PROFOUND GRAVE is a Black Metal band hailing from Puerto Montt, Chile. They have just released their first production, a split CD with their countrymates OCCULT PANTHEON titled Immortal Chaos Ascends released by Ex Nihilo Music. We get in contact with Satran, the man behind the vocals, who talked with us about how they started the band, their new release, their influences and everything about the future of this savage horde. Enjoy!
1.- When the band was formed and what was the motivation to form PROFOUND GRAVE? Please tell me about the current PROFOUND GRAVE line-up.
Cheers Miguel, how is going everything there? Ok, let’s talk about history. PROFOUND GRAVE was born from the ashes of FORGOTTEN GRAVES, a band formed in 2013 with another guy in the vocals department. After a while with no activity and one instrumental demo recorded, in 2015 ‘Grave’ and ‘Orravan’ get in contact with me to offer the vacant place to which I agreed. I know ‘Orravan’ long time and from a long time ago we desired to work together. The same year I recorded the vocals, rewrite all the lyrics and renamed the band as PROFOUND GRAVE. By now PROFOUND GRAVE is a trio and includes ‘Grave’ on guitars, ‘Orravan’ on drums and ‘Satran’ on vocals. We are currently looking for new musicians to complete the five points of the pentagram.
2.- Your debut recording has a huge dose of brutality thanks to the raw sound and your particular approach on vocals, plus the speed, dynamism, and intensity that the band achieves to put in every song. Tell us more about the production, how long it took to record it, where was recorded and some interesting details.
Well, the drums were recorded at Subnivel Studio, Puerto Montt, while the strings were recorded in 2013 in Maullín city at Anubis Studios. Then, one year and a half after, I recorded the vocals at Caja Negra Studios (Puerto Montt). As you see, there’s the reason why our first work has that raw and chaotic sound. Just three different recording studios can give you that. The mastering work was done by our drummer, who is an experimented sound engineer and the results are evident.
3.- Which are the topics that inspire the PROFOUND GRAVE lyrics?
It’s always difficult to answer that question because my approach to life is totally twisted and I follow patterns coming from occult and philosophic currents, trying from all the shit around take a bit of truth. But the lyrics are mainly visions about death, the awakening and birth from ancient Cathar and ascetic visions are seen absolutely by my own sick reasoning.
4.- How you define the PROFOUND GRAVE music style and which bands are your influences?
PROFOUND GRAVE plays Black Metal and by now is the perfect dimension where we can manifest our arrogance and hate against this extremely rotten material world. Also, it allows us to bring to this earthly plane new metaphysic elements that we will not hesitate to use if our own manifestation deserves it. PROFOUND GRAVE will not only be about music. Our main gravitational laws are DARKTHRONE, IMPALED NAZARENE, GRAND BELIAL’S KEY, BESTIAL MOCKERY, DESTRUKTOR, SODOM, MARDUK and totally different bands to the already named that soon will be incorporated into our sound.
5.- Tell me about your next steps for PROFOUND GRAVE. Are you working on new stuff?
The closest thing is to make the official release of our split CD Immortal Chaos Ascends with our comrades from OCCULT PANTHEON, in what will be a ritual somewise private since it will be organized and controlled by us in a one hundred percent. We don’t want to work with worldly producers who are only interested in making money or filling the void that will leave their own lack of self-esteem.
6.- PROFOUND GRAVE already played a couple of times live. Which bands are you already shared the stage?
We’ve played live in two opportunities at the time with the current line-up, and as pre-PROFOUND GRAVE entity, the band played just one time with their previous vocal. In one way or another, we don’t play a lot live, is usually just one time per year. We’ve shared stage with INSORCIST, SIASKEL, OBSENUM, GOATIMPURITY, PUTRID YELL, EXCORIATE (Chi).
7.- Are you currently working on another project related to the local extreme metal scene?
By now I’m just concentrated in PROFOUND GRAVE, since today I have no too much time. Anyway, I’m all the time thinking about new projects, not necessarily musical but always of total terror.
8.- The current year PROFOUND GRAVE released its first production, a split CD with OCCULT PANTHEON, a band from southern Chile, the same as your current band. In the past, you were part of DEMONIC RAGE and another old band from Puerto Montt called DESERTOR. Also, you’re working on your own zine, called PUTRESCENSE ZINE. In that sense, as a witness of what happens today in the southern zone of the country concerning the extreme metal evolution, ¿how do you see the Chilean underground scene?
I’ve been more than half of my life on this and I’ve seen born and die thoughts, attitudes, and dreams… and I’ve been seen enough commune there is things that should never have been born and some things that should never have been died. Every time the metal scene is bigger and powerful, but also dangerously more popular.
9.- Ok, that’s it by now. Thanks for your time and here is a space to tell whatever you want.
Today April 2nd, 4:27 is the hour where darkness extent its black mantle on the southern sky and the hypocrites feel fear and the dreamers drink. Cheers northern brother, that the aurora borealis suggest your path…
Profound Grave/Occult Pantheon – “Immortal Chaos Ascends” (Ex Nihilo Music, 2017)