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jueves, 3 de septiembre de 2015

HellLight - Interview 2015


Pasan los días y las inquietudes y las ganas por hacer más cosas en mi página se incrementan, se multiplican y toman más arraigo en mi conciencia. La lucidez de la vigilia ya no solamente se queda en sueños fantásticos de imaginar situaciones, lugares y cosas por hacer, ya no basta con eso. Es necesario hacer lo que pensamos, total, nada es imposible, y el límite de lo que nos rodea está en nosotros mismos.

Las limitantes las creamos nosotros, y, como consecuencia lógica, las derrumbamos nosotros. En la medida en que avanzamos y vemos cómo nuestros sueños más deseados se vuelven repentinamente realidad las fuerzas se incrementan y los deseos por hacer realidad lo que pensamos se vuelven una constante.

La vida es corta y no buscar con determinación y fuerza aquello que nos llama es un desperdicio. Debemos necesariamente construirnos a partir de lo que queremos ser en la vida. De esa única forma sabremos qué ruta tomar, sabremos qué cosas hacer y, lo más importante, estaremos seguro de estar en lo correcto y que no se trata de un engaño propio de nuestros deseos o de nuestro inconsciente.

Cuando comencé a establecer ciertas jerarquías de acuerdo a las entrevistas que quería realizar, de manera casi automática surgió el nombre de la agrupación brasileña HellLight. Exponentes de un refinado, profundo, denso, gutural, armónico, potente, elevado, sólido y sumamente auténtico Funeral Doom Metal. Ellos son una constante en la lucha diaria por querer ser quienes desean ser. Batallan diariamente contra el sistema imperante, no bajan los brazos, y con optimismo, rectitud y voluntad han construido algunos de los más contundentes trabajos en la escena Doom Metal.

Mi deseo hubiera sido poder publicar su discografía junto con esta entrevista, pero esa instancia quedará para otro momento. Hoy me siento mucho más cerca de mi destino, mucho más en concordancia con mi fascinación, mucho más próximo a lo que me espera en la vida. Nos construimos paso a paso, siguiendo la ruta espiritual.

Un agradecimiento a Fabio de Paula por el tiempo para responder las preguntas y por la disposición. Desde lo profundo, HellLight con casi 20 años de carrera musical, entrevistados para mi página…las vueltas de la vida.

Quedo con la esperanza de que como dice Fabio, nos veremos en Santiago cuando la gira Sudamericana los traiga por acá. Mientras, escucho sus discos, leo sus respuestas, y me doy cuenta que nunca he estado equivocado. Todo lo contrario, la luz está cada vez más cerca y luminosa como nunca.

Un saludo a la distancia a la agrupación, fuerza para lo que viene. Un abrazo caluroso y gracias por haber querido participar.

Para los que leen y visitan este lugar, una reverencia; no estamos solos, eso ya lo tengo más que entendido.


Disfruten la entrevista y disfruten la vida. Hasta la próxima. Un saludo caluroso.






Felipe: Thank you for your time, I confess a fan. So many thanks
HellLight: Hi there, thank you for this opportunity to say a little bit about HellLight.

Felipe: Can you make an introduction to the band: Members, path and albums
HellLight: HellLight is a Brazilian Funeral Doom Metal band and it´s been around since 1996, we are going to be 20 years next year.
We are 4 people...me, Fabio De Paula, the guitarist and vocalist; Alexandre Vida, the bassist; Rafael Sade, the Keyboardist and Renan Bianchi, the drummer.
We are now releasing our 5th album, “Journey Through Endless Storms

Felipe: Whenever it becomes obnoxious and unwise to define the sound of a band ¿How to define you the sound of HellLight?
HellLight: We are normally defined as Funeral Doom Metal, and we are ok with that, however, I think we, sometimes, mix some other kinds of metal in our songs.

