Sunday, November 8, 2015

Interview with Chile's thrashers Nuclear done by Patrick on 11-8-15

Metal  Regards
Here  is  a   new  interview  with  Chile's  thrash  metal  scene  and  play  a  very  aggressive and  violent  form  of  old-school  thrash  metal  anyone  into  the  1980's  German  and  U.S  thrash  scenes  will defintly   like  this  band  so  defintly  give them  a  listen today  and  buy their  new  release   "Formula  For  Anarchy"  through  Candlelight Rec.
enjoy the  interview  and  keep  watching  the  site for   more  reviews  and   interviews to  be   posted  soon

Interview   with  Francisco   guitarist  for  Nuclear   done  by   Patrick

1. Hello Francisco    please  introduce  yourself to  the  readers? When  did you  discover  metal  music?

 A. Hey Patrick, thanks a lot for the interview. My name is Francisco Haussmann and I play guitars in the Chilean band Nuclear. I would say the first metal music discovery for me was Metallica back in 1989. Some friends and I were hanging out in a friend’s birthday party and this person comes to us with a Master of Puppets cassette saying “Have you heard this shit?” I was 9 years old and I obviously had never heard about it. It was an immediate reaction to it! Once “Battery” started we began throwing chairs, jumping from one couch to the other and moshing. We got kicked out of the house, went to mine and kept on listening to it all day. Best birthday ever!

2. When  did  you  first  meet  the  other  members  of  Nuclear? How  did you  all  choose the name  for the  band?

 A. It was back in the 80s. I am friends with Sebastian and Punto from 86-87. Since we were kids we enjoyed metal music together and in 1995 we began with our first project called “Escoria”. The remaining members were joining the band once Nuclear was already formed during the 2000s. The name was chosen after the destructive, unstoppable and powerful concept of Nuclear energy. Back then and till this day, Nuclear always has given 200% energy and commitment and we wanted a name to represent that kind of feeling. 

3.What  is  the   current  line-up  of the  band? For the readers  who  have   never  heard  Nuclear's  music  how would  you  best  describe  it?

 A. Current line-up is Matias Leonicio on Vocals, Roberto Barria on Bass Guitar, Punto Sudy on Drums and Sebastian Puente and I, both on Guitars. I would say the best word to describe the band is intensity. We play a very intense thrash metal with a hardcore edge. We are no purists in the style so we like to add different elements, not necessarily thrash, to bring our music to higher levels of violence - punk, thrash, death, you name it.  We like extreme music, not a particular genre of it.

4.Nuclear  is  getting ready  to  release  their  new  cd  "Formula  For  Anarchy"  through  the  Candlelight  Rec.  how  did  the  band  come  in  contact  with this  label?

 A. Candlelight got in touch with us during one of the European tours last year. We were in Czech Republic when we received the email from them. I am not quite sure how they knew about us, but we are pretty happy they did. It’s been a couple of months since the album is out and Candlelight has been very supportive - great people to work with.

5.How  long  did  it  take  the  band  to  write the  new songs for this  release?Does  the  whole band  take   part  in  the  writing   process  or  does  one  member  usually  write everything?

 A. Usually it takes around 6 to 8 months to write an album but it could be longer if the band is on tour. For this particular one, it was around 5 months. We were in a tight schedule so we locked up in the rehearsal room and worked hard to get it done. The writing always starts with a guitar riff from Sebastian or me, or a lyric idea. Then we get together both guitarists and try to ground the ideas. Once we have the song backbone, we present it to the rest of the band. Songs always have modifications and new complementary ideas from the other guys. 

6.Are  their  any tours  planned  in  support  of  "Formula  For  Anarchy"? If yes  where  are  some  countries  the  band  will  be  playing?Who  are  some  bands  you   will  be  touring  with?

 A. We did a European tour this year supporting the new album during August and September. We played Brutal Assault Festival in Czech Republic, and toured Russia and East Europe. We played in Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, among others.

7.What  have  been  some  of  Nuclear's   most  memorable  shows  to  date?

  A. It is actually a difficult question as we have had great shows in the past. I could name remarkable ones like the release party of Jehovirus album (2010), or Brutal Assault Festival a couple of months
ago. In-between we’ve had some incredibly supportive shows In Mexico. I’d say we are pretty happy about the reception of our music and the constant support by metalheads everywhere.

8.In  your  opinion   what  is  the  best  and  worst  thing   about  the  underground  metal scene?And  what  does  Metal  underground  mean  to  you?

