May 22, 2023
Hi Lior. It's great to be interviewed by you. Everything's ok here, really busy with a good amount of work related to Dark Embrace. We've been performing at Ragnarök Festival and in some days we will start our mini tour with Battle Beast.
Yes! That's it! It took too much time to release the new album. So we needed to offer something, like an appetizer to the fans and this way to present the band through Massacre Recs. Then we thought about doing a "re-howled" version of The Call Of The Wolves. In the original album, I played bass and guitars by myself, so it had sense now to record a version with the current line-up. Also for this release we had the help of Piet Sielck (Iron Savior) who did an excellent job with the mixing.
We had some record labels interested on the album but we decided to choose Massacre Recs. Massacre is a very respected label with a good background of bands and releases. I remember they released awesome bands in the 90s that I really loved, such as King Diamond, Theatre of Tragedy, Atrocity of Crematory to name a few. For us, it meant to enter into the metal music industry; a legendary record label with a good catalogue and well-known for everyone.
I think our expectations are realistic, we won't ask Massacre Recs what we can't really ask, even if it's a very famous record label, they're still small if you compare with the big ones of today. Anyway, this is good, Massacre is taking care of us really well, so let's see what happens in the future…
Thank you very much for your words regarding "Dark Heavy Metal". For us, this was the perfect title for the album. We were really tired of getting all kind of labels about our music since it was hard to catalogue. This album is a manifesto of what we're creating and what we're playing. Just to make clear what kind of music we practice. For us, this is our very own art.
You're totally right with it. Classic Heavy Metal influences are obvious, but probably we're too extreme for Heavy Metal fans but too soft for extreme metal fans. Anyway, we don't care, we play what we really want, our own music style, without following any trend. Our music comes directly from our heart, so I think this is the same feeling Manowar had in the 80s when they were creating their albums and this kind of expression is reflected on the own music. This is what happens with our music, we create what we feel, and we're 100% Metalheads.
I think the wolves will always be there in the soul of Dark Embrace. In our homeland Galicia, there are a good population of wolves and we're fascinated about this animal. I guess we wanted to represent something related to Galicia in our music, and we found it on the wolf. So "Dark Heavy Metal" continues in some way with this representation.
Well, when you write music, you're always influenced by the current reality of the moment. The lyrics talk about subjects such as the searching of religion, the question of karma, and about being on the road for long time. Also about missing your home when you're far from it. So, everything's part of our own reality but at the same time the music helps to escape from this reality for a while. That's what music is about.
The album cover was made by Gustavo Sazes, he uses to work with a good amount of bands. We mixed the full concept of Dark Embrace and Dark Heavy Metal to represents it on an artwork... and as you can see, he did it really well. He also created the previous cover art of "The Call of the Wolves", which was easier for him I guess, as it's a more "maleable" concept. So we're really happy with the artwork of Dark Heavy Metal because I think it matches this album perfectly.
Every band has an album to define its music style. Of course this is a logical step on the music, but this is the album which define us. If someone wants to know who we are or how we sound, this is the record you have to listen to. It's more than a step in our music, this album is our body and soul. No step forward or back, we stay to show that this is 100% Dark Embrace and this is what we play. So now we've got our base, and now it's time to build from here.
Snowy had already recorded the drums for our previous album "The Call Of The Wolves". Those days in the band it was only me doing vocals, keyboards, bass and guitars and him with drums. Then I had talked with him to make the next album too. Despite the fact that Julio (drummer) was already in the band, we wanted to be correct and keep what we agreed with Snowy. Julio understood this and for him, being a music lover as he is, I know it is an honour to be able to play the drums composed by a genius of the stature of the great Snowy Shaw.
I started to compose the music and write some lyrics, just after the release of "The Call Of The Wolves", our previous album. After some festivals and tours, we sat down on the studio and started to play the new songs together. We realized that they sounded really amazing and we went for it. I guess it was similar to the past, someone coming with a song and if it sounded ok, then it would finish in the album. Nothing special, just the music that comes directly from our heads.
I think that "Dark Heavy Metal" is an amazing album because of being something different to the regular Metal styles. You can't labeled easily, so it's self-labeled as dark heavy metal, you can hear some Heavy, Death, Black, Doom, Thrash, Gothic, etc… influences on it… And then the vocals, I sing it how I feel it. That's why I use different kind of vocals into the music and that's really special for the songs.
Bitter End was one of the first Dark Embrace tracks ever and we have a very special affection for it. So for this album, already with our fully developed personality we wanted to bring it back to the concerts. So we also had the idea to record it again to give it a good facelift and show it to our new fans and also have a bit of the "old" Dark Embrace in "Dark Heavy Metal". When we thought about it, it was all of us together, nobody suggested other old song, everyone in the band suggested the idea to record Bitter End again.
"Metal Is Religion" talks about the fact that the search for our faith is in ourselves, in our passion for music. We're always spending time thinking about religion and what to believe, but after all… Our religion is Metal Music, because it's what really gives sense to our lives. It's a mid-paced song with very epic tunes and I think it represents perfectly the idea behind the song.
I took the decision to include at least one slow song on the albums time ago. "This Is The Rain" talks about missing our homeland Galicia, when you're on tour and you miss your land so much, even the rain itself that you so often hate when you're in Galicia. I really like this song, the main melody came to my mind while I was working on tour with other bands as tour manager and it stayed there for weeks till I wrote the song. So it'ws a very catchy melody.
We've just played at Ragnarök Festival in Germany and in some days we will start a mini tour with Battle Beast. For the Summer we've got some festivals such as the mighty Resurrection Fest, Barcia Metal Fest in the south of Spaind and Portuguese Milagre Metaleiro which has an impressive line-up this year. Also after these festivals we will have some dates with the legendary German band Rage. As you can see, we love playing live. We would love playing 365 days a year. We love Metal music and hanging out at festivals and being on tour meeting metalheads like us everywhere.
Thank you very much Lior, I'm glad you like our album and I hope to meet you soon in the future. Metalheads till we die!