Formed 1995 In Athens, Innerwish is one of the
most influential melodic metal bands form their part of Europe. May
28th is the release of their new album 'No Turning Back' and we
asked Thimios bit more about the new album and lots of other things
around the band Innerwish.
'No Turning Back' is already your fifth album, but for the readers that don’t know much of you, could you please give the band a short introduction?
Thimios: Back in 1995 I and our first
singer Giannis Papanigolaou formed this band. With Tsigkos Manolis on guitars, Alexis Levenderis -
bass, Pavlos Balatsoukas - drums, Papalexis Dimitris - keyboards we
made the 'Waiting for the dawn' album which was released in 1998 by NMC (a
small Greek label). After some line up changes
in 2000 we released a split CD with our compatriots 'Reflection' named
'Realms of the night'. From 2003 the line up of the band
becomes stable and with Babis Alexandropoulos on vocals, Antonis
Mazarakis- Bass guitar - Moros Terry - drums we signed deal with Limb music
with which we released 2 albums. 'Silent Faces' in 2004 and 'Inner
Strength' 2006. Signing with such a big label gave us
the opportunity to get off the Greek boundaries and be well known
especially in Europe.
We started playing several live shows
all over Europe to support our
albums. More over, after all these
years of appearance we made it considered as one of the best Greek
metal bands and maybe the best immiscibly Greek band in our era
(melodic power metal). 3 years ago George Georgiou entered
the band as a stable keyboard player. The stability of the line up has
given us the strength to go on and nowadays our new album 'No turning
back' will be out in the market.
The name Innerwish, whose idea, was it and is there any message behind it?
I'm really not sure whose idea it was, maybe our 1st bass
player Alexis, but we just wanted to say via our 'name' our inner need
for music creativity. Music is a very important part of our lives
and we can not imagine our lives with out
What happened in the period between the release of your
2006 album 'Inner strength' and the recording of your new album? Did you
tour a lot and if so, where and with whom?
Thimios: After 'Inner Strength' and for
about a year and a half we did several Headline shows in our home country in which we have
strong fan base. We also participated in some big festivals in
Europe among very big bands like Judas Priest, Within Temptation, Cavalera
Conspiracy, BonFire, Manowar, Rhapsody, Masterplan, UDO, Orphand
Land etc.. Generally it was a good period but I know that we should
have tour more. From our side we did the best we could. After that we started working the material of our new
album. A very hard working period cause we wanted the best we can. The final
result is our new album and we are very proud about
Your new album 'No Turning Back' is a strong album, it is
heavy but also very melodic with good choruses. What is in your opinion
the biggest difference between the new album and your 2006
The music direction is not different from 'Inner
Strength'. We keep moving in the fields of melodic power metal, the music we like,
paying the same attention to the same parts of our music, heavy guitar
riffs, strong drum and bass, strong melodies, catchy choruses... For sure the production is much better. That is the
biggest difference. The final result is very strong and powerful. More over in this album
weused a choir of 11 persons who gave the songs a mystical
and Lyrical sense in our songs.
Who is the main songwriter in the band, or is it a real
band kind of thing?
main composers in the band are me and Manolis (the other guitar
player). First we work our ideas in my home studio and then when we
have something that we believe its ok we show it to the rest
guys. With their contribution we make the final touches in the
songs to get the best result. We generally take our time when we compose our songs. We
do not want to do rush thinks. We give each song the time it needs to get
In my review I was very positive about the singing of
your vocalist Babis, who are his biggest influences? Dio (R.I.P) or Jorn Lande
Thimios: I agree with you. Babis did a
great job in this album. He is powerful, emotional, angry... He gives each song what it needs. And the
most important is that in each album he gets better and better. For sure
he is very talented. I know that he listens to many kinds of music and
respects a lot of singers (not only metal). But for sure Dio (R.I.P.) and
Eric Adams are some of his favourite and biggest
Talking about influences, what are your musical roots,
are it the older bands such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, or
Hammerfall, Gamma Ray and Helloween?
Thimios: All these years we've been listening different kinds of
music but for sure Metal of the 80's and 90's, hard rock of the 70's are our
favourites. Most of us where teenagers then so we grown up with this music
and has a specific place in our hearts. I believe all that in a way
have affected our song writing.
The bands that you are mentioning
above are for sure some of my favourites.
Any deeper message behind the title: 'No Turning
The lyrics of this song have to do with the nature abuse,
and the effect of it to our lives. We wanted to say that we are in the
position that if we cross the line there is no turning back for all of us.
protestant of us of what is going on and how thinks will
end to if we do not do something about it.
Nice artwork done by George Zacharoglou, was it
completely his idea, or did the band come with an idea?
We have worked with George also on the 'Silent Faces'
album. We’ve been working together for more than 10 years for several
thinks and during our cooperation we have become very good friends. He is a
great guy. As you understand it was easy for us to work with
him. We discussed about
the 'album title' and explained him what has to do with.
I told him one idea we had but I let him work free and give me his
options also. He came back with around 8 rough designs. They were
really all excellent, but the one we choose made us the biggest impression from
the beginning. The final result is a mix of both sides'
What will the next steps be for the band, after the usual
album promotion and interviews, touring perhaps?
We have already arranged some gig's in Holland and Greece but for sure we
intent to play as much as we can. There are schedules for
a Greek tour at the end of September, and a possible Europe tour at the middle of November. We are looking forward for
You signed a
deal with Ulterium Records, why did the band leave Limb, was
separate our ways after the previous album. Both sides, us and Limb
had thinks that bothering us, so we decided to separate our
ways. The guys from Ulterium Records showed their interest from
the beginning, and being patient to us.
What do you expect from the label?
They really like what we do, and what InnerWish is all
about and until now we have a great cooperation. They have been helpful,
friendly and not bothering us. They give the attention we need as a band to go ahead.
And that is what we expect and need.
A label who works for our mutual progress.
With the sound of the album there is nothing wrong, but
with Frederik Nordström responsible for the mix and Mika Jussila for
the mastering you can of course expect a good sound, but who's idea was it
to choose these two, not the cheapest ones I think.
In this business if you want to get the best result you
need to work with guys who know what they are doing. Mr Nordstrom and Mr
Jussila are many years in business and their work is very familiar to all
of us in the band. We like their sound and what they are doing.
We got in contact with them and just arrange
everything. It was an
easy and good cooperation. You have to know that guys like them do no work with
'anyone'. They do not play with their 'name' cause that is what they have in
this business. They asked for samples to know what they are dealing with and
accepting working with us was gives us
What are your expectations for the next 3
Thimios: First of all be healthy. That is the most important
think. If you are ok you can go on in your life and aim your targets.
InnerWish is my second family and these guys have been my band mates and friends
and my fellow travellers in this journey. I really want to see InnerWish becoming 'bigger' in the
hearts of the fans.
Name the 5 albums that you will be taking with you on a
year long journey?
It's difficult to answer. I will give you the albums that marked my heart in time
and probably played most in my stereo:
Accept - Balls to the wall (My
Judas Priest - Pain
Manowar - Hail in to
Helloween - Keeper of the seven keys
Pink Floyd - Dark side of the
Anything else you want to share with our
Thimios: Be true to your selves, follow
your dreams and listen a lot of metal. Give our new album a try and I hope that you will love
our new album as much as we do.
Reinier de Vries