Melodic death/doom metal band Matalobos from León, Mexico, is new breed on soutamerican doom scene. This four piece band + live guitarist are dark, deep and willing to blow your ears and minds with deep lyrics and harsch sound, which is their weapon of choice. In next lines you can read what they say about new album, themselves, music….enjoy and support if you like!
Metalobos are: Santamaría – Guitars, Dante – Vocals, De Anda – Bass Guitar, C. Escalona – Drums & Germán N. – Live guitars, strings.
MJM: Tell us about Matalobos….how did you started your journey as a doom band?
Matalobos: Matalobos started back in fall 2014, when Eduardo Santamaria (guitarrist) had some ideas and demos recorded for a melodic doom based project, so him with Dante (vocals) just began to work with it, at that time, Eduardo and I were bandmates as session musicians in other band, so he asked me to join Matalobos and began working in recording an EP, just for paying a tribute to all of those 90’s doom metal acts that inspired us since ever. So we recruited De Anda as bass player some days after, we recorded 3 songs at march 2015. Seeing that this project could go further (at the beginning was thought as a studio act), we asked Germán to join as second guitarrist so we could go on the road. Now we have a full-length released called Arte Macabro, it was recorded fall 2015 and edited by Concreto Records at july 2016.
MJM: Your musical style is Melodic doom…not why, but how, in Mexico? When you say Mexico, people think about tequila, happy music, sombreros, and Matalobos is opposite…sad, dark music with great lyrics!
Matalobos: We are like a deppresive mariachi. Even mexicans we need that happy mask to cover our misery moments. That’s exactly the message from us, there’s sadness and horror in every corner, our goal with this music is to explore all that feelings that we fear to express, and maybe to show that in this kind of colorfull country there’s also some paintings in grey.
MJM: First album is out. Reactions?
Matalobos: It’s been an stunning response for this album, in Mexico and lot of places all over the world, it’s a production on which we put all our hearts and feelings to satisfy ourselves and then, for instance, tried to touch some souls here and there, so seems we reached the objective.
MJM: Do you have regular jobs and play, or just make music and enjoy?
Matalobos: Actually yes, all of us are engineers, designers and stuff. We all have our jobs and activities, and a couple of nights every week we join to rehearse, drink some beers, have fun and tears. We always try to manage our show dates so that cannot affect our professions. Although we can say that we are a sustainable band now, that’s never enough to make a living.
MJM: Tell us about themes in your lyrics.
Matalobos: There’s a couple of topics that always stand in line for us: horror and melancholy. For the EP you could find some dark, sad, nostalgic views, talking about anxiety, reaching so deep into yourself until you find that rotten stage. Now, regarding to Arte Macabro, there’s a horryfing and dramatic view on it, inspired in many places and legends of haunted spirits condemned to roam on earth, we wanted to land this stories into personal and real situations, so everyone could translate and use every verse as it fits for them.
MJM: Influenced by old doom music with modern sound, Matalobos is one wall of sounds! Who are your favorite artists and why?
Matalobos: Well, as you said we have a lot of different influences between each member, but we are totally attracted to that cold, atmospheric sound of many european bands that had been keystone for our sound like: Katatonia, Swallow the Sun, Saturnus, My Dying Bride, Draconian, Daylight Dies, Novembre, Anathema and so much more, just because they approached that sentimental side of metal in a darker and direct way. Our musical taste could go far, we are fans of artists like David Gilmour and The Cure.
MJM: Album is out, so next move is play that music live. Plans for summer, autumn, winter?
Matalobos: For sure, we actually just had a little promotion mexican tour last year, titled Macabro Tour, with some awesome fellow bands: Vst and Dark Matter, you should gave them a shot. We are looking forward to have new dates this year and maybe share stage with some great bands.
MJM: As a new fan, hope to hear more music from you, guys…do you work on a new material already?
Matalobos: Probably, why not? Any unpublished material could be released sometime later.
MJM: Thanx a lot for this, and hope to see you near us! Any message for readers of Metal Jacket Magazine?
Matalobos: Thank you for your time and for this nice interview, don’t be afraid of dig deep into your innerself, we appreciate all your support. DOOM!!
Written by Darko Rajić