5 Questions With... is your chance to get to know a new or up-and-coming metal band. Nepente are from Colombia, and recently released their second album Suffering Is The Seed. Vocalist Jose Fernando Ospina introduces us to his band.
Give us a brief history of Nepente.
Nepente is a Colombian death/black metal band that started in 2003. So far we have a self released MCD in 2005 and two full lengths. The first album Atonements was released in 2008 by the American record label Metalbolic Records and the second album Suffering is the Seed was released in digital format by Metalhit.com, in CD format by the Singaporean record label Sonic Blast Media and will be released in vinyl format by badGod Music later this year. The band has played shows in Colombia, Ecuador and Perú and we had the opportunity to shared the stage with bands like Testament, Krisiun, Rotting Christ, Ancient. Omen, Inquisition, etc.
Describe the songwriting and recording process for your new album Suffering Is The Seed.
The writing process for our last album took approximately two years because in 2009 one of the former guitarists of the band left Nepente and it took some time to find an adequate new guitarist. The main idea through the writing process was to make more direct and aggressive music with more simple song structures. The recording was made in our hometown Manizales at Ethylic studios in February of 2012. The mixing and mastering process was done in March and April of 2012 at Hertz Recording Studio in Poland.
How would you characterize the style/sound/lyrics of the album?
The music in our new album continues with the idea of mix different styles of death metal with influences of the most abrasive, dark and fast black metal. Regarding the sound, we choose Hertz Recording Studio in order to get the most tight and heavy sound possible without losing the clarity in the general sound of the music. Our lyrics normally try to depict in a symbolic language human feelings and emotions like fear, pain, sadness, hate, etc., and on other occasions are very critical of organized religions as instruments of control and dominion.
What's the metal scene like in Colombia, and who are some other bands from there we should know about?
I think that the Colombian extreme metal scene is one of the strongest and most prolific in the world in terms of the number and quality of bands, though we have some problems with the support for metal shows and records. Besides the most popular bands of our country like Internal Suffering, Inquisition, Witchtrap or Masacre I can recommend to metal fans bands like Nocturnal Feelings, Luciferian, Blasting Hatred, Sagros, Goretrade, Aggressive, Massive Euthanasia, Blood of Tyrants, etc.
Anything else you'd like to mention or promote?
I want to invite metalheads to take a look to the video of our song "Suffering is the Seed" and to buy our album in CD format. Thank you for this interview.
(photo courtesy Sonic Blast Media)