Review: Ashakk Xul – Demo I (2020)

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Banda: ASHAKK XUL.

Título: Demo I.

Sello: Putrid Prods.

Desde Valdivia nos azota este dúo compuesto por Ish Shir Kur (guitarra y voz ) y Yhi An (batería), los cuales militan en BARBARIKULT y PERPETUAL HOLOCAUST, respectivamente. Lo que encontramos aquí es Death Metal de alto voltaje. Podemos apreciar en esta producción que conceptualmente está fuertemente influenciada por la temática sumeria/caldea, tan precisa para el estilo en sí.

Cuatro cortes es lo que nos ofrece este joven dúo, muy en la vena de la más noble música de la muerte, conviniendo y notándose una gran influencia por parte de IMMOLATION (segunda etapa de su carrera) además de la intensidad de VADER.

Gran trabajo en guitarra que nos trae melodías opacas y apañadas, recordándome la mejor época de NILE. Por otro lado, el trabajo en los paños tiene la velocidad y peso perfecto sin caer en los excesos de la plasticidad. Las cuerdas humanas recitan muy bien los encantamientos a los antiguos y los abismos insondables.

El formato es full color e incluye una demoníaca portada más las letras de estas cuatro adoraciones. Gran acierto por parte de Putrid Prods. Les puedo asegurar que le darán más de una vuelta a la cinta.

Post scriptum: por breves momentos me traían a la mente a sus antiguos y coterráneos FLESH COLLECTOR. ¡Obtén tu copia antes que el reloj mesiánico se detenga! Contacto del sello: putridpriest@gmail.com Acá va el contacto de la banda: AshakkXul@gmail.com

Escucha el tema “Imminent Conquest” acá.

Por Satran.

Review: Osculum Obscenum / Cavernal – “Feeding On Southern Horror” (2019)

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Banda: OSCULUM OBSCENUM / CAVERNAL.

Título: “Feeding On Southern Horror”.

Sello: Independiente.

“Feeding on Southern Horror” es el título del CD split que comparten OSCULUM OBSCENUM y CAVERNAL, dos jóvenes promesas del Death Metal nacional provenientes de la ciudad de Puerto Montt. Además del género al que adscriben y esta producción, ambas agrupaciones comparten actualmente algunos integrantes. Lanzado de forma independiente en julio del año 2019, “Feeding on Southern Horror” contiene 6 composiciones que se dividen en partes iguales por cada banda.

La primera mitad pertenece a OSCULUM OBSCENUM, banda que se mantiene activa desde el año 2013 según leo en la Encyclopaedia Metallum. Tras un breve intro se inicia “Osculum Obscenum”, tema que nos permite reconocer la excelente producción en cuanto a sonido, algo que se agradece y que da muestras de que detrás hay interés por hacer un trabajo profesional. Sin tratar de ser muy descriptivo, puedo contarte que el trabajo en guitarras es muy sólido -el que se mantiene durante toda la producción-, y que se encuentra a cargo de los hermanos Sebastián y Cristóbal Soto. La base rítmica cumple con su rol, destacando una propuesta equilibrada y apropiada para el estilo en lo que a batería se refiere, la que está a cargo de Víctor Villanueva. También asistimos a oír por primera vez la voz de Pablo Opazo, quien se caracteriza por ser muy versátil en su función dentro de la banda.

El segundo corte es “Proceso Cadavérico Incompleto”, tema que mantiene el estándar de calidad ya mostrado en “Osculum Obscenum”. Acá destaca el trabajo en bajo de Cristóbal Pérez, especialmente durante el coro, quien propone algunas líneas que van un poco más allá del mero acompañamiento rítmico. La propuesta musical en estas dos primeras composiciones se acerca mucho al Death Metal vieja escuela del que muchos somos fanáticos.

El último tema de la primera mitad de este lanzamiento es “Dulcis Melodia Mortis”, composición que resulta ser la más variada en cuanto a cambios rítmicos, pasando de pasajes con tempos lentos a otros más veloces. También considero que los mejores riffs de esta primera mitad están presentes en este tema. Un dato interesante en esta primera mitad es que todas las letras están escritas en español. Para quienes hemos tenido la oportunidad de ver a OSCULUM OBSCENUM en vivo, conocemos la calidad y profesionalismo de sus músicos, y este lanzamiento solo viene a reafirmar algo que ya sabíamos.

