Folk metal has landed in Havana. The sons of Ragnar laid aside the swords to fight in the musical battlefield. HELGRIND invokes to raise the Ale and toast on the excellent work achieved in "The Tragedy of Turin Turambar". Ernesto Rios (vocal), Daniel Lameiro (bass), and Jordy Fuentes (guitar) sat around the fire and came up with these words. SKOL!

If you had to apply the meaning of Helgrind and contextualize it in the capital city, where would you locate the doors of death? Could we talk about points of contact with Cuban society?

Greetings first and foremost and we are very happy for this space on your pages, know that SCRIPTORIUM played an important role in our growth as metalheads and we owe it a lot. Getting into the question, then, start by saying that there is a common origin in human beings, a kind of matrix that dictates how to think and act. For example, it does not matter in the society that you live or the language that you speak (including our island) the idea that there is a spiritual world in addition to ours is repeated over and over again. Logically there is also a connection between the two, call it a door or portal. This does not mean that this access is a solid structure, sometimes it can be located within us as Hinduism clarifies. Therefore, each one has its own version or their metaphors, whether they are the gates of the Columbus Cemetery, the Tartarus pit, or the sixth Chakra.

 

When I think of the quality of Cuban metal bands, the words of Luis “Dakkar” come to mind: “… We just take for granted the quality of a band that comes from a region with more metal tradition than if it comes off more exotic places. The same as if they bring you a Japanese meringue band... "

 In Cuba, we have and have had over the years bands and musicians of the highest quality and talent even to rival top-notch foreign bands within their respective genres. But we feel that Cuban metal bands and musicians lack experience and knowledge as a result of ostracism and the system's lack of openness to the world. Due to this, there is no well-established scene, there are shortages of quality instruments and equipment, factors necessary for Cuban metal to develop its potential to the maximum ... There is still a long way to go but an improvement in terms of variety and quality is being noticed. in young bands, independent labels, and recordings ... etc

 

Why not develop a pagan metal band with Afro-Cuban folk influences and speak to the deities of the Yoruba pantheon?

This is a sensitive issue, it is not our intention to offend anyone in these "politically correct" times but our point of view is that Cuba is not only African roots, there are also European, Asian, and Arab roots. Each one as important and valuable as the other. Consciously, state policy has imposed African traditions above the rest (we do not know for what purposes ... Perhaps propagandistic?) To the point that today no one talks about other cultural heritages and giving rise to opportunism and the deterioration that it brings. We did not choose to develop these Afro-Cuban themes simply because we do not feel represented, those who are truly attracted applaud and encourage them ... The dog has four legs but they all have to go in the same direction.

 

Despite the short time spent on the scene, they have been able to record two albums and have done more than many long-established bands on the scene. How did you conceive the band from the beginning? READ MORE...

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