Interview with Mock the Mankind

Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?

Hello we are Mock the Mankind from Athens, Greece, although we spent most of our time in Piraeus and we play uncomfortable music for comfortable (m)asses. We were formed in late 2012.

What does the name Mock the Mankind represent?

Everything and nothing, really. We liked the sound of it at first but then we realized there are so many different meanings behind it, that each one can have their own.

Can you tell us about your main influences?

Food, good music, good vibes and Partsouklis.

In 2015 you released your debut, full length album ‘’Ruination’’. How did the recording sessions go and how has the reception been so far?

It was recorded live within three long days. We had been playing these songs for about a year and a half and it was about time we recorded them. It couldn’t be done any way else but live. Exhausting it may was, the outcome really paid us off, and that is the first thing that we were looking for. To please ourselves first (ok, that sounded bad, but it’s true). The reception has been extraordinary and unexpected and we only heard/read nice words.

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Photo captured by Lina Koshka

Name the most embarrassing song you like.

I don’t think there are embarrassing songs or guilty pleasures if you will. Each kind of music has its own time and place. For example, on my cellphone playlist you can find from Amenra to Michael Jackson.

What inspires you the most apart from Mankind’s profound arrogance?

Its mockery.

What are you listening to these days?

Our playlists are full of music of almost every genre so there are too many to mention.

Any live shows planned for this year?

On Saturday April 16 we are really happy to play along with Jakob and Their Methlab. It’s the first time for Jakob to play in Greece and we are really excited to be part of the show. Also, on the next day they will be playing on Roadburn festival and have been handpicked by the great Neurosis themselves. That’s got to mean something, right?
It gives us also great pleasure to announce that on the 13th of May we’ re going to play along with Jucifer and Kalpa in Athens.

Magneto or professor x, and why?

Magneto because he can handle metal.

What does the future hold for Mock the Mankind?

Rehearsals, jams, more jams, lives and new stuff for our next release which will be out someday in this life. Cheers!

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Mock the Mankind – Ruination

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What has become of man? What has mankind reside to? Should really mankind take so much pride in all of its ”achievements”? What about man’s self-destructive nature? These questions are really hard to be answered no doubt.

It is a really windy and cloudy Wednesday here in Athens. As for me, i’m just smoking a cigarette, drinking some coffee and preparing myself for another review. Hello, today we have some heavy stuff for you, this time from Athens, Greece. Mock the Mankind is a three piece, instrumental, psychedelic, doom metal band from Athens, Greece. The band was formed back in 2012. Today they finally released their debut, full length album. The guys were kind enough to invite me last Sunday to ”Ruination’s” listening session which took place at Piper Studios in Piraeus. I really had a great time and i also had the chance of listening to the album for the first time.

Seven tracks are included in this album. All of them are instrumental. To be perfectly honest with you i usually face some difficulties with instrumental bands. I mean, i always want vocals in my music. I feel though that ”Ruination” is a different case. The impression i got is that vocals here are not really necessary. The band has structured its songs in a way that absence of vocals is not a problem at all. Apart from vocals it should be mentioned that ”Ruination” is an album of great ambience. It is a bit atmospheric but make no mistake. It is heavy as fuck. Perhaps it would be unfair for the band to just call them a doom metal band. There’s a lot of stuff here to discover. Doom/ sludge metal blends ideally with psychedelic and post. It’s a bit strange though. Their songs have a post vibe but then again here what we have is not a post band. I want to call it Mock the Mankind style. It is great for a band to build its own identity. The impression i got is these guys have achieved that. ”Ruination” is a like good old whisky. You want to discover its flavour, its aromas. Listening to this album has been quite an experience for me. This may sound a bit of a cliche but you must listen to this album from top to bottom. Listen to this album and discover how creative diy bands can be. I’m not really sure if i want to single out any song. I liked all of them. Nevertheless if i had to pick one that would have to be ”Dirge of Absence”. Hands down this song is dope. It even gave me a toolish vibe. Perhaps most people would pick ”A Great Depression” for their favorite song but Dirge is my choice.

So the question is what can one expect from this album? The answer is many things. ”Ruination” is an album that’s been made by passionate people with love. That’s what i think. Personally every time i listen to it, it always gives me a bittersweet taste. Some despair perhaps but also a bit of hope in the end. The album sounds great and what’s so awesome about it is that it was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Studios. Take this great journey and enter the world of Mock the Mankind. Here are some links where you can also listen to ”Ruination”: