Interview with Michel Regueiro of The Evil Dead

Earlier this year an exceptional album burst out of Argentina in the shape of Pronounced The Evil Dead.  Bursting with old style rock ’n’ roll blended with some thrash metal aggression and skilful classic rock guitar the release from The Evil Dead was simply a kick ass rumble of insatiable rock and harsh metallic power to fire up all metal hearts. Totally taken with the nonstop celebration of rampant riffs, irresistible grooves and aggressive intent the album unleashed we jumped at the opportunity when offered to find out more about the band behind t one of the most enjoyable albums this year so far. We asked the questions to guitarist Michel Regueiro and he revealed all about the band and album.

Hi and welcome to The Ringmaster Review, many thanks for taking time to chat with us.

Firstly would you like to introduce the members of The Evil Dead?

Hi! We are Alejandro Regueiro on vocals, Ian Regueiro on guitar, Federico Franco on guitar, Santiago Giusti on bass, Santiago Botalla on drums and last but not least myself Michel Regueiro on guitar.

How and when did the band form?

The band formed around the middle of 2006 mostly to play cover songs for fun. At the beginning we used to play old Metallica, Megadeth and Dissection songs and slowly we started making some songs of our own  while we recruited more people for the band. Shortly after that we took the decision of having a 3 guitar line-up  and went to record our “Old n0 7” demo .

Is the band the first for you all?

Federico and myself have played in other bands but for the rest of them it is their first and (hopefully their last) band.

What was the intention behind the music when you first started?

Since day 1 it was to break all rules and boundaries and make it as over the top as possible. We wanted a band and sound that would turn heads from the first chord to the last. It’s supposed to infect you and don’t let go until you are absolutely converted into our devilish cause!

Do you feel you have kept to that idea or has your approach to your music evolved in some way?

Well  sure, the sound has evolved from the demo days to now and it keeps evolving  but always maintaining that same feel. Sometimes it is more technical or faster but it will always rock. The new material we are writing now is in a darker vein.

What are the influences which have inspired you the most as people and in sound?

Personally for myself as people go my biggest influence must have been Lars Ulrich when it comes to determination and been driven to achieve my goals. Getting signed to a label from Europe and getting our album distributed worldwide when you come from South America is pretty much an impossible task but through blood and sweat we made it happen. When it comes to sound we are not narrow minded at all we listen to so many bands …from AC/DC and stuff like Blackfoot or Skynyrd to Watain or Beherit  or even the blues as well! I think one can find traces of everything in our music and that’s what makes it so interesting. While we were recording and mixing the album I was listening a lot to Airbourne, Enforcer and the first 3 Metallica albums.

Earlier this year you released your excellent and mighty album Pronounced (The Evil Dead), what has the response been towards it so far and has it surprised you?

The response has been exactly what we expected. We are a love or hate type of band but we don’t give a flying fuck about what the haters say….let them eat shit. Some reviews have been surprising indeed a German website gave us a 9/10 that was very nice to read haha! We were also very surprised by the very broad distribution of it. It’s almost everywhere!

So you have found a good audience beyond your homeland, Argentina?

Considering the excellent distribution as I stated above and the good reviews I would think so, although we haven’t yet played outside Argentina but we will soon be setting the road on fire.

What is the metal scene like in Argentina, are there plenty more heavy secrets to discover besides yourselves?

The metal scene in here is big and pretty shitty. It ‘s completely divided and everybody backstabs each other. There is a lot of talent but few labels or promoters willing to give the bands a chance except to the old legendary bands so the scene doesn’t grow as it should. Check out bands like Dragonauta, Tungsteno, Falcon: they are all very talented and play different kinds of music.

 Going back to the album, your songs are themed in a world of horror and mystery, truth and fictional. This is a major part of your music as much as the sound?

Yes definitely the theme of the songs is very important for us and it influences the music if it’s defined beforehand. We draw inspiration from movies, literature and stories or things we may have heard ourselves as well as own experiences. We think it’s very important to have good lyrics and interesting song titles to go with the music.

The interest in the subjects goes far beyond the band too for you all?

Well sure. We all love watching documentaries on such subjects or getting together over a few good bottles and discussing these things until dawn (who doesn’t love a good ghost story?). Personally I’m very interested in the Occult also.

Have you personally experienced anything which could inspire songs?

Haha, yes. Lots of drunken shenanigans come to mind… like for example the song Piratefest! Comes from a drunken festivity we celebrate or another tune from our EP Ex Nun on the Run (2008) called “Double Trouble” that told of our drunken activities and getting kicked out of  many bars over here.  Another one that comes to mind is “Electric Evil Revival” which was done in response to what passes as “Rock” nowadays.

Tell us about the recording of the album.

Recording the album was a fucking bitch! We had no budget really so we had to do it in parts and we lost 3 members during the process which didn’t help at all…Fortunately we had a great sound engineer named Pablo Fontán that helped us a shitload. We knew him from the rehearsal room and got along great so there was chemistry there already, but the recording was plagued (or shall we say haunted?) with misfortunes from the get go. We had to re record the entire guitar parts, sometimes the computers would shut down  deleting all the progress, or changing from studios all the time due to money and many other annoying things that probably only fuelled us more to complete the fucking thing in time. But overall we pulled through and I think we achieved an album with a great sound and live feel.

