Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Betrayal was originally formed in 2005 by Manuel (Drums), Kilian (Lead Guitar) and a couple of fellow musicians. An EP was released in 2007 and a lot of live performances followed in the next two years including supporting acts for bands like Deadlock, Eisregen, Fear My Thoughts, Equilibrium and many more. In 2009, part of the line-up decided to leave the band, which led to missing spots for rhythm guitar, bass and vocals. Alex joined the band on rhythm guitar end of 2009. After that, a long search for vocals and bass began. Finally, end of 2014, Philipp joined the band on bass and Alex took over the vocals. With this line-up, a demo was released end of 2015 and the album “Infinite Circles” followed in summer 2016.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Describing our style…. Not so easy. So we are definitely a Death Metal band with a strong favor for the technical side of this music genre. A big influence here, of course, is Death. The combination of Technical Metal which has this unique groove to it, definitely inspired every one of the band members. Another great influence here is the Swedish Melodic Death Metal, especially the guys from At The Gates. I think we have some progressive approaches on the new album as well. Kilian, our song writer, is a huge King Crimson fan, so there are definitely some influences here. At the same time we try to give our music the required brutality and rhythm which, in combination, build this atmosphere that leads you to keep listening to the music and make it fun to perform live. For example, on our new album there is not one break in between the songs to keep up the atmosphere and underline the concept of the record. The godfathers of this “atmospheric” metal are Behemoth for me. Their whole concept from music to stage appearance is just amazing. But these are just some examples of influences. I think that is the beauty of this music genre. It allows you to take influences from a lot of different genres and put them under the “Umbrella” of Technical Death Metal. Manuel, our drummer, for example is a huge Jazz-Fusion and Latin fan. But this way, you are allowed to put a lot of variety in the music which makes it more interesting.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
I think we achieved to produce a record which satisfies the technical interested listener and still has the potential to make you scream along the lyrics and jump right into the mosh pit. And for me, that is what an album should do. If the listener can find new details in the music after he listened to the tracks the twentieth time and he still nods along with the music, we did a good job. Also we think with our producer at Unleash The Sound Studio we provided a pretty good sound, too.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
As mentioned above, the first EP “Of Lust And Loss” was released in 2007 with the first line-up. The songs have a more dynamic The Black Dahlia Murder approach which makes them a lot of fun to play live. Since I wasn't part of the band back then, I can not say much about the medial feedback except that the record was sold out the day of the release. All I can say is that I was blown away after seeing these guys live. The music was very different from the other bands (and there were a lot) you got to hear in our home town to that time.
The second demo of 2015 included two songs of the 2016 Album “Infinite Circles”. The reviews we got for the album were pretty good (7/10 on “metal.de”, 13/15 on “metalaschaffenburg.de”, and others on “nocleansinging.com” for example) and the public response as well. But since the album has just been released I am looking forward to more feedback in the future.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Of course we play live, that's why we do that stuff haha! We are going to play about ten shows from September to January in the region of Unterfranken, Bavaria and Hessen. I think we have a very good live potential, so if anyone has the chance, come to our show and have fun with us!
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
Because we are different than most of the bands in that genre at the moment. People say we have an amazing record and a great performance on stage. And furthermore, we are four guys who have fun doing this and want to come forward with the thing we all love doing.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
Right now we are planning to promote our record and play live as much as we can. Some festival appearances and a tour in 2017. And the plans for a subsequent record are currently in the making… ;-)
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can listen to and buy our stuff on:
- Youtube (Channel: Betrayal GER) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHt31DIR4UcEHI1JW5bo7CA
- Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/betrayal-ger
- Spotify https://open.spotify.com/album/6jHmuX0yJF81nkyEGZlHnU
- Amazon https://www.amazon.de/Infinite-Circle-Betrayal/dp/B01F43TGVQ/ref=sr_1_1/278-4692103-8624017?ie=UTF8&qid=1467373125&sr=8-1&keywords=music%3ABetrayal+-+Infinite+Circle
- iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/infinite-circle/id1110549633