Felipe: What musical groups could you establish as an influence when HellLight was formed and what are the groups that each of the members are considered elementary?
HellLight: I would say, Black Sabbath, Danzig, Bathory, Candlemass; as you can see, there was no Funeral Doom bands influencing us when we were defining the band. We are all metalheads, the Funeral Doom came out naturally, when we started the band, we were trying to make a sound that could express some feelings and emotions that could only be translated with slow and deep music, and so, the Funeral Doom nailed it.

Felipe: What albums are you listening right now? What Brazilian groups could recommend?
HellLight: I really liked the Doom:vs new album, it sounds amazing, and the songs are really deep. I also loved the new Shape of Despair album, amazing too.
We do have many great bands here in Brazil. Mythological Cold Towers, Imago Mortis, Abske Fides, Eternal Sorrow, there´s many more, they are all great bands

Felipe: ¿Are you aware of American and Global Doom scene? ¿What bands highlight of each scene?
HellLight: We actually don´t hear much about north American Doom Metal bands, only the big ones such as Solitude Aeturnus. I think the scene are much greater in Europe, we have many many more fans in Europe than in USA. I must say that in Central and South America, especially in Brazil, the scene is growing a lot and it´s very important for us.We are having sold out shows and sold out merchandise. It´s been great.
We are planning to make a small tour in South America, as soon as possible.

Felipe: ¿Have you had a chance to play outside Brazil? ¿Any real possibility of coming to Chile and play in the near future?
HellLight: Not yet, however, we have booked a tour in Russia next year the first 2 weeks of April. It´s going to be great, 12 shows in 15 days.
We would love to play in Chile, I think Chile is an amazingly beautiful country, with many metalheads, it´s definitely something we are going to do soon. We would, for sure, accept invitations to make shows there.

Felipe: You announce that you will take a tour of South America. When would it be done this tour? Would you come to Chile?
HellLight: I don´t know exactly when it´s gonna happen, but I believe it will take place in the end of 2016 or in the beginning of 2017, and we are definitely going to Chile, it´s the one place I am looking forward to play in South America.

Felipe: Metal boils in South America, but it seems that being away from the major economic centers affects and slows the scene. How to build a distinctly South American scene?
HellLight: Rafael, the keyboardist, has a small show producer we, normally, make 3 or 4 festivals every year. Some of it, just with Doom bands and some with every kind of metal bands. We try to make things happening here it can never stop. This is how we contribute with the scene.

Felipe: The quality of your compositions, complex sensations that transmit and evocative music composing suggests that should be quite difficult to build a HellLight album. Who makes the major responsibility of the composition?
HellLight: Usually, I´m the one that makes the compositions. It starts with some idea I have in the guitar. I usually record it and send it to Rafael and Alexandre to listen and put the bass and keyboards on it. So we get to the studio to rehearse the song. Once it´s ready, I write the lyrics, grunt and clean vocals.

Felipe: The lyrical element is another basic point. What aspects, situations and experiences come together at the time of writing?
HellLight: As we are all pagans in the band, we always tries to express the pagan points of view on the lyrics. How we see the world, how we face the problems in life, the way we get thru emotions, feelings, tragedies in life.
The lyrics have mostly very emotive content; they are mostly sad and serious.
I think HellLight art as one; the music, the lyrics, the photograph, the booklet art, everything must match, so the lyrics are very similar to the music.

Felipe: What is wanting to live life playing Doom in Brazil? If you could detail how the daily lives of the members of HellLight to get an idea of the complexity of your lives? Do any of you study, work on something besides music, they have families? Have you been able to pursue a career related to music or is it just too impossible?
HellLight: We all work with music in different ways. Me and Alexandre work as luthiers, we make and repair music instruments, we have a guitar repair shop and we do work there during the week. Also Alexandre is a school teacher, he used to teach geography.
Renan, the drummer works in a studio, the same one we rehearse with HellLight, in fact, we met him there, and Rafael has this small metal show producer. So, as I said, we live music 24/7.