Como se sabe, la segunda mitad de este lanzamiento pertenece a CAVERNAL, agrupación formada en el año 2018. El primer tema es “Nodus Tollens”, una composición que parte a medio tiempo para luego subir la velocidad, momento en que podemos oír por primera vez la voz de Nicolás Miranda, quien además está a cargo de una de las guitarras. Las voces acá están un poco cargadas de reverb, pero nada excesivo. Las variaciones rítmicas se van intercalando a medida que avanza el tema, pasando de momentos de descanso para luego volver a la brutalidad y velocidad, cuyo clímax llega casi finalizando la composición con un sólido blast beat a cargo de Víctor Villanueva, el mismo señor tras los tarros de OSCULUM OBSCENUM.

El siguiente tema es “Sadistic Obscurity”, el que se inicia con un breve solo de batería y que da paso a unos de los mejores riff de esta parte del split. Tras ello, CAVERNAL ataca con toda la artillería disponible: guitarras veloces a cargo del propio Miranda, además de Pablo Castillo, quien según entiendo también hace voces en este registro. Ambos se hacen acompañar de unos veloces blast beat y unas líneas de bajo propias del estilo, aunque echo de menos un poco más de presencia de este instrumento, el que es ejecutado por Matías Moya.

Cierra esta producción “Invoke the Serpentine”, un tema que es tan veloz como el anterior, lo que hace que se mantenga de alguna manera la intensidad y desempeño mostrado en “Sadistic Obscurity”. A diferencia del tema anterior, las líneas de bajo pueden apreciarse con mucha mayor notoriedad. Ya llegando al cierre de esta composición, baja un poco la intensidad con unos medios tiempos, pero que sin embargo están cargados hacia el doble bombo. El cierre, sin embargo, llega con unos sólidos blast beat.

A diferencia de OSCULUM OBSCENUM, que se orienta más a -como ya ha sido dicho- el Death Metal vieja escuela, CAVERNAL lo hace más hacia el Death / Black Metal, pero que -al igual que sus coterráneos-, se encuentra fuertemente influenciado por el metal de décadas pasadas.

No es menor destacar que ambas bandas grabaron sus respectivas composiciones en los estudios Caja Negra, lugar en que muchas bandas locales han logrado registrar demos y discos a lo largo de los años. La masterización corrió a cargo de estudios Black Sheep. Para ir cerrando esta reseña, puedo decirles que mis temas favoritos son “Dulcis Melodia Mortis” y “Sadistic Obscurity”. Solo queda invitarlos a adquirir este material a través de ambas bandas. Acá van los contactos: o.obscenum@gmail.com y cavernal@outlook.cl

Por Miguel Negrón.

Hallux Valgus is working on their debut album

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Chile’s HALLUX VALGUS is currently working on their debut album that is planned to be released by Ex Nihilo Music on CD and by Burning Coffin Records on tape the current year.

After their highly acclaimed “Death Will Prevail” EP, released back in 2018 by Ex Nihilo Music on CD and recently by Burning Coffin Records on tape, the band has been working hard in the studio to give life to their first full-length, whose title has not been revealed yet.

Horrorhammer, HALLUX VALGU’S lead guitar, confirmed that this new release is already recorded and it will contain 10 tracks.

HALLUX VALGUS current line-up for live performances is Horrorhammer and Rotting on guitars, Nigredo on bass guitar, Old Ripper on drums and Horrid Phantasm on vocals.

Stay tuned!

 

 

 

Hallux Valgus ‘Death Will Prevail’ EP OUT NOW!

HALLUX VALGU’S Death Will Prevail CD EP has been officially released on 09/06/2018 and is now available in Chile through Ex Nihilo Music and the band itself. This edition is 500 copies limited and first 25 copies come with a free embroidered HALLUX VALGUS patch.

