Hi, GRUNTODE. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
Hi! How are you? Greetings from Chile! On these days I am working on new ideas to enrich Gruntode´ sound, and preparing some live performances.
Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
Sure! Gruntode is a Dark neofolk project, with Doom Metal influences. Musically, we taken chilean traditional folklore elements, like acoustic guitars, some ethnic sounds, clean and guttural voices and some drums rithyms. Our intention is to create an obscure atmosphere, who can brings the audience to the deppest of chilean forest.
Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
Initially, Gruntode was conceived as a solo project, actually, “Siniestro” (Demo 2017) was recorded only with guitar and voice. When I started to recording “Bosque”, I decided to invite Tannus Anguita to play drum on 4 songs of the álbum. After the álbum released, we started to play together and added drums rythims to other songs, that originally are conceived only for guitar. On that way, actually we are a duo, With Tannus Anguita on Drums and ethnic sounds, and me, Matías Ibáñez, on vocals and guitars.
At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
I started to sing with guttural voice at the age of 14, after started to listen metal on 1997. Then, when I was 22 years old, I started to practice guitar by my own, influenced by my father and chilean folklore.
Tannus started in metal music at the age of 13 and at 15 he started top lay drum, motivated by his parents
GRUNTODE released “Bosque” last year. Tell us something about it. Walk us through all the tracks lyrics and meaning.
Well, “Bosque” (Forest) was inspired on a Goethe poem, “Über allen Gipfeln Ist Ruh”, a poem that talks about the death like a peaceful moment, the end of the road; but in this case, the poems was reinterpretated on a deep lament of native chilean forest, that are watching his own destruction by human hands. All songs talk about earth, nature and enviroment destruction, althoug there are some tracks that talks about personal issues, like my father´s dead on the song “Inmortal”.
How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?
I´m really surprised by the audience response, we have received a lot of good reviews and nice opinions of our work. Actually, after the release of the album, we was invited to play at “In Nomine Doom Festival” a doom metal festival in Lima, Perú, that was a greatful experience, of course, with a great audience listening our music.
About new songs, yes, we are working on a new stuff, also we are seeking the way to enrich our sound for live perfomances and a next recording.
When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
First live show was as soloist, only me and my guitar on a metal bar in my town, with no too much planning; obviously I was very excited and fortunelly, people reacted pretty well at this strange musical proposal.
What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
I think that is because we are doing a very honest kind of music, direct and simple but very emotionally charged, also an strange rhythms mixture that turn interesting our proposal.
If asked to differentiate GRUNTODE from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
I think that our music have a particular way to take traditional chilean folklore legacy and bring it up to the dark influence of doom metal. This make some differences with other metal and neofolk bands in Chile, that present mostly european influence in their music.
How compatible are band members with each other?
We are very musically compatible, since we are also very close friends. We also play together in another band (Endimion), which makes the process of composing new songs and playing live together much easier.
Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
From metal world, we take influences from bands like Empyrium, Dornenreich, October Falls, Agalloch, also doom metal bands like Ophis and Tristitia. About local bands, personally I am a big fan of Poema Arcanus, Uaral, Mar de Grises and Imbaru.
How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
Generally, those periods in which we must play a lot live, we try that the shows are mainly weekends and we rehearse at least once a week. When we are in a period of composition, we come together every so often to exchange ideas and test how they sound. And yes, we got together a lot just for fun, to drink some beers and talk about other topics.
GRUNTODE is very promising formation. Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?
Within that period of time, we hope to have our second album circulating and be able to tour South America and Europe. One of our projections is to get to festivals that allow us to show our work in other latitudes, far from our country.
Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters
I want to thank our label “Australis Records” for believing in our work, and greet all those who follow Gruntode, thank you for the time and space, and I hope to see you soon at some stage in the world. Cheers!