is one of the most promising and threatening metal bands from Spain.
This young commando was born in the Spanish town of Albacete in the year
2000. This band perfectly combines both the aggression and the melodic
edge of classic 80’s Thrash Metal with a breathtaking modern southern
fury which results in an impressive blend of rage, attitude and a high
level of technical skills.
debut album ‘Clockwork’ is set to be released in Europe on June
21 through Century Media Records. ‘Clockwork’ is in fact the band’s
third album after two independent national releases. The album was
produced by Daniel Cardoso at Ultrasound Studios in Braga, Portugal,
early 2010 and the cover artwork of the album comes courtesy of Gustavo
Sazes (Arch Enemy, God Forbid, Krisiun). In its limited first edition
pressing, ‘Clockwork’ will come packaged in an O-Card and it will
include an intense cover version of Iron Maiden’s “Be Quick Or Be Dead”
as an exclusive bonus-track.
In order to get to know this band a little better we tracked down
Guillermo Izquierdo (Vocals
/ Guitar) to answer some questions. Here you can read what he had to say
to the readers of Metal-Experience.com.
Your latest album ‘Clockwork’ will be released in a
couple of weeks, so of course we’d like to ask you a couple of questions
about it! First of all, how are you doing?
Guillermo: Fine man! Thanks for asking, hope you are well too!
Could you start this interview off with a short
introduction of the band and an explanation of the origins of the band’s
Guillermo: Yeah! We are a thrash metal band from Spain, we started in
our home city Albacete in March 2000 and in 2003 the current line-up was
established wich is Guillermo Izquierdo on lead vocals and lead guitars,
David G. Álvarez on lead guitars, José J. Izquierdo on bass and Victor
Valera on drums. Then two independent and self-financed albums were
released only in Spain and after touring like maniacs, we finally signed
to Century Media! The band name mixes Spanish and Latin language and can
be translated into English as “renegade” or “stateless angels”… people
also know the band as “Angelus” as the word “Apatrida” sometimes is
difficult to pronounce! hahaha
How did you launch into writing material for the album
‘Clockwork’ and how much time did you spend on the songs?
Guillermo: Well, when we got in contact with Century Media we were still
in the middle of the Give ‘Em War tour in 2008 but we already had some
ideas and riffs for new songs. Gradually, we had more good ideas and
then we started to record some demos and then played them in the
rehearsal room. I don’t think I can say how much time we spent
composing, when we think a song is ok, maybe it can take one week or
three months! Sometimes we write a song and the first time we play it we
think its awesome, but others noticed something that fucks the song up
so we have to look for this and try to correct it, and there are cases
where we only use a small piece of the entire song and reject all the
Which approach did you choose to make this album, did you
go for a more raw exposition.. or something more reminiscent of your
previous other works, or something all together different?
Guillermo: We always try to do our best composing new songs, that’s the
way we have worked these past years, and ‘Clockwork’ is just a logical
evolution of our music. I think it is the best of our two albums mixed
with the best we could write and play for these songs. But we are sure
this album has the very essence of the band, perfect for new people to
start with Angelus Apatrida music. Listen to ‘Clockwork’ and then listen
to our previous albums, you will know what I’m saying hehe.
Did ideas come easily so that you just had to write them
down or was it more of a careful composing thing?
Guillermo: Both. There are songs that came in only one afternoon and
then were recorded to improve them, and others that were more difficult
to finish because we didn’t have a good final for them, or a good chorus
and you have to bug yourself until the idea comes. The truth is that all
of our songs, whether they come easily or not, are recorded many times
and then played, recorded again… until we finally have a song that would
be perfect to show to the producer, and then the producer normally
changes more things in the songs hahahaha…
How can we imagine you work on new songs, what's the
typical writing process like for Angelus Apatrida?
Guillermo: As I told you in your last questions, normally someone comes
with a new idea or an outline of the song recorded on the computer, and
then the whole band tries to play it and give the song the personal
touch of each member, and work hard on it till we think it could be ok.
What were the goals you had in mind when you started to
record ‘Clockwork’, any elements you definitely wanted to include on the
Guillermo: The main goal was of course try to record our best album, and
it was very difficult as ‘Give Em War’ is a great album! We think we did
it, we have recorded our best album ever and we are very proud of it, as
our first worldwide release with Century Meida we think ‘Clockwork’ is
just as good as any thrash metal album.
