R.U.S.T.X   HEAVY METAL FROM CYPRUS Band Questions answer by Panagiotis Xanthou  
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Greetings bro.We are R.U.S.T.X. George Xanthou bass,vocals Panayiotis Xanthou guitar,vocals Katerina Xanthou keys,vocals John Xanthou drums,vocals What does the band name mean and how do you get it? R.U.S.T.X is the continuation of the band R.U.S.T. We added the X letter to show the difference between the R.U.S.T. and R.U.S.T.X. The letters mean something but we keep it as a secret Where and how was the band founded? In 2014 when we had some problems with R.U.S.T two members had to leave from the band for personal reasons.The three Xanthou brothers asked her little sister if she wanted to join the band.Katerina agreed and from 2014 we change the name into R.U.S.T.X and a new era for us begun Have you played in other bands before? Yes.All of the members played in other bands here in Cyprus. George has played in Flames in Ice , R.U.S.T   and now in Orgasmatrons (tribute to Motorhead band). John has played with R.U.S.T. and now in Receiver also. Panayiotis has played in Flames in Ice, Astronomicon,Arrayan Path , R.U.S.T and Katerina in Stuck On Fight Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? For us no because all the members we are family.Three brothers and one Sister.We are very lucky that we are a band made by family. We spend a lotof our times together and we have a lot of memories from each other What does the band name mean? As you asked us above it does mean something but we can’t answer that because it’s a secret betwwen the band members. Ok we are going to give you a hint.....NOOO. (hahahahahah) What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? Every song has a different story. Each member in the band writes and compose in R.U.S.T.X. We write folk stories of Cyprus (Kallikantazroi) , our friends (Brothers and Sisters) political stuff (Revolution X,Treason) Heroes (Evagoras,Widows Cry) daily experiences and journeys that we had (Center of the Universe , Journey Arrives and many more. We try with each song to touch the soul of every person that he hears it.And also many times to give a meaning   about life and passion. Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Many bands inspired us and still are. Like Savatage,Riot,Fates Warning,Rush,Iron Maiden,Triumph,Grand Funk Railrload,Saracen,Dio,Black Sabbath,Ozzy,Led Zeppelin and many many more. Our music is Hard Rock,Traditional Heavy Metal,Proggressive, AOR sometimes and also Classick rock in a few songs.It depends from the character of each song.If you hear our discography you will understand. Why should people listen to our music? Because it’s a revival of the 70s and 80s music.We are very inspired by that bands and our music reminds a lot of that era Your debut album Forged in the Fire of Metal is from 2011. How long did the work take? It took three years to be released. We had the songs composed but the recordings,mixing,mastering took a lot of time because we had a lot of problems then with the army service and also with our equipment.We all did it by ourselves in our rehearsal room and also in George’s and John’s bedroom. Our producer and sound engineer was our guitar player Adamos of R.U.S.T . Without him nothing whould had been possible.Cheers bro What's your favorite song on the album and why? Panayiotis: We are Rock n Roll ( inspired from the movie AIRHEADS) How satisfied are you today seven years after appearing with the album? Very satisfied because that’s our history there.Our legacy and it was a hell of start for usback then. Your second album T.T.P.M. appeared in 2017. What does the title mean? We had an ep in 2015 with R.U.S.T.X called Destiny Riders with three songs.We released it in Power of the Night Festival Then in 2017 we released T.T.P.M.The title means TRAVELLING THROUGH PARALLED MINDS How many of the three hundred copies have you already sold? The first release have all been sold out.We currently have our second release of T.T.P.M and it’s available on our website and official merchandise.Also you can find it in every concert for anyone that is interesting. Are you already working on new songs and when will you release the next album? We already recorded our next album and now we are on the mixing time...I think we will have it released somewhere in 2019 and then a tour will procced What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? Panayiotis: My first big concert was Scorpions in 2004 in Nicosia. (In Cyprus is like a dream come true to have big bands coming and play) What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? We played in Festivals in France (British Steel Saturday Night Festival),Cyprus (Power of the Night Festival),Rock you to hell festival (Athens) Riot,Gang,Dark Quarterer,Loudness,Reflection,Grave Digger,Savage and