Felipe: HellLight is about to celebrate 20 years of musical career, but it seems that you are not embedded in the massive, however, in the underground you have a name already earned and respected. How to appreciate this sort of dichotomy?
HellLight: We do not keep in mind to get to mainstream or something like it, the things comes naturally for us, in fact, Funeral Doom Metal was never in the mainstream. We really don´t care about it. Our songs have, at least, 10 minutes, and we do not intend to change it, it´s never going to classify as mainstream. But, I really think that the real fans are in the underground, we have the best fans in the world. They know your songs, the lyrics, the meaning behind it, it´s impressive.
Also, I think the internet made the underground much bigger. 15 years ago, the underground bands had only fans around the neighborhood, nowadays, it´s worldwide.
Everyday I get emails from fans all around the world, sometimes, from countries I never heard of which is an amazing experience.

Felipe: Does any member of HellLight a side project?
HellLight: I think I´m the only one with a side project right now, it´s called Legion of Nexus and I released an album in april, it´s free to download in the facebook page. It´s funny that, in 20 years of HellLight, sometime it´s normal to compose some songs that doesn´t fit in HellLight´s albums, so when I got 10 songs, I decided to record those songs and release them, even if it´s was for free downloading. I turn out great, and many people loved the album. I might do another one sometime.

Felipe: How has the response of the fans and the press specialized to respect your work published? I personally place HellLight among all groups of elite in the global scene of Doom.
HellLight: I think we are very lucky, we do have a great relationship with the media, especially since we get to be in the cast of Solitude Productions Record label. I do not recall the last time we get a bad review. I know we have a lot to improve, but, as I said, we are lucky with the press.

Felipe: Are you working on new material? Could you anticipate something?
HellLight: We are now waiting for the release of the new album; I think it´s going to be released in the second half of September. It´s a great album. We worked really hard on it; I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do. We have released the first single of this album as a lyric video on youtube, and the reviews were great, it´s called “Distant light that fades”.
To be honest, we already have enough songs for the next album, that we´ll probably start recording in the middle of next year, let me know how you like our new album Journey Through Endless Storms.

Felipe: How was working with the Russian label Solitude Productions? It's a pretty major label, working with other important bands in the world who also play Doom. Have you felt that the label Solitude Productions recognizes its history and importance?
HellLight: They are an amazing label, they work really well. We have fans all around the world because of their range. It´s amazing to work with people that loves your art as much as you do, we are very proud to be part of their cast.
Sometimes they give us some tips and hints about the records, which is great, we do need it sometimes. They are more experienced then us, so, we do listen to what they have to say.
It´s a two way street, they bet on us and we bet on them.

Felipe: What has changed in your life after nearly 20 years of musical career? Changes in your families, with immense and diverse technological advancements, seeking HellLight solidly establish in your country and on the global scene, seeing how society changes, politicians and governments and HellLight prevails.
HellLight: Live in a third world country is definitely not easy; we get thru a lot, in 20 years many things have changed. The governments fucks up a lot around here, so, it´s not easy to keep everything on track with those kinds of problems, however, we kept the band alive. I guess only love can explain it. We lost many people, parents, friends along the way, but I believe, when something is part of your soul, it survives anything.

Felipe: Thank you very much for your time and interest in wanting to participate in the interview. This space is for you to say goodbye or make a personal reflection. All yours.

HellLight: Thank you for this space, I always like to say that, the metal scene, in every country of the world, are not made only by the bands, but the press, the fans, the record labels, the metal record stores. The radios, etc. It´s all part of the same thing, so, let´s keep it alive, keep in contact with us. We love to meet our fans around the world, hope you enjoy our new album and, hope to see you guys on tour. Doom on!




domingo, 9 de agosto de 2015

Pallbearer - Foundations of Burden 2014




Cuando fui informado de la existencia de esta agrupación no dude en conseguirlos, eso sí, siendo honesto, no esperaba gran cosa…¡¡ay prejuicios del hombre!! De forma abrumadora fui remecido, golpeado, ilustrado, enaltecido y bendecido con el conocimiento.