Could you please describe the implications of the title
‘Clockwork’, what does it stand for and is there a special meaning
Guillermo: Each album of this band has a title that makes sense for it,
we don’t like to name a new album in vain, so ‘Evil Unleashed’ was
chosen to say that something evil and new was coming to kick some ass in
Spain, ‘Give ‘Em War’ confirmed that we were kicking more and more asses
and giving war to the Spanish metal scene and ‘Clockwork’ means that the
machinery is stronger than ever, we feel stronger than ever and we are
prepared to conquer Europe and crush the ears of the metalheads of the
world like the wheels of a giant clockwork hahahaha!
About the lyrics, can you give us a little background
information on the songs on the album, is there a story behind them?
Guillermo: Yes, all of our songs have a meaning and a story. We always
write about social issues, personal situations or global problems, you
know things we hate like corruption in politics, wars, religions,
injustice... in ‘Clockwork’ there are a lot of songs with this
background and this is the first time we write about bullfighting,
something that must be prohibited and totally abolished!
How important is it to you that people pay attention to
the lyrics apart from listening to the music?
Guillermo: Well, we are used to seeing how Spanish metalheads don’t pay
attention to our lyrics at all, because it is not the culture in spain
to learn the English language. But it’s something that is very important
to us and it would help to understand people how we feel playing a song
live and why sometimes we are so angry up on the stage hehehe, we send a
message and it’s very important that people understand it.
If someone was only going to read the lyrics and not
listen to the music, what would you hope they would take from them?
Guillermo: I think they would know we are not a bullshit popband
hahahaha! Maybe they can get the energy and aggresiveness of the band
just by reading the lyrics, but it is very important to listen to the
music alongside reading the lyrics.
What is the utmost important ingredient for a song?
Guillermo: It should be that the person who is listening to it or seeing
the band live can receive the message on that moment and understand what
the band is communicating to the listener. It’s very important that a
song talks by itself, besides technical resources or a good performing,
but that’s just my opinion.
How did the recording process proceed and how much time
did you spend in the studio?
Guillermo: We came to the studio with the work done and everything
rehearsed because in the studio there are always new things to change
with the producer, we spent about two weeks and then in Spain I recorded
some vocals that I couldn’t record in Portugal, so almost 20 days.
The album was produced by Daniel Cardoso, what made him
the perfect man for Angelus Apatrida and can you tell me a little more
Guillermo: Hahaha well I think we haven’t met the perfect man for the
band yet! Daniel is a very good producer and he’s someone very famous in
Portugal, he is an awesome drummer and he is very good with all
instruments including singing. The reason for choosing him was that the
studio was close to Spain and we liked other albums which he had
produced, he understood very well the essence of the band and we think
he has done a good job with ‘Clockwork’.
In which elements on the new album can one clearly hear
his vision and ideas?
Guillermo: I would say his best work is on the drums of course, he made
Victor play at a new level, Daniel is one of the best drummers we’ve
met. The rest of his work was in getting new ideas and changing some
details, nothing very important for the listener but just these little
things that can make a regular riff become to a motherfuckin cool part!
It’s good to hear opinions from people who have never listened to the
band and who didn’t know how we worked on a new album.
How would you describe this album to someone that has
never listened to the band before?
Guillermo: As our best work so far, it’s perfect for people who are new
to our music to get to know the band, ‘Clockwork’ has the best songs
we’ve ever made and it is our most professional album. If you like
thrash or just metal just buy it, it will like you!
Which element of the CD are you the most proud of?
Guillermo: We are proud of everything on this album and we are very
proud of each album that we have released as well, we always try to do
our best on each new album so there is nothing to be ashamed of. The
best of all is that we already know what to improve on our next album
but now is the time for Clockwork and man we are very proud of it!
Can you tell us a little about yourself and the kinds of
things that motivate you in your writing, your poetry, and your lyrics?
What are you personally into?
