Sangre Negra – Interview (2016)

As promised here is a interview with Trauko the man behind all the mayhem that is Sangre Negra.

(I published this the way I wrote it so use the translator if you don’t know spanish.)

ECM – Qué es el concepto detrás de toda la banda, ya que es el único miembro y veo que estabas en otras dos bandas estás siendo parte de ellos o se trata de su proyecto principal?

Trauko – Hail saludos a todos y gracias por este espacio. Primero participe con compañeros de armas con la banda “Ritual Oscuro” el año 2009. El 2010 editamos un Promo e hicimos unas cuantas tocatas. Al separarnos con el mismo batero de Ritual Oscuro fundamos “Eltun” el año 2013, ahí participe en el primero Demo “Oscuros Bosques Pagamos” editado el año 2014.
En esta banda no desarrollé el Metal que quería hacer completamente, así que me retiré para formar un proyecto solista más real, con la finalidad de vomitar Negro Metal de antaño, sucio y destructivo. Actualmente estoy concentrado sólo en “Sangre Negra”.

ECM – Para mí esto tiene un sonido como el de Bathory (temprano), los dos primero temas y los otros dos más oscuro, son una de sus principales influencias?

Trauko – Bathory antiguo es una de las influencias, pero también lo son: “Celtic Frost”, “Venom”, “Motorhead”, el buen Metal Negro Sudamericano, el Heavy y Thrash de los 80, de ahí viene mis ideas, las cuales se ven reflejadas en los primeros dos temas del Demo. En los dos últimos temas claramente traté de expresar la misma fuerza en la música con un aura más oscura y lúgubre.

ECM – Hábleme de las cuatro canciones y lo que hay detrás de ellas.

Trauko – Las cuatros canciones que componen el Demo llevan por nombre: “Ritual de Fuego”, “Oscuras Revelaciones del Brujo”, “Negros Vientos de Oscura Guerra” y el tema que le da nombre a la edición “Bruma Primigenia”. La parte musical te la detalle en las primeras dos preguntas, lo lírico y conceptual está orientado a la Guerra, la cultura Mapuche Precolombina, su guerra contra la invasión ibérica y la Naturaleza en Chile entre otros temas. No me cierro a ninguna temática aún, pero en este primer trabajo va por ahí el mensaje.

ECM – Cuándo te diste cuenta que querías hablar en contra de la cristiandad?

Trauko – Cualquier institución que lucre y busque el poder bajo el alero de una falsa divinidad debería ser destruida, algunos glorifican la cristiandad por su eterna maldad y por la suma de muertes y oscuridad que ha traído a la humanidad, pero yo lo veo por el lado de nuestras reales creencias, nuestra cultura. Deberíamos devolver a reconocer nuestras ancestrales costumbres y erradicar lo cristiano con su falsa bondad impuesta con sangre y dolor desde la invasión extranjera.

ECM – Qué te inspira musicalmente en estos días?

Trauko – Actualmente no hay mucho que rescatar, pero si en sudamericana se hace un Metal más verdadero, acá en Chile se hace buena música también. He estados por estos lados, reconociendo bandas nuevas que rescatan el verdadero sonido que debe tener el metal, sin arreglos ni tecnicismos. Aunque prefiero escuchar el metal de los 80, el real y no prostituido con mezclas y arreglos maricones.

ECM – Tienes cualquier material nuevo que para algo nuevo en el futuro?

Trauko – Actualmente he terminado con el proceso de creación y distribución del primer DEMO, a través del sello Hell Kakok, se ha repartido en todo Chile, además de Argentina, Perú y Bolivia y he recibido buenas criticas. Actualmente he comenzado la creación de nuevos temas con la idea de crear Metal más oscuro, aún sin fecha clara de salida, pronto tendré novedades.

ECM – Cómo se siente acerca de la escena del metal negro en estos días? Creo que hay demasiadas bandas y algunos son mierda, pero me gusta la tuya así que por eso estoy haciendo esta entrevista.

Trauko – Hoy existe con la errónea idea de evolucionar la música, expandir nuevos horizontes, y metal se mezclo con otras tendencias, lo cual mató la esencia del metal verdadero. El metal debe ser sucio, destructivo, oscuro. Así lo concibo yo. Lo bueno es que las nuevas generaciones han sabido recoger el sonido con el nació esto, de la década de los 80 y algo de los 90. A mediados de los 90 las bandas comenzaron a hacer mierda como lo dices tú. Aun hay bandas y seguidores que rescatan la esencia real, lo verdadero nunca morirá, el falso metal se destruirá sólo, pero no es algo que me importe.

ECM – Vas a tratar de conseguir toda una banda juntos para salir y reproducir su música en vivo?

