EMQ’s with BARBARIAN PROPHECIES
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lugo, Spain based Death/Black Metal band, Barbarian Prophecies. Huge thanks to them for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
Hi there! Thanks so much for this interview!
We are Barbarian Prophecies from Spain (Lugo, Galicia) and we play melodic death metal with black and progressive influences. In short we usually say that we play death metal because it’s our base influence, but Barbarian Prophecies does not sound like classic death metal at all.
The band was formed in the year 2000, so it has a pretty long baggage. We have released two demos, two EP’s and 5 LP’s.
– Conquerors Of The Wolfthrone (Demo 2002)
– The War Is Imminent (EP 2004)
– War Promo (Demo 2007)
– Condemned land…The War Begins (LP 2009)
– Remember The Fallen (LP 2012)
– XIII (LP 2013)
– Remains Of Existence (EP 2015)
– Origin (LP 2018)
– Horizon (LP 2021)
How did you come up with your band name?
The name came from the union of two bands: Venomous Prophecies and Barbarianth. From there came Barbarian Prophecies, the result of the combination of the names and members of both bands.
What Region/Country are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?
We are from Lugo, Spain. There are quite a few extreme metal bands here, but it has always been a minority genre and the main problem is the lack of support. We are a little known band despite having been in this scene for 21 years, but we survived because our philosophy is to help other bands that are in the same situation and who want to collaborate with us by exchanging concerts, material, contacts…Here the music is sustained by a base of small supporters, there really is no band in our country of an extreme genre that has had a great international repercussion and it is a shame because there are very good bands.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?
Our latest released was our album “Horizon” this year 2021. It was released on digital platforms in August and the physical edition will be available in November (CD and Vinyl format) with the support of the labels Base Records Production, Hecatombe Records, Iron Matron Records and Violence In The Veins.
Also, we recently released a lyric video made by YOD Multimedia of the song ‘Among Us’ from the album “Horizon”, and at the end of this year we also plan to release a videoclip made by 60ráfagas of the song that starts the album; ‘Alpha’.
‘Among Us’ (Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Each member of the band has their own influences, so we can mention, for example: Deep Purple, Testament, Unleashed, Necrophobic, Enthroned, Annihilator, Megadeth, J. S. Bach, Leo Brower, Black Sabbath, Carach Angren, Sabaton, Rhapsody, Judas Priest, Wolfheart, Deicide, Kataklysm, Hypocrisy, Dissection, Septic Flesh, Tool, Gojira, Pink Floyd, Rush, Between The Buried And Me…and artists from other genres like Jean Michelle Jarre, Vangelis…etc!
What first got you into music?
Thanks to being close to influences who introduced us into it.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
It doesn’t matter, someone who fits with us. Each one has different tastes and influences within extreme metal, but some with whom we would like to share the stage could be: Kataklysm, Hypocrisy, Enthroned, Necrophobic, Slayer, Carach Angren…and many more bands that we like.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
It would be cool to play at big festivals like Resurrection Fest (we played two times and the experience was so great that we always want to repeat), Wacken…or in any other place outside our country to be able to know other places and other bands.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A bottle of a very strong liquor.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you very much for your support and for joining us for so many years. The effort is worth it as long as there is someone who wants to hear or share our music.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Chuck Schuldiner. He passed away very young, like so many rock stars, and we think that someone so promising would have continued to contribute a lot to death metal.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The best about this is experiences with your band, travel and seeing new places and meeting new people…many positive things!
The worst thing is that it is a hobby and we don’t earn any money…but all we spend in the band is well invested because we can do what we really want, that is making music.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Let the talent prevail over the money, because there are a lot of great bands that are never known for not having enough resources and support.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Black Sabbath – “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
They all have advantages depending on what you are looking for. For the quality of the sound, we would choose the CD, for the artwork and its special sound then vinyl, for nostalgia, cassettes and for a better spread of music, digital download platforms.
The best option is to combine all the musical supports, since the physical ones can be sold at concerts and distribution over the Internet is optimal to publicize your band and reach more places. This is mainly due to the fact that physically there will always be a limited number of copies, while on the Internet you can have infinite copies and listeners.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Resurrection Fest 2018. We had played in that festival before, but that last time was amazing. They treated us like we were rock stars and it’s awesome to share the stage with so many bands and even meet in person members of bands we listened when we were teenagers. A great experience in every way.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
None of us make a living from music, so outside of it, we each have our jobs and family occupations like anyone else, but we are fortunate that our professions allow us to have the time and money necessary to invest in our hobby.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Lemmy Kilmister, Dimebag Darrell, Peter Steele, Janis Joplin and Jimmy Hendrix.
Unfortunately, they won’t be able to attend the dinner party, but we guess it’s okay because it would be dangerous to get them together haha.
What’s next for the band?
Our last gig was on 29th February 2020. It was our last gig before the pandemic situation arrived and now it’s difficult to recover the live activity because most of the concert halls are closed due to the sanitary restrictions caused by the covid-19. Our future plans will be to resume our live activity. We really want to present “Horizon” and we hope to be able to return to the stage this year 2021…but no guarantees.
Before the end of the year, we will release the album in physical format and a videoclip. And for the year 2022 we are planning a mini tour of Germany and Hungary.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Here in Spain, we don’t have an idea of what Jaffa Cakes are…but they seem like a cookie!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you very much for this interview and for giving visibility to underground bands like ours. Many thanks also to all the people who have read it till the end and to those who decide to share it. It’s a great help. Greetings from Spain!
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