Here is a second interview this time it is with the mighty Chilean band Diabolic Messiah.The band recently re-released their debut cd on Vinyl from the great label Blood Harvest if you are an old-school maniac who enjoys death metal then do yourself a favor and get this today!!
Interview with Caesar vocalist,and Bassist for Diabolical Messiah done by Patrick
1.Hello Caesar how are things going in Chile? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Hi there! We’re Diabolical Messiah from Rancagua, Chile. The band was formed in 1999 and we play death metal. The definite line up dates back from 2001. That year, Miguel Perez (Herodes) left the band and nowadays Diabolical Messiah are Rodrigo Marmolejo "Pilatvs"(Drums), Pablo Ñanculao "Carcelero" (Guitars) and César Díaz "Caesar" (Bass and vocals)
2.Caesar you started Diabolical Messiah in 1999.When did you get the idea to form Diabolical Messiah ?
In 1998, I came back to Rancagua after living a year in another city. In that year I started thinking about forming a band so I talked to Herodes and he said “yes, sure!” I had the name of the band in my mind so we just needed to start writing and rehearsing our musical ideas.
3.Diabolical Messiah is getting ready to Re-release their debut "Satan Totten Demon Victory" through Blood Harvest Records.How did you all come in contact with the label?
We started the contact with Blood Harvest Rec. for the 12" Satan Tottendemon Victory!!! a couple of years ago. Proselitysm Rec. helped with that. However, the latter didn’t have much time for negotiations. We had to write more material for Proselitysm but we wanted to sign for Bood Harvest so we negotiated the cover design with Proselitysm and followed the contact directly with Blood Harvest by ourselves.
4. How long did it take to write the music for "Satan Totten Demon Victory"?Does the whole band work on the music or does one member usually write everything?
Satan Tottendemon Victory!!! tracks took about two years as we needed a record level to be interested in our material. Musically speaking, all of us work in the creation of tracks; however, I write all the lyrics although I show the songs to the rest of the band members before the final version.
5.Diabolical Messiah formed back in 1999 how would you say the music has changed over the years?
We’ve kept our music style through the years. We play fast drums and heavy guitars. Live sound has changed because of the technology; that means we sound better than before.
6.Does Diabolical Messiah have any shows or tours coming up that the readers should watch out for or do you prefer to be in the studio?
We’re doing both things. We have some shows in the near future in different cities of my country and we’re also working on the material for the new album. Probably, we’ll be playing in Europe next year.
7.Who are some bands you all have shared the stage with over the years ? Has the band ever gotten to play outside of Chile?
This year we’ve been playing with a lot of Chilean bands (Cancerbero, Pulverized, Hail Caligula, Totten Korps, Orategod, Gravestone, Wrathprayer, Praise the Flame, and so on) We also played in U.S.A. with bands like Sacrocurse (Mexico), Wrathprayer, Pseudogod (Russia), Morgengrau (Austin), Hellfire Deathcult (Chicago) and Funebrarum (New York)
8.Diabolical Messiah come's out of the Chilean metal scene what is your opinion of Chile's metal scene?
Nowadays, the Chilean metal scene is pretty big. There’re a lot of bands, record labels, producers, zine and so on.
9.Who are your all-time favorite bands from Chile? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
I guess "The King of Hell Reclaims his Throne" by Totten Korps is the best Chilean material ever written but it’s just my opinion although a lot of bangers think it is. I can also mention old bands like Cancerbero, Atomic Aggressor (demos), Sadism (demos), Scrotum Death (r.i.p.) They wrote great material as well. Nowadays, there’re a lot of bands in Chile but not all of them are good. I suggest you to listen to Demonic Rage, Godless, Wrathprayer, Unaussprechlichen Kulten, Slauhgbbath for example.
10.Are you or any of the members of Diabolical Messiah currently working with other bands or solo projects?
No, we don’t. We are only focused on Diabolical Messiah. We have time consuming jobs so we don’t have enough time for another band.
11.Caesar you handle the vocals for the band. When did you first start singing/growling?
Before forming Diabolical Messiah, when I was 14, I played guitars and sang in friend-group bands. I just played the guitar. In Diabolical Messiah’s early days I was the guitar player. We never found a good singer so I took the place and changed the guitar for the bass.
12.Who are some of your influence's/favorite vocalist? Do you do anything special to keep your voice healthy when recording or preparing for a show?
I don’t have a favorite singer or front man. I think a band is a complement that is drums, guitars, bass and vocals. But I can mention Ross Dolan, Pete Helmkamp, Alex Camargo, David Vincent and Peter Tägtgren.
13.In your opinion what does the term "Underground metal mean to you?
I think and believe metal underground lacks of distribution by the media (sometimes by band’s choice) Nowadays, it’s very difficult to staying away from the mainstream and big audiences.
14.Caesar thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview.Do you have any final words for the readers?
Thank you very much for your support. Listen to our material and get ready for the new album which will be recorded very soon… Sicarius Satan, Kill the Gods!!