Ocultum – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (


PD: What type of artist are you?

SB: I don’t consider myself an artist, just a melomaniac and a musical collector that learn to play some riffs! I work hard to get a song or tone achieved, I smoke a lot of weed when needed and I enjoy the trip!


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

SB: I lived all my life in the north side of Chile, the desert and valleys of death, so this influence me. Then I know stoner and doom and found that this musical style was a very good way to take LSD and fuckin trip out.


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

SB: Musical: Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Blue Cheer, Eyehategod… In the non musical world, literature upon all kind of things, old civilizations and rituals, news about killing, serial killers, drug fueled insanity.


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

SB: To have a home away from everyone, kill the president, learn to play guitar like Matt Pike hahahhaa those are some of my dreams… Being still alive and playing are definitely goals.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

SB: I’m the writer of the lyrics and main composer of the songs, there’s a variety of themes in the songs, but mainly is a true view of the fucked up world around, some drug tales and occult rituals and practices. In Residue the first song “The Acid Road” talks about a fight against the easy shit talkers and how an acid drinker send all to fuck off, how religion sucks and to follow a road of independence and honor upon a motorcycle, till reach the horizon. The second song “Residue” tell us the story behind the addiction to residual drugs like “pasta base” here in Chile (similar to crack) and how you become an automat following the selfdestructing orders from an invisible voice from your dying brain. I’ve seen the better minds of my generation… going fuckin nuts with that shit. The third song, “Ascending with the fumes of the Dead”, talks about a love with an addict girl who likes to desecrate tombs and inhale. The last song “Reflections on Repulsiveness” is literally the name of a buddist ritual that catch my attention: In order to resist sexual impulse the monks behold the autopsy of a dead body, singing to every organ that is removed.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

SB: Designing creepy flyers, animating videos, I have a lot of fun making this kind of shit, it works fine.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

SB: Is good to know a band, not all have the money to buy merch and die hard editions, so I support that, but I’m a kind of a collector, I like to buy cds, tape and vinyl, shirts and shit. So we produce that stuff for Ocultum, we like to materialize what we thought.


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

SB: Dopesmoker hahahahaaha a lot of songs more, Funeralopolis, Smoke/I love maryjane, Dogs from Pink Floyd… I think this songs have power, ambience, knowledge and I admire them.


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

SB: People who needs to be in a group or have the common aproval to feel strong or to say something, I hate those motherfuckers. They hide in the crowd. Also people who wants to make you feel as miserable as they are.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

SB: Definitely having “Residue” released on vinyl. Also having been the opening band for Belzebong in Chile.


PD: So what are you working on at the moment?

SB: We’re working on our new album, we think about it like an EP but it’s length is going to LP!! This songs are very fucked up, we have a lot of music to release, we just hope the label wants to put all of this out!! We’re preparing a new online streaming too and planning to play outside of Chile.


PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.

SB: Not scheduled shows by now! But we’re preparing to get out of this country and spread the magmatic sick riffs upon the earth… beware!!

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