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  INTERVIEW WITH GUILLERMO IZQUIERDO, VOCALIST/GUITARIST WITH ANGELUS APATRIDA

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Angelus Apatrida are currently on an extensive European tour with Havok, Goat Whore and 3 Inches of Blood. I caught up with vocalist/guitarist Guillermo Izquierdo on the penultimate night of the British leg of the tour at the White Rabbit, Plymouth where he graciously agreed to give me a few moments of his valuable time for a chat before the gig.

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Guillermo, thank you for allowing me a few moments of your time.

"No Problem..."

The band name is unusual, can you, for those who do not know, explain the meaning behind it?

"Yes, the name is a mix of Spanish and Latin and translates as Stateless or Renegade Angel. This is good because people pay attention to the name but bad because it is difficult to understand."

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How has the tour gone so far and with tomorrow being the last UK date has the band been received well?

"Very well. Tomorrow, in London will be good; we always have a lot of fans in London. It will be our third visit to London and our second to the Underworld. Last time it was with Skeletonwitch and Warbringer. This guy screams out the band's name and I was like 'what the fuck is going on!' it was amazing!"

How has your music been received on this tour, particularly the new album?

"Very well. We work hard outside of Spain to show that Spain is not just about football but also about great Metal. The last three or four years it has been a good place for Metal. It makes it easier because we sing in English. most Spanish bands sing in Spanish and this is a stigma but maybe other bands will follow in our steps."

Has signing with Century Media and releasing 'Clockwork' and 'The Call' seen a greater popularity to your music?

"Signing with Century Media has been like passing to the next level, like winning the lottery. Before we were self financing our albums and tours but now this is a full-time job, a way of life for us. We still have stress but it is a good stress.

"We are bigger in Spain and one of the biggest bands from Spain. Belgium is a good place for us and also Germany. We love touring, we would do it all the time, it is the essence of our band.

"We would like to tour the US eventually. We have many friends in bands there but first we must break Europe."

You always have a meaning behind your album titles. 'Give 'Em War' was something new and evil in Spain, 'Clockwork' was the machinery is stronger than ever. What about 'The Call'?

"It is a metaphor; this is our best so far, to let the world know what is going on, a call to everyone - 'Here we are, if you like Metal you will like this!'

I have just reviewed your latest album 'The Call' and it is pretty awesome. My favourite track is 'It's Rising'. What is the story behind that?

"I like to write lyrics about stories, I like Lovecraft and so it is a Cthulhu influence mixed with the end of the world in 2012 prophecy. The high vocals are a bit of a Judas Priest/Pantera/Cowboys From Hell influence. Originally I was going for Annihilator style vocals but the producer said to go higher, like my balls were being crushed and so I did.

"Two years ago I used to sing differently. I didn't have the skills then to sing a song like 'It's Rising' but now I do."

Some of your songs are about social issues, is that to put across a message or just because it is a source of inspiration?

"Sometimes I turn on the TV and I see the news and it gives me an idea for a song and also it helps me to express any rage I feel. Turning something into a song helps me to get over things if something bad happens."

What process do you use to turn ideas into songs?

"I record a demo with the lyrics and pass it onto the band and we take it from there. This time it was a bit different, I was recording in Portugal and sending them back but they did not know what I was recording but they trust me and I trust them."

Any final comment you would like to make?

"Thank you for your time and the opportunity to talk to you!"

It has been a pleasure and thank you for your time too, Guillermo.

18.5.12





WACKEN WINTER NIGHTS IS HEAVY METAL WONDERLAND

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Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.

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Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.



Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.

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MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.

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Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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