Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
BP: Barbarian Prophecies is a extreme metal with many different influences inside of rock, metal nd in other styles I have quite a departure from standard death metal
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BP: Barbarian Prophecies was formed in 2000 in a small town in Spain called Lugo. It is the result of the merger of two previous projects that merged to give rise to the current band. To date the band has released 5 full albums 2 Eps and 2 demos.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BP: We like a multitude of musical artists ranging from bands like Kataklysm, Suffocation, Morbid Angel, Dissection, Necrophobic, at the gates, napalm death, kreator, Enthroned, Marduk, destruction, slayer, lamb of god, Gojira, mastodon, Judas priest, celtic frost, megadeth, Deep Purple, Rush, the police, Jean Michelle Jare, Vangelis … Etc would be a very large list that spans many genres. Outside of music we really like history, psychology and the world of mystery and sci-fi.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BP: Our goal within music is to continue at it, we have been active for more than two decades and in a country like Spain this is already a success. Just the fact of surviving and giving continuity to a band like ours without real support and in a cultural environment that always looks the other way without supporting the world of Underground music, metal, hardcore, rock etc is a great challenge. We don’t have dreams or high goals, we just want to keep going, composing, creating and playing live to meet enthusiastic people like us and other interesting places to share our music.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BP: We usually do the musical section together, someone proposes an idea and we develop the song about it, each one contributing their influences until we reach an intermediate point where we are all satisfied. As for the lyrics, they are usually made by our singer, the theme is normally oriented to the mystery about the human being, the existence and also with certain historical content but always looking for critical thinking about what surrounds us.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BP: We normally use social networks, today it is the best and most effective means of promotion. On the other hand, we also hire promotion agencies to help us disseminate and support our work. It is important for us to collaborate with other bands and people who are enthusiastic about the metal scene to create a union and synergy between all those involved in this world of Underground metal music, what benefits one in the end benefits all. This is our vision, collaboration and not competition
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BP: We consider that for the Underground scene it is an advantage, that you can download music for free or at a minimum cost will always make your music go further. In the past with only the physical format was used, the distribution of music was only for a few and it cost much more to reach more people. The world advances and you have to adapt, know how to use the tools that are appearing in your favor. In the world of Underground music, the capacity for resilience is essential to survive and move forward with your project.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BP: There are many songs without part of the story and what do you think … How is it possible that something like this would have occurred to him at that time? It is clear that in music everything flows and evolves, that is to say that any artist always has a reference or an influence. Songs that gave rise to the world of metal like Comunication Breakdown by led zeppelin, Paranoid by Black Sabbath or Highway Star by Deep Purple. The beginnings of Thrash or the most extreme metal such as into the crypts of rays by celtic frost, Black Metal by venom, ace of spades by motorhead, death metal by possessed, anticrisht by sepultura, Zombie Ritual by death, Tormentor by kreator, in conspirancy with Satan by Bathory, all the Scum album from Napalm death, slaughter of the soul by at the gates, prophecies of pagan fire by enthroned, the awakener by Kataklysm, where the angels lie by Dissection etc …
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BP: What bothers me the most is undoubtedly people who try to take advantage of others and make a profit by offering great things that in the end come to nothing. Hypocritical people and especially those who instead of helping and supporting seek to compete and criticize others. Thus nothing is achieved especially in the Underground metal scene that is already undervalued enough and does not need envy but mutual support.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BP: The most important thing is to be able to visit other countries or places far from where we are, meet other bands and live all the positive experiences that music can give you. Always keep going, that is the greatest triumph.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BP: We are in full promotion of our latest album Horizon, currently preparing new audiovisual material to continue with the Promo and looking for where we can present the album despite the current situation with the pandemic.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
BP: You can find our latest work on any streaming platform, we have just uploaded our latest work to bandcamp and it will soon be on the rest of the digital platforms. You can also find us on YouTube or on social networks.
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