One of my all time fave metal albums is Anvil’s “Forged in Fire”. That one is kinda like a proto thrash metal album with its fast and heavy songs. The band FORGED might not be close to delivering a classic like that they but the sure do kick some serious ass. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you?
-It wasn’t that hard to come up with a name, “FORGED” comes from the metaphor that relates the forging of steel and people, the first based on fire and strikes and the second based on everyday situations that are reflected in our lyrics of existentialism, anxiety and self-destruction.
Who would say are the founding stones of the kind of sound you have?
-We have found our sound and it might be a little different from what is typically known in our genre, we have different influences, from “Depeche Mode” to the Swedish Old Metal School sound and combining it with some of the traditional Mexican folklore music on our rhythms.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-For us, it is basically the same, we don’t really change the way we think when we are composing a song but we change the tempo and how to play the riffs palm mute or open chords. When we want to change the speed of a song we just feel it and we do it.
How does your music work in a live environment?
-When we are on stage, we feel like if the music would be alive and it’s not more us, normal people playing metal. We feel we are playing our own stories, tragedies, dramas, anxiety, etc and that’s what we really want to show to the people, that they are not alone in this world and maybe there are going thru a difficult situation where they have no one except music, and at the end of the day they were just getting stronger, they were getting “Forged.”
You have some releases to your name. Which one are you the most proud of?
-We are really proud of our upcoming album, we just finished recording and it’s about to be released very soon. We are proud of this album because we sound more aggressive, our sound evolved to intense melodies and constant changes in rhythms and we finally got that sound we all wanted, it’s like we were discovering with this album our real essence.
Is it hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-Nowadays we think is not that hard to reach out to all those who might be interested in our music, as long as you work hard on your music of course. Fortunately, we all live in a globalized world where we have internet everywhere, so all social media helps us a lot to reach our goal, it’s incredible how we get our “Likes” on Facebook from people who live in another part of the world and those are the same who are also sharing our videos.
What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
Easy, a great front cover for us would be the real essence of the band. It is what the band is at the moment of recording the songs, it would be like a paint of all the genuine feelings.
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? What is the climate for metal in your country?
-We all do feel part of our metal scene here in the city where we live and also in a national way. We have played with “Leprosy,” “Asesino” and “Mortuary” that are great and famous bands here in Mexico because they have played through years and not just here, also in Europe, they are worldwide known and it was a big honor to share the stage with them. Actually the Mexican scene has grown a lot in these recent years, there are a lot of talented artists in our country who have amazing metal bands in all metal genres and are being supported by thousands of crazy Mexican people.
How do one promote oneself the best possible way?
-There are different ways to promote a band, all the social media like Youtube, Bandcamp, Instagram, Spotify and Facebook are very helpful because it is easy to use those pages and if you are constantly uploading music and sharing it, it becomes easier to reach the ears of more and more people. Actually, there are a lot of people listening to us in Europe, for example our same friends, and they share our music and their friends see it, like it and share it too, and so the chain goes on and on until we will reach different countries and cities around the world. It’s really to take advantage of a connected world.
What does the future hold?
-Our plans are simple, we just finished recording our album and it will be released this year. Meanwhile we are playing here in Mexico, we will be writing new songs for the next album because we want to play in different parts of the world. We are planning a tour in Europe in the upcoming years and it would be great to play also in different Metal festivals there because we want people from all over the world to know that Mexico is developing talented Metal music. “Corona Hell and Heaven Fest” takes place in Mexico and it challenges ourselves every year to become into a better metal band.