Trauko – Con mi experiencia de las bandas anteriores, no me interesa en consensuar una idea de banda. Si uno tienes las ideas claras no necesitas más. El otro tema es que acá los productores no realizan tocatas buenas, con buena producción. Están más preocupados en ganar dinero a costa de las bandas, sin tener un back line de calidad. De paga ni hablar. Uno gasta en instrumentos, grabación y post producción y en las tocatas los productores te pagan con cerveza. Aunque acá se rescatan algunas productoras, no descarto en un futuro formar una alineación ya sea de sesión o estable para realizar alguna tocata.

ECM – Por último, ¡tienes alguna últimas palabras para la gente y gracias de nuevo por su tiempo?

Trauko – Saludos a todos los desquiciados que leen estas horrendas palabras, acá desde Santiago de Chile, “Sangre Negra” seguirá creando con la única finalidad de para esparcir el Metal Negro más agresivo y real. Manténgase en las trincheras, la guerra continua…

…Ritual de fuego
Oscuro deseo
Ritual de fuego
Con ansias aguardo
Ritual de fuego
Ritual…

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Exanimatvm – Dispersae Et Tormentvm (2016)

Exanimatvm
Release date:June 18th, 2016
Label:Dunkelheit Produktionen
10/10

Exanimatvm have been around since 2013 and they are one serious death metal act, this first full length should put this band on the map as this release is one hell of a debut.if your into old school s.american death metal you need to give this band a listen.

La Apoteosis De Todos Los Horrores (The Apotheosis Of All Horrors) is an instrumental that starts this out with this eerie sounding ritual at the beginning and you can feel the build up as this goes along on to what is about to come as Vae Victis comes in with full fury and as throughout you will hear tempo changes but this track sets the mode and then we have Danza Impura (Impure Dance),and this one blast at you from the beginning and the tempo changes are heavy as fuck sounds like old Swedish death metal one of the best tracks on here so far,Dispersiones Y Tormento (Dispersions And Torment),some doomy riffage to start this off but then a full scale attack to crush your ass and the playing throughout this whole thing is excellent,it sure empressed the hell out of me,Exanimatvm,well if this doesn’t rattle your bones you might as well hang it up this is it all out assault on your ass,a pure rager from start to finish,even with it’s slow pace at the end it still delivers and sets up for Oscura Propagacion Del Linaje De Tons (Propagation Dark Lineage Tons),and oh man this is the track that blew me away for good,this one just shreds,my favorite on here but it gets better as Nocturnas Luminiscencias (Luminescent Night) comes in this killer riff that is really catchy ten in the middle the blast beat comes in that will leave you floored another excellent track of pure brutality!Abominabilis Conditio,the shortest track on here but with full satanic force behind it that rips,Shoort,ends this on a high note as there is no letting down throughout this whole track,an excellent closer.

I gave this a 10/10 because it’s what death metal should sound like to me and this album delivers it from start to finish,Demis Ferreira (Bass, Vocals) has the perfect vocals for this, pure evil as the whole band as well as you can hear how intense this band comes straight at you.one of the best so far this year.

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Sol Sistere – Interview (2016)

Here is a brief interview with Pablo Vera the drummer of this excellent new atmospheric black metal,with two releases under their belt,and I must say the new album is excellent,I wanted to hear what’s the story behind it all.

ECM – Alright let’s start by saying thank you for the interview and for those who have not heard the band, how would you describe the band?

PV – Hi. Our music falls under the tag of atmospheric black metal. That may be a little vague because there are different bands that share this subgenre, but basically, our music is primarily fast and melodic, it has melancholic vibes, and it’s charged with textures and emotional slow parts influenced by post metal, doom metal and post rock.
As a reference, we have part of the sound of 90’s Swedish bands, such as Dissection, Dawn or Sacramentum, etc.; and part of the sound of modern bands like Drudkh, Altar Of Plagues, Wolves in the Throne Room, Winterfylleth, etc.

ECM – So there is the story behind the name of the band is something we should know about it?

PV – We chose the name Sol Sistere because it means solstice in Latin (actually, the literal meaning is still sun). Our ideas within the music have a lot to do with the human spirit, and for us, the sun is a perfect representation of such concept. Besides that, it’s always an interesting topic since the sun means a lot for several different cultures; it can be a symbol for immortality, god, knowledge, etc. It’s really easy to praise the sun if you think of nature as some sort of deity.

ECM – I read that all members have been in other bands, are all of you committed to this project for the long term?

PV – Yes, definitely. In the case of Pablo (drums) and Ricardo (guitar), Sol Sistere is the only band they are currently involved with. For Juan (bass) -who plays in post/progressive rock act Bauda- and Luis (out new guitar player) -who plays in death metal band Knell- Sol Sistere may not be exclusive, but that doesn’t mean they are less active. We are all constantly working in the band, in one way or another.