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You can get yourself a copy by writing to infoexnihilo@gmail.com or by the label’s Facebook fanpage. You can get a copy from the label’s Big Cartel site as well.

HALLUX VALGU’S music is strongly influenced by acts as AUTOPSY, DEATH STRIKE, MORBUS CHRON, REPULSION, AMEBIX or G.B.H.

If you’re a die-hard fan of the Old School Chilean extreme metal scene, then Death Will Prevail will satisfy your thirst for Death Metal… 6 hymns of death in the old classic way!

Hailing from Puerto Montt city, HALLUX VALGUS was formed early 2013 by Lt. Nekroshit and Horrorhammer. Music was recorded between 2014 and 2016 in Puerto Montt and Santiago city, Chile.

Check out the Slaughter Lambs video clip here.

 

 

 

 

Hallux Valgu’s ‘Death Will Prevail’ debut EP soon through Ex Nihilo Music

Presentación1Death Will Prevail is the title of the upcoming EP CD by Chile’s Death Metal act HALLUX VALGUS. Hailing from Puerto Montt city, HALLUX VALGUS was formed early 2013 by Lt. Nekroshit and Horrorhammer.

Music was recorded between 2014 and 2016 in Puerto Montt and Santiago city and the band is strongly influenced by old school Death Metal, Punk and Crust Punk. Some references are AUTOPSY, DEATH STRIKE, MORBUS CHRON, REPULSION, AMEBIX or G.B.H.

If you’re a die-hard fan of the Old School Chilean extreme metal scene, then Death Will Prevail will satisfy your thirst for Death Metal… 6 hymns of death in the old classic way!

HALLUX VALGU’S current line-up is Horrorhammer on guitars (SATANIC RIPPER, ANGELCRUSHER, INFERNAL SLAUGHTER), Nigredo on bass guitar (ANGELCRUSHER), Rotting on guitars (INFERNAL SLAUGHTER), Old Ripper on drums (SATANIC RIPPER) and Jorge on vocals (EXANIMATVM).

This stuff will be released on CD format in a limited edition of 500 copies. First 25 copies includes a free embroidered Hallux Valgus patch. Follow their steps at their Facebook fan page and check out the tracklist below.

1.- Twilight Of The Dead.

2.- Crawling Are The Dead.

3.- Hot Puke.

4.- Under The Ritual Of Necromancy.

5.- Slaughter Lambs.

6.- Only Death Will Prevail.

Watch here the ‘Slaughter Lambs’ video clip.

 

 

EXHUMED FROM THE PAST: TEMPLE

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Formed in summer months of 1995, TEMPLE, a Doom/Black act, is considered one of the biggest and most respected extreme metal bands coming from Puerto Montt, Chile. This project was born shortly after the demise of VERBIMUS. In 1999 TEMPLE released an impressive EP titled The Crepuscular Circle Of Eternity where you can hear an interesting mix of Doom and Black stuff plus some contemporary Heavy Metal influences.

The line-up of this recording included Sekker (TEMPLE, EXCORIATE, FUNERAL CHANT, ex-METZERGENZEIN) on vocals, Julio Bórquez (ATOMIC AGGRESSOR, CAPILLA ARDIENTE, ex-AGANICE, ex-INSORCIST, etc.) on guitars, Mauricio Enipane (ex-VERBIMUS, ex-MENTAL ATROPHY, ex-DRAKHER) on drums and César Orellana on bass guitar. The EP was released on pro tape by Extreme Music in a limited edition of 250 copies. Is relevant to mention that The Crepuscular Circle Of Eternity is one of the first “professional” extreme metal recordings in Puerto Montt’s underground scene.

R-8663525-1466164234-7964.jpegShortly after the release of The Crepuscular…, the band lost three of the members that recorded the EP, remaining only Sekker, who started searching for new members to continue with TEMPLE. After trying different lines-up, the band put out a new demo tape titled just as Demo-Advance in 2003 including two tracks: a new version of ‘Nosferatu’s Passion’ and ‘Lady Ghost’. The new stuff sounds more oriented to the Doom and Black territories than the previous work, criticized because of its Heavy Metal influences.

