Hi! Tell me about Violblast. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Well, you probably don’t know we were “Betrayer” before becoming “Violblast”…. There are tons of bands named like that all over the world, so we realized we needed to leave it behind. We wanted to pick a unique name to avoid confusion, and we came up with this idea: “viol(=violence)blast” and decided to make the change. Regarding the second question, well… although we are “peaceful” people, we focus our lyrics on the dark side of human beings. Evilness exists, hate exists. Some of us can control the anger, but some of us can’t, and when we can’t, we make the world as it is now: huge conflict.
“Conflict” album was released on November. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Sebas: We are so happy with this album, we worked a lot and we are satisfied with the results and people comments on reviews. We don’t really try to change people’s mind. We say what we think, what we see… Then it is up to you to follow us if you share our ideas/music.
Tell me more about “Conflict”? Album conception etc…
Sebas: We chose Conflict as the title because it is one of the best songs on the album. It reflects the idea of the whole LP. The album conception is about the eternal conflict of the human being, a sociable being who doesn’t know how to live in society, always in conflict with himself and preventing its own race to evolve.
Do you like your cooperation with Suspiria records so far?
Sebas: Yes, sure. So far they have reacted really well. We are very happy with their work. We find ourselves growing as a band with their help.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Sebas: Our principal inspiration comes from music itself (Metal). Horror movies/books are also really helpful as well. We want to play dark music, aggressive music…No “titanic” or “The Notebook” are allowed while recording/writing music process!! Well, in fact those two make me hate a lot, I don’t know why…
Anyway! Nothing happy or about drinking beer and doing moshpits will be the main topic of our songs.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Violblast’s sound?
Sebas: I think “dark” and “aggressive” are the best adjectives to define Violblast’s sound. No hesitation is accepted.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Sebas: Right now we are rehearsing our setlist for the “Conflict Tour” and starting the writing process for what may be the new album. We don’t want to be writing songs out of stages for 8 months again. This year we will be doing some shows presenting Conflict and composing new shit to record a new album at the end of 2017 or the beginning of 2018.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Santi: Each of us has his own influences: different kinds of music, not just metal. But when it is time to come up with something heavy and fat, our principal influences are Slayer, Cannibal Corpse, Exodus, Lamb of God… As some of you may have noticed, Slayer has a huge influence on us. We think they convey really well what they want to truly express. Not just the lyrics, but the music and their energy onstage as well. A punch in the face and that’s all.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Santi: Well, I don’t think so… I don’t really think Araya would like to sing one of our songs!
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Sebas: We use all internet sources. We try to use as many platforms as we know in order to spread it further and faster. Also, Suspiria Records has done well on that job so far. Shows are the other part of the “strategy”… People come to our shows; maybe some of them will buy our cd/shirt/whatever and recommend it to some friends, who knows… But it surely works if you give a good show!
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Sebas: I am an archaeologist and I love history. You can note that in some of our lyrics as on Invisible Death or Reprisal.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Santi: Yes, of course, never have a complaint except from “Get a haircut or you won’t find a proper job!”. Sometimes it’s difficult because when you decide to make this… well, time makes it one of the most important things in your life, and deciding whether to rehearse or going out with your girl is a pain in the ass… Thankfully (so far…) they all accept what we do!
How’s the metal scene in Catalonia right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Sebas: There are lots of bands, lots of metal genres. People buy your stuff on shows, but the record sales are more difficult. If someone really wants an album, he will go and buy it. If not, he will just download it from the Internet and that’s it. This is why we like giving good shows live. We live in Girona and it’s really difficult to play in front of, at least, 60 people. Barcelona is bigger, metal community is also bigger and people often go to shows. There are lots of thrash metal bands nowadays.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Sebas: Thank you very much for listening to our stuff!