many more Have already resulted in friendship ? Yes it did.They all were fantastic people Which band would you like to play live with and why? Savatage.One of our early listenings about progressive metal.Trully magnificent With what do you earn your money except with the music? Daily jobs like everyone How important are social media for you as a band? Very important What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? To continue our story and give also our something to the metal community as all the bands do.Spread Music around the world What do you think about the Cyprus Metal scene in general? Trully it’s a fantastic scene and we have a lot of bands that have something to give.Cyprus it’s a small island somewhere in the meditarranean sea but we have a lot of spirit and fight for Rock and Metal music. We have our own open air festival every year Power of the Night. Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Cyprus bands are : Hardraw,Infected Syren,Solitary Sabred,Arrayan Path,Blynd,Lethal     Saint,Dragonbreath,Receiver,Ladderman, Dark Poetry and many more PERSONAL QUESTIONS ! Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? We grew up in small village little next to Nicosia called Agioi Trimithias. Our childhood was fantastic because we had all the family together.Cds and Lps of rock,classical,country,blues,hard rock played on the pick up and radio all the time because our father is a big fun of Music How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? Sometimes you were the good ones and some times you were the rebel.Mostly we were the rebels.Allways fighting for what is good and right How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? Our parents supported us in Music general.There allways there for us spirituallys Would you be successful in making music as a musician? We don’t know. Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? Peace and relaxation innature Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? Passive spectator When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you Better cook by ourselves except if we trully trust someone we know What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? Some people don’t like it but some do. But we don’t really care what other people say about us because when you follow your heart you will find what your character and personality is.You don’t need someone else to tell you How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? We don’t spent our time reading   garbage on the internet.We prefer playing music brother What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? Both. What would you personally like to do in your life? Being creative Which question would you like to have answered and why? How did you have this idea to start Hashi webzine and how did you find us bro? (I've been a metal fan for almost 30 years and have always tried to support the underground metal a bit my baby is this web site and as I search for new bands almost every day I like you too ! haschi ) Cyprus Our island , Home , Base Austria Classical Music , beatifull , Beer Caledonia Waterfall A fantastic place in the mountains of Cyprus Royal Tombs of Nea Paphos Ancient mysteries of the ancient kings in Cyprus Meze A lot of food.Every time we take bands there to eatfrom abroad end up dead of food.(hahahaha) Tsiwania (Zivania)- The best alcohol   drink in Cyprus.You should come in Cyprus bro and try itit is very good and dangerous alcohol lol.( I know your national drink A friend of mine always spends his holidays in Cyprus and now and then we have a bottle of the devil drink haschi Carlsberg Probably the best beer in the world (hahahahah ,commercial advertise) Soccer Not so fond of it because in Cyprus most of the people are very fanatic. We like the sport but it become too fanatic in Cyprus Movie or Series Both Judas Priest or Iron Maiden Both Family The Family answer because for us as band with family members we wanna say to the world that Metal/Rock is alive and kicking right now.Espessially in underground scene. As mighty Dio said Long live Rock N Roll my Rock n Roll Children Warlord or Stormwitch Both Your top 10 all time album faves RIOT – Fire Down Under Queensryche – Operetion Mindcrime Savatage – Gutter Ballet Accept – MetalHeart Iron Maiden – Powerslave Judas Priest – Ram It Down Psychotic Waltz – A Social Grace Fates Warning – Parallel Winterhawk – Revival Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath DIO – Dream Evil and many many many more Top 5 albums in time   ! Led Zeppelin 1 Deep Purple – Burn Motorhead – Rock N Roll Helloween – Keeper of the Seven Keys Crimson Glory - Transendence The closing word is yours? Be who you are and never change for no one and anybody. Then you will find your path... May the force be with you
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