BARBARIAN PROPHECIES

BARBARIAN PROPHECIES is a Spanish band that I like so much that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Greetings here Oscar one of the guitars of Barbarian Prophecies, sincerely many things have changed, when I started this project I was 18 years old now I am going to turn 39, as you can imagine the experience gives you a different and more objective and realistic vision of the music, of what you can get and the positive that can really bring you, the only thing that has not changed is the illusion to move forward with the band.
This band is focused on extreme metal fusing multiple influences that encompass many styles both inside and outside the metal, but always with a solid base of classic death metal, the truth is that we do not close ourselves in a particular style we prefer a broad vision of the music that a closed and limited concept.
Our main goal is to continue creating music to be proud of, always trying to improve and overcome the limitations we have album after album, as anyone who is dedicated to music we also seek that people can enjoy our music and can appreciate the effort what is inside each composition, we try to somehow we can transmit to the listener the feeling that is under each song.

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-The truth is that there is still a surprise in people from outside Spain when they get some record of metal or extreme Spanish metal, this is because in our country there is a fairly large backlog at cultural level, especially in rock music and derivatives, Spain was closed under a fascist dictatorship for 40 years and was just when there was the birth and development of rock. It was not until the 80s when the country began to open its borders and the mentality of its inhabitants was changing. But of course 40 years of delay are noticed … Here there are no distributors or labels of important metal music, nor are there international bands that can be considered cult, here there is no equivalent to iron maiden, nor read Zeppelin, nor Metallica, nor Scorpions, that can be said that they have managed to be in the world elite of rock. Now the two most famous bands there are Crisix and Angelus Apátrida. But I can say that at an underground level Spain has a lot of quality (Khmer, Untides, Conducto Coloquio, Ruthless, Schwarzenegger, His Anxiety, Bloodhunter, In.Verno, AtaxiaF., Xerion, Agonica, As Life Burns, Perpetual, Opposer, Enki, Murder Worker, Myxomatosis, Arthropodal Humanicide, Irreverence, etc)
It is clear that if you are from England, the United States or any other country with greater support to the musical culture you play with advantage and have more possibilities to promote your band.

When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-We sincerely receive good and bad comments like all the bands, I can tell you that if you are looking for a band that has many different elements within its music you might like what we do, each album is an evolution in our style, each time there are more elements and each We tried to make everything more elaborate, but always tried to mix all this with a classic death metal base.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-The biggest challenge is always to merge all our ideas on the structure we have of the song, it is very complicated to get to an intermediate point that everyone likes, after this when the structures of the themes are already clear comes the part of the rehearsal for the recording, this is usually quite hard since you have to prepare the songs very well to be able to record them as quickly as possible and thus be able to save the time that we use in the recording studio.

I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-Our first demo was recorded in a mix between analog and digital, sincerely with the digital edition you get better results in less time. It is clear that a good analog recording can give an incredible sound but this requires much more time in the studio and much more money, so before only the big bands could afford to record an album in an analog way and the small bands had to do it with recorders multitrack on cassette. I really like the sound of classic rock and metal albums, but it’s clear that if today’s methods did not exist, our band would never have released any disc with professional sound. On the other hand there is the negative part and it is the abuse of the digital edition, robotizing everything that makes the music sound sterile and soulless, sometimes it seems that there are hundreds of bands that sound exactly the same … I think that an intermediate point is the best choice.

What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-The first thing you think is … We have finally finished !!!, the truth is that recording is hard, there are many hours, many recording sessions, sometimes things do not work out and frustration arrives but in the end after all that you sit and listen to it for the first time, the truth is that you feel proud of a job well done. As for people, you always expect people to appreciate all the effort and enthusiasm in the album.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Letters are an important part because it is the element that links everything, we always try to express a message that opens people’s eyes. This last album is centered on the mysteries that surround the human being, his mind and his origin. And those who use this knowledge to control us.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-For us it is very important that the designs reflect the content of the album, we always pay attention to the details and we want everything to be of maximum quality on the album, every detail is important and an adequate design is fundamental especially for those who still buy discs in physical format, we do it and buy records from other bands and we always like to see that they have worked on that aspect as well. In the end an album is something visual also not only is the music is the set of all the elements what is really important.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-The most important thing for a band to work is to play live, the rehearsal, the recordings, the videos, the promotion, everything is done with the purpose of the live show. It is clear that against more live touches you will always have more support from the public. Here in our city is complicated because there are not many people who like this style, but it is essential to give concerts, we try to be as active as possible in that aspect, although always trying to combine a normal life of work and family with the music, sometimes it is difficult, this needs a lot of organization and a very big effort, you have to sacrifice some things for this hobby but in the end it is always worth it. Everything that fills your soul is something worth fighting for.

