Place of Origin: Asuncion, Paraguay.
Forming date: 2011.
Genre: Melodic Death metal with lyrics in Guarani, Guarmetal.
Current line-up: Luis Battilana (guitars, lyrics, orchestrations and founder), Andrés Godoy (vocals), Hugo Picco (bass) and drums are recorded by a session drummer on the second album "1811".
Average age: 30 and up.
Recordings: The first album "Arasunu" (2015), a single and in 2022 the second album will come out.
Main live shows: We toured throughout our country, concluding in Argentina. That was between 2014 and 2015.
Most recent recording? Well, the last recording so far is our single "Vapor Cue", which was released in May 2020. This single is part of our second album entitled "1811". It was chosen in a competition in Mexico called Metal in Women Latin America, by symphonic metal vocalist Anna Fiori, who has an international project also called EDENWAR, where she is with Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE, ANGRA, VISION DIVINE), Christina Vidal (THERION), and the guys from ORPHANED LAND, who at that time had a female vocalist.
Is it still a project or is it already a band? It has always been a band, and for all the musicians who entered became official members. I listen to every comment or suggestion towards our music, which helps to improve things. Our country is a tricky place to have a band or even to think about a professional career as a musician, but I will never change my choice to make music. In previous years, there was silence regarding the band because of my professional training, my work and university. At the same time, I was also able to improve my skills in my instrument, arrangement, and I learnt how to record and using programs, so as not to depend on any person or studio. Today, I think it was the best decision I could make in a long time.
¿Blasphemy and patriotism, do both words work well? Hahaha, when you hear these two words you won't be able to believe how both work well. The band's name is for two reasons: the first is because of i am a SODOM follower and its 1984 EP "In the Sign of Evil". In this EP you will find the song "Blasphemer" that inspires me to make extreme metal and satire towards Church in the first band’s era, when we played Black Thrash metal in English. It is with time that I decided to transform it into a Folk metal band, talking about the our country’s history. From this first period, we released a five-track demo called "Under the Torment of Baphomet", which was independent. It is in 2013 when I decided to change the band’s musical line. The second reason is because of a historical event that happened in our country and that I will explain better in the next question.
Why do you use Guarani as your language? What are the advantages and disadvantages? We use Guarani because we would like to recover our people’s memory and because of a historical event that occurred in 1733. The Spaniards had expelled the Jesuit missions that had already achieved an important evangelization in our lands, establishing companies and already doing trade with yerba mate, and other items. We would say that when they arrived all the natives spoke Guarani, so since they did not want to learn the language and time was more important, the crown decreed that only Spanish could be spoken, which is also the language taught by the Jesuits. Anyone who spoke in Guarani was considered a heretic and blasphemer to the church and the crown. So, seeing that historical fact, for me it was perfect to leave BLASPHEMER for our music and it is attached to our second language. We are blasphemous for going against today’s world, which seeks to destroy the native cultures and tries to make us forget our history, which is very ridiculous. I have always thought that taking the best of everything is what makes any people or nation grow and improve. All the great civilizations knew how to adopt the best of the cultures they were knowing and conquering, and the results were seen over time.
Advantages: More original metal music, with excellent instrumentation, coupled with a region or country’s language. This really gives a unique essence and a character of quality and originality.
Disadvantages: The disadvantage would be that not many people can understand what the lyrics say. I've heard certain people on the outside tell me that it looks Japanese, haha, but that's great to feel people’s curiosity and start researching about what we do. I think that's very killer.
What is the metal scene like in Paraguay? Is BLASPHEMER a part of it?: The scene in Paraguay is very complicated. For the same reason, and as I said in previous lines, is quite difficult to have a professional career in music. It is also very difficult to find the right people to develop good music, disregarding the style of metal. Evolution is necessary in a band. Our country does not have many bands and it is quite slow because it takes a lot of years to build something, or form bands and projects that hardly leave a rehearsal room. It's sad, but in part I've always thought that there are no barriers, only the ones you want to put on. This is how Nergal of BEHEMOTH says: "... if you believe in what you do, you make others believe..."
What projects are you in right now? We're finishing the second album. We are happy to merge our second language with Latin, so that has been a cause for celebration and we are confident in what we do. Another thing is that we have collaborated with guest musicians of great caliber on some of the songs. We have Mr. Martin Furia of DESTRUCTION, and Giannis Kalamatas, official guitarist of the Greek band YOTH IRIA (band of the legendary former ROTTING CHRIST and JIM MUTILATOR) and the vocalist Tim Reapper Owens, Andry Lagiou of the PYRAMID project and The Mike Lepond Silent Asassins project of Mike Lepond (SYMPHONY X). We are quite happy now because we are finalizing the voices and seeing if we can close the last two participations with two legendary bands. For a folk metal band like us it is more than a pride to make quality music, which manages to bring figures like these to our art.
What do you have in mind for the coming months? We want to fully promote the new album with video-lyrics and an official video clip, and finish the third, which we are doing, more symphonic and technical. We want to write a new chapter by bringing to record the drums an exceptional drummer, live support of one of the most brutal bands in Poland. In one of the songs also bring the current drummer of one of the world Death metal legends from the Netherlands. We are not here to waste time, we know where we want to go and what we want to achieve.
Statements: Aguije angiru kuera SCRIPTORIUM Magazine, jajotopata hina, jajohecharo ara he ́iro, ha yvytu pyahu moambue ou hina ko ́a arape ha BLASPHEMER mba ́e hendu ro ́e peeme aguije avei pehendu ore mba ́epu teta Paraguay Oguahema! We are all patriots!
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