"The people who live around us consider our music as something underground and marginal".
Following on from our recent reviewal of Galician Power Proggers Talesien and their latest album "El Silencio" we thought it would be best to deliver the Spanish inquisition and put the flaming tongs on this sextet to explore the past, present and future of Talesien, but be warned, there may be blood.
So guys, how long has the band been going, how did the band form and what does the band name mean?
Talesien has celebrated just our 10th anniversary in 2012. The band name comes from the third long play "The Book of Taliesyn" by Deep Purple, but we decided to change it a little, the second part of the title specifically in order to avoid coincidences and also because there were other bands which had chosen this name too. So…
What inspired you to play the style of music you play?
We feel that we are inspired by every single metal song that we listen to in whatever style. We listen to Bon Jovi but we listen to Slayer too. We are open minded people in that sense. We only search for good songs, it doesn´t matter if we are talking about Thrash, Power, Heavy, Progressive, Death Metal, etc.
What is your local town / city scene like?
There are a lot of bands playing different styles, we live in a very rich land in that sense. Unfortunately we also live in the north-western corner in Spain and it´s too difficult to spread our work and especially playing live music around the country because of the distance. Also it´s a social question, the people who live around us consider our music as something underground and marginal.
Have you played alongside any big bands, if so who? If not who would you like to play alongside?
We have been playing alongside many different bands throughout our history, bands such as DIO, Cradle of Filth, Riot, Marky Ramone, In Extremo, Lost Horizon, etc and we would be very pleased to play alongside Dream Theater, Symphony X, Kamelot, Evergrey, Circus Maximus, Seventh Wonder, Iron Maiden and many more…
Has the band got any plans for 2013?
Keep playing and to continue with our brand new long play presentation in places where we still haven´t gone and also to start to compose a new one asap.
Finally any thank you's, hello's and any other messages you wish to say?
First of all we want to give you many thanks for being there for your support and for giving us this opportunity and also a big thank you to our fans for keeping our spirits high
Global Metal Apocalypse caught up with the new face of Spanish Melodic Death Metal, namely quartet Morphing Into Primal, check out the interview below!
How long has the band been going and who came up with the band name, what does it mean?
Jose D: Well, I think that I must respond to that question. Previously Chus, Luis M and I were members of another band called Incission, this band split up and we started over with a new band, new name, etc. I understand the words of “Morphing Into Primal” in the sense of turning back at the start. I was influenced by Whoracle’s song by In Flames and the situation we were passing through in that moment and my colleague approved the idea. Morphing Into Primal has been active since 2010.
In Spain, do people prefer to be known as Spanish or by their regional nationality such as Catalan, Basque etc?
Arturo: It depends, we consider ourselves a Spanish band, but some people prefer to be known by their regional nationality. Truely, it's not so important for us.
Which bands are the most famous in the Spanish Metal scene?
Arturo: There are a lot of great bands in Spain, in the death metal scene the most long-lived bands are maybe Avulsed, Haemorrhage and Machetazo.
You sing in Spanish, to branch out into further fields such as continental Europe, would you be changing to sing in English or both languages?
Arturo: We prefer to sing in Spanish because for us it's easy to express our feelings in our own language but we don´t discard English, in fact we have a song in the album called ``It´s time´´ written in English because it fits better with the music. In future, we will continue singing in Spanish but maybe with some other songs in English.
What would you say is your band’s main topic regarding lyrics and for those who aren’t lingual in Spanish, could you give some song titles you have done and explain what they mean?
Arturo: Ok, our lyrics talk about some different thoughts such as self-destruction in 'Rompiendo el tiempo', drugs in 'it´s Time', destruction of the Earth in 'Madre tierra' or anti-religion in 'Renuncio a la fe'.
Who designed your album artwork for ‘Principios de Autodestrucción’ and is this your only album?
Arturo:Yes, Principios de Autodestrucción is our first and only album. We worked with Moon Rising Design who creates designs for covers, inlays, etc. We saw their designs and thought it will fit great with our music and lyrics. The design was perfect for our cover idea.
Jose D: Luis M. did a good job for the artwork too. He was responsible for personalizing the artwork with band pictures and symbols.
How did you guys meet and when exactly did you realise you wanted to start a Metal band?
Jose D: Luis M. and I are brothers and as i have said before, we met Chus in Incission. We wanted to continue playing together when Incission broke up and we formed 'Morphing Into Primal'. For a little time Morphing Into Primal was 3 members, Arturo was a friend of the band and we told him if he would like to be our second guitarist.
Do you or have you played in any other bands and/or have any side projects?
Jose D: All of us have been playing in other bands, for example Arturo played in a Black Metal band 'Byleth', Luis M. was a member in another band called 'Kondena', a Thrash / death metal band; Kondena recorded their last album in Sweden with Andy LaRocque before splitting-up. Chus has more experience playing with other bands like 'Haeresian', 'Halcon', 'Sinestesia', Chus and me used to play together in a Southern Metal band called 'Shot To Head'. I also played in 'Incission' with Chus and Luis M. and currently I am playing in 'N.A'.
What advice do you have for musicians who want to sing in Death Metal style?
Jose D: Death Metal style must be sung with the soul, in general, every metal style must be sung with the heart. Technically, the death metal genre is not noise like so many people think. Step to step, I have learned to equalize my voice, not force the throat and see and listen how to sing the famous vocals. If you refer to all instruments, I suppose It's a similar form, seeing and listening to the professional drummers, bassists and guitarists, but always with your own sign. It needs to make sense, have dedication and feeling but always must be fun to do.