lunes, 30 de septiembre de 2019

The Howling Void: "Soledad y Funeral Doom". Entrevista exclusiva.




Sin importar lo que hacemos, siempre terminamos de cara con lo que es nuestra prioridad en la vida, con aquel elemento que nos entrega satisfacción y felicidad: en mi caso esta constatación se resume como escuchar música, escribir y entrevistar. Haciendo estas tres cosas siento que la vida va en el camino más acertado de todos.

Lo problemático de estas instancias es que no siempre estas actividades consiguen ser remuneradas, haciendo de este tipo de esfuerzos algo completamente desinteresado, voluntario, espiritual y altamente reconfortante. Sin embargo, corre el riesgo de volverse algo complejo, puesto que requiere de nuestro tiempo, pero no siempre disponemos de tiempo para dedicar a aquellas realidades satisfactorias que completan la vida. Cosa ardua y compleja es vivir la vida teniendo como meta una realidad profesional preclara, enfocada y meditada. Es el tiempo el que socaba los muros de cualquier actividad que huela medianamente a desarrollo personal desinteresado.

Personalmente llevo más de 6 años en este campo, escribiendo, leyendo y escuchando música, y a pesar de las complejidades del “tiempo”, debo reconocer que he podido construir un lugar sublime donde yo estructuro qué y cuándo se publica. Aquí es donde el tiempo juega un rol fiscalizador y de franqueza.

Hoy, superando las rigideces del tiempo, y dando siempre un paso más allá que cualquiera otro, tengo el honor de publicar la más reciente entrevista realizada. THE HOWLING VOID, agrupación estadounidense de Funeral Doom integrada únicamente por el amigo Ryan Wilson, quien se encarga de los instrumentos y de las voces.

Siendo una de las bandas que ha hecho camino y senda en la escena del Doom (no por nada lleva más de 12 años de existencia) los 7 LPs editados son una voz sólida en los reproductores de cualquier persona. Yo hoy personalmente doy fe de esta historia, de esta letanía sónica y de la relevancia de la lírica. THE HOWLING VOID, la más reciente de las entrevistas.

Un saludo caluroso, disfruten la entrevista y disfruten la vida. Hasta siempre.




FELIPE- Esteemed, thank you very much for wanting to participate. I confess a fan of the group.
THE HOWLING VOID- No problem, glad to participate. Thanks for the interview.


FELIPE- Could you make an introduction to the group: Path members and albums.
THE HOWLING VOID- The Howling Void is a one-man band that I started in 2007. I wanted to combine the atmospheric orchestration of Emperor with the massive funeral doom of Shape of Despair, Evoken, Thergothon, and Skepticism. I've released seven full length albums and one EP so far.


FELIPE- Why the need to participate in so many bands? And why are some individual efforts?
THE HOWLING VOID- I spend all of my free time writing and recording music. I am somewhat of a recluse. I don't go out very much, I don't enjoy socializing. So that leaves me lots of time to experiment musically. Most of my projects are solo efforts because that is how I work best: alone. I still enjoy collaborating with others, but I prefer to work alone.


FELIPE- Many of the people who dedicate a large part of their lives to extreme music should try twice as much, usually having more than one job. What do you do and how is complementation with your musical work?
THE HOWLING VOID- I certainly don't make very much money from my music. It could never pay my bills. So I work as a teacher at a university. I generally keep my professional life and musical life separate, as they don't have much in common.


FELIPE- The lyrical topic is quite recurrent in your albums. What elements play a major role in obtaining inspiration in the construction of each song, lyrically and musically?
THE HOWLING VOID- Early on I wrote mainly about Gnostic themes, but over time I have begun to focus more and more on mental illness and solitude. I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and it makes life difficult sometimes, and a good vent for my frustration is music.


FELIPE- It took an extra effort to modify the way you sing? Personally I feel that the clean voice becomes another instrument and delivers a clean and renewed sound layer.
THE HOWLING VOID- I felt the need to experiment and try something new with the vocals when I made the "Runa" EP. Like you said, I wanted to add another layer of texture. And the voice is definitely another instrument, and although I don't consider myself a great singer, I think the clean vocals added a nice touch to the few albums I used them on. I have since returned to the old growling vocals, however, as I felt I had explored enough with clean vocals.
 



