Interviews and reviews exclusively of bands that are either unsigned or not really well known or well known in the underground metal scene.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Original Posting: August 3, 2011
I have been honored to announce the newest interview with the drummer and only original member left in the band Homicide. Hailing all the way from Chile, Marcelo Power gave me his time and great effort to answer all my questions. This has been a killer interview, and it's very rare you find someone this cool in metal besides the other bands I've actually met in person. Without any further due...READ!
1. Who was the founding member of Homicide?
ONLY I REMAIN SINCE THE FIRST LINE UP BACK THERE IN 1988... A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE BEEN THROUGH OUR LINES BUT YET WE STILL ALIVE AND THAT'S WHAT MATTERS… IT'S DIFFICULT TO MANTAIN 23 YEARS OF WORK, BUT THE HARDEST TIMES HAVE GONE.
2. How did you come up with your band name?
THE NAME...A CLOSE FRIEND SUGGESTED IT AND ALSO DESIGNED THE FIRST HOMICIDE LOGO (THE ONE WITH THE INVERTED CROSS)… IT'S JUST A NAME, IT HAS NO SPECIAL MEANING OR MESSAGE.. FOR SPANISH SPEAKERS IS BETTER IF YOU HAVE A SIMPLE NAME WHICH IS EASIER TO PRONOUNCE AND REMEMBER.
3. What instruments does each member prefer? Example: Fender
WE'VE USED A LOT OF BRANDS.. CURRENTLY WE'RE USING JACKSON, IBANEZ Y BC RICH.. THESE BRANDS WERE CREATED TO PLAY METAL.. IN MY OPINION FENDER IS MADE TO PLAY POP OR FOLK.. OR IF YOU WANT A CLASSIC SOUND.
4. How old are the band members?
I'M 38.. THE REST ARE LIKE 10 YEARS YOUNGER THAN ME HAHAHAHA… BUT I'VE CHOSEN MY MUSICIANS BY THEIR CAPACITY AND NOT THEIR AGE... MUSICIANS ABOUT MY AGE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR FAMILIES .. I JUST FOCUS ON MY BAND..OF COURSE I WOULD NOT PLAY WITH SOMEONE AGED 20 BECAUSE MAYBE WE'D HAVE A DIFFERENT VISION OF WHAT DEATH METAL AND MUSIC IS.
5. Where do you guys practice?
WE HAVE OUR OWN REHEARSAL PLACE. WE MEET TWICE A WEEK BUT GENERALLY I, WHEN IT'S VERY COLD HERE IN CHILE (LIKE NOW), THERE IS NOTHING LIKE PRACTICE TO GET WARM.. PLAYING ALONG WITH MY FAVOURITE ALBUMS.. IT'S VERY FUNNY AND KEEPS ME IN SHAPE.
6. Where's your favorite place to play out?
AS IT IS USUAL FOR SOUTH AMERICAN BANDS IT'S NOT COMMON TO PLAY OUTSIDE YOUR COUNTRY.. BUT TO HOMICIDE, WHEREVER THE CONDITIONS ARE APPROPIATE TO MAKE A GOOD SHOW, WE'LL BE THERE GIVING THE BEST OF US.
7. Who are your influences?
IN MUSICAL LEVEL ..OLD MALEVOLENT CREATION STUFF.. OLD MONSTROSITY ALBUMS.. ALSO VADER AND BEHEMOTH TOO..AND A LITTLE THRASH METAL OF COURSE SUCH AS SOLSTICE AND DEMOLITION HAMMER
8. How long did it take to write the album "They Work For Me?"
IT TOOK 6 MONTHS IN WRITING THE WHOLE ALBUM AND OTHER 6 MONTHS MAKING THE ARRAGEMENTS AND REHEARSING IT TO MAKE IT AS PLANNED AND WANTED. IT DIDN'T TAKE TOO LONG TO RECORD IT.
