Angelus Apatrida - 02/05/2012

The Spanish thrashers ANGELUS APATRIDA released their new studio album, ‘The Call’, on April 30 via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at Ultrasound Studio in Moita, Portugal with producer Daniel Cardoso (Anneke Van Giersbergen, Anathema). The band formed in 2000 in Albacete, Spain and is one of the most influential bands in the Spanish metal scene together with Crisix, Vita Imana and The Eyes. ANGELUS APATRIDA's band name mixes the Spanish and Latin language and can be translated into English as "stateless" or "renegade" angels.

AP were influenced by the early Bay Area thrash metal and NWOBHM scenes and more specifically by bands like Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Anthrax, Overkill, Pantera, Testament and Annihilator. ANGELUS APATRIDA perfectly combines both the aggression and the melodic edge of classic '80s thrash metal with a breathtaking modern southern fury that results in an impressive blend of rage, attitude and a high level of technical skills, rarely seen with young bands like this one. The band established itself in its homeland with two independent album releases, ‘Evil Unleashed’ (2006) and ‘Give 'Em War’ (2007), as well as countless live appearances at various festivals and at the clubs in most of the country's larger cities, together with acts such as Destruction and Sepultura.

ANGELUS APATRIDA will embark on a European tour with 3 Inches Of Blood, Goatwhore and Havok in early May.

In order to find out all there is to know about ANGELUS APATRIDA’s latest album we tracked down frontman Guillermo Izquierdo to answer some questions. Here you can read what he had to say to the readers of Metal-Experience.com.

First of all, how are you doing? And congratulations on your new album ‘The Call’ which will be released soon. Of course we’d like to ask you a couple of questions about it.

 

Guillermo: Hey there! Thanks for your words and your time! I really appreciate it!

 

In 2010 we talked about your album ‘Clockwork’, so can you give us a little update about what happened after that?

 

Guillermo: Wow! It’s been a very busy time since ‘Clockwork’ came out! After the release of ‘Clockwork’ we were on the road for almost one year and a half! We toured all over europe twice, first with Warbringer and Skeletonwitch, and then with Dying Fetus, Carnifex and many more! Then we had a huge tour all over Spain and just went to the studio again to record ‘The Call’

 

How did you launch into writing material for the ‘The Call’? For instance, did one of you come in with just a riff, or complete songs?

 

Guillermo: Yeah, something like that. As I told you it was a very busy time and we didn’t have enough time to ourselves to do songs at home so you could say ‘The Call’ was practically composed on the road. What we always do, is that someone comes in with a good riff or part of a song and then we try to finish it, it depends but usually we work this way.

 

Which approach did you choose to create ‘The Call’, did you go for a more raw exposition.. or something more reminiscent of your previous other works, or something altogether different?

 

Guillermo: We never think about how to create a new album or a song, we just let our creativity flow and if it is good for us, it’s perfect. We din’t want to think about how a song should sound, faster or deeper, thrashier or heavier, and that’s why I think ‘The Call’ is the freshest album we ever did.

 

What were the goals you had in mind when you started to record ‘The Call’, any elements you definitely wanted to include on the album?

 

Guillermo: As I said before, there was nothing premeditated while composing the new album, we knew ‘Clockwork’ was a great album and we just wanted ‘The Call’ to surpass it, and of course we did it!

 

 

How hard was it to come up with a follow-up for ‘Clockwork’ and what do you think are the main differences between that album and the new one?

 

Guillermo: It is always hard to come up with a new album, we suffered it with ‘Evil Unleashed’ and ‘Give ‘Em War’, but ‘The Call’ stands above all the previous albums so far. The main differences we see are the professionalism and experience we gained with touring so long, all the power and essence of the band is implicit in the new album.

 

Could you describe the implications of the title ‘The Call’, what does it stand for and is there a special meaning behind it? Can you give us a little background information about it?

 

Guillermo: We can say it has two meanings, one literally talks about the end of the world this year by the hands of an evil monster inspired by Lovecraft’s stories. That’s what we talk about in the song “It’s Rising!”… But it has a metaphoric sense too, as a “Call” for everyone who does not yet know the band, it’s our best album so far and for sure is the best album to gain more fans all over the world.

 

Can you give a brief description of some of the songs on the album? Where do you get your inspiration from and did anything in particular inspire you?

 

Guillermo: I talk about social issues, things we like or hate, personal situations… just turn the TV on and watch the news and I can talk about all the shit happening in the world today, especially in our country, socially, politically and economically, you’ll recognise some of this shit in songs like “Violent Dawn”, “Still Corrupt”, “You Are Next”, “Killer Instinct”… But there are other kinds of lyrics like “Fresh Pleasure”, where we talk about drinking beer and having fun during a show, or “Blood On The Snow”, it talks about a very bad time in my life some months ago, when I broke up with my girl…

 

How important is it to you that people pay attention to your lyrics apart from listening to your music?