 A. The best thing is for sure the die-hard fans out there, everywhere. Underground music lives because of them. There are tons of metalheads out there supporting, attending to concerts, buying CDs & merchandising from bands and that’s what makes this so great. The worst thing is the money problems a lot of bands experience. Bands usually don’t make money out of this so it becomes very difficult to keep on doing this forever. I’d say sometimes there’s a misconception about being an underground band – it means you play extreme music that most people out there would hate but it does not mean you cannot make a living out of it. It is all about how you manage the project. In my opinion, underground means no support by major labels, radios or zines, and because of that, it is the privilege to learn how to do things yourself, your own way.  

9. Nuclear   comes  out  of  the  Chilean  metal  scene   what  is  your   opinion  of  Chile's  metal  scene  over  the  years?

 A. It has evolved like any other metal scene. Back in the 80s and even great part of the 90s bands did not have access to professional equipment, there was a lot of disinformation and things were pretty difficult. Despite this, a lot of bands fought their way through and did amazing jobs. Of course it did not matter for the audience. Back then people used to pack every single venue and just enjoy music. Back in the day the country was under a dictatorship and obviously music and especially metal music wasn’t accepted, more over it was constantly banned. I’d say music and culture in general lost a great deal of time back then trying to subsist in such close-minded environment. 
Nowadays things are at hand and many bands out there have released good albums. The main problem that affects us all is distance-related. Being the last country of South America and so far away from pretty much everything is not something that helps much. Big venues turned into several small bars and people have so many options to go see a band today. International acts get the attention of most of the local metalheads so it is hard to pack a place today. Many local bands cannot gather more than 50 people at their concerts. It is still a great through. 

10.Who   are   some  of  your  all-time  favorite   Chilean  bands? Are  their   any  new  metal  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

 A. At the top of my list I have 3: Poema Arcanus, Atomic Aggressor and Execrator. Poema Arcanus for their awesome taste in music and quality – Can’t think of any other band with such talent in Chile. Relentless career. Atomic Aggressor and Execrator for what they meant when I started listening metal music. I still can remember how these bands changed my point of view. In regards to new metal bands, you should definitely check out Lefutray, Conflicted, Impact, Carvakas, Mano Humana… just to name a few.

11.Francisco   you   handle  the   guitars   for  the   band  when  did you  become  interested  in  playing  the   guitars?Are  you   self  taught  or  did  you  take  lessons  when  first  learning?

 A. I remember the exact date I became interested in playing guitars - It was July 1995. I was playing drums by then but for some reason it just stopped to be fun anymore. I wanted to play guitars, to write songs. I knew I had some great ideas but my playing sucked so I decided to go for it as a challenge. I bought my first guitar in January 1996 and I have never stopped ever since. I did not take lessons – I just tried my best to play some tunes from Metallica, Sepultura and Kreator and those were my very first steps. 

12.Who   are  some  of  your   influences/favorite  guitarists? Besides  the  guitars do  you  play  any  other    instruments?

 A. I’d say by the time I started playing guitar, bands such as Sepultura, Kreator, Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Benediction, Dismember, Entombed were the ones who influenced me the most. For instance, guitar players like Dimebag Darrell had it all: technique, passion and taste, but I used to    listen to a lot of bands back in the day. I mean, when it comes to guitar playing, Randy Rhoads, Eddie Van Halen or Marty Friedman have always impressed me the most. However my guitar playing isn’t that neat as I like to add punk ideas to the thrash we do. Back in the day, I used to play drums. It lasted for a couple of years before I realized I wanted to play guitars. 

13.Besides  Nuclear   are  any  of  the   members  currently  working  with   any  other  bands?

 A. No, We are 100% focused on Nuclear at the moment. 

14.Besides   the Formula  For  Anarchy   release  coming  out   does  the   band  have  any  other   merchandise  available  for the  readers?If  yes  where the  fans  buy  the  merchandise?

A. We have available some stuff. Some of our back catalogue is still available, DVDs, and t-shirts. Head over to to check it out.

15.Thank  you  Francisco   for  taking  the  time  to  fill  out  this  interview  do  you   have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?

A. Well Patrick, thank you very much for this interview, I enjoyed answering it. Thanks to the readers of Winter Torment - I hope you guys enjoy this as much as I did. Check out Nuclear’s official website – you can find the links to all our communities and music! Cheers!