Guillermo: Every day I watch the news or read a newspaper is a good day
to write a new song! We are regular people with a regular lifestyle but
our lives are musical, and just some injustice or something that angers
me is a good matter to write about. There is no poetry there, just
feelings so I think writing lyrics is our ‘hardcore’ side hehehehe.
Could you respond to the following terms in just one word
Guillermo: Yeah of course!
Thrash : Attitude!
Underground : The essence
Internet : Present and future
Religion : Shit!
Politics : More shit!
The Netherlands : Party
Spain : More party! hahaha
What have been the highlights and low points throughout
Guillermo: Well fortunately all that has happened to the band has been
good stuff and highlights, there were little things that fucked us up
sometimes but we always try to take it philosophically and see the best
side of it. Maybe the only low point in our career was in the beginning
when we signed with a Spanish crappy label and they tried to fuck us
over with our first album, but we always struggle hard to get on in
life. Sometimes we look back to the past and we say “that’s a reason for
being proud of ourselves dude”
What is your opinion on the thrash scene these days? Is
there anything missing in the scene?
Guillermo: No I think it’s very cool! Maybe the bad point will be that
it will become a trend and all fucked up in the future, but it depends
on the bands. They must keep alive the essence of thrash and not only
the music, people should know what happened in the 80s and we all have
to fight to keep it alive forever. Those new bands Warbringer, Municipal
Waste, Evile, Bonded By Blood are fuckin’ awesome bands and I think they
are here to stay, we also have the old ones such as Testament, Exodus,
Megadeth or Slayer doing their best and releasing new fucking cool
albums, I didn’t live in the 80s thrash times but people who did say
that nowadays we are living another gold time in thrash metal.
What makes Angelus Apatrida different from the other new
thrash metal bands out there?
Guillermo: I think all new thrash metal bands are different, and Angelus
Apatrida is on the same wave but playing a different view of thrash
metal. We combine a lot of influences, not only pure thrash metal so you
can see how a thrash band plays some groovy riffs or melodies taken from
the NWOBHM. What we play is what we understand that is perfect for
Angelus Apatrida to play thrash metal.
Which goals did you have in mind when the band started
out and how do those goals stand now?
Guillermo: At the very beginning we didn’t have a goal in particular, we
just wanted to play live and make our own music, so everything that
happened to the band was totally new and gratifying. With our second
album we thought Spain was getting small for us and wanted to spread our
music to the rest of the world so we are very satisfied with the Century
Media signing, and now we are ready to conquer Europe, beware! hahahaha
Are there any particular bands who’ve been a big
influence on your song writing, metal or otherwise?
Guillermo: Yes, of course! Although what influenced the band the most
were styles and musical periods, I think bands like Iron Maiden, Black
Sabbath, Pantera, old Metallica, Megadeth, Exodus or Overkill are our
main influences, others like Machine Head, Fear Factory or Dream Theater
marked us as musicians as well.
How would you describe your own music?
Guillermo: We are just four thrashers from Spain playing metal with
speed, strength, anger and agression so it would appeal to any thrasher
or metalhead in the world! If you thought spaniards didn’t know how to
make metal music you were wrong! hehehe
What can we expect from Angelus Apatrida in the near
future? Any touring plans?
Guillermo: The European gates are now open for us so we have to work
very hard to stabilize the band as a strong European thrash metal band
and not only in Spain, so we will start a great live campaign in August
/ September alongside Skeletonwitch and Warbringer all over Europe, we
are looking forward to play out there!!
Where do you see the band going within the next couple of
years, and where do you see the band’s musical direction going for the
Guillermo: I hope to see the band as a thrash metal band touring all
over the world and recording new cool albums, we’ve never thought about
our musical direction, we are a thrash metal band and that’s the only
thing we want to play, we can add new influences or whatever but the
essence is this.
Guillermo: Thank you so much for your time and for giving us the chance
to talk to you, we hope you like our new album ‘Clockwork’ and hope to
see you on tour!!!
Guillermo Izquierdo - Guitar, Lead / Backing Vocals
David García - Guitar
Jose Izquierdo - Bass
Víctor Valera - Drums, Backing Vocals
A.T. - Drums
Alberto – Vocals
(2003) - Unknown Human Being (EP)
(2006) - Evil Unleashed
(2007) - Give 'Em War
(2010) - Clockwork