!!!SPANISH HEAVY METAL!!!
We had a conversation with David (Vocals).Enjoy!
Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.
1. Tell us a few things about METACRANI (Members, Starting Year etc).
Antonio Guirao (bass), David Coves (vocals) and Xavi Corral (guitar) were members of a band that disappeared in July 2017. After that, we decided to keep playing together and to form a new band. We recorded a rough demo to help us find other musicians.Months later we recruited Rafa Gálvez (guitar), decided to name the band Metacrani and started to rehearse together. In July 2018 we finally completed the lineup with drummer Jorge Aguilera and started to write new songs and rehearse regularly. We made our first gig in November, 24th, 2018.
2. Your have recently released your EP ''Aigua, Terra, Aire i... Foc''. What is the feedback from your audience as well as from the press?
It's soon to tell, honestly. We haven't had written reviews from the press yet. However, the audience seems pleased according to the comments people make on platforms like NWOTHM FULL ALBUMS. In any case, we are really satisfied with our work and we think it's good stuff, honestly. By the way, we invite Filthy Dogs Of Metal to write a review about our work! and we invite also everybody to write comments on our YouTube channel, Facebook or Instagram accounts. We love to have feedback from our work.
3. Label or DIY and why?
This work is 100% DIY. We thought it was time to have well recorded material so we started working on that with all our own resources and no help from anybody. We recorded, produced and published the EP ourselves in our own rehearsal room and home studios.4. Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
I personally (David) love vinyl records and have a huge collection. However, CDs and digital music are actually more convenient and easier to use, keep and share. And at this point I want to make an important statement: It sucks when the music files are compressed!!! Regarding cassette tapes, I just don't see the point of getting back to that. I still have my old ones, though.
5. Your music style is Heavy Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
We all have different influences... it's a difficult question to answer as a band. If you listen to our songs, there are obvious influences from the classic Heavy Metal bands of the 80s and old Thrash Metal bands.To talk about favourite bands is another issue. We also listen to bands that don't really have to do much with the music we play and, in addition, we have different personal tastes.
6. Which things, do you think, a Band should sacrifice in order to succeed? Have you ever sacrificed anything in your life for a better future of your Band?
If you want to do something serious and professional-like, a huge amount of time and energy are absolutely required. It is really difficult to find that free time because we have to go to work to make a living and some of us have family commitments.
7. Describe your ideal live show as a performance Band. Have you already experienced that?
Big venues, packed with people who know our songs and, of course, big enough stage and good sound. It's probably what every band dreams about. As musicians, we've been close to that a few times.
8. Which attributes, do you think, that a new Heavy Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
In fact, the most difficult things are being original and to perform music that is good, catches attention and is not a copy-cat or too similar to what other bands have done previously. Many bands play good music but re-inventing the genere is the real challenge.In Catalonia, Metal bands usually sing in English. There are also quite a lot of bands who sing in Spanish and there are also some (like us) who sing in Catalan. We wanted to sing in our own native language and somehow that makes us a little bit special.
9. Do you believe that Bandcamp and other Digital Platforms help the new Heavy Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a Band to promote its work?
We think any digital platform is a good way for any kind of band to gain audience and visibility. If the music is good, probably it will end up reaching many people though this is not as easy as it might seem. We think a band has to be wise and careful using its means of communication (web page, Facebook, Instagram, Soundcloud or Bandcamp, Youtube channel,...). Nowadays, that requires quite a lot of work and time to spend.
10. Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in Barcelona, Catalonia (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
Probably the most internationally known of the existing Catalan bands are Crisix and 77. They both sing in English. Actually, there are many Metal bands but few opportunities for new bands to play live because there are few venues where you could find regularly Metal gigs. In addition, it’s difficult to reach new audiences because we’ve realized that most people is not very receptive to new bands. This is why nowadays there’s a boom for tribute bands. They’re really successful recently in Catalonia and Spain and that’s actually no good news for the upcoming bands that write their own songs.Fortunately, there are some local radio stations and fanzines and webzines that are enthusiastic and very active. Some of them organize festivals and gigs that give new and local bands the opportunity to play live in front of many people.
11. Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
We don’t know why but it seems to us that Metal has always been quite popular in Greece. We know bands such as Rotting Christ, Suicidal Angels, Firewind or Innerwish. Apparently, it seems that there is a strong Metal scene with very active people (fanzines, web pages, record collectors, and so on) but we don’t really know. Months ago we were sent a Facebook message from a band from Athens named The Crucifier. We salute them!!!
12. What are your future plans?
We are a new band with veteran and experienced members. At this moment, we want to grow as a band and to gain visibility. One of our nearest short term goals is to record a videoclip with one of the songs of our new EP. It might be helpful to let us be discovered by new listeners.
13. Thank you very much for your time & Keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
We’d love to play in Greece. Hopefully, we’ll make it in the future.Thank you very much for your support and interest in Metacrani!!!
By Steve the Filthy Dog.