Another demo was released on CD in 2005 including for the first time in TEMPLE’s history a song sung in Spanish language and a couple of cover tunes from Czech ROOT and German BETHLEHEM. It was titled Laudes Del Malfadado. Between 2008 and 2010 TEMPLE released 3 different productions: Mistress of the Timeless Shadows (single, 2008), Promo (demo, 2009) and Single + Promo Rehearsal (demo, 2010).

TEMPLE enters again to the studio to record a 3 way split CD with THE FALLEN and MISCHIEVOUS AUGURY. Issued on CD by the Chilean label From The Grave Productions, TEMPLE included 3 songs:  ‘Mistress of Timeless Shadows’, ‘Only A Flame In The Darkness’ and ‘Gilgamesh’. TEMPLE takes participation on another split release in 2015 titled A Funeral Chant in the Temple of Behead Christ, issued by Old Silver Productions. The other 2 bands were FUNERAL CHANT and BEHEAD CHRIST. TEMPLE contributed with the tracks ‘Introduction to Mourn’, ‘First Meeting’ and ‘Last Halt in the High Volcano’.

In 2016 The Crepuscular… was officially re-released for the very first time on vinyl format in a limited edition of 500 copies by Chile’s Melipulli Records. This version was remastered and contains one extra track: it is a sung version of the instrumental composition ‘Tears into the Nocturnal Haze’, the fourth track on the original tape version released by Extreme Music back in 1999. A new release was announced: a split CD including stuff from Brazil’s BLAZING CORPSE and TEMPLE, whose title would be The Blazing Temple.

INTERVIEW: OCCULT PANTHEON

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OCCULT PANTHEON is a Death Metal entity coming from a small town located in southern Chile called Maullín. Their first released, a demo titled The Omega of the Alpha, received a good reception in the underground local scene. That production was later re-released the current year by Ex Nihilo Music as a part of a split CD with Chile’s PROFOUND GRAVE, titled Immortal Chaos Ascends. In the next interview OCCULT PANTHEON’s drummer dialogue about their current line-up, the philosophy behind the band and plans for their future.  

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When the band was formed and what was the purpose at the time? Tell me about your current line-up.

OCCULT PANTHEON was born early Autumn of 2013. After several meetings under Dionysian state between Owlhell, bass player; Conqueror, guitar player; Orravan, drum player and vocals, and contrasting our perceptions and ideas, the sketches were surfacing under just one task: create a necromancer alchemical Death Metal strongly influenced by old school bands. Although the work was taking its own course until come to be shaped, and it’s still growing as a solid alliance on strong roots. The current line-up is Owlhell on bass, Conqueror on guitars, Abyssal on guitars and E. Orravan on drums and vocals.

Which are the topics that OCCULT PANTHEON approach in their lyrics and which are your main influences?

The OCCULT PANTHEON lyrics emerge, based on searching the classic philosophical questions, using all the possible allegories. On this journey, we are under the influence of the arcane knowledge, alchemy, altered states of consciousness, magic, quantum physics, etc. Our first work is an iconography related to the shamanic phenomenon where our inner hero undertakes an initiatory trip to the world of the dead, transiting an insurmountable path searching for possession of life and death secret, posing it as a mysterious revelation from the occult pantheon.

I know that you shared the stage with ANGELCORPSE during May in Valdivia, Chile. How was that experience?

Yes, excellent experience! What better than playing live for our very first time sharing the stage with a great band as ANGELCORPSE, in a wonderful southern city as Valdivia city. Everything worked very well, great audience attendance, the venue was full of people. We received a good retribution from the audience and that is very strange since we are an almost unknown band. Some people arrived at the show from different cities to support us and made us very happy. While an incessant raining crowned the night, the promoter makes a good job.

OCCULT PANTHEON does not usually play enough live. Is there some kind of particular reason regarding this decision or is it just random reasons not to see you in the different flyers of underground concerts that are organized from time to time in Chile?

