From L to R: Nicolás Muñoz (Guitars,Vocals),Nicolás Castro (Drums),Matias Ramirez (Bass),Miguel Araneda (Guitars,Vocals (backing)
Here is a chat with Nicolás Muñoz from Deranged an upcoming thrash band that I reviewed earlier this year and was really impressed on their sound,if you like that old school sound give this band an ear they bring it to the hilt.
ECM – Thanks for your time and can you give me a brief history of the band?
NM – Without knowing anyone around here, was a summer day at the end of 2013, a typical school day on the bus spoke to a thrasher (at that time) without knowing him, I asked if he knew a drummer, and I was introduced to Nicolas Castro (Deranged’s actual drummer). At the end of 2013 in Santiago it was organizing a “Total Thrash” was then that Nicolas had the same passion and feeling for Thrash and decided to go to see this recital. We arrived back to Concepcion with Nicolas and felt very motivated by seeing that THRASH METAL still standing in those places, we decided to try a couple of rehearsals, everything went well and was there when it began to take shape what is now known as Deranged . The hardest thing at first was getting our Thrash Metal taken seriously, in a city where the genre is dead and attempts to ” Thrash ” that were made here left much to be desired for local bangers.
ECM – So what are some of your inspirations as far as bands?
NM – Slayer, Exodus, Metallica, Testament, Sadus, Vio-lence, Forbidden.
ECM – Let’s talk about the EP,when I first heard it I got this old school vibe from it,it even brought back memories of the past with the way it was recorded has anybody ever told you about this?
NM – Yes, many people told us that sounds very old school, that sounded dirty but with an eighties sound. We were cautious about that, we love the eighties sound and wanted to sound as similar as possible.
ECM – Alright so when you guys come up with making your music does the whole band contribute? what;s the process?
NM – The process of composition of all songs was made by Nicolas Muñoz, although some structures were modified until the recording, except “Hidden Stabs” in which all the members contributed riffs and structures.
ECM – I seen you got a Russian label that distributes the release how did this come about and have you gotten good response from it?
NM – We contacted Zombie Records, we showed them the ep and immediately said yes. The response was good, people from Europe contacted us about that release and they liked it a lot.
(Zombie Records cassette version cover)
ECM – So how has the Chilean scene reacted to the band since it has been out? I figure it must be good since the thrash scene there is one of the best in the world.
NM – Overall pretty good, especially for the more central parts of Chile (Santiago and fifth region), they quite often invite us to play in those places. But here in our city, they do not appreciate us so much, we can say that we are the only band of this style here.
ECM – How was the Total Thrash Festival back in June? I seen the list of bands that played and it was impressive.
NM – It was good, but to be a festival with such good bands, there were very few people, but it may be that just at that date Chile played for the America´s Cup… We finished playing and soon came the game and they put a giant screen for all the crowd saw the game… hahahaha.
ECM – What can we expect from the band in the future?
NM – We are currently focused on the single that will come out soon. Then comes the composition for the disc, there are many ideas turning, Deranged continues on the same line, making fast and violent Thrash Metal, now with riffs with a obscure touch (think something like Hell Awaits, for example) Stay tuned to the band.
ECM – For the people that want to get your material what should they do and will you have any merchandise in the future like shirts,patches,etc.
NM – To acquire material, you can write a private message to our Facebook or by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org and yes, a run of T-shirts and patches of the EP ‘’Defacing World’’ will come out soon.
ECM – Ok Nicolas thanks for your time again and any last words you would like to share?
NM – Thanks to you and those who have taken the time to read this interview, the people who interested in our metal, people who believed in us and supported us from the beginning, who are adamant listening moving and doing THRASH METAL and not carried away by fashions. Cheers Thrashers!!!!!