INCURSED came as another surprise to me, I didn’t expect to find a pagan/Viking band in Spain. NAROT SANTOS (Rhythm guitar, main vocals) answered. ©2015 Anders Ekdahl

As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
-Hi! We are Incursed, a Pagan/Viking Metal band from Bilbao, northern Spain. We’ve been active since 2007 and we have recorded 2 EPs and 3 full albums. Our last one, Elderslied, was released by the end of 2014 and has received really good scores all around the world!

How does this new album compare to the previous ones?
-This is, by far, our most complete work ever released. Elderslied is a well-based, homogeneous album, with a great audio quality that has improved a lot from our previous work. Even if Fimbulwinter, our second album, sounded nice, it’s songs weren’t written with the idea of being put together in the same album, so there is a big difference between songs. Some of them were composed with years of difference. However, Elderslied was an idea when we started composing it. This gives the album a particular style, seen throughout its 13 tracks. These songs have been mainly composed by Jonkol, our keyboard player.

Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
-Well, it took us many hours at the studio to choose the best sound! We worked hard with Pedro Monge, who recorded and mastered our album, to find the sound that best fitted to Elderslied.

How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-Lyrics are really important for us. We sometimes sharpen every word to make it fit with the music, sometimes we write them freely, as we think that what are they telling is more important than how they fit with music. We also like to joke and make puns in some of our songs, as for example in Tidal Waves, a song about vikings and surfing.

How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-Our cover art and the art inside the CD and booklet have been wisely chosen. Our bass player, Juan, has drawn almost all of it. He worked hard and showed us many different ideas, and together we chose the best one, detailed it and decided how to apply it in the whole album.

Where outside of your country have you had success with your previous albums?
-Fimbulwinter had a great success mainly in Europe. However, our album arrived to countries as far as the United States, Brazil, Argentina, Japan… Elderslied has followed this path and has been sent also to Australia, Canada or Chile, to mention some of them.

Why is it that we do not see more metal bands from your country making it big internationally?
-Well, metal in Spain has given many good bands that haven’t been famous in english-speaking countries, but in spanish-speaking ones have. However, since the beginning of this new millennium more and more bands are rising, and some of them have began playing outside our country. Give the spanish scene a few years and you’ll be hearing of many good bands!

What is your local metal scene like? What status does your band have in the national metal scene?
The scene in Bilbao is a bit poor. I mean, there are really good bands here, but we are only a few. Many of us have played here so many times that people get “tired” of us. However, in our music style there are not many bands across Spain, so we could say that, together with some of them, we are part of the “First Wave of Spanish Pagan Metal” (I just created this term, but sounds cool enough, doesn’t it?).

What is the general populations opinion on metal? Is being a metal musician a respectable choice?
-Hmm… This is a tricky one! I think that nowadays anyone can buy himself a guitar and form a band with a few friends. But getting through this tough way, which is Metal, is what really matters to win respect from people. Everyday more and more fans of metal arise and you have to fight to get their respect. And this motivates us
to get to the top!

What does the future hold for you?
-We are now touring across Spain and after the summer we’ll keep playing in our country. Probably we’ll start composing by the beginning of 2016 and we’ll try to play in big fests across Europe next summer! Thanks for this interview, KEEP PAGAN!

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