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Looking for an answer are one of the best known grindcore bands from Spain. They have released 3 full length and 9 splits releases since forming in 1999. Their latest full length Dios Carne released a couple months ago and I feel it is their best work yet.

I spoke to vocalist Santi about their latest album, Spanish grindcore band and their plans for the rest of the year.

Read my interview on Everydayhate

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July 13, 2017 at 12:02 am

Raul (Memento Mori) Interview

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Memento Mori is a Spain based label/mailorder that focuses on old school Death Metal, Doom Metal and anything in between. In the past year, there have been some great releases from bands like Morbidity, Horrified, Austerymn, Disrupted and more. I spoke to label owner Raul Sampedro about how he got into metal, the metal scene in Spain and upcoming releases from his label.

 

Memento Mori

 

How did you get into metal? What was the first metal concert you attended?

I was like 10 years old, back in 1982, and my father used to play this compilation tape (one of those “best of ” compilation tapes) on the car’s stereo. The tape featured many songs, but there were 4 of them that got stuck in my head for whatever reason: Kiss’ “Love It Loud”, AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”, The Ramones’ “Do You Remember Rock’n’ Roll Radio?” and Status Quo’s “Whatever You Want”. That was the kickstart of my journey into Hard-Rock, Heavy Metal and Punk-Rock. Months later I started hanging about with a guy that was some 5 years older than me and it was him who’d burn lots of tapes for me, from bands such as Judas Priest, Rainbow, G.B.H., Metallica, Saxon, Manowar, Sex Pistols, Accept, Helix, Alcatrazz, Dead Kennedys, Black Sabbath, Tokyo Blade, Venom, Motörhead… The rest is history.
The first international Metal concert that I ever attended was Metallica + Metal Church, back in January 1987. Prior to that one, I had only attended shows featuring Spanish bands on the bill, such as Baron Rojo, Ñu, Sobredosis, Panzer…

Tell us how you started your label.

I had previously worked for other labels/distros in the past and I even ran a tiny label/mailorder called Acoustic Trauma Releases back in 2004-2005. But I had to fold that label/mailorder by late 2005 due to financial issues, right before moving to Finland (I lived there for almost 1 ½ years), and I guess I always wanted to restart the project whenever the odds would allow to. That happened back in 2010. Memento Mori started as a simple distro/mailorder, but soon after I felt an urge to turn it onto a label/mailorder, and put out my own releases and trade them with fellow underground labels out there. The first two Memento Mori releases (Ataraxy “Curse of the Requiem Mass” MCD and Centinex “Subconscious Lobotomy” reissue CD) saw the light of day in October 2010, and we’ve put out a total of 41 releases up to this day.

What has been your most memorable release so far and why?

Each and every Memento Mori release is like a son to me. Would a loving and unbiased father be able to point out one of his children as his favourite? All our releases are equally especial to me regardless any other consideration.

What qualities do you look for when signing a band?

I want to work with down-to-earth, humble people without any kind of rockstar attitude and an ego to feed. Other than that they also have to play the kind of stuff that I like to support through the label (Death Metal, Doom Metal, Thrash Metal and anything in between those genres) and meet a certain criteria regarding the, so to speak, “maturity” of their music. What I mean by this is, we don’t put out demos, so the band’s got to be seasoned enough as to be ready to go full-length.

Have you been part of a band? What instrument do you play?

I used to growl in a Death Metal band called Sacrophobia circa 1990-1992. Got to play live five times with them and recorded a demo titled “Only Death Is Irreversible” (Drowned Productions, 1991). Soon after leaving the band in 1992, I joined Postmortem. Thrash Metal in the Bay Area tradition was the game with them, but they wanted to give their music a more brutal edge and offered me a slot as the new vocalist. If memory serves, I only spent a couple of months with them, just practising at the rehearsal room, so no recording was made and I never got to play live with them. No more bands for me ever since.

Spain is not a country known for its metal scene. What are the Spanish bands you recommend we check out?

Well, those into classic 80’s Heavy Metal should check out the early works of Barón Rojo and Ángeles Del Infierno. Those two bands, along with Obús and Panzer, were probably the most notorious bands over here some 30 years ago. Regarding old Death Metal bands (1988-1995), I’d recommend to check out Feretrum, Suffocation / Intoxication, Obscure, Human Waste, Unbounded Terror, and also Aggressor (Thrash/Death Metal) and In Torment (Funeral Doom/Death Metal). And talking current bands, I’d recommend to check out Ataraxy, Bokluk, Graveyard, Oniricous, Banished From Inferno, Decapitated Christ, Necroven, Onirophagus, Karonte and Deprive. All of them play Death Metal. I’m sure there’s some remarkable bands into other genres, but I’m not really familiar with their music, so you guys got some homework to do.

Looking back at the past 5 years, would you change anything about your record label?

Not really. I’m quite happy with our output, the bands and people I work with, and the fans’ response. Sales and exposure could be much better, of course, but we’d need a much larger budget for promotion (not likely to happen anytime soon), or start putting out other forms of extreme -or pseudo-extreme- music that are “en vogue” these days (which is even less likely to ever happen as I’ll always stick to my own personal taste), or start doing vinyl (not really into a format that’s essentially a luxury item due to manufacturing prices and postage rates). We’ll keep struggling to survive in this trendy scene against all odds and I’ll die with my boots on if necessary.