Did Pronounced (The Evil Dead) turn out exactly as you intended or did it hold some surprises for you in how it evolved during recording?

I don’t think any album ever turns out as its intended. One always hears things a way that cannot be replicated perfectly. While we recorded some harmonies or counterparts came to our minds and we improvised those little things here and there, same with the vocals and group choruses. There was a particular problem with a drum part that ended up being better than the original arrangement. A definitive surprise was when our engineer Pablo decided to master in Analog the entire album as a gift to us cause he had enjoyed the recording process so much.

We gave an overall description of your album and its storm of diverse sounds as a blend of ‘Motorhead, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Municipal Waste, and Alestorm mixed up with tinges of Murderdolls and black metal vocals’, a fair description?

Maiden, Sabbath and Mötörhead are definitely correct but the others I would change for something more like Blue Öyster Cult, Dissection and early Metallica!!! Also change Alestorm for Running Wild: Alex and Federico are huge fans.

How does the songwriting work within the band?

Usually it falls mostly on me although the others contribute riffs and ideas too. I will write the majority of the music and arrange the structure of the song while everyone else puts their own touches on their parts and solos. Of course it differs if we already have a title for the song cause one tries to make the music expand on that idea. Alex does the lyrics by himself but sometimes we all brainstorm together song titles. We spend a lot of time jamming on ideas at the rehearsal room until we are sure they are perfect. Only the best riffs survive. We want The Evil Dead to be a synonym of Excellence.

Tell us about Bootleggers, our favourite track on the album. What is its inspiration?

Well we had to re write it cause we had a song called Bootleggers that we were jamming and we forgot it while drunk….haha so we wrote a new one .This new one we rehearsed for month but could never make any progress. After the middle section, writers block so to speak but one time at the end of that our drummer Santiago started playing the drum “solo” after the break just for fun and we all picked up from that and finished it up pretty quickly. We are very proud of that song and it works great live it’s the perfect end for the live set. The inspiration for the song came from the whiskey smugglers in the American era of booze prohibition bringing hooch from Canada. Criminals to some and heroes to others .

Bottoms up!

Your bio description says your music is “to drink with the dead, and toast with the living”. Does this mean the beers are on you? :)

Haha you got me there :) well if we ever meet be sure that the first couple of rounds are on us!

Tell us about your live shows, which have a great reputation for their energy and power.

We put all of our blood and sweat into our shows and come out all guns blazing. The energy has to be sky high! We feed on the audience and they feed on us. We want people to party and headbang til they are exhausted. One thing we always strive for is to win the crowd no matter what and to make them our followers. The band on a live setting sounds so powerful (especially with the 3 guitars) and electrifying, makes for an awesome live show. We always come offstage pouring sweat and emanating very nice smells…

Is it easy to find venues and to get on line-ups in Argentina for you and metal bands?

It’s easy if you pay to play and are willing to be given shit, since we don’t do that we don’t play live that much nowadays. Things are slowly starting to change so let’s hope things turn out for the better.

What comes next for The Evil Dead?

Right now we are in the process of writing a follow up album. The material sounds a bit heavier and darker but it’s still the same The Evil Dead. It’s even more over the top. It will crush for sure!!! We still don’t know with what label we will release it or when, but it will come out eventually. Next come more gigs to play and interviews to respond and we are planning a European tour for next year to kick motherfuckin´ ass in the old continent! Also we are thinking of doing a vinyl version of “Pronounced”, so if any label is interested give us a shout.

Thanks so much for sharing your time would you like to end with a shout out to those less livelier than ourselves?

Thanks for the interview Pete!!! Get our album and let yourselves be fucked in the head by our “Electric Evil Revival”!!! We now have patches in stock and will soon get t-shirts as well.

Read the  Pronounced The Evil Dead review@ http://ringmasterreviewintroduces.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/the-evil-dead-pronounced-the-evil-dead/

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Draconic Eliminations Project featuring MiXE1: In:Parallel

 

In:Parallel is the first collaboration between two rising forces in UK industrial/Electronica/EBM. The release sees the creative union of Draconic Elimination Projects and MiXE1 and makes for a thoughtful and thought provoking experience. The tracks within the EP scale industrial subgenres pulling them into a fully intriguing and at times mesmeric relationship with the ear. Imaginative and unpredictable the EP ignites sure promise for further artistic merges as well as a keen trigger to investigate the individual work of those involved in the release.

      Draconic Eliminations Project comprises of Guildford musician Mark Haigh and is a project exploring the dark shadows of electronics. With a 2011 self titled EP and a track on the recently released This Is What We Call British Industrial compilation already grabbing attention, Haigh has created the striking music and sounds for this new EP with MiXE1 through his lyrics and vocals brings an emotive atmosphere. MiXE1 is the solo project of Mike Evans who has only just released his second and impressive EP Module 02 on Static Distortion Records. Before hearing any music the thought is that the pair makes for an interesting and almost obvious fit, In:Parallel easily confirms.

