Having picked their name from a Kreator song really goes to show how intense RIOT OF VIOLENCE are.©2016 Anders Ekdahl
You have one of these names that does not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-The name Riot of Violence is actually taken from the Kreator song of the same name. We decided to name the band after the song because it reflected the kind of attitude we were trying to show in our music (anger, hatred, violence…) and because Kreator was among our main influences, especially with respect to lyrics.
Could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-We are a death metal band which started in 2006 after the split-up of a previous band where some of our members used to play. In 2010 we released our first album “Waiting for Death” and we started taking the band more seriously. After that, we released “Planet of the Rapes” in 2013 and we are currently working on our next album, which will be released by 2016.
What would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-There are many bands which have influenced us in terms of sound, but the one band which has always been a constant reference for us is At the Gates.
What is the metal scene like in your area? Do you feel that you are a part of a scene?
-Extreme metal, in Barcelona and Spain, is not living its golden age in terms of support by both the fans and the media, although there is a big base of proficient bands doing things the proper way. The economic situation of the country and the lack of support which culture receives from the public administration make it very difficult for any band to thrive. Our band has always tried to improve the local scene. We usually play alongside bands from our area and we are very active in that field. As we said, what’s missing is support from the people with the infrastructure necessary to take the scene to the next level.
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?
-When you create music, you always feel as part of something huge. That’s the magic of it and one of the reasons why we persist in living this whole thing. What we do is not easy, since we all have day jobs and have other activities in our daily lives but, when it comes to music and especially metal, we are committed to it like to nothing else. Apart from that, we are not trying to give out any specific message to the world other than to present reality as it is, without any utopic embellishment around it. You could call it a nihilistic approach if you like, because we try to show the world undistorted from having been processed inside the machinery of any ideological process. As a matter of fact, our live performances are usually a mixture of brutality, inherent in the music itself, and a sort of somber display, almost ritualistic, to emphasize that approach. This way, we think the audience gets equal parts of what is implicit in any metal show alongside a presentation which keeps them undistracted from what is going on onstage. That’s the way we see it.
When you play the sort of metal you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-The album covers (made by Jordi Solano, www.jordisolano.com) are a reflection of the music and, to some degree, they present a recollection of visual inputs which are related to the sonic inputs present in the album and help you complete the whole picture of the album as a wellrounded single experience. Obviously, if your album is called “Waiting for Death” or “Planet of the Rapes”, the cover must reflect an idea similar to those names and be in accordance with the lyrics of the songs. The best cover is the one which, like a good painting, catches your eye from the first glimpse and, the moment you start seeing its details, you get lost in it. If that happens while you’re listening to the album, it’s perfect because it turns into a complete audiovisual experience which makes your mind wander around the landscapes created by the whole.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-Digital format is great for making your releases available to the whole world with just a couple of clicks (provided there is an internet connection, of course). The whole debate of whether digital format kills music is nonsense, because music existed long before it could even be put in a physical format, still exists today and it will exist, hopefully, long after we have left this planet. I think that a more accurate reflection would be “is digital killing the music INDUSTRY?” In that case, a few years ago, there was a real threat of losing a huge market for music labels that made profits out of the selling of physical records. But, on the other hand, I think the big corporations behind most labels and the small ones, following their business model, figured out a way to take advantage of the digital format and keep everybody consuming music regardless of its format. So, in short… neither music nor the music industry will be killed by any change in the way music is consumed.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-A band like us, at least in our country, has to be aware of the fact that big venues and macro festivals are not easily within its reach, it needs to be constantly on the road and play anywhere possible. The important thing is to work, go over a lot of kilometers and take the music as far as possible using any means available.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-When we started as a band and we made our first gigs, we used to see them as parties for two reasons: we didn’t do many gigs, so each one was special and the audience used to be our friends so, we were in fact hanging out with them. At some point, though, we decided to take things more seriously and professionally, and we tried to release as much energy onstage as possible, in accordance with the general image of the band. For this reason, our gigs these days are still something special to enjoy but, at the same time, we take them more like a “job”. We usually don’t drink before and during the gigs… we leave that for the end of the show, that’s when the party starts.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-As for 2016, a great new album. After that, we will get in the van, hit the road and go anywhere we can. Let’s hope one of those places is Sweden.