In a world were there are so many bands to keep track of I want to bring my two cents in presenting you to this interview with RAVENOUS DEATH. Anders Ekdahl ©2019
You have one of these names that tell me that some thought has been involved in the choice. How hard was it to come up with the name?
Esteban Salcedo: Well, it really wasn’t a hard decision, you know? We wanted to create a band with a lot of Vomitory’s influence. So we chose the name after a Vomitory’s song called “The Ravenous Dead”. Then we got it, the perfect name for this band.
The competition is a killer these days so please tell us why people should buy your latest album?
Esteban Salcedo: I don’t know what to say… We think we’re just making honest music, Death Metal with influences of the old school from Sweden, Florida, a little taste of Black Metal and some dark atmospheres, all of these things with our own style. So, if you like some of these influences, you got
to listen to our new album. That’s all, we promise you blast beats, evil riffs, deep growls and
Do you notice that there anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
Esteban Salcedo: Yes, we were working on it, especially through Facebook and YouTube, where
Memento Mori has taken an important part of this job (thank you so much Raúl).
When you started the band did you do so with a clear intent of what kind of music you wanted to
play? How hard was it to come up with a sound all your own?
Esteban Salcedo: Yes. Actually we wanted to play some evil and fast Death Metal like bands such as Vomitory, Torture Division and the likes. Then our music composition was turning more into a malignant, faster and gloomy style. We don’t want to get involved in a single, strict style of Death Metal, but the principal influences will always be there in our music. But we want to take this to the next level of composition and Chapters Of An Evil Transition is a clear example of our evolution since our first EP called Ominous Deathcult.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
Esteban Salcedo: Well, that’s a good one… We feel like we can make important things in the Death
Metal scene, not only in our country, but throughout the world. That’s why we take so much time
writing songs, making new riffs, spending time practicing our instruments to sound better and better
and trying to sound more evil. I’m not sure if that answers the question.
When you play the sort of music you play do you feel that you can have whatever you like as art work for the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
Esteban Salcedo: For sure. I’m the lyricist in Ravenous Death, so I often think about some specific themes for the music we make. After that, the idea of the album cover comes immediately and we know some killer artist that can make that job. So, a great album cover to me is that piece of art that can describes perfectly the idea or concept of the lyrics and music of an album.
I have a great fear that the change in how people consume music today will eventually kill music as we know it. What is your opinion on digital versus physical? Is digital killing music?
Esteban Salcedo: I think maybe it’s not the way it actually works these days. It’s the metalhead (fans) indeed. Their way of despising what makes him a metal follower and thinking that their favorite artists are making free music just for the fact that we’re in the underground. The metalhead has to recover the desire to buy the merchandise of the bands, so that we can continue doing this for a longer time. In conclusion I think that digital platforms are a good way to make music known so that later fans can buy music in their physical formats. Nothing compares to having a CD, vinyl or a cassette in your hands.
Is the era of great arena tours a thing of yester? What kind live scene is there for bands like yours? What does the touring circuit look like today?
Esteban Salcedo: Well, it’s kind of hard today to be invited to play in a big show or festival for bands like us, who dwell in the underground. There’s a couple of good Death festivals, but the thing is that promoters don´t want to expend too much money to get underground bands to their shows, cause they prefer to spend that money on a bigger band. But fortunately, there are some promoters who just want to enjoy underground bands and try hard to organize little shows in their hometowns, so that’s where we get involved most of the time. We have not had the opportunity to be invited to play in other countries, but we hope that with this album the promoters of the world will be interested in us, since in Mexico we are not invited very often because the members are from different cities and that makes travelling more expensive.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
Esteban Salcedo: It’s always a happening. We always try to do our best performance in the shows. After playing sometimes becomes a party, but our main goal is to put all our professionalism onstage.
What would you like to see the future bring?
Esteban Salcedo: I would like to see more support for the extreme metal scene all over the world, not just in some countries or cities. Especially I would like to see more metalheads following and supporting Ravenous Death and all the good bands here in Mexico. Is it too much to ask? Hehe.
Thanks for the interview. We send a big hug from all the Ravenous Death members to Battlehem!!