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The truth is there is some working and time reasons that we need to make concur, although there is the conviction that every time we play live it must be something special too, every show must be worthy and must represent our message in the best way possible, and to make it works there are some factors both technical and trustworthy, must be met. That said maybe there will be very few occasions that we get to make a live show, but when this happens to be assured that it will be a great experience for your senses.

OCCULT PANTHEON comes from a small city in southern Chile called Maullín (Maullín means ‘Waterfall’ in Mapudungún, the spoken language of Mapuche, native people from South-Central Chile and Argentina). Do you consider this factor as a disadvantage to making extreme metal if we consider that in itself, even in the larger Chilean cities and therefore with access to certain advantages (recording studios, venues where to play, etc.), it is already hard to making Death Metal?    

The truth is that in our case it has not been so. I would even say that has been a great advantage to belong to a small town like ours since we are remote and immune to the vices and gossips of the big cities. Our houses are close each other, we have our own gear and a spot to practice, and enjoy nature and tranquility. We have our own sound engineer and graphic designer in the band so we do almost all the work in our homes. So the truth in this aspect we are working very well. The only thing is that we have to migrate outside for working matters, but when we manage to get together everything flows in a good way.

Can you tell me about the underground metal scene in Maullín and the surrounding cities? What is your view on the underground metal scene in southern Chile today?

Maullín is an old but very small town, so it does not have much history about it. Anyway, there have always been people battling for metal, although we are the first band to record something serious and play outside Maullín. The extreme metal scene in South Chile has always been good with a lot of actives bands in different genres and now is much better since it has been professionalizing gradually, with better productions, shows, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and serious people that are dedicated to supporting the scene, all this next to the attitude of the new generations to concretize in a professional way theirs works.

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Your demo The Omega Of The Alpha, released in 2015, received excellent reviews from the national and international extreme metal scene, which even led you to reissue that material in tape format with two different labels, Aorrahantakhard Productions from Thailand and Soul Reaper from Chile, in addition to including the same material in the Split CD with PROFOUND GRAVE released by Ex Nihilo Music. Will the new material in which the band currently works will follow the same way already shown in their previous works or will there be variations in composition, lyrics, sounding, etc? What is the importance of using intros/outros in your productions? Is it a resource that will be used again in your next works?

The new material will bring improvements both in sound and in musical structures, the songs are more polished and with some worked details. In the global aspect will maintain the brutality and darkness that are the main part of our compositions. Regarding the lyrics, we will keep the main topics with a poetic and allegorical language of the mysteries that covers the occult pantheon. Will reveal some secrets that our hero has decoded in his trip. Regarding the intros/outros in our first demo, it was important since from my point of view it contributed to the general concept of the work helping to create the atmosphere and to understand in a better way the general production… in addition, it served as food for critics. I don’t know if it will remain as a resource that we could use again by now. We reserve the right to analyze it in due course.

What’s next for the future of OCCULT PANTHEON? I know that there are plans to launch a new production soon. Can you tell us something, whether it’s a number of tracks, the title of the new work, etc.?

Yes, we are ready to launch new material which is already recorded and is only missing the last details. This will consist of 3 new songs and we intend to release it as EP. We already have some offers from some labels but nothing serious really by now, so we are open to receive new offers. Regarding the music, I can tell you that maintains the brutality and variety of nuances although this time with more complex structures. We also add another guitar player which creates new atmospheres to the band. It only remains to invite them to be tuned to what is coming…

That’s all for now. Space to say whatever you want.

First of all, thanks to Miguel and Ex Nihilo Music for relying on our artistic proposal and doing an excellent job with the Split CD Immortal Chaos Ascends by PROFOUND GRAVE and OCCULT PANTHEON and thus help us to spread our kind of magic expressionism (growing and expanding its borders). Those interested in our work, don’t hesitate to contact us and keep an eye on what is coming, which will not disappoint. Cheers from the South. Hail Eris! Hail Patagonia!

