NOCION is a Puerto Rican band that blast out some really cool metal. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-Nocion, which means Notion in English, encompasses a little bit of every genre and sub-genre within the hard rock/heavy metal realm in its music. This is our concept of how hard rock/heavy metal music should sound like. Our new EP “Into the Darkness” clearly tries to show this mixture of styles. The name fits perfectly with those ideas.
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?
-There were so many musical ideas floating around that it was only a matter of time before all 4 of us found each other and started talking and sharing those ideas amongst one another, plus there was a lot of old music that didn’t make it unto our first CD “Existencia.” So we blended them all together, used some of those old ideas, combined them with new and voila! You have our new EP “Into the Darkness.” All of us have known each other since we were in our late teens/early 20s so it was only a matter of time before we all got together.
With so many genres and sub-genres of metal today what is your definition of the music you play?
-“Good evening, we’re Nocion and we play rock ‘n’ roll!”
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-No, there isn’t a set formula for arranging the music, it just comes out naturally. You just know when it all “clicks” together. You cannot only hear it, but mostly, you can feel it as well. It is very hard to describe.
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?
-We look up to our influences, old school and new, then try to incorporate them all within our music, taking also into consideration personal life events and worldly matters.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-A lot! Not only are we, as a band, trying to sell our music, but also, we’re trying to sell an image that goes with that music. Remember back in the old days when buying a record from an unknown band, you took the cover art and band pics into consideration before making your decision to purchase it or not? Image had a lot to do with it back then, same now.
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?
-“Into the Darkness” sounds like something (musically speaking) that could’ve easily come out back in the ’80s when metal enjoyed its popularity. We also think digital helps spread the music more easily and internationally than physical copies, although we prefer having physical copies ourselves. There’s some kind of magic having an album in your hands than not being able to touch it naturally when downloading it digitally.
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?
-We believe downloading a single is the way to want to own the whole album itself, which is why we support it 100%.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-We believe there is a huge scene for female fronted bands with balls and attitude, along with a softer side as well. We’d like to be a bigger part of it and be able to share our music with other bands, be them female fronted or not. Our music has a wide appeal to everyone who likes their music hard and heavy!
What does the future hold?
-Right now we’re working on new songs to include them in a future new long play album, with “Existencia” being our first, released in 2006. Hopefully we can spread our music all over the World and have fans look up to more bands from Puerto Rico. In the meantime, you can order “Into the Darkness” through Malevolence Records USA/Europe.