Hi! Tell me about Soulburner. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
R. Hi, Soulburner is a Chilean band from `97 that always played Melodic Death Metal (Gothenburg sound) and mixing it with some Brutal Death Metal. Our name at the beginning was “On Hell” but we felt a lack of brutality in it, even in the sound of the words, so then after searching and debating we decided the name, “Soulburner” because it sounds demolishing in a physically and spiritually way
our ideas and lyrics have been for example to explore the mind of a serial killer but one that has certain approaches to occultism and real and unreal demons. Also using metaphors we sing against certain powers that subjugate the human, politicians, church, religion, new world order.
“Blessed by Fire” album was released on the beginning of this year. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
R. The Re released of this album its something we wanted to do many years ago and for different reasons we couldn´t, so is great for us to see this 2008 album as a CD in 2019 And in formal digital format distribution.
We have so many fans who like this album so Blessed by Fire it needed to be relaunched.
Tell me more about “Blessed by Fire”? Album ideas etc…
R. The lyrics of this album is what we think its inside a killer Mind and soul, like desires, thoughts, feelings, doubts.
Its a Journey of a sequence of events to satisfy his needs of death and blood. And all this accompanied by melodic, fast and hard Death Metal and a sick artwork.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
R. The inspiration came from many places, sounds, movies, stories, music and experience.
The World and his cruelty is a great muse don´t you think?
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Soulburner’s sound?
R. It’s the mix between Swedish Death Metal and American Death Metal but with the guts of Southamerican (Chilean) Metal. Fast Drums, Technical melodic Guitar licks and harmonies, deep bass, and a very dynamic gutural and screaming vocals. \m/
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
R. Anything but relax, In fact we have 5 new songs ready for the next album, maybe we record an EP or we just make a single and then get the LP.
We are Throwing ideas for a videoclip of the new single song and we also preparing a great Show in our Town (Concepción) to play 2 sets of songs, first will play all Blessed by Fire, then we will play 12 songs of the other albums and new songs.
All of this in June 2019.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
R. Swedish Death Metal I think, but we tried to have our own sound in every song we make. You can hear some reminiscences of bands we like, but you can´t say “oh, this song is a copy of…” so, your listen a Soulburner melodic song and suddenly an axe directly to your head with brutal Death appears. And that´s the secret, that mixture plus Southamerican Groove.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?·
R. There´s a lot of musicians we admire, but some of them are not longer with us like Chuck Schuldiner, Ronnie James Dio. So, more than an artist in particular, we would like to collaborate with bands like, At The Gates, A Canarous Quintet, Cannibal Corpse, Devin Townsend, Judas Priest and many more.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
R. The non-stop to create material, play live, publish this news on social networks, and streaming platforms helps a lot, also the networks of contacts
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
R. For us Music is more than a Hobby, but living from this in our country its almost imposible and a difficult task, having said that, we have some hobbies like soccer, online games, and drinking beer 😛
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
R. Yes, We always had the support of our families and friends and that its an important part of these more than 20 years of the band.
How’s the metal scene in Chile right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
R. There´s a lot of material from all the world to buy
And Many new bands to watch live, i think its easy to make and play gigs but are only a few good and pro places to do it right, so we didn´t play 100 times in a year but we tried to play in the “Right ones”.
The scene its growing everyday, new sounds, new generations, Metal will never die \m/, thanks for your time and support. Cheers from Chile.