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Grave Noise's Iker: "I am anti-fascist and in recent years, the rise of these currents has increased a lot, so I did want to reflect the anger I feel every time I see these characters generating hatred within society..."

Interview with Iker from Grave Noise
by Ricky Casagrande at 10 June 2022, 7:08 AM

The roots of metal and thrash metal to be more specific, throughout the world is vastly deep seeded. Along with the amount of new material and new bands looking to get their material out to a new audience must seem like a daunting task to the labels and the bands themselves. There is much information and sometimes not so much to go by, and first and foremost, Metal Temple writer Ricky Casagrande would like to apologize for a piece of information that he found that become the focusing point on two questions that he posed to Iker, vocalist and guitarist of the band GRAVE NOISE that took the time to sit down and answer some questions for me. We all make mistakes and he will learn from this one. Thrash Metallers GRAVE NOISE has just recently released their sophomore album Roots of Damnation, which you can find a review of here on the Metal Temple site. With shows and touring within Spain at hand, we caught up with Ikers for an interview to gather some answers about the band and the new album.

Cheers guys! First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to answer some questions for the metal temple family. The album Roots of Damnation was well received and we are happy to follow up with some Q&A and get some information about the band for future fans of Grave Noise.

IKER: Thanks to you for your great words about our new release! I’m Iker, guitarist and vocalist on Grave Noise and it’s a pleasure to been here.

With the band coming together in 2013, is there any story behind the forming of the band? Was it an idea that slowly came into fruition, or more of a spur of the moment?

Iker: The creation of the band is a simple history: we knew each other because we are practically family and we live in places very close to each other. One day we discussed the idea of getting together to play songs by bands we like and that's how Grave Noise came about.

Losing a singer is always a hard thing to bounce back from, did you guys search for a replacement for Bonzo, or was having Iker fill the void the go to solution?

Iker: Actually Iker has been the vocalist since the beginning of the band, so that figure did not have to be replaced.

It can be a big adjustment to be introduced into the duo role in a band, have you had experience with singing and playing guitar?

Iker: As I mentioned before, I have been the singer and guitarist since we formed the band in 2013. It is always difficult to play thrash metal and sing at the same time, but with time you get used to it.

At the time of the group forming, what were you guys listening to for inspiration or just to sit back and relax? Has much changed in that sense with the recording of the second album?
Iker: We listen to a lot of music and very varied, but we don't focus on listening to anything in particular for the recording of this new album.

The songwriting is very politically and oppressively motivated. Is there a single lyricist in the band or is it more of a group effort? Is it the same for the songwriting also, a full team involved with the composing?

Iker: I have composed all the lyrics except two that had already been written from previous years. At the end, I always ask the rest of the band for their opinion, but they are mine. Also, Sara, my partner, helped me with the structures and others. Music is more collective. We usually bring individual ideas that we put together to reach the final result.

With the political side to the lyrics, do you tend to write more about what is happening in Spain? I am sure it would be more personal and easier to write about these things that are happening closer to home.

Iker: I am anti-fascist and in recent years, the rise of these currents has increased a lot, so I did want to reflect the anger I feel every time I see these characters generating hatred within society (and I won't say more because I don't want to end up in jail). The problem of depopulation in rural areas of Spain is also addressed. The area we come from will disappear as we know it sooner rather than later, so I wanted to reflect that reality as well. Finally, there is also room for such an important topic as anxiety, since a few years ago I went through a very bad stage related to it and it was something that marked me a lot. In short, it is an album that speaks of current affairs with the rage that characterizes us.

There seems to be great work being done by Art Gates Records for promoting the band, how did Grave Noise and Art Gates come to be? Did you guys reach out to them or was it more the other way around?

Iker: When we finished recording the album, our producer, Alberto Marín, already told us about the company and, later, they themselves contacted us to see what we could do. The truth is that we are very happy with the choice we made.

Did you guys change any recording or writing process between From the Cradle to the Grave and Roots of Damnation?

Iker: Yes, the lyrics talk about serious and important issues, they have a message that aims to reach people. On the other hand, the music is also different, it is more elaborate and designed to hook people together with the voices; we want to hear people sing with us at concerts! The recording process was new for us, since we work with a producer and that makes the difference. The entire album was recorded at Savage Estudio, our guitarist Edu's recording studio.

The album covers and artwork and album covers are really well done. Who do we have to thank for these creations?

Iker: The design of the entire album has been the creation of Juanjo Castellano, a true beast of art, as well as a great guy. It brutally reflected the idea we wanted to convey and we are very happy. It is a cover created to stop to look at the details.

It is said that Grave Noise is looking to create new thrash metal anthems. Do you have that mindset with each individual song you guys sit down to create? Do you feel that there are songs that meet that level of expectations? If yes, what ones would you say are maybe a step above the rest in your eyes?

Iker: This answer is very personal, but I love all topics, and I say that with pride. To stay with three, I would tell you that my favorites are Perpetual Anxiety, No One Higher and Broken Land. I think they reflect the album in general very well and the message they convey is very clear.

Is there an end goal for the band? Was there something that you guys, in the beginning, thought that if you were to accomplish this, you would truly be happy with as a band. Maybe any individual goals?

Iker: I would tell you no. We started with this to have fun and, if we could reach more people, the better. We would all like to play Hellfest, for example, but what keeps us going is how much fun we have together playing wherever they want us.

Is Grave Noise ready to take their sound and live performance to an international audience? What can we expect from the band, let’s say in the next three to five years?

Iker: We are fully prepared to play anywhere. We are not intimidated by playing in Europe, Japan or Latin America. Unfortunately, to carry out this type of tour you have to have a good economic base, something that, today, we do not have. But we would love to cross our borders and go far.

Once again guys, just wanted to say thank you for your time in answering some questions for us and your group efforts as a band in general. Keep on rockin in the free world!

Iker: Thanks to you! It has been an honor for Grave Noise. Keep on Noise and respect to the others!



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