|In this world we live in today, with natural disasters, political storms and divisions between people, governments and religions, music has always been a safe
haven. No matter where you are or what’s going on in the world, music is always there. A way to escape and to find common ground with others.
When we here at Metal Meat think of metal music, we think of it as a worldwide society, not divided by state lines, governmental administrations, national
borders or even oceans for that matter. No matter where you are in the world or what your political beliefs are, when you come together to rock, all of that
other stuff is left on the doorstep and we all become one people. A metal nation.
Metal is everywhere, from secret hide outs in places like Iraq and Afghanistan where it might be considered criminal by local governments or violent religious
factions to the highest societies and most liberal places like New York City and Los Angeles California. From the garage and local bar bands to the biggest
names in the business, there is a universal brotherhood that is born out of a love for metal.
We couldn't be happier or more proud to bring so many otherwise "unknown" bands to the attention of people from all over the world. A band that might be
popular in their local region, might never recognise their dream of getting known throughout the world. Thankfully we have social media like Facebook, Twitter
and a bunch of others. But often that isn't enough to really bring the kind of attention and success we all strive for. That is the mission of Metal Meat, to bring
the unsigned/unknown bands and fans of metal together from every corner of the planet.
In this article we talk to Alden De Leon (Skullcrusher) of the Guatemalan thrash/death metal band "METAL REQUIEM"! A band that has been around for a while.
|How was Metal Requiem originally formed?
We were fans of thrash and death metal, we were young musicians and we wanted to play fast and aggressive
music back then, but we all were studying a profession, we have doctors and dentists in the band... hilarious!!
What was the