FELIPE- I read in an interview that you felt a fascination for Emperor's album "In the Nightside Eclipse", and for the works of Thergothon and Skepticism, and that you also enjoyed listening to quite old music. There is some musical discovery that you want to recommend, current or past, that could approach the fascination you experience with those albums.
THE HOWLING VOID- I absolutely love the first Emperor album, and everything from Thergothon and Skepticism. For old music, I really enjoy Eric Burdon and the Animals, The Doors, and lots of classic country from the 1950s and 1960s. There is a deep melancholy in most of that music that I really identify with.


FELIPE- Are you aware of the global scene of Doom? Are you aware of any American group, and more particularly a Chilean?
THE HOWLING VOID- I confess that I don't keep up as much as I used to when I was younger. I am vaguely aware of other bands, but I mainly listen to the old favorites.


FELIPE- Metal is regularly judged as "noises", "jars" and other pejorative concepts. However, over the years the different scenes have delivered the main and most virtuous, imaginative and talented exponents of music in general. I understand that prejudice, ignorance and laziness for wanting to leave that ignorance articulate that unfounded criticism. How has your life experience been and what have you had to live?
THE HOWLING VOID- I have never received much respect or support for my work from people I know; most of them simply aren't into extreme music in any way. It has always been an obscure fascination, and I don't mind. This is not music for the masses.


FELIPE- What album was the one that affected you so much that your life was different from that moment? In what context did it occur? What do you remember from that germinal moment?
THE HOWLING VOID- There were a few. The main album is "In the Nightside Eclipse", but there were others in different genres that had very powerful impacts on me. When I first heard Emperor, I was surprised that someone could blend such beautiful orchestration with such fierce and violent music.


FELIPE- Most of the covers of THE HOWLING VOID show magnificent, wide and vast, but extremely desolate, lonely and almost depressing places. What role does solitude, depression and modern society play in your life?
THE HOWLING VOID- I spend most of my time alone, so solitude pretty much defines my art. It's an expression of my psyche and the melancholy and loneliness that comes along with it. The album covers represent that feeling, and also a desire to be away from people, away from cities, away from crowds.


FELIPE- How was the reception of your albums by specialized media and fans?
THE HOWLING VOID- I've been lucky to have generally good reception for my albums from media and fans alike. I don't have a lot of fans, but the small number I have are very kind and very supportive. The labels that have released my music are also very supportive, and I am grateful for that.


FELIPE- We deeply appreciate the time, willingness and desire to want to participate in this space.
Any news, music or news release, have open doors in this part of the world. This space is for personal reflection or a farewell. Thank you very much and goodbye.
THE HOWLING VOID- Thank you for the interview! My latest music is a death/grind band called Liquid Viscera, and if you are looking for some Haemorrhage/Carcass worship, you might enjoy it. Thanks again!








miércoles, 25 de septiembre de 2019

Aaron Stainthorpe: Entrevista exclusiva al vocalista de MY DYING BRIDE.




Cuando partí con esta página fue de forma rudimentaria, más por una urgencia anímica sumado a una recomendación de un amigo cercano, pero nunca fue visto como una plataforma que pudiera, ni siquiera tentativamente, trascender los años y cumplir con algunos objetivos personales.

Hoy después de 9 años este lugar es muy diferente de aquel intento de liberar las emociones a través de una escritura algo torpe, poco trabajada y en extremo acotada. Hoy esa cantidad de años transcurridos me ha permitido constatar algunos elementos personales que se han vuelto constitutivos a mi esencia, que se han convertido en una razón de vivir y, con el tiempo, en un área de desarrollo profesional de alto vuelo y que ha podido llegar a lugares que difícilmente se hubieran conseguido sin la posibilidad de escribir y publicar.

Las retrospectivas son útiles en la medida en que uno compara: ayer y hoy. Los progresos, las falencias, aquellos hitos innegables y aquellos errores irrepetibles. En mi vida, en los años de trabajo periodístico para mi página, han existido algunos elementos que se han establecido como cimas: lugares que marcan un antes y un después, instancias que evidencian los pasos hacia adelante que se han podido dar y las recompensas (no monetarias sino que altamente espirituales) que se han obtenido de aquellos progresos.

Hoy esta presentación encierra uno de aquellos momentos en que la vida ha dejado de ser la misma, cuando las reflexiones y la espiritualidad se han elevado varios peldaños por sobre lo rutinario y se convierten en hechos luminosos y sublimes. La dicha y la felicidad se conjugan para hacer de esta publicación algo difícil de olvidar.

