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A few questions - interview with doom/death metal band from Spain - PROSCRITO.


A few questions - interview with doom/death metal band from Spain - PROSCRITO.

Ave, can you introduce your band to our readers? – When was it founded and what style of music do you play etc.?

Hi, sir. Calvario shed its skin to become Proscrito somewhere in 2015-16 if memory serves, with the line-up that recorded El Calvario MLP/MCD. We play slow death metal, with the stress and exclaiming marks put equally in the death and the metal.



Where and under what conditions were you recording the new album? Who was in charge of sound, production and mastering?

Moontower Studios was the place of torment and Javier Félez the victim (just browse through the usual sites for his whole, endless curriculum, you lazy fucks). Our conditions were far from professional, several kinds and brands of beverages made it difficult but we finally made it to the extent we wouldn’t change a comma of it, as it’s always and should always be the case.

How many copies were released and which medium was used for this new edition (CD, digital, vinyl, cassette)?

500 copies on CD by Memento Mori, 300 on vinyl by Discos MeCagoEnDios available by the time you’re reading this.

Who is the author of the lyrics and how were they created and about what do the lyrics deal with? 

Our MLP/MCD was composed by Dani (vocals, bass) and Óscar (ex-drummer) in the lyrical field and was more minimalistic in its „newspaper headline“ approach à la Discharge, with short verses reflecting almost abstract images of lunacy, dread, self-mortification and anguish. The new release features lyrics by yours truly, they surround boring and expected themes just to fit the Metal Archives template and usual band patterns. Well, in all seriousness, we deal with death, violence, innermost urges and instincts, filth, battlefields littered with corpses and flies, despair, the desire to inflict pain to others, conquer, hopelessness, obsession by cruelty.


Who created the logo of the band, and who took care of the graphics and the website? What about you and social networks? Do you consider these things important? 

I was the one to blame for the logo, using and modifying an old Medieval font I once saw displayed in the Erupted Evil zine – nothing fancy but striking and readable. Alejandro Tedín/Heresie Graphics takes care of our artworks/layout, for he knows how to understand our deviation perfectly. I also designed our website with plain HTML, just to honour that time now long gone before Myspace when bands customized their virtual appearance and offered more personality even in that realm. We aren’t interested in personal social networks to show off and collect friends and foes worldwide (none of us owns any personal Facebook profile anymore, for instance) but lately we’ve experienced how a band‘s social presence might be useful to keep the listeners updated and help spreading the word. All the „I just record music for me and myself only“ charade for insecure bedroom studio wankers with poor social skills and Netflix subscription has become all too tiresome by now.


Which label did you choose for releasing your album and why this label? Are you satisfied by how your label represents you and takés care about you?

Memento Mori and Discos MeCagoEnDios are both managed by close friends and have been so for many, many years, so we wholly trust in their respective duties. Also, it feels good to be label mates of bands like The Fog, Torture Rack, Carcinoid, Church of Disgust, Ruin or Vile Apparition, as well as some past releases as Ataraxy or stone cold classic reissues like Delirium or the Thanatos demo stuff. The distribution has been excellent, we’ve been sent dozens of reviews and some inties so far, so it seems the virus is slowly but steadily reaching more and more people.


Which bands do you idolise and where do you get your inspiration?

I don’t like to „idolise“ anyone (they’re not the fuckin‘ Beatles, right?) but we take direct inspiration from Celtic Frost/Hellhammer, Winter, Necro Schizma, Cianide, Asphyx, Autopsy, Unholy, Goatlord, Lord of Putrefaction and all their forefathers, for there’s nothing more boring and useless than a band with only one generation worth of devotion. Sodom, Thergothon, Barathrum, Death Strike, Profanatica, Bestial Summoning, Venom, Corrupted, Foreigner, Throbbing Gristle, Purple, Sabbath, Tangerine Dream..., what we listen actively is what permeates and shapes our stuff in one way or another and we don’t make a difference if it’s intentional or not.

Did you send your record to some Labels - which are the labels? How was the response?

We’d sent it to several labels, some of them interested but unable to release it at the given moment, some answering back that it didn’t fit the label ethos whilst sounding really enjoyable for their own sake and wishing us well, some offering disgraceful agreements you’d expect from a Singaporean rip off label or with no interest/no response at all. All of them shall remain unnamed, though.


How many gigs have you played? Which type of gigs do you prefer, whether it's (clubs or festivals) and which of your performances would you consider as the best? 

We’ve played about ten gigs, no festivals nor big venues so far, so it’s hard to say. Personally, I like the warmth of a small venue but can’t wait to experience the rush of a bigger audience – either way, I think the result would look similar from the stage. It’s all about possession and seeing neon red all the time.

What about your plans for the future? What do you want to achieve with the band?

Proscrito is no side project, neither a pastime, so there’s no such limit like having a good time nor any of that hippie bullshit. So far we’ve seen our first two releases released and reaching a wider audience than we’d expected for such close-minded, old-fashioned, sloppily executed style, so why would we settle for less or let further ambitions wither? Also I think, both as listeners and performers, we’ve already passed the personal stage of „wimping out when married“, looking at past glories as the heat of the moment - quite some active years in the underground have certified we opt for „the new religion, the electric church, the only way to go“. Stop at nothing, raise the dead.


How and where can your fans contact you? Can you provide some contact information?

They can reach out via email (remorselesspoison@gmail.com) or by social media like Facebook (http://facebook.com/proscritoyolvidado) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/proscrito_sabathell). We also live in houses and know how to write letters, but since yours is a digital webzine it would be stupid to write down postal addresses, I guess. We answer everything but generic spam, so don’t even try – we already know who to contact when designing our artwork.

Thanx for the interview.

Thanks for spreading the disease.

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