Hi! Tell me about HOLYCIDE. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
SALVA ESTEBAN: Hi everybody! Well, we chose that name because of the reject that any dogmatic system of ideas provoke us. No one is better than anyone, we´re all gonna die, nothing is holy-er than anything. So, in those terms, we explore in our songs human’s stupidity and greed, and where those kind of attitudes is going to lead us. Utter destruction, of course, if we keep walking this path; that’s why most of our songs are placed in an post-apocalyptic world.
“Annihilate… Then Ask!” album was released couple days ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
S.E.: We are proud of our work. So many hours we spent reharsing, compsing, writing and recording the songs had come into fruition, and now we have in our hands a badass album! For us, the only fact that this album is out now, it’s already satisfying and worth, but we hope to grow as a band and do as many concerts as we can. We’d love to share our music with as many people as we can, but… Only with a close look to the artwork and the general sound of the album, you’ll realize we don’t give a shit ’bout commercial success. We want you to come to our show and have your face melted. Less than that… It’s just not our way.
Tell me more about “Annihilate… Then Ask!”? Album conception and etc… Album title sounds a bit provocatively =).
S.E. Absolutely, but we don’t care if anyone gets offended by the title. We see the world around us, falling to pieces, and it drives us mad! So, from that anger emerges the idea of annihilation of all the things rotten in this world: politics, economics, journalism & mass media, religion… Only once all those agents who spread hate and manipulate the masses on their own purposes are terminated, we will ask, haha!
Where do you take all inspiration from?
S.E. As I said before, we don’t have to make a huge research for ideas or inspiration. The world falling to pieces by humanity’s hand and it’s inability to fix it it’s the main theme of the album. Human nature is selfish, narcisistic and above all, unable to face it’s own mistakes, so we repeat them on and on (as we mention in some of our songs, as Back and Forth), and so we face and deserve nothing but extinction (as told in Deserve to Be Erased or Annihilate then Ask!)
I have a question for Dave. How do you manage your work with Avulsed and your other bands/projects? What if somebody will book Holycide to play live in one day with Avulsed gig but at the different places/countries?
DAVE ROTTEN: It’s not an easy task to combine all my activities, but well, in one way or another I end up finding time for each and since they’re all things I like, I do it with pleasure!! It has happened already, haha, but well, normally the band that books a show on 1st instande, gets that date blocked for the rest of bands from the band members unless it’s a really big and important show for that band, then we’ll negotiate about it. For now Holycide is not a popular band, we’re just starting, so there’s no problem at all, but we’ll see in the future if the band grows.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define HOLYCIDE’s sound?
S.E.: Imagine a precise, technical, brutal kick in the guts. To achieve that kind of feeling, it is our main ambition.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
S.E. In can tell you, ideas never stop flowing! Up to now, we are aiming to release a couple more songs in a format you cannot expect. And that’s everything I can say by the moment.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
S.E. Old school Thrash. No mainstream influences either intentions here, haha! We are aware that we tend to sound like the first albums of Sepultura (Beneath the Remains), Slayer (mostly Reign in Blood), and quite dark, heavy thrashing bands like Coroner or Infernal Majesty.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
S.E.: As far as I know, Dave is a good friend of the guys of Angelus Apatrida. A collaboration with them would be fricken’ awesome!
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
S. E. Keep going, on and on. The more gigs we do, more people will know us. Work, work, work until results come.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
S. E. : Sure! I am quite a cinema enthusiastic. I usually write reviews of movies in a couple of blogs and I like to go to cinema festivals as much as I can. Up to my bandmates, I know Dani is very into mountain biking and all that stuff.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
S.E.: I think I and all my bandmates are quite lucky in this point. Without the support of our friends, brothers, girlfriends, etc, we could not get this straight. Our way of understanding music requires sacrifice and compromise, so it’s necessary to keep close to people who understand it and support you, no matter what.
How’s the metal scene in Spain right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days? As far as I know there is a kind of financial crisis now?
S.E. The fact we are still in a financial and social crisis it’s undeniable, and it has its implications in the metal scene, of course. Labels, managment and promotion aggencies no longer take risks, so only the huge-consolidated bands receive help and promotion. All we have achieved is because of our effort, he have been helped by no one. And so it will remain, because metal (and musical in general) industry won’t support any emerging band or artist, afraid of it’s potential failure and the economical loss it could imply. Sad but true.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
S.E. Thanks to you for your support! Thrash on!