I get only good vibes when I see the name CADAVER PUTREFACTO. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
LEONEL GRISMADO: Hello. We believe that the name of a band should be related at least a little to the musical style and the thematic of the lyrics. So the name Cadaver Putrefacto would be according to ours since it reflects the brutality and violence of most of the lyrics. This is death metal. This is Cadaver Putrefacto.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to do the band?
JUAN GOMEZ: The band was born in 2000, we were only my friend Daniel Ledesma in the Guitar and Vocals, and me on the Drums, and the idea was to play songs from other bands that we liked and we made some songs of our own, but the band it was dissolved until 2015 when we got together to record some music, that’s when Leonel enters on the vocals and we recorded a Demo. Then Daniel leaves the band and with Leonel we decided to record the album between the two of us. As the record was very good received, we decided that we had to find more musicians to build a lineup that could present the material live, and so, a friend of ours from many years join the band on the drums, Pablo Giangreco. At this time we are testing another guy we know on guitars and we would have the complete lineup. This is how we handle ourselves, with friends and well-known people of the environment, we did not have to resort to look for musicians from another side.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
L.G .: What we do is classic and brutal Death Metal. No laps. In the line of the North American bands like for example: Cannibal Corpse, Suffocattion, Autopsy, Malevolent Creation, Deicide, Six Feet Under, etc. There is no secret or anything new trends.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
JG: The songs were almost all composed by me, and I tried to include everything I like to listen to in a Death Metal album, and when organizing them in the album we try to make sure they are on a good balance, start with a song with speed, in the middle follow some songs at half time, and then another one returns with a lot of brutality and ends up closing with a half-time song and some “melody” but at the same time it is brutal like all the others. It is a question of finding the right balance in what the album lasts so that the listener does not get bored.
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
L.G .: Regarding the musical aspect, it is always a question of adding something more to the music already built, but always without modifying the result or the main idea. Nothing that is part of a song of ours is going to make it stop being Death Metal. The word progressive for me does not mean improving something by changing it, but maintaining the same but in better quality. And with respect to the lyrics, brutality is always present either in situations of grotesque fantasy or a crude reality of violence that can happen and in fact happens daily in this shitty world.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-JG: As for the cover art, we are fans of the drawing made by hand, so I was responsible for drawing the cover and then pass it to digital, and is based on the same themes of the album lyrics, it is more, it has different parts that are parts of the lyrics, like the Zombie, the collection of human remains, or the background of the cover that is the tavern of the movie “An American Werewolf in London” that we honored in the song “Londres Bajo la Luna”.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-L.G .: Digital downloads are a reality for world music and metal is not exempt from it. The discs are becoming more difficult to sell and the bands have less support from the labels because of that. I also think that 90% of the bands release physical discs for a question of pride and self-esteem. Since I think that a digital download is something cold and without feelings. The opposite happens with the physical discs. And while the digital one made the consumption of discs go down, it is not going to be able to never kill it since a digital file is just music and a disc is pure art.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
L.G .: I do not think that downloading discs or digital songs will kill anything. Since the true fan will always want the original product and support the band of which he is a fan. The metalhead is worldwide the most loyal fan and collector that I think exists. As a promotion mode I think some downloads are positive because they are a fast way of broadcasting for a band. Besides, I believe and I feel that as a musician, what you want is for your art to reach as many places and people as possible. Obvious that the best thing is to be able to sell the cd, but equally no one will become a millionaire because of this, or do we want, since we do this for our own satisfaction. Piracy existed and will always exist. And sales will always be a roller coaster that will never stop no matter what happens. The metalhead will really continue to support bands buying records or attending concerts.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
L.G .: The scene to which we belong is the extreme Argentine underground scene, which is luckily very varied and of excellent quality. There are extreme metal bands that are really good. But unfortunately what is missing is the support of labels and a little bit of the public, since it is not very numerous. Apart from the disastrous economic situation that my country has been living for years and makes everything more complicated. But still and everything is standing and fighting tirelessly.
What does the future hold?
L.G .: The next thing for Cadaver Putrefacto is to establish the lineup to start presenting the album live. Do a few shows with fellow bands to show the potential of the band. And then wait for the release of some unpublished songs that will be part of a split edited by a Scottish label in which we will be Argentine, Mexican and Italian bands. And after that continue to promote our debut album everywhere where it is possible, be it in fanzines, webzines, magazines, radios, etc … and in a while start to prepare material for the next record. Thanks for the interview, we appreciate your support and we tell you that there is Death metal for a long time yet!