Discography:

Occult Pantheon – “The Omega Of The Alpha” (Independent, 2015)

Profound Grave/Occult Pantheon – “Immortal Chaos Ascends” (Ex Nihilo Music, 2017)

Contact: occultpantheon@gmail.com

SAMOT EP will be re-released by Ex Nihilo Music

SamotSAMOT‘s Across The Abyss EP, their second official production released on tape format last year, will be re-release by Ex Nihilo Music in June this year on CD format in a limited edition of 300 copies. Across The Abyss was recorded in the summer of 2016 in DM6 Studio, Santiago, Chile, and contain four tracks.

The current SAMOT‘s line-up includes Tomás B. (AXE BATTLER) on guitars and vocals, Franco B. on bass guitars and Tomás P. on drums. SAMOT‘s music is strongly influenced by some 90’s swedish bands as DISSECTION, UNANIMATED, DAWN, THE ABYSS, SACRAMENTUM, among others.

SAMOT was formed in 2010 in Santiago, Chile, as a one-man band by Tomás B. In 2015 was released the first SAMOT‘s production, a 4 tracks demo tape titled The Beginning. 

Across The Abyss will be distributed by Ex Nihilo Music in Canada and the U.S. Check out the tracklist below.

01.- Awakening.

02.- The Calling.

03.- Across The Abyss.

04.- Whispers.

Exhumed From The Past: Verbimus

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VERBIMUS was a short-lived band and is between one of the first extreme metal bands in Puerto Montt city, Chile. VERBIMUS was formed from the ashes of MENTAL ATROPHY in 1994, another early extreme metal project coming from the same spot and split-up in 1996. Their sound was labeled as Doom/Black metal at the time. They’ve released just two productions between 1994 and 1995.

The first one was an independent demo tape titled just as Rehearsal in 1994. This tape included just two songs: “A Millenium Of Dread And Sadness” and “Dwellers In The Wind”The line-up on this demo included Iván Bobadilla (CODEX GIGAS, ex-VERBIMUS) and Nelson Altamirano, both on guitars, Julio Bórquez (ATOMIC AGGRESSOR, CAPILLA ARDIENTE, ex-AGANICE, ex-INSORCIST, etc.) on bass guitar, Mauricio Enipane (ex-TEMPLE, ex-MENTAL ATROPHY, ex-DRAKHER) on drums and Fernando Olivares (TEMPLE, EXCORIATE, FUNERAL CHANT, ex-METZERGENZEIN) on vocals, who later would use the pseudonym ‘Sekker’.

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VERBIMUS released the, for sure, first professional production in the local extreme metal scene ever, The Stone Is Grit… demo. Released on pro-tape format as an independent production, this demo included three tracks: “A Millennium of Dread and Sadness”, “Quintrala: Pagan Dream” and “Dwellers in the Wind”. It was recorded between July 22-28, 1995, in Studios Attic, Santiago, Chile, by Marco Cusato, known for his work with bands like ABHORRENT, NECRODEAD, WARPATH, among others.

At the time the line-up was integrated Iván Bobadilla on guitars, Julio Bórquez on bass guitar, Walter Tölg (HETROERTZEN, ex-HHAHDA, ex-HORNS, ex-DIE KUNST DER FINSTERNIS, ex-DRAKHER, etc.) on drums and Fernando Olivares on vocals. The backing vocals on this demo were performed by Aldo Doomicus (ex-BEWITCHED, ex-NOTUNG, ex-MJÖLNER).

Finally, The Stone Is Grit… was officially released in October 1995. In October 1996, and to promote their release to the local extreme metal community, VERBIMUS share stage with FORKED, a Death/Grind band coming from the neighbouring city of Calbuco, at legendary Cirus Bar in Puerto Montt, who were promoting their demo debut Electromutilated.

On its short existence, VERBIMUS shared the stage with EXECRATOR, SLAVERY, UNDERCROFT, 13 CANDLESS, ALIENATE, ACRIMONIOUS, FORKED, INQUISICIÓN, BLACK MOON, among others.

*All the information published was collected from different written sources.

Interview: Profound Grave

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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.

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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.

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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…

Discography: 

Profound Grave/Occult Pantheon – “Immortal Chaos Ascends” (Ex Nihilo Music, 2017)

Contact: profoundgrave@gmail.com