Ever since Sepultura burst onto the scene I’ve had an eye for South American metal bands. ARS MAGNA intrigued me enough to wanting to interview them. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl
You have one of these names that tells me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Not hard at all actually. We had some sort of a band battle and we did not have a name. We needed one to participate that day and we started brainstorming. After an unsuccessful while, we randomly opened a calculus book and the first thing we saw was “Ars Magna” which stand for “great art” in latin, and it is an important algebra book. We did some research and felt identified.
Could you give us a short introduction to the latest album?
-It’s an album that reflects the social context of our country and many others across latin america. Highlighting some “not so human” aspects of what people’s lives. It features heavy and dark sounds, clean voices and also growls.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Every single member of the band has specific influences, and not all in common. The blend of every member’s influences it’s what makes our sound. We feel our eclectic approach is what makes it unique.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-The scene is small, but it has stayed alive through the years because of the bands and the people that support it. Yes, we are part of the scene that keeps growing.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of
-We do feel that we contribute to the rock/metal scene. However, we like to think we are part of the “mindset change” in our country through the expressing of our ideas, feelings and thoughts regarding our country’s social context.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-A great cover to us is the one that can synthesize the concept of the album in a creative way. If you check out the Dehumanize The Nation cover, we feel it serves pretty well.
What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
-We think digital music helps the bands to transcend and reach more people .At the same time there are less possibilities to stand out because of the big amount of emerging bands in the world metal scene. we think now physical albums are more collectible stuff so maybe digital won’t kill physical but it’s gonna be less common.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-We struggle a little bit for gigs. We are not an extreme metal band, which is what’s found more often in this region, however, we are tagged like one most of the times and gig with them because there are not a lot on nonextreme metal bands. Yet we have managed to get our music through.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-We take our band seriously, we prepare ourselves physically and mentally to bring a show that the people will remember. We try to be disciplined and also enjoying playing together.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-We would love to go on a world tour. Keep making new music and innovating our style for the public.