Debo reconocer que tras escuchar el primer trabajo de Pallbearer, “Sorrow and Extintion”, quedé impresionado. Solidez, contundencia, potencia, energía, carácter, sensibilidad, pasión, lentitud y mucha calidad fueron los elementos que asimilé y que me dejaron una impresión que hasta la fecha no se ha borrado. Reproducciones posteriores de ese trabajo sostuvieron e incrementaron mis primeras apreciaciones. Me sentí agradecido de haber seguido aquel consejo desinteresado.

Hoy, para ser leal a mi página, cumplo con un deber: publicar el segundo LP de Pallbearer. Definitivamente una agrupación a seguir la pista por los años que le queden de vida, y que ojala sean muchos.

Foundations of Burden” es el nombre que trae a colación esta agrupación estadounidense y que se viene a instituir como un cimiento en la escena del Doom Primigenio. Ese sonido que se presenta con pulcritud y limpieza, con una voz limpia y nítida que en su seno trae la potencia más arcana y valerosa. Aquella prístina idea de sonar pulcro, honesto, humano.

Cuando una agrupación, por nueva que sea, marca la ruta, fortalece la escena, ejemplifica el quehacer de lo posterior y sobresale frente a lo previo, es, ese momento de luminosa visión, el elemento clave cuando encontramos algo póstumo. Ahí debemos repensar la realidad y reestructurar nuestros parámetros de cualificación y de calificación. Algo nuevo remece nuestros cimientos. Algo nuevo nos hace ilusionar y pensar que siempre existirá algo que se erigirá como eterno.

Después de un primer trabajo sumamente potente, hoy se trata de un nuevo esfuerzo que nuevamente se centra en la potencia y en la lentitud. Una de las nuevas y buenas agrupaciones. Con tan solo cinco años en la escena, se han convertido en una de las agrupaciones más potentes, en una de las agrupaciones con mejores ideas musicales y en una influencia directa para la posteridad.

Me parece que este cuarteto estadounidense tiene mucho más por entregar en la escena, mucho más por avanzar y por innovar. Siendo el Doom Metal una escena tan sólida y monolítica, hablar de renovación y de modernización es algo difícil de conseguir. Cuando alguien puede llegar a ese nivel debemos reconocerlo.

Es por esto que este día comparto el último esfuerzo a la fecha editado por esta novel agrupación, quienes con tan solo ocho años en la escena ya han marcado una pauta y una ruta segura de recorrer. Se han convertido en una agrupación necesaria y elemental.

Querid@s amig@s de la vida, comparto el segundo LP de Pallbearer. Del año 2014, Foundations of Burden.

Disfruten el disco y disfruten la vida. Hasta siempre.




Tracklist:


1. Worlds Apart   10:16
2. Foundations   8:41
3. Watcher in the Dark   10:40
4. The Ghost I Used to Be   10:17
5. Ashes   3:19
6. Vanished   11:41








viernes, 7 de agosto de 2015

Cóndor - Entrevista 2015



Las oportunidades en la vida hay que saber aprovecharlas y, por lo mismo, hay que tomarlas con la más grande de las responsabilidades. Muy pocas veces las vueltas de la vida nos ponen frente a frente con aquello que más disfrutamos.

En el mundo del periodismo musical, uno es pleno en la medida que va quemando etapas, y estas etapas responden a los logros personales que vamos rebasando. Personalmente nos ponemos barreras, cosas por hacer, metas por cumplir, y situaciones que cuando las concretamos somos inmensamente felices. Ese es un buen elemento de evaluación de nuestros logros: el nivel de felicidad que nos generan.

Esas oportunidades nosotros las buscamos y nosotros las construimos. Nosotros determinamos lo que podría generarnos felicidad, plenitud y crecimiento espiritual. Y de ahí en más, después de una reflexión personal sabremos qué ruta seguir con seguridad y cuáles serán los pasos que tendremos que dar. Cuando estamos en contacto directo con aquello que nos vuelve inmortales y eternos es que vamos por el buen camino.

En esta oportunidad tuve la invaluable oportunidad de entrevistar a un novel conjunto colombiano. Cóndor, un quinteto que ejecuta una idea de música extrema que puede ser definible en palabras de su guitarrista "una mixtura que parte en el Heavy Metal y que pasa por el Death, Black y el Funeral Doom", explica Antonio Espinosa, quien también canta en esta destaca agrupación.

