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April 3, 2020

Interview SnakeyeS

Hi guys! Give a brief history of SnakeyeS, music style, and the members.

Hi, we’re SnakeyeS and we play heavy metal 🙂 This band was born from Jose Pineda’s brilliant metal mind, recruiting me (Cosmin Aionita, vocals) in the Summer of 2013 for what was supposed to be a solo EP of his. We were so happy with the first demos we recorded he decided to scrap the idea of a solo record and start a proper band. For guitars and drums we recruited Justi Bala and Carlos Delgado, Jose’s his lifetime colleagues from their former band Sphinx. Both masters of their instruments and very passionate about what we crave to play: traditional heavy metal music with an updated sound.

Give in more detail, some information about your fresh album “Metal Monster” and how well it sells?

For you, “Metal Monster” might be fresh, for us it’s already past its infancy. We’ve been working on this record in one form or another from 2015 and it’s just wonderful to see such a creation getting born and starting its journey through life 🙂 Compared to our previous full length effort, Ultimate Sin, I would say “Metal Monster” is a bit heavier and bit more complex, more mature if you like. At this time, I am not aware of the actual sales figures for this record, but I do known we sold out on the preorder special packs (the Metal Monster packs which included a bonus CD with an a never released song, a t-shirt and some other goodies) even before release so we had to order more of those to keep up with demand. But don’t get silly ideas, we’re still talking about an independent metal album.

SnakeyeS has signed with no label still, tell more about that?

After “Ultimate Sin”, we did get some offers to sign for the release of our next album. In the end, we decided to publish it ourselves so we can keep complete control of our music, both artistically and commercially.

What is the difference between your latest and the very first records?

As I told you before, our very first release – the EP “Welcome To The Snake Pit” – was born out of some early demos from Pepe (Jose Pineda). When I joined the project, the music was already written so it didn’t take us more than a few months to properly record everything and to release it. “Metal Monster” on the other hand was being worked for about two whole years, from the very first ideas and riffs for new songs and up to the actual pressing of the discs and the release. The funny part is both discs (Welcome To The Snake Pit and Metal Monster) were released in November (no, we didn’t plan for this, it just happened). Oh, of course there’s the sound and production aspect, take a listen to both records and tell me which do you think sounds better 🙂

What inspires SnakeyeS music and lyric writing? What does SnakeyeS lyrics talk about?

As I already mentioned before, SnakeyeS is all about playing traditional heavy metal or at least our vision of what we think this genre means nowadays. This is what we do best and I don’t think we’ll ever change our musical direction. As for the lyrics, they cover a wide range of subjects: politics and social issues (Rise Up: The Red Plague, Circus of Fools), science fiction (Into The Unknown, Sign of Death, Cyberkiller), video games (this is actually one of my favorite themes to write about, Edge of The World being deeply inspired by a certain video game series) or simply straight up heavy metal topics (such as Metal Monster).

Do you play live often? Do you like abroad gigs?

We’ve had a proper tour after the release of Ultimate Sin, hitting a selection of major cities and festivals in Spain. As for the first leg of our Metal Monstour 2018, we’re going to do it again, but, as they say, “bigger and better”: more dates, more cities we’ve never played in before, bigger venues 🙂 Very soon, we’re probably going to announce more dates for the second leg of the tour. For me, being from another country than the other guys (I was born and live in Romania), all concerts with SnakeyeS are “abroad gigs”. It’s a wonderful feeling to travel to new places, meet new people and always have new experiences. Stressful and tiresome, but wonderful. But, to answer your question, the band’s management is looking into booking some gigs in Europe.

How often does the band practice and work on new material?

Haha, SnakeyeS is the band that never practices :)) Just kidding, we do rehearse a lot, but maybe not in the traditional way. What I mean is we don’t actually play together until the first gig of the tour: Justi and Carlos practice in their home town of Cadiz, and I do 100% of my rehearsing at home, in Bucharest. It’s a formula that works for us and I personally prefer it over traditional weekly practice. 1-2 months of rehearsing is enough for me before the start of a brand new tour. Work on new material beings as soon as the “old one” is released: my inbox is already full with some of Pepe’s new ideas 😉

How did the band come up with the name SnakeyeS and tell what does it means for you?

Ha ha, I honestly don’t remember exactly how we came up with the name. I know we liked how it sounded and getting the band logo from our artist at the time sealed the deal: we were going to call ourselves SnakeyeS.

What does the band plan on doing in near time?

We had a bit of time off after the release gig for “Metal Monster”  in Madrid last November, but this break is almost over since the actual tour is starting in March. I think the guys in Spain are already hard at work getting ready for the tour and I will surely begin rehearsing in a few weeks.

Any message to Sick and Destroy readers?

Thanks for welcoming us to your site make sure to keep the metal flame burning! And maybe give “Metal Monster” a spin, you’ll probably like 🙂

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