ECM – So how was the reaction to the new album around the world? I was impressed when I heard it and I had to review it, to me is one of the best albums to come out this year.

PV – Thanks for the kind words.
In general, the media’s reaction has been quite positive. Most of the reviews have considered the album as above average and also within the best albums of the year, which is an unexpected and huge honor, to be honest. We have read some different points of view because of the nature of our music, I mean, some reviews think of our album in terms of a 90’s-style record with a twist, and some others put the album in the post metal area, but again, with elements which make them unique. Whatever the focus, they usually agree with the music being filled with emotion and textures. We’re very happy with that kind of words, and I think is more than what we expected

ECM – The songs are very complex, but they all fit nicely, what is the secret behind the song writing? why everyone add a little here and there? as I said in my opinion I was never bored by the whole thing.

PV – The secret is trying to have an honest sound of our own. We have clear influences, but we’re not trying to copy anyone or do anything that has been already done, we’re just being honest with our musical taste and the feelings we want to evoke.
Regarding the writing process, we work with rough recordings using a drum machine, that way we can all listen to a really developed idea instead of a one-guitar track, and provide a better opinion if it’s a good idea to make some changes. We always comment on the new songs and try to make them grow so when the real recording takes place, we already know exactly how it’s supposed to sound, no surprises.

ECM – How did the signing with Hammerheart Records happen? It must have been a great thing for you since the label is based in the Netherlands and they have great distribution.

PV – When we finished our album, we started the process of looking for the ideal label, so we basically wrote emails to a bunch of different record labels of different sizes, being Hammerheart Records the best option. As you can expect, most of the labels just ignored our email, but three of them replied and were willing to listen to our music. They took their time, but when HHR finally listened to the whole album and decided it was really good, it was an easy choice for us. We were very happy when they said they wanted to work with us and it all turned out great, they do an amazing job getting our album reviewed and noticed internationally.

ECM – So what are the plans on showing your music live for the public? I see you have a few shows lined up for Chile,any plans on maybe going out of the country in the future?

PV – Yes, we have some gigs scheduled in Chile, in different cities, and we have almost sold out our copies of the album, so I think that’s a great start. We would love to play some shows abroad, we’d like to do a European tour, but that’s just an idea for now, it’s still being planned, nothing is confirmed.

ECM – Finally I want to thank you again and some final comments you would like to share?

PV – We would like to tell you that we’re already working on new material and we have several new songs that hopefully won’t disappoint you. They are basically in the same vein of this album, but they also have some a new touch so the album won’t feel like a sequel, but a whole new thing with the same emotions.
Thank you for this interview and the interest on Sol Sistere! I hope we see you if we play someday in the US… wishful thinking.

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Editor’s Note:The band released this statement August 26:
We would like to inform that, after 3 years with the band, we have gone separate ways with C., so he won’t do any more vocals for Sol Sistere.
For our gig scheduled for September 2nd, the person in charge of the vocals on stage will be Ramón Poveda, vocalist of Adkan.

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Deranged – Interview (2016)


From L to R: Nicolás Muñoz (Guitars,Vocals),Nicolás Castro (Drums),Matias Ramirez (Bass),Miguel Araneda (Guitars,Vocals (backing)

Here is a chat with Nicolás Muñoz from Deranged an upcoming thrash band that I reviewed earlier this year and was really impressed on their sound,if you like that old school sound give this band an ear they bring it to the hilt.

ECM – Thanks for your time and can you give me a brief history of the band?

NM – Without knowing anyone around here, was a summer day at the end of 2013, a typical school day on the bus spoke to a thrasher (at that time) without knowing him, I asked if he knew a drummer, and I was introduced to Nicolas Castro (Deranged’s actual drummer). At the end of 2013 in Santiago it was organizing a “Total Thrash” was then that Nicolas had the same passion and feeling for Thrash and decided to go to see this recital. We arrived back to Concepcion with Nicolas and felt very motivated by seeing that THRASH METAL still standing in those places, we decided to try a couple of rehearsals, everything went well and was there when it began to take shape what is now known as Deranged . The hardest thing at first was getting our Thrash Metal taken seriously, in a city where the genre is dead and attempts to ” Thrash ” that were made here left much to be desired for local bangers.

ECM – So what are some of your inspirations as far as bands?

NM – Slayer, Exodus, Metallica, Testament, Sadus, Vio-lence, Forbidden.

ECM – Let’s talk about the EP,when I first heard it I got this old school vibe from it,it even brought back memories of the past with the way it was recorded has anybody ever told you about this?

NM – Yes, many people told us that sounds very old school, that sounded dirty but with an eighties sound. We were cautious about that, we love the eighties sound and wanted to sound as similar as possible.

ECM – Alright so when you guys come up with making your music does the whole band contribute? what;s the process?

NM – The process of composition of all songs was made by Nicolas Muñoz, although some structures were modified until the recording, except “Hidden Stabs” in which all the members contributed riffs and structures.

ECM – I seen you got a Russian label that distributes the release how did this come about and have you gotten good response from it?

NM – We contacted Zombie Records, we showed them the ep and immediately said yes. The response was good, people from Europe contacted us about that release and they liked it a lot.


(Zombie Records cassette version cover)

ECM – So how has the Chilean scene reacted to the band since it has been out? I figure it must be good since the thrash scene there is one of the best in the world.

NM – Overall pretty good, especially for the more central parts of Chile (Santiago and fifth region), they quite often invite us to play in those places. But here in our city, they do not appreciate us so much, we can say that we are the only band of this style here.

ECM – How was the Total Thrash Festival back in June? I seen the list of bands that played and it was impressive.

NM – It was good, but to be a festival with such good bands, there were very few people, but it may be that just at that date Chile played for the America´s Cup… We finished playing and soon came the game and they put a giant screen for all the crowd saw the game… hahahaha.

ECM – What can we expect from the band in the future?

NM – We are currently focused on the single that will come out soon. Then comes the composition for the disc, there are many ideas turning, Deranged continues on the same line, making fast and violent Thrash Metal, now with riffs with a obscure touch (think something like Hell Awaits, for example) Stay tuned to the band.

ECM – For the people that want to get your material what should they do and will you have any merchandise in the future like shirts,patches,etc.

NM – To acquire material, you can write a private message to our Facebook or by e-mail to: derangedchl@gmail.com and yes, a run of T-shirts and patches of the EP ‘’Defacing World’’ will come out soon.

ECM – Ok Nicolas thanks for your time again and any last words you would like to share?

NM – Thanks to you and those who have taken the time to read this interview, the people who interested in our metal, people who believed in us and supported us from the beginning, who are adamant listening moving and doing THRASH METAL and not carried away by fashions. Cheers Thrashers!!!!!

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Sangre Negra – Bruma Primigenia (2016)

Sangre Negra
Release date:April 4th, 2016
Label:Hellkakok
8/10

Here is the first demo by this one man project by Trauko (Ritual Oscuro,ex-Eltun),it’s a four track ritual.

Ritual de Fuego (Ritual Fire),opens this and it is a great piece to my ears as i was really hammered by it’s pure volume and it’s not your average sounding black metal,to me this is some raw shit that sooths my soul.Oscuras Revelaciones del Brujo (Dark Revelations of the Warlock),this one has a real old school feel to it and the vocals on here really stand out compared to the previous due to the production but all is good as I got this war like feeling from the riffage on here,very catchy stuff.Negros vientos de oscura guerra (Black Winds of Dark war),on here the pace slows down but the aggression is still there in it’s own nature and the vocals make this one as you can hear the screams of war written hell throughout the track,and to finish this ritual we have Bruma Primigenia (Primal Fog) which pounds into your brain from the start but does slow down from time to time and there is a guest vocalist on here (Nahaul) that adds a bit of flair to it and the ending is kind of strange because it justs ends with no sign of it.

This might not be for everybody as those that know me know that I’m not the biggest black metal fan around and it really needs to hit that right spot for me and this did as it kept me interested throughout the whole thing, the production on here is very raw so don’t expect perfection and that is good sometimes like it is on here.I will be doing an interview with Trauko very soon so keep an eye out for that.

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Rapture – Scourge of Blasphemy (2016)

Rapture
Release date:April 9th, 2016
Label:Independent
9/10

As I was starting to think this might be a quiet year compared to last year along comes this band Rapture from Maipú and this is their first release, a three song demo of crushing death metal.

Scourge of Blasphemy,the title and track start this out and from the beginning this is right in your face as everything is spewed in your face as it should be,a well executed opener that should please anybody into straightforward shit and the lyrics are brutal as well.In the Name of God,this one is my favorite on here as it’s a punisher just like the previous one and the way these guys blend the vocals on here sounds like pure hell as it never lets up ripping leads as well some really good stuff here maniacs!In Der Gaskammer closes this out and it’s just as good as everything else and a little breaks that are thrown in adds to the brutality on here,a very catchy tune that kept me pinned into it,good stuff.

For a first demo this is as good as it can get you could say, the production is perfect and I hope to hear more in the near future from this band because they bring the goods.

Band:
Plaguelord: Rhythm guitar/vocals

Scorcher: Lead guitar/additional vocals

Incarnator: Bass

Necrohammer: Drums

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