Released July 1st the EP keeps one guessing and fully focused through its expressive and inventive tracks. The release opens with We Are Inside Your Head, a song which within seconds of its haunting whispers and disturbed early ambience has the ear captivated. As the breath and pulse of the song lifts to find a little more urgency the vocals clasp every note with a melodic caress whilst a distinct shadowed undertone and predatory blackened sounds prowl the lighter sonic grace. The track infests the senses with a schizophrenic air behind its dazzling surface, a distressed energy permeating the ear in sound and vocals which seemingly are fighting the smooth sonics of the song. It makes for a track which triggers thoughts whilst slowly and secretly corrupting at the same time.

Violet shifts into a livelier and brighter atmosphere as it twists and flows through varied electro premises. The song is a blistering and insistent intrusion with an eager energy and drive within the acutely composed structures. With its sonic spattering upon the senses alongside the acidic manipulations as well as the coarser underlying intensity the song leaves one rife with instinctive thoughts and feelings.

Opening up further EBM areas the following electro stomp of Reversal is a breathless electronic surge through the ear with a darkened snarling heart preying on the senses. The track is a fine blend of venom and rampant electro lust to ensure a song again igniting evolving ideas and emotions. As with the previous two tracks it is not a song to immediately pull one right into its heart, the shadows and spiteful edge  a preying energy within the hypnotic light but it does bring a deeper intrigue than many similar veined releases.

The EP closes with Close To Me, a song which slips easily through the ear with a smooth and warm atmosphere in sound and voice though as ever there is a roughened edge to keep things unpredictable. The final song is a remix of  We Are Inside Your Head from Haru Yasumi Daibakuhatsu. The mix offers an inventive and consuming soundscape whilst highlighting a different facet of the original for n overall slightly destructive captivation.

In:Parallel is not the most infectious release in recent times but is one of the more imaginative and whilst it may not ignite the fullest fires for its sounds it certainly engages thought and emotions far more than most.  The EP is strong and enjoyable but feels like just the foreword on something much better and greater to come from the pair, with a second EP and album in the works.
Homepage: http://www.DEProjects.co.uk/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MiXE1 (MiXE1)
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Nachtblut: Dogma

Dogma the new album from German band Nachtblut certainly grabs the attention from its first surge of energy to the last. It is a storm of inspired black metal and symphonic industrial with strong strains of classic metal for extra flavouring to lead the ear and senses on a lively and corruptive journey. Like a festering brew of Rammstein and Deadstars with the insatiable blackness of a Cradle Of Filth or Dimmu Borgir, the album is a readily pleasing and intriguing release.  Though it does not really leave one breathless with excitement or amazement it without reservation treats one to an imaginative and compelling companionship.

Originally a solo project by vocalist Askeroth, Nachtblut meaning night of blood in English, evolved into a full line-up as the singer found like minded musicians to share his visions and imagination. Through their  love shows and the  self released  The First Supper of 2007 the band drew much attention their way. Shared stages with the likes of Immortal, Sodom, Watain, Varg, and Endstille followed as their provocative nature and sounds brought them acclaim and arguably equal despise but always attention. 2009 saw the band release their concept album Antique followed by its re-release two years later when the band signed with Napalm Records who also release Dogma. Long awaited the new album from Askeroth, guitarist Cross, bassist Sacerdos, drummer Skoll, and Lymania on keyboards, finds a defined maturity to their sound and an inspiring imagination, as well as an irresistible union between two distinct genres.

The album, opens with the title track and probably the song closest to being truly black metal on the album. The atmosphere brought from the simply keys and exploratory guitars sets the tone for the track with the blackened vocals of Askeroth as vehement as the songs is mesmeric in its emotive breath. The track is striking without leaving a lasting impression though the following Der Weg Ist Das Ziel certainly achieves that with its military like initial beats and driving riffs. Striding with a heavy metal intent and heavy symphonic air the song is a commanding and satisfying beast with extra impressive asides in the shape of the pipe like keys and melodic hooks.

The likes of the striking Rache and impressive Macht leave one further satisfied but it is with a trio of songs that the greatest highlights of the album are found. The excellent gothic gaited Ich Trinke Blut with its glorious full melodic heart aligned to a venomous intensity, the hypnotic  Eiskönigin, and the predatory industrial toned stomp of Mordlust, all easily standout. Each is a rampage of strong invention, imagination, and wanton desire to envelope the senses with an intrusive yet infectious majesty. Arguably the album as a whole does not quite live up to these songs but there is never a moment where ingenuity and compulsive listening is left wanting.

Closing on Vulva and Schritte further songs that are impossible to leave until their final notes depart, the album is an impressive fusion of styles brought in a fluid elegance and formidable might. Possibly Dogma as a whole lacks enough moments for more of its tracks to remain in thought and memory after their leaving of the ear but whilst together there is nothing less than a pleasurable and rewarding exchange of emotions and enjoyment.

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