What do you see in the future?
-I hope to continue creating music, recording albums and playing live, meet new people and visit new cities and places to go where the music takes us. We do not want to measure success in professional achievements but in personal achievements, positive experiences and that the show goes on! I would like to thank you for this interview and I wanted to send a greeting from here to all those who read this interview and who keep the metal flame burning. If you want to know more about the band, search us on social networks or by writing to: barbarianprophecies@hotmail.com

BARBARIAN PROPHECIES is a Spanish band that I like so much that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Greetings here Oscar one of the guitars of Barbarian Prophecies, sincerely many things have changed, when I started this project I was 18 years old now I am going to turn 39, as you can imagine the experience gives you a different and more objective and realistic vision of the music, of what you can get and the positive that can really bring you, the only thing that has not changed is the illusion to move forward with the band.
This band is focused on extreme metal fusing multiple influences that encompass many styles both inside and outside the metal, but always with a solid base of classic death metal, the truth is that we do not close ourselves in a particular style we prefer a broad vision of the music that a closed and limited concept.
Our main goal is to continue creating music to be proud of, always trying to improve and overcome the limitations we have album after album, as anyone who is dedicated to music we also seek that people can enjoy our music and can appreciate the effort what is inside each composition, we try to somehow we can transmit to the listener the feeling that is under each song.

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-The truth is that there is still a surprise in people from outside Spain when they get some record of metal or extreme Spanish metal, this is because in our country there is a fairly large backlog at cultural level, especially in rock music and derivatives, Spain was closed under a fascist dictatorship for 40 years and was just when there was the birth and development of rock. It was not until the 80s when the country began to open its borders and the mentality of its inhabitants was changing. But of course 40 years of delay are noticed … Here there are no distributors or labels of important metal music, nor are there international bands that can be considered cult, here there is no equivalent to iron maiden, nor read Zeppelin, nor Metallica, nor Scorpions, that can be said that they have managed to be in the world elite of rock. Now the two most famous bands there are Crisix and Angelus Apátrida. But I can say that at an underground level Spain has a lot of quality (Khmer, Untides, Conducto Coloquio, Ruthless, Schwarzenegger, His Anxiety, Bloodhunter, In.Verno, AtaxiaF., Xerion, Agonica, As Life Burns, Perpetual, Opposer, Enki, Murder Worker, Myxomatosis, Arthropodal Humanicide, Irreverence, etc)
It is clear that if you are from England, the United States or any other country with greater support to the musical culture you play with advantage and have more possibilities to promote your band.

When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-We sincerely receive good and bad comments like all the bands, I can tell you that if you are looking for a band that has many different elements within its music you might like what we do, each album is an evolution in our style, each time there are more elements and each We tried to make everything more elaborate, but always tried to mix all this with a classic death metal base.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-The biggest challenge is always to merge all our ideas on the structure we have of the song, it is very complicated to get to an intermediate point that everyone likes, after this when the structures of the themes are already clear comes the part of the rehearsal for the recording, this is usually quite hard since you have to prepare the songs very well to be able to record them as quickly as possible and thus be able to save the time that we use in the recording studio.

I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-Our first demo was recorded in a mix between analog and digital, sincerely with the digital edition you get better results in less time. It is clear that a good analog recording can give an incredible sound but this requires much more time in the studio and much more money, so before only the big bands could afford to record an album in an analog way and the small bands had to do it with recorders multitrack on cassette. I really like the sound of classic rock and metal albums, but it’s clear that if today’s methods did not exist, our band would never have released any disc with professional sound. On the other hand there is the negative part and it is the abuse of the digital edition, robotizing everything that makes the music sound sterile and soulless, sometimes it seems that there are hundreds of bands that sound exactly the same … I think that an intermediate point is the best choice.

What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-The first thing you think is … We have finally finished !!!, the truth is that recording is hard, there are many hours, many recording sessions, sometimes things do not work out and frustration arrives but in the end after all that you sit and listen to it for the first time, the truth is that you feel proud of a job well done. As for people, you always expect people to appreciate all the effort and enthusiasm in the album.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Letters are an important part because it is the element that links everything, we always try to express a message that opens people’s eyes. This last album is centered on the mysteries that surround the human being, his mind and his origin. And those who use this knowledge to control us.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-For us it is very important that the designs reflect the content of the album, we always pay attention to the details and we want everything to be of maximum quality on the album, every detail is important and an adequate design is fundamental especially for those who still buy discs in physical format, we do it and buy records from other bands and we always like to see that they have worked on that aspect as well. In the end an album is something visual also not only is the music is the set of all the elements what is really important.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-The most important thing for a band to work is to play live, the rehearsal, the recordings, the videos, the promotion, everything is done with the purpose of the live show. It is clear that against more live touches you will always have more support from the public. Here in our city is complicated because there are not many people who like this style, but it is essential to give concerts, we try to be as active as possible in that aspect, although always trying to combine a normal life of work and family with the music, sometimes it is difficult, this needs a lot of organization and a very big effort, you have to sacrifice some things for this hobby but in the end it is always worth it. Everything that fills your soul is something worth fighting for.