Si creemos que para trascender necesitamos años de carrera en cualquier ambiente, la verdad, para alcanzar esa sensación de punto póstumo en vida, únicamente debemos ser honestos con nosotros mismos y dejar que nuestra alma se exprese. No hay nada más valioso que ser autentico. Y esta es la realidad de Cóndor, con soltura, valentía, perseverancia, fluidez y mucha calidad se han hecho de un lugar en la escena sudamericana.

Activos desde el año 2013, y con dos LP en su carrera, definitivamente dan para esperar algo más. Si más adelante se vienen trabajos semejantes a los que ya han editado, definitivamente estaremos enfrente de uno de los baluartes de la escena global del Metal Extremo. Para completar la reflexión que dio origen a esta publicación, de la mano de la felicidad siempre hay alguna actividad. Y en mi caso personal, mi página, por más que otras responsabilidades me hacen descuidarla, es una de las actividades que más satisfacción y felicidad me generan. Y cuando consigo realizar actividades ligadas a mi página, las sensaciones son sublimes.

Por lo mismo, cuando programamos una entrevista con Cóndor, subí un peldaño en la escala de la felicidad. Desde Chile un desconocido que pregunta por una entrevista, y que además, se demora en su publicación, pero que, espero ellos lo hayan entendido y corroborado si es que revisaron mi página, va siempre con las mejores intenciones por delante. Con el respeto más auténtico, con las finalidades de conocer y crecer más diariamente, con humildad por saber que la ayuda es mutua y con la fortaleza que da el esfuerzo diario de querer hacer por siempre lo que más disfruta.

La agrupación cuenta con dos trabajos a la fecha. El primer LP es del año 2013 y lleva por nombre “Nadia”; el segundo álbum es del año 2015 y lleva por nombre “Duin”. Ambos editados por un sello colombiano, y con una impronta radical. La agrupación accedió gratamente a compartir sus discos en esta publicación. Así que si recapitulamos, esta entrega será amplia. La entrevista a Cóndor y los dos LP que tienen hasta la fecha.

Estoy sumamente agradecido por la oportunidad que me propiciaron, por el tiempo de espera para ordenar mis realidades y publicar la entrevista y, demás está decirlo, cualquier interés para el futuro de querer publicar próximos trabajos, de Cóndor o de proyectos de sus integrantes o de agrupaciones colombianas que coincidan con los márgenes que cubre esta página, las puertas están abiertas. Sin contactos ni colaboraciones en este mundo estaríamos más expuestos a los villanos de turno.

Agradecido de la vida y de los amigos que realizan Metal y que con dicha participan de este lugar, para el mundo presentó la entrevista realizada a la agrupación colombiana Cóndor. Además, entrego sus dos trabajos para descarga.


Un abrazo a la distancia a los integrantes, gracias por el tiempo. Disfruten la entrevista, disfruten los discos y disfruten la vida. Un abrazo caluroso. Hasta siempre.



Felipe: A pleasure to interview, I appreciate the opportunity. I enjoyed your albums and regard it as a powerful contribution to the South American scene
Cóndor: Thanks!

Felipe: Could you make an introduction to the band. Members, career and albums
Cóndor: The band was started in late 2012 by myself, Antonio Espinosa (guitar and vocals), and Francisco Fernández (guitar). Almost immediately we were joined by Andrés Felipe López on drums. We recorded and released our first album ‘Nadia’ in 2013 with our old bass player Rayner Valera and our second one ‘Duin’ in 2014 as a trio, releasing it in January of the current year. Soon after recording ‘Duin’ we were joined by Alejandro Solano on bass and Jorge Eduardo Canal on third guitar.

Felipe: Which bands you consider an influence to the sound of Cóndor
Cóndor: More so than bands I think we’re influenced by specific albums. ‘Pure Holocaust,’ ‘Epicus Doomicus Metallicus,’ ‘Blood Fire Death,’ ‘Hail to England,’ ‘The Karelian Isthmus,’ etc.

Felipe: How would you define the sound concepts of Cóndor? They feel comfortable with the concepts of Doom or Funeral Doom. They get these names interpret your sounds ideas.
Cóndor: Doom Metal is a big part of our sound but I’m not entirely sure we would call ourselves a Doom Metal band, and certainly not a Funeral Doom one, as much as some albums in that genre have influenced us. Doom was a point of departure and that’s especially evident on ‘Nadia,’ but we think of our music as being halfway between classic Heavy Metal and the more extreme subgenres like Death, Black and Funeral Doom Metal.

Felipe: Why you chose the name "Cóndor" to gather your musical idea
Cóndor: The name goes along well with our thematic concerns, particularly our admiration for our country’s beautiful landscapes and natural life. It’s a distinctly Colombian symbol that also embodies a lot of the more general attributes we want our music to have. On a practical level it’s also short, easy to remember and sounds cool.

Felipe: What are the musical tastes of the members of Cóndor? It focuses on a particular scene or are varied. What albums or bands are you listening now?
Cóndor: Everyone listens to a lot of different things. As far as Metal we all listen to a lot of classic 80s bands like Manowar, Iron Maiden, Mercyful Fate and Bathory, as well as Black Metal, particularly the classic Norwegian bands. We also admire some more contemporary groups like Atlantean Kodex, Arghoslent, Cromlech from Canada and Peste Noire. We all have very different tastes and interests outside of Metal. As for what we’re listening to right now, I can’t answer for everyone, but personally I have been listening to the Clemencic Consort’s ‘Troubadours’, Cloven Hoof’s self-titled, Johann Strauss II and Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tusk.’

Felipe: How can you describe both of your albums in a personal way? How the band internalizes and understands this works?
Cóndor: Both of the albums are different takes on the same concerns, both musically and thematically. I would say ‘Nadia’ is a more contemplative album while ‘Duin’ is more bellicose. Though the compositions on ‘Duin’ are a lot more integrated and streamlined it’s hard not to feel attached to the energy of the first one. It flows very spontaneously and that’s something we’re never really going to be able to replicate. I think we’ve discovered that in many ways our sound and our concept are better suited to the slower and more melancholy vibe of ‘Nadia.’ That realization will probably play into whatever new music comes in the future.

Felipe: How it has been the response of the Colombian fans and the press against his two albums. What feedback have you received from abroad?
Cóndor: Colombian press has yet to cover our music, but there has been a small group of local fans who have responded very strongly. To us our compatriots are our most important audience, so that positive local response is extremely satisfying. Foreign press has been generally positive, though of course it’s only natural that not all publications have liked what we’re doing, and people do generally complain about the production. Many of them seem to think the production is as it is because they imagine up-to-date modern equipment isn’t available in Colombia, which is pretty funny.

 It’s cool to see people from very distant places enjoying our music and getting something out of it, it’s definitely beyond what we initially imagined the band being.

Felipe: Personally I see differences between the two albums. “Nadia” is more crude, slow and sorry. “Duin” I feel more optimistic, neat, and more virtuous but continues to slow. How can you understand this reflection?
Cóndor: That’s essentially how we see it as well. I would say the ‘optimistic,’ or rather ‘triumphant,’ side of ‘Duin’ is something that may not have worked out too well, though I know not everyone in the band feels the same way. As far as ‘Nadia’ being more ‘crude’ that has a lot to do with what we’ve learned along the way in the production department, in which there’s still some room for improvement, though probably not as much as some would like. With respect to tempi yes, ‘Nadia’ is certainly slower. We were finding our feet and we didn’t want to stray too far from our initial ‘Doom’ idea, whereas in ‘Duin’ we didn’t really feel the need to slow things down unless the music really demanded it. I do miss the slowness a little, though I can’t speak for the rest of the band.

Felipe: Are you working in new material? How did the recording process? The label that published your albums is Colombian? How to perform the distribution of your albums?
Cóndor: Yes, we are working on new material, always. We haven’t really stopped writing since the band started. The recording process has taken place in our producer’s apartment, with the exception of the drums on the last album which were recorded at an excellent local studio called Raag Sound. Both albums were recorded in the span of about 10 days each, a bit rushed really. We want to take more time on the next one, when the time comes.

The label that publishes our albums is based in Colombia, but it’s run by a strange Swedish-Brazilian fellow called Steven Johanssen. He’s not very nice. The distribution is done mostly by ourselves, going to the post office and sending the albums one by one. However, there’s been a few local sellers who have helped us out a ton in circulating the album, particularly inside Colombia.

Felipe: How is the Colombian metal scene? What kind of styles stand? Is there a strong scene? What Colombian groups could recommend
Cóndor: The Colombian metal scene is pretty big, though we’re not particularly well informed as we tend to keep a certain distance. A lot of it nowadays is pretty lame, mostly cheap copies of second-tier foreign bands. There are few genuinely classic bands that have come out of Colombia; Parabellum, Reencarnación and early Masacre in particular. Acutor, Apollyons Genocide, IMRI, Neurosis (first album), early Kraken, Legend Maker (first album) and Herpes are all worth a good listen, as well as our bass player’s main band Personal Device.

Felipe: How is wanting to carry a metal linked to life in Colombia? What kind of activities carried out daily, work, study?
Cóndor: We lead pretty regular lives outside of Cóndor. Because we’re all attending university the band is essentially on a permanent hiatus. We have no interest in making a career out of Cóndor, so we take it easy and focus on making sure the music is really good. As far as making a career out of Metal in Colombia, it’s well-nigh impossible, but I don’t personally think that’s something to be regretted. Very few great bands have made a career out of metal’s more extreme styles and that’s probably for the better.

Felipe: What are you studying in University?
Cóndor: We all pursue different things, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, music, etc.

Felipe: Are you familiar with the South American metal scene? Highlight any group? Do you have some contact with European, North American or South American groups?
Cóndor: No, we’re not really all that familiar with the South American scene. I would highlight stuff everyone already knows like early Sepultura and Sarcófago. It’s also worth insisting on the Ultra-Metal bands from Medellín, particularly Reencarnación and Parabellum, as that stuff is genuinely classic. Procession from Chile are cool, as are Total Death from Ecuador and The Chasm from México. I’m sure there’s more but again, we don’t really keep up with the scene. We don’t have any contact with other bands, aside from the occasional e-mail or Facebook exchange with a friendly member of a like-minded group.

Felipe: Have you had a chance to play outside Colombia? How do you see the group in the medium and long term?
Cóndor: No, we have not. We’ve thought about it, but we haven’t even really played that much inside Colombia to begin with, so that’s our initial priority as far as live shows. As far as the future, hopefully awareness of our two existing albums will spread a little more; hopefully we’ll play a few more shows. The most important thing for us though is to continue to develop our musical style and thematic ideas so we can keep making better records.

Felipe: Thank you for agreeing to participate in this interview. This space is for personal reflection or a farewell, all of you.
Cóndor: Thanks for the interview Felipe! It’s nice to see a response to our music from another South American country. We’d like to urge anyone who has any interest in our music to shower once a day and to avoid bad liquor. The band would also like to express its strong approval of platonic solids. Keep it Apollonian boys and girls, and stay in school.



Cóndor – “Nadia”





Tracklist:


01. Nadia   08:39
02. Lector in Fabula   07:04
03. Aurë Entuluva   09:21
04. Éowyn   02:21
05. No pudo la muerte vencerme   05:41
06. El roble será mi trono eterno   10:21








Cóndor – “Duin”





Tracklist:


01. Río Frío   03:13
02. El Lamento de Penélope   06:06
03. La Gran Laguna   05:29
04. Coeur-de-lion   07:18
05. Condordäle   10:53
06. Helle Gemundon in Mod-sefan   05:49
07. Adagio   01:26
08. Duin   06:45