Based in Athens, DESPISE
was formed in late '86.However the
period from then until '88 was characterised by continuous changes
in the line-up, apart from MAKIS(guit),
who staunchly remained the guitarist and
later also became the band's singer. During that period, as expected,
didn't perform LIVE at all, due to the lack
of suitable and permanent musicians.
With some members of the older line-up and some session musicians DESPISE recorded one song with the title 'Spewn out from hell' for a Greek Metal compilation double LP, called 'GREECE ATTACKS-VOL.1', consisting of 20 bands, which was finally released in Greece in 1989 by FM Records.Followed by a gallup sponsored by the said company and published in the Greek edition of 'METAL HAMMER' mag, 'Spewn out from hell' was unanimously voted as the compilation's best song.
The line-up was finalised in mid '89 and remained unchanged till 2004. So, the members of the old DESPISE line-up (trio) were:
As a three piece, we have played LIVE in various local clubs and also opened D.R.I.'s LIVE in Athens 'RODON' Club in '90. D.R.I.were among the first who had a taste of our then unreleased material (including demo songs) and were profuse in their praise for both the music and our band's performance.
'State of Brutality' demo '93 was our debut release with the new line-up and it's a 4-channel self-recorded and produced demo, made in our first rehearsing studio in Athens. It consists of 4 songs with the following titles:'State of Brutality','Cruel Mission','Mindless Warrior'and 'Flower of death', which were composed in the period '86-'91, but finally recorded in '92 with our new line-up, after we had managed to solve most of the problems which held us back and prevented us from releasing this demo earlier.
'State of Brutality' was finally released in '93 and very well received, accumulating only positive reviews from all over the world.There was a lot of interest from various magazines and radio stations not only from Greece, but also from abroad, who requested both the demo and interviews.
To be precise, our 'State of Brutality' track was placed amid the top tunes of the 39th issue (April/May'95) of the 'SCREAMS FROM THE GUTTER' mag by DAVE ROHRBACH and our demo among the best post '87 demos worldwide.
Fans from all over the world were thrilled by our demo and we received many requests for it, soon leading to its sell-out. The huge amount of mail we got from fans caused a significant delay in our band's headway, as each and every one of these letters was answered personally by both MARIA (bass) & MAKIS (vox,guit).
There was also a great deal of interest by Record Labels, which in one case led to negotiations with the German'ACTIVE RECORDS AC'-a division of SUBWAY RECORDS managed by JEAN-MARC TRISTANI, which nevertheless got us nowhere. The demo also fell into the hands of the A&R people from NOISE RECORDS (1993), who contacted us by phone and expressed their admiration while asking us to keep in touch. On a more personal level, we had a demo audition by Bill Wilson from BLACKOUT/CAROLINE RECORDS and Greg Howie from ROADRUNNER RECORDS at the 1993 NY 'Independent Music Festival'.The latter was very interested in our band and asked us to provide him with any further material.
Among those most enthusiastic in their comments and praise were bands, some well-known, some underground, with whose members we traded demos, prominent among which are the following:
In 1995 the Canadian'NEW WORLD SYMPHONY RECORDS-UMG CANADA' included our song 'State of Brutality' in the compilation CD 'UNDERGROUND SYMPHONIES'-VOL.2, together with 15 other songs performed almost exclusively by Canadian bands.
As for the period from '91 to '97 other than what we have already mentioned, we were busy composing new songs, which formed the basis of the material of our 1st LP.
Meanwhile, in 1996, due to the inadequacy of Greek recording studios (in our genre of music), in meeting the high standards we set for ourselves, we were forced to put together a new rehearsing/recording studio of our own, where we started a process of recording our new material, leading in '98 to the preproduction of the whole LP.
At long last, the 10 songs making up our LP, from which the 4 songs comprising this demo come from, were recorded during 1998-2000 and were produced by MAKIS(vox/guit.-DESPISE).
As for this new material, we have already received very good critiques, after having met with members of the following bands who have heard a sample of our work and were quite enthused: