EMQ’s with GRANADA

EMQ’s with GRANADA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Buenos Aires, Argentina based Ciclotimic Metal band Granada. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Guille Estevez (Guru), 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?

I’m Guille, singer and guitarist from GRANADA. The band started in 2008 and never stopped until today. We started from day one with our own songs, we played 2 years live and in 2010 we recorded our first EP titled “Tocá Metal, Cagón!” (Play Metal, Coward!).

How did you come up with your band name?

I thought of a name that represents some final element, something that once activated will not go back.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I am from Argentina and we are part, with GRANADA, of the Latin American Metal scene since we sing in Spanish. I think that Metal is a genre of worship all over the world, but in Argentina occasionally, despite being massive, today it does not have the support it should have from people.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our most recent release is titled “Amarre”, it is GRANADA’s sixth studio album and it is a concept album that was released through our website with one video per song addressing the issues of abuse, mistreatment and domestic violence.

Ever Metal recently reviewed “Amarre” which you can read at the following link – Rick

www.ever-metal.com/2020/07/24/granada-amarre-ep/

Who have been your greatest influences?

Sepultura, Prong, Pantera, Cro-Mags, Pro-Pain, King Diamond & Merciful Fate, Agnostic Front, Overdose, Mayhem, Exodus, Running Wild and Madball.

What first got you into music?

Skateboarding and the big brothers of my friends who showed us albums.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Local bands that are not popular would also collaborate with fanzines, magazines, radio, people who work at shows, sound artists, illuminators, web managers and journalists.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I wish I could go back in time and participate in any of the 90’s Dynamo Open Air editions.

Because I think that the great seedbed of bands that had metal was born there and that did not happen again.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A statue of San La Muerte.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Defend metal with all of the claw!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I wouldn’t want to bring any rock star, but I would bring Cliff Burton back.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Being a musician nourishes my soul, I feel when making, playing and listening to music that I am part of a totality that can heal everything. I do not hate anything that has to do with music because what is good about being a musician is that one is on a constant learning path, and mistakes and bad experiences are excellent teachers.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I am one of those who believe that everything is for something, that everything is connected and that every bad stage is the consequence of something, and must be lived, but it seems to me that the roles were reversed, the industry became the artist, and the artist became one more number.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Carcass – “Heartwork”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I am from the era of the transfer of the Cassette to the CD. So, I met my favourite bands with that format, but careful level of the works, the only thing that does not lose quality and maintains the original audio without being damaged or altered by time processes, is the Download.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

15th September 2013 – Mexican Apocalyptic Tour

Gran Grito Rockanroleo – Centro De Convenciones Tlalnepantla, Mexico.

It was a festival in Mexico with more than 40 bands.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I am, apart from a musician, graphic designer and video editor so I have a lot of fun.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Darrell, King Diamond, Randy Rhoads, H.R. Giger and Carl Jung

What’s next for the band?

Play and record new music and continue sharing it.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We have our official website with the videos, albums, links to social networks, press and tour … when we can do it!
www.granadametal.com/
www.facebook.com/granadametal
www.instagram.com/granadametal/
www.twitter.com/granadametal
www.granadametal.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/album/7HunWHeaJRJ1ThycQD5Ea5
www.deezer.com/br/album/125136772

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes!!!!!!!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?Thanks for spreading Metal!!!!Metal is culture and is on the verge of extinction because it is a musical genre that makes one think, and everything that makes one think represents a threat to those who run the world. It is our obligation as fans and Metal musicians to defend.

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Granada – Amarre EP

Granada – Amarre EP
Self-Released
02/01/2020
Running Time: 20:59
Review by Victor Augusto
9.5/10

If someone asks why maybe South American bands have a kind of unique aggressiveness in their way of playing or in how they express themselves in their music, I would say that it is the consequence of all the crap we have to live with in a continent full of cultural richness, but that, at the same time, is also full of misfortunes. All South American countries are “cursed” by poverty, corruption and violence despite all other good things. Obviously, all this suffering reflects in society and, consequently, in the music that emerges from there.

The Argentine band Granada came up with another release and have brought a concept, based on all these problems that we live with in our countries. “Amarre” is composed of five tracks that reports a view of who witnesses and experiences how hard it is to live in a dysfunctional family. It goes further. All the tracks have videos on the band’s YouTube Channel, illustrating what the band says, along with the laws that criminalize the particular abuse that is the subject of each song, as well as the phone numbers to report that crime in Argentina. It is an excellent way to bring consciousness and awareness to people of these problems, through the music, something that even politicians cannot do well.

An interesting thing about the EP title “Amarre” is that it could mean ties, like people tied in a specific hell or abuse that is related to the songs. However, Amarre also means spiritual ties that some local spiritual religions do in two evil kinds of desires. One, is the desire of having a person tied in your life, like in slavery. The other way could be just like bringing disgrace to someone, like a voodoo. The songs talk about suicide, family abuse, violence against woman, etc. You can hear things in the Spanish lyrics like “Shut up, I am your father/mother” which relates to family abuse of power and “Until Death do us apart” related to a woman waiting to die after suffering so much abuse in her marriage but is powerless to act.

Musically, ‘Autoridad’ shows a fast and aggressive Thrash/Hardcore style and ‘Golpes’ shows dizzy riffs, blast beats and breaking rhythms with a lot of heaviness, similar to Agnostic Front. The Hardcore and Punk vein appears more strongly in ‘Sometido’ and it fits well with short moments of double kicks in the drums and a guitar solo in an Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) style. ‘Castracion’ has the Death Metal inspiration diluted in the band’s sound, with strong riffs that reminded me of Trey Azagthoth (Morbid Angel). The ending song brings a feeling of a person being dragged by the music due to all the broken rhythms. This feeling of agony and suffering has a reason and it helps to summarize what the title track ‘Amarre’ is.

Guille Estevez does a good interpretation of the lyrics, along with his precise guitar work. The drums of Marcos Edwards give a lesson of versatility, going from Punk through Thrash and Death Metal in a blink of an eye. He is the main force of all aggressiveness and excitement that you are going to hear on this release. There is no bass recorded on “Amarre”, but Damian Mayster’s second guitar keeps a good sonority and gives the proper sound that the band needs. To create a more aggressive atmosphere, the recording was made in a live format, at El Attic studio, in an analog way, without editing or adjustments. Everything recorded in one take! The rawness increases the dark atmosphere of the theme, extracting an excellent sound, musically speaking.

What I can assure about the twenty minutes of this listening is that “Amarre” shows perfectly what Granada is capable of doing when they decide to turn all the anger from their lives into music. I felt touched by the concept and by the power of their sonority. For sure, we have one of the best releases of this insane year!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Autoridad
02. Golpes
03. Sometido
04. Castración
05. Amarre

LINE-UP:
Guille Estévez – Vocals and Guitars
Marcos Edwards – Drums
Damian Mayster – Guitars

LINKS:
www.granadametal.com/
www.facebook.com/granadametal/
www.instagram.com/granadametal/
www.twitter.com/granadametal
www.granadametal.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/album/7HunWHeaJRJ1ThycQD5Ea5
www.deezer.com/br/album/125136772

Disclaimer: This review is solely the property of Victor Augusto and Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this review, unless you have the strict permission of both parties. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.