 

Guillermo: Just as important as the music, because it has added value to understand why a song is more energetic, powerful, or melodic! Music wouldn’t be the same if you didn’t pay attention to the lyrics and the other way around!

 

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 the most important thing in music is… music! But if you just read lyrics you would realize we are an aggressive band talking about things we hate or like, and you would probably conclude that we are not a pop band.

 

What is the utmost important ingredient for a song according to you?

 

Guillermo: Being catchy, powerful, with sense and meaning something. It’s very important that the person who is listening to it gets the message of the song through all these patterns.

 

How did the recording process proceed, did you work differently this time than you did with your previous works?

 

Guillermo: Yes, we always work better on each album, experience! We didn’t have enough time to record demos and we came to the studio with the idea of working with Daniel Cardoso on a lot of things from the beginning. We can say we went to the studio with 95% finished songs, then the rest was finished while we were recording the album. It took about 25 days.

 

 

Like ‘Clockwork’, this album was produced by Daniel Cardoso. What made him the perfect man for this job?

 

Guillermo: He did an amazing job on ‘Clockwork’ and he wanted to be more participatory in the band for the next album so we decided to work with him again. He really gained a lot of experience too so it was a pleasure to work with him again, he really did a really great job.

 

In which elements/songs on the new album can one clearly hear Daniel’s vision and ideas?

 

Guillermo: On the whole album, but I would say he was more inside the drums and vocals, and I think the final result speaks for itself!

 

How would you describe this album to someone that has never listened to the band before?

 

Guillermo: I would say the same thing I said about ‘Clockwork’! It’s our best work so far, it’s perfect for people who are new to our music to get to know the band, ‘The Call’ has the best songs we’ve ever made and it is our most professional album. If you like metal, you will love this!

 

Which element of the CD are you most proud of?

 

Guillermo: We are very proud of every work we did, and proud of ourselves because we are improving with every new release. There are always things that you want to change but in that sense we would never end an album! But yes, we are very proud of ‘The Call’ and its contents.

 

With several albums under your belt, how far has Angelus Apatrida surpassed your original dreams and what would you say is the most rewarding part of being in the band?

 

Guillermo: We just look to the past and a smile appears on our faces. It has been a long time, 12 years, working hard to become a great band in Spain and a reference for the European metal scene. Being in a band like Angelus Apatrida is a dream come true and as Skeletonwitch said, this is the best job in the world!

 

Which song is your favourite one to play live? Which song do you find the most challenging one to play live?

 

Guillermo: We have a lot of favourite songs to play live, I would say “You Are Next”, “Blood On The Snow”, “At The Gates Of Hell”, “Blast Off”, “Clockwork”, “Give ‘Em War”, “Legally Brainwashed”, “Thrash Attack”… and the list goes on!

 

 

What have been the highlights and low points throughout your career?

 

Guillermo: We are lucky to say we don’t have low points in our career, every new thing that comes to the band is a new highlight: the release of every album, touring Europe, headlining Spain, playing at Sonisphere…

 

Which goals did you have when the band started out and how do those goals stand now?

 

Guillermo: We never had a main goal for the band, we just wanted to play and have fun. So everything happening in the band for us is a goal and as I told you before, every new thing is a highlight in our career.

 

This is your second album with Century Media, how did things change for you when you signed with them? Do you think this increased the band’s popularity outside Spain?

 

Guillermo: Everything changed! The way we work, the way we look at music and our careers, our day to day life, personal situations… everything went more “professional” as we thought we already were a professional band in Spain. We were a self-financed band here in our country, and we had success in that way, but to start working with a label such as great as Century Media was like a dream come true. And of course, it’s true, we have become more and more popular since we signed with Century Media, that’s a fact!

 

Can you tell me something about the metal-scene in Spain?  For instance, is Spain a good place to live for metal musicians?

 

Guillermo: Yes, of course! We have a great and very important metal scene here, and there are a lot of new bands coming up with very interesting music! I hope that in 4 or 5 years Spain will be exporting new bands like other countries are doing now!

 

What does the future hold for Angelus Apatrida?

 

Guillermo: Touring, touring and more touring!! We love to play live so until the day we enter the studio again we will be touring as much as we can!

 

Anything you want to say to our readers, here is your chance?

 

Guillermo: Thanks for your time and hope to see you all on tour with 3 Inches Of Blood, Goatwhore and Havok in The Netherlands… METAL!

 

Thanks for the interview,

Eugene Straver

 

 

 

Current Line-up:

Guillermo Izquierdo - Lead guitars, Lead vocals

David G. Alvarez - Lead guitars, Back vocals

Jose Izquierdo - Bass, Back vocals

Victor Valera - Drums, Back vocals

 

Studio albums:

(2006) Evil Unleashed

(2007) Give 'em War

(2010) Clockwork

(2012) The Call