What do you see in the future?
-I hope to continue creating music, recording albums and playing live, meet new people and visit new cities and places to go where the music takes us. We do not want to measure success in professional achievements but in personal achievements, positive experiences and that the show goes on! I would like to thank you for this interview and I wanted to send a greeting from here to all those who read this interview and who keep the metal flame burning. If you want to know more about the band, search us on social networks or by writing to: barbarianprophecies@hotmail.com

BARBARIAN PROPHECIES is a Spanish band that I like so much that I had to interview them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-Greetings here Oscar one of the guitars of Barbarian Prophecies, sincerely many things have changed, when I started this project I was 18 years old now I am going to turn 39, as you can imagine the experience gives you a different and more objective and realistic vision of the music, of what you can get and the positive that can really bring you, the only thing that has not changed is the illusion to move forward with the band.
This band is focused on extreme metal fusing multiple influences that encompass many styles both inside and outside the metal, but always with a solid base of classic death metal, the truth is that we do not close ourselves in a particular style we prefer a broad vision of the music that a closed and limited concept.
Our main goal is to continue creating music to be proud of, always trying to improve and overcome the limitations we have album after album, as anyone who is dedicated to music we also seek that people can enjoy our music and can appreciate the effort what is inside each composition, we try to somehow we can transmit to the listener the feeling that is under each song.

Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London?
-The truth is that there is still a surprise in people from outside Spain when they get some record of metal or extreme Spanish metal, this is because in our country there is a fairly large backlog at cultural level, especially in rock music and derivatives, Spain was closed under a fascist dictatorship for 40 years and was just when there was the birth and development of rock. It was not until the 80s when the country began to open its borders and the mentality of its inhabitants was changing. But of course 40 years of delay are noticed … Here there are no distributors or labels of important metal music, nor are there international bands that can be considered cult, here there is no equivalent to iron maiden, nor read Zeppelin, nor Metallica, nor Scorpions, that can be said that they have managed to be in the world elite of rock. Now the two most famous bands there are Crisix and Angelus Apátrida. But I can say that at an underground level Spain has a lot of quality (Khmer, Untides, Conducto Coloquio, Ruthless, Schwarzenegger, His Anxiety, Bloodhunter, In.Verno, AtaxiaF., Xerion, Agonica, As Life Burns, Perpetual, Opposer, Enki, Murder Worker, Myxomatosis, Arthropodal Humanicide, Irreverence, etc)
It is clear that if you are from England, the United States or any other country with greater support to the musical culture you play with advantage and have more possibilities to promote your band.

When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-We sincerely receive good and bad comments like all the bands, I can tell you that if you are looking for a band that has many different elements within its music you might like what we do, each album is an evolution in our style, each time there are more elements and each We tried to make everything more elaborate, but always tried to mix all this with a classic death metal base.

What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-The biggest challenge is always to merge all our ideas on the structure we have of the song, it is very complicated to get to an intermediate point that everyone likes, after this when the structures of the themes are already clear comes the part of the rehearsal for the recording, this is usually quite hard since you have to prepare the songs very well to be able to record them as quickly as possible and thus be able to save the time that we use in the recording studio.

I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-Our first demo was recorded in a mix between analog and digital, sincerely with the digital edition you get better results in less time. It is clear that a good analog recording can give an incredible sound but this requires much more time in the studio and much more money, so before only the big bands could afford to record an album in an analog way and the small bands had to do it with recorders multitrack on cassette. I really like the sound of classic rock and metal albums, but it’s clear that if today’s methods did not exist, our band would never have released any disc with professional sound. On the other hand there is the negative part and it is the abuse of the digital edition, robotizing everything that makes the music sound sterile and soulless, sometimes it seems that there are hundreds of bands that sound exactly the same … I think that an intermediate point is the best choice.

What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-The first thing you think is … We have finally finished !!!, the truth is that recording is hard, there are many hours, many recording sessions, sometimes things do not work out and frustration arrives but in the end after all that you sit and listen to it for the first time, the truth is that you feel proud of a job well done. As for people, you always expect people to appreciate all the effort and enthusiasm in the album.

How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-Letters are an important part because it is the element that links everything, we always try to express a message that opens people’s eyes. This last album is centered on the mysteries that surround the human being, his mind and his origin. And those who use this knowledge to control us.

Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-For us it is very important that the designs reflect the content of the album, we always pay attention to the details and we want everything to be of maximum quality on the album, every detail is important and an adequate design is fundamental especially for those who still buy discs in physical format, we do it and buy records from other bands and we always like to see that they have worked on that aspect as well. In the end an album is something visual also not only is the music is the set of all the elements what is really important.

When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-The most important thing for a band to work is to play live, the rehearsal, the recordings, the videos, the promotion, everything is done with the purpose of the live show. It is clear that against more live touches you will always have more support from the public. Here in our city is complicated because there are not many people who like this style, but it is essential to give concerts, we try to be as active as possible in that aspect, although always trying to combine a normal life of work and family with the music, sometimes it is difficult, this needs a lot of organization and a very big effort, you have to sacrifice some things for this hobby but in the end it is always worth it. Everything that fills your soul is something worth fighting for.

What do you see in the future?
-I hope to continue creating music, recording albums and playing live, meet new people and visit new cities and places to go where the music takes us. We do not want to measure success in professional achievements but in personal achievements, positive experiences and that the show goes on! I would like to thank you for this interview and I wanted to send a greeting from here to all those who read this interview and who keep the metal flame burning. If you want to know more about the band, search us on social networks or by writing to: barbarianprophecies@hotmail.com

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