I thought that this was a REVENGE that I knew of but apparently I didn’t. This Colombian lot are still cool as hell and you should check them out. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
Let’s start with your latest recording. When you look back at it now what kind of feelings do you have for it?
-Well … it’s a feeling maybe melancholy. the beginnings of the band were quite hard. We had many restrictions, few resources and we were very young. maybe now that I look at the wide discography that we have to date I can see that the process has been very rewarding in the improvements of sound, image and quality in the musical execution. I think it’s the same sentiment of some people who have been with the band for 15 years. With this new album I think we have achieved a posisiocna, ietno in the Colombian scene and in some scenes of the world where we are already beginning to be known.
I am fascinated by band names. What was it that made you settle on the one you have and what does it mean to you?
-When we started in Colombia we thought it was a solid name. even at that time, the internet here was just waking up, we really did not know more bands that were called Revenge. However, we do not care about that right now, for us revenge is a whole philosophy. We think that it is one of the sickest forms in the deepest feelings of man. All of our lyrics are focused somewhere towards this manifestation. Now when the band has grown a little and started to sound out of Colombia many people have thought: Revenge? there are many bands called Revenge … but there is none of colombia, of speed metal genre and that does what we do. As well as there are 20 bands that are called Revenge, there are millions of people called Jhon, Paul or George Hahaahah.
What does it mean to you that there are people out there that actually appreciate and look forward to what you are doing?
-For us it is everything. Sometimes it seems incredible to us that people so far away from us from different cultures can appreciate and speak the same language. it is something that Metal gives us and more we are proud of. the union of cultures and nations. We have great friends in the farthest corners of the world with whom we interact daily and who buy our records, our shirts and appreciate our work. for us it is the best thing that has happened to us. even have people like you who spend time interviewing.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
-The image is very important. very much like music. our friends and followers receive from neustra image image what we do. hard metal, energy, aggressive and classic. I think it is our image that says these words although also the most modern in tastes can describe us as retrograded and outdated, haahhaha, but that does not matter much. We really feel comfortable and happy to have this image and this lifestyle, in addition to sharing with the people who follow us.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
-Yes, the art for a job or new album is very important. It will be the first thing that people see and imagine that they will have that album inside. We have many friends who have told us after years who have bought our albums even without knowing the band just to see the art work. This is very good and we have really counted on people who have known how to do it very well.
We live in a superficial world today where you don’t exist if you are not on Youtube and Facebook. Has social media been only beneficial in socializing with the fans or is there a down side to it too?
-I must say that for me everything has been beneficial. Maybe if the band was born for many more years, it would notice the decadence that there is in the falsification of music and downloads without authorization. but now I have had the fortune to have many people who buy our discs digitally and physically. Now social networks have been able to approach us in a very pure way towards our friends, followers and their cultures and scenes, so I have no major complaint.
When you play in a band does it feel like you are a part of a massive community? That you belong to something that gives meaning to your life?
-Totally. I can even feel more alive than in a normal day full of work, routines and problems. I work a little heavy, I am a clinical psychologist, I work with children victims of war and violence in a zone of conflict in the country. So the band gives me that free time that I can not have at other times. It really frees me, I feel part of a great family that I hope will never die and where I can express myself with what I like to do the most, which is to play in a metal band.
When you are in the middle of it do you notice what state our beloved music scene is in? Is the scene healthy or does it suffer from some ailment?
-It’s a good question hard to answer. because it is what we always feel, at least here in Colombia and in some scenes of South America, we have bipolar feelings. sometimes we feel that we are strong in the scene and that they can do great things, and other times, we feel that the scene decays and that everything is losing importance, sometimes we have come to feel alone, when events do not have good public participation or when a concert organizer does not meet the conditions. but we always have a lot of passion for this and I think that surpasses all these sentiments that sometimes break our state of mind. Therefore, we must always go forward and not let this movement die.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We have made several tours. We have played in countries such as Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Paraguay and USA. It is really a bit difficult because our band is still very unknown in some places, but in other countries we are known and we have a good position. We are currently waiting to have an opportunity to play in Europe and other countries where we are always invited every year. We have received invitations from large events in Europe and Asia but not with the best conditions. so we hope in the future we can have a better chance of doing it.
What will the future bring?
-We hope that they are only good things. we always work hard every day to receive only the best. Sometimes things do not happen as we expect but we are always willing to make it happen. We hope to be in some events in USA and as I said before, hope to have the opportunity to play at some festival in Europe where we already have so many friends and many followers who appreciate our work. so we always think that one day may happen.