9. Do you have a career outside the band?
I HAVE A RECORDING STUDIO WHERE I'M SPECIALIZING IN RECORDING THRASH METAL BANDS.. MINOR PRODUCTIONS LIKE EP'S AND DEMOS.. AND OF COURSE ALL OF HOMICIDE HAS BEEN RECORDED HERE. I ASO WORK WITH OTHER MUSICAL STYLES AS POP OR ROCK, IN GENERAL.
10. How often does the band practice?
AS I TOLD BEFORE AT LEAST TWICE A WEEK, WE REHEARSE MORE IF NECESSARY OR JUST WORKING LONGER HOURS IF WE HAVE SOMETHING TO FINISH OR JUST PREPARE FOR A NEW SHOW.
11. Were any of the band members in previous bands?
SURE. MAURICIO - OUR BASS PLAYER - WAS IN A BAND CALLED 'DEMISSUS' (DEATH METAL) AND A BLACK METAL BAND CALLED 'VEKYGACH', BUT MANY YEARS HAVE PASSED SINCE THAT.. JANO - OUR NEW SINGER - WAS IN A BAND CALLED 'TWILIGHT MIST' WHICH PLAYED A SIMILAR STYLE TO 'OPETH'AND IN PERPETUUM AS WELL. PINCHO - OUR GUITAR PLAYER - WAS JUST PARTICIPATING IN A PERSONAL PROJECT AT THAT TIME. THE RE-INCORPORATED GUITARRIST HAS ONLY PLAYED IN HOMICIDE AS WELL AS ME, BUT I'D HAD SIDE PROJECTS.
12. Why did you choose Death Metal to write?
AT THE BEGINNING, BETWEEN 88 AND 91 WE PLAYED DEATH METAL INFLUENCED BY BANDS LIKE MASSACRA, PENTAGRAM (CHL) OR MORBID ANGEL. AFTER THAT, WHEN HOMICIDE WAS ALREADY MY OWN BAND WE CHANGED TO THRASH METAL, WHICH WE PLAYED FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS. JUST IN 2004 WHEN WE'RE FASTER AND TECHNICAL WE REALISED WE NEEDED A GUTURAL VOICE AND THEN WE SWITCHED TO DEATH METAL AGAIN, IN SPITE I BELIEVE WE KEEP OUR THRASH METAL ROOTS.
13. What is your favorite song your band has written?
HARD QUESTION TO ANSWER... IF LIKE SOMEONE ASKS YOU WHICH IS YOR FAVOURITE SON HAHAHA..ACTUALLY THERE ARE MANY, BUT I CAN TELL YOU PEOPLE LIKE SONGS SUCH AS 'DIE MOTHERFUCKER', 'LET THE CHILDREN COME TO ME'AND 'THOUSAND CUTS'.
14. What was the first Death Metal band you listened to?
MANTAS I THINK, MANY YEARS AGO.. I STARTED LISTENING TO HEAVY METAL IN 1984.. THEN I WENT TO SLAYER AND AFTER THAT CAME BANDS LIKE DEATH, MANTAS, MASSACRE... AND I WAS ATTRACTED BY THIS.. OBVIUSLY WITHOUT LEAVING MY HEAVY METAL PASSION ASIDE... CLASSICS LIKE ACCEPT,SAVATAGE, RAVEN, ANVIL, ETC..
15. Any last words for Underground Noise?
I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR GREAT INTEREST IN HOMICIDE.. ALWAYS WITH GOOD OPINIONS AND NICE COMMENTS TOWARDS US. WE HOPE OUR NEXT ALBUM 'MECHANIZED TORMENTS' BE IN YOUR HANDS SOON AND WE HOPE NOT TO DISSAPOINT YOU... REGARDS TO ALL MY FRIENDS IN U.S.A. (AND THEY'RE A LOT!)..AND THE BEST LUCK WITH UNDERGROUND NOISE..AND FOR YOU BROTHER!!!