What are your thoughts on physical format VS digital format of music? Which do you prefer and why?

I’ve never ever downloaded a single song (let alone an album), with the exception of demos and promos sent by bands for me to consider a possible signing, so make a wild guess what I think about digital music. A music album, or a book for that matter, is something that I need to touch. Simple as that. That’s why we don’t even offer downloads of our releases. I shiver in disgust at the mere thought of charging a single cent for a sheer computer file. To each his own, though. I’m just entitled to my own opinion and principles.

2014 was a great year for you with releases from bands like Morbidity, Horrified and others. What are your plans for the rest of 2015? Releases that we should look out for?

So far this year, we put out the debut full-length CD’s from Deprive, Austerymn and Disrupted, the sophomore full-length CD from Insepulto, the Transgressor reissue CD and the Misery early discography compilation CD. Coming out in a couple of weeks from today, there’s the Coffincraft debut full-length CD and a repress of the Burial reissue CD that we put out back in 2012. And then later in the year, we’ll put out the Praise The Flame, Dementia 13 and Abyssus debut full-length CD’s, and an Aldebaran compilation CD. And 2016 will also be a busy year at Memento Mori HQ’s. In fact the whole year schedule is close to be fully booked by now. I recommend all the readers to stay tuned via the website (www.memento-mori.es), the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/memento.mori.label) or even send e-mail to raulsv1972@hotmail.com and request to be added to our mailing list. Thanks for the intie. In Death, In Doom…

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July 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm

Azooma Interview

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Iran is not a country known for metal music, so when I got an email about Death metal band Azooma, I knew I had to feature them here.

The band are from Mashhad, the second largest city in Iran. They released their first EP “A hymn of the vicious monster” after being together for nearly a decade now. I spoke to about their vocalist Shahin Vaqfipour about their EP , recording it and being a metal band in Iran.

Azooma

“It feels great. Because you do the thing which you know is right at your heart, No matter how wrong it might seem in other ones’ opinions.” exclaimed Shahin about being in a metal band in Iran. “It is something we know deep inside and we really love what we do.”

In a country where music is banned and you can get arrested for having long hair, it would definitely not be easy to meet like minded musicians and start a band. “We are lucky because we have known each other since we were teenagers” said Shahin about how the band was formed “I think, We got absorbed to each other by our minds, feelings and our thoughts. Not just the band members but everyone who has helped us through our journey which is a never ending story by itself.” The band consists of Ahmad Tokallou (guitar), Farid Shariat (bass) and Saeed Shariat (drums).

A Hymn Of The Vicious Monster

Last month the band put out their first release, a concept EP titled “A Hymn Of The Vicious Monster”. “It is about a person who thinks he is a victim of situations and all his misery is due to a monster who he has always afraid of and get chased by” explains Shahin. “But slowly it becomes clear to him that, he is the monster that he has been afraid of all his life. It is in everyone. Everyone has this opportunity to turn to a monster. The true power is not to let this essence, this instinct grow.”

“The whole process took almost a year and a half.  We specified the story and we gathered in our practicing place and told each other our ideas and opinions about it. The music and lyrics has created and made during those sessions and got matched together. We recorded guitar, Bass and vocals lines in our rehearsal room and the drum parts in Minus One studio” Shahin describes the songwriting and recording process for the EP.

The EP was mixed and mastered by Iranian producer Ehsan Imani in Mixter Blaze Studio. “It’s really enjoyable and great to work with him” said Shahin about working with Ehsan. “Because he listens carefully to you and get closed to your ideas and do exactly what you have in your minds.”

“A Hymn Of The Vicious Monster” has been released by Xtreem Music, a label that recently has been releasing bands from countries not known for it’s metal scene.  “We have this great friend, Mohsen who is the Chief Editor of Metal Shock Finland and he runs Stargazer Consultancy. We told him that we seek a good record label company for releasing our EP and signed a contract with him. He found this great company, Xtreem Music, which supports and has interests in real music.” said Shahin about how they got signed to Spanish label.

The band last year co-headlined the Persian Metal Fest 2013 along with french death metal band Gorod. “We had listened to Gorod songs and albums before Persian Metal in 2013 and we really liked them and were interested to perform with them and meet them.” said Shahin about the festival. “It was a really  great experience and we learned many things from them.”

Some of the metal bands from Iran recommended by Shahin are Ehsan Imani ‘s Rager Blaze, Kahtmayan, 5GRS, Scox, Mordab, Acrovaya, Reza Rostamina, Arsames, Master of Persia, Armaiti.

“Thank you for giving us your time and we hope to see Metal fans in India soon. Be sure that you will hear more about AZOOMA. Keep on going. Keep Metal alive. Stay crazy” said Shahin ending our interview.

Listen to “A Hymn Of The Vicious Monster” below

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October 1, 2014 at 2:42 pm