Hoy soy un periodista y también un fan. Hoy yo, esta página, la historia de una vida, el proceso interminable de un hombre que sueña (y mucho) ha podido tocar una de las alturas más estremecedoras que la escena del metal extremo haya podido entregar: hoy se publicará la entrevista realizada a Aaron Stainthorpe, vocalista de MY DYING BRIDE.

No creo necesario explicar los alcances que tiene esta banda inglesa de Doom Death, solo creo que basta decir que este es uno de mis sueños más íntimos que se ha vuelto realidad.

Comparto la más reciente entrevista realizada. Un saludo caluroso a todos, disfruten la entrevista y disfruten la vida. Hasta siempre.

Thank you Aaron for your time and for the sympathy in answering the questions. 

 

 

FELIPE - Thank you very much for your time, this is really an honor because MY DYING BRIDE is one of the bands that has inspired me the most and has forged my life linked to music and writing.
Aaron - Thank you for spending your time on My Dying Bride, it is much appreciated.


FELIPE - Which album was decisive for you to start considering musical creation? Why that album? In what historical context did this contact happen?
Aaron - No specific LP but I was a big fan of Celtic Frost and Candlemass so wanted to do a similar thing but with a bit more death metal and a bit of gothic too.


FELIPE - How was it established that MY DYING BRIDE has the sound it has had during all these years? Was it a group decision or was it something spontaneous?
Aaron - We worked hard to create the type of sound that we all wanted to hear so it was very much a well thought out plan. We like the superdoom riffs and the melancholic atmosphere.


FELIPE - MY DYING BRIDE is a global reference against any comments related to Doom Metal, what do you feel when this happens?
Aaron - We are honoured of course. We never imagined it would be like this but it seems people reference MDB very often when it comes to misery.


FELIPE - Probably in the following decades we will continue talking about the band, even after the death of the founding members and even after its dissolution, what reflection comes to you about this?
Aaron - That would be nice, to be spoken of even when we are no longer around. That would mean we have left an impact on the world which many paople will never forget.


FELIPE - How was it established that your voice had those two sides, the brutal and the melancholic. What element influenced this to be defined? Did you know the power and emotion that your clean voice shares?
Aaron - The death metal voice is neccesary for the aggressive music –when I am angry and full of hate. The clean vocals are used for deeper emotions where I want people to hear the words that I am saying. I never realised I could do both – I just did it and it worked out OK.


 
FELIPE - In Chile MY DYING BRIDE is one of the most relevant bands among Doom fans and among metalheads in general. How was that experience of playing in Santiago and are there plans to play again in Chilean territory?
Aaron - We loved our very short time in Chile and now that we have moved to Nuclear Blast, we will be touring more and playing more distant lands so you can expect MDB to come back soon.


FELIPE - At what stage is your next album? I could see some pictures of the recording process. What can you advance? Number of songs, theme, duration, guests?
Aaron - We have already finished the new LP. It will not come out this year but early 2020. We wrote 11 songs but they all can’t fi ton the record so we left it up to Nuclear Blast to decide which songs make it. Cover is done too but keeping that a secret for the time being.


FELIPE - Do you have any plans for next year when you celebrate 30 years of career?
Aaron - Actually no. We have no manager to organise something special for us and we are all too busy so it looks like we may not celebrate it with any special shows, which is rather sad really. Maybe something will change.


FELIPE - After these almost 30 years of life as a band, what is the main reflection that comes up when you evaluate your life?
Aaron - What a great time we have had! We have travelled around the world and met a lot of lovely people in many different countires and sometimes we even got paid! It’s great knowing that we have a lasting legacy of music that is appreciated by so many people.


FELIPE - How is your daily life? Do you work on something related to music or completely distant? Can you dedicate 100% to musical work?
Aaron - I am currently looking at working in the music business 100% but it is very difficult because the type of music I create is so dark that not many people like it so it’s hard to generate much Money. I am considering a few options like a side Project and also developing my art and photography on a new website and selling things through that. We shall see.


FELIPE - I deeply appreciate the time and willingness to participate in this space. Any news, musical or news release, have the doors open in this part of the world. This space is for a personal reflection or for a farewell. Thank you very much and goodbye.
Aaron - Thank you for your time here and thank you to all the fans and followers around the world for your endless Support, it really is warmly appreciated. Look out for the new LP on Nuclear Blast early next year and hope to see you on the road after that. Cheers, Aaron.