Spain hides under its mantle an arsenal of impressive metal bands. SUN OF THE DYING stands out for the fine Doom metal they perform. We thank Casu (guitar) and David Munoz (keyboards and vocal backing) for taking the time to answer our questions.

Hope has passed away. Behold the exciting testament of humanity facing its last hours. How is Spain recovering from Covid-19? Is society getting to an end?

David: Hi! If humanity is facing its end, I wouldn't say it is because of the COVID-19. We are as difficult to kill as roaches. Anyway, I think we lead ourselves to our own destruction, and there are no signs of a change of direction. In Spain, we are not still recovering from COVID-19. We cannot speak about recovery until there is a cure or a vaccine.

 

Does metal music compete with more indigenous and popular genres such as flamenco, bakalao, copla, or do they all coexist harmoniously?

David: We could say that each genre has its audience niche, although a person may like various music styles. I don't think there is competition, it is people who decide what they want, and musicians can do little to change that. The only problem is that concert halls are limited, and many focus their attention on just a few genres, either because they are more profitable or because they like them more. Luckily, the Metal public is one of the most loyal and committed.

Casu: By playing "less popular" music, you know that it is something that conditions or excludes you when it comes to theaters or specific events. Here the harmony between those who listen and consume a style and those who do it is crucial. They cannot exist without the other and vice versa. Fortunately for everyone, today, you can reach audiences worldwide thanks to digital distribution, streaming platforms, podcasts, independent radios, etc. The public "is out there."

 

I know musicians and doom-loving people who are very happy, friendly, and positive towards life, although the framework for this music style looks like the opposite. How does this fit the band members?

David: We are six members in the band with very different personalities, but in general, we are not monsters. We enjoy the good times, our people, and music. Personally, and in this case, I can only speak for myself. I easily fall into negative moods, and playing Doom Metal helps me practice a kind of catharsis, of liberation. Extreme metal as therapy? Well yes, a little.

Casu: We all have a dark side, negative thoughts, demons, and things like that. And it is part of us. I think it's about accepting it as such and not "covering it up" as if it were a source of shame, weakness, or socially frowned upon. It makes us stronger and more human.

 

Nature is part of the texts and sounds of the group. Do they only refer to the mistreatment and misuse of natural resources by man, or is there also something else?

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