rex
The Clamor Luna trilogy is about Cain and Lilith. In this first song it is the “King that Cries”. Cain cries for his destiny and his life. He knows he will be the first of the damned.
11. Clamor Luna Part II – Regina Est
This is the song about the myth of Lilith and her connection to Cain until he got his aphorism from God. Within the song there is also an actor playing the widow of Thanasis Vayas by reading the poem of Aristotelis Valaoritis “O Vrikolakas”. It is a Greek vampiric legend. So in this song we have a combination of the ancient and the most recent legends.
12. Clamor Luna Part III – Regnum Sanguinis
This is Lilith singing to Cain as they are on top of their “red kingdom”.
Tell us a bit about the artwork and why you have used Swedish painter Marcus Larson’s ‘Nattlig Marin Med Brinnande Fartyg’?
The artwork of “For Bidens” was created by W.E.B. lead guitarist Alan Fall. It is clearly inspired by the symbol of the Temple Of The Vampire, but through the artistic touch of Alan. As of how important it is to have a cool artwork I will just say that as a kid I started to listen to heavy metal after I convinced my mom to buy me “No Prayer For The Dying” by Iron Maiden back then - just cause I liked the cover. It turns out I loved the music too, hehehe..