Tuesday, November 26, 2013
1.Can you tell us a little bit about the band for those that have never heard of you before?
I am A.M. guitar and singer in Nigromante is an old-school Dark Heavy Metal band trying to get back the true Heavy Metal spirit, not just trying to copy a specific band, we are into getting our own sound from our influences that include bands from the 70s, NWOBHM, US Metal, early Thrash and Black Metal.
2.How would you describe the musical sound that is present on the album?
Guitar riffs are the key, all the songs come from guitar riffs, that’s what Heavy Metal is about since Black Sabbath invented it. We are playing a Raw and Dark Heavy Metal with aggresive vocals, the production gets and old-schoool vibe that will make any metalhead enjoy the album.
3.The lyrics cover Satanism and Occult topics, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
We are interested in the figure of Satan or other Gods and Black Magic as the only possible way for a world that can’t find solutions through their old and decadent Gods.
4.The band has been around for 10 years but are now finally getting ready to release the first full length album, what was the cause of the delays?
The band started as a five piece band in 2003 singing in Spanish and now we are a three piece band singing in English which can tell you how many line-up changes we have gone through, I am the only member that remains from those days. We were active until 2007, and then I was alone in the band and needed some time to restart.
It wasn’t until 2009 that I decided to get J.S. on the drums and start to prepare for recording a full-length album. When we started to choose the songs, change lyrics to English and writing some new ones the main goal was getting our personal style and that’s not something you get in two days… we are not another band trying to copy “Iron Maiden” or any other “NWOBHM band” or “Black Sabbath”… like most are doing today.
Now we feel that the band can start working non-stop to take our message as far as we can to bring back the Heavy Metal Age!
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Nigromante?
Nigromante is the Spanish word for Necromancer, Nigromante will summon all metalheads to raise against an unjust system and lead us to the Metal Age. The name in English has been used before by Extreme Metal bands so we preferred to keep the Spanish word.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
In 10 years we have been playing a lot in Spain but in the last year I would remark the Black Magic Night III festival supporting Pagan Altar, there was some real magic there… Our stage performance is a power trio approach, we play as wild as we can everynight.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the album is out?
We are booking dates in Spain and trying to make a European tour together with another band. Anyone interested in booking the band can feel free to contact us.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal?
The album isn’t still out, but after uploading three songs we are getting great feedback from everywhere, specially loving the vocals. We are also getting a lot of feedback from people in Spain about the new songs in English, our old demos were in Spanish and they are loving the change!
9.What is going on with the other musical projects these days?
I am singer and guitar player here, but also play bass guitar in another Heavy Metal act called Steel Horse, and we are recording the third album right now. I’ve been also recording and producing bands like Omission, Wild and Beast in the last months.
The drummer is bass player in a thrash metal band called Rancor and the live bass player is the Steel Horse guitar player… it’s funny, everyone playing different instruments than on their other bands ahahah
10.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We have 5 songs written for the next album and they are following the same path of this album, 100% heavy riffin’, straight forward Dark Heavy Metal.
11.What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Our influences come from early NWOBHM like Angel Witch, Diamond Head, US Metal in the vein of Cirith Ungol, Manilla Road, Omen, early thrash from bands like Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus, early Black/Extreme Metal bands like Venom, Celtic Frost and the 70s first Heavy Metal bands, Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy…
Today, I have next to my stereo albums of Hell, Speedtrap, Slough Feg, Striker, Iron Curtain and Doomsword.
12.Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Beer? Ahahah. I’m recording engineer and music teacher so most of the time is going on music, after that I would say that riding bycicle, literature and cinema cover the rest of the time.
13.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
Thanks for your interest and hails to all the readers of Underground Musick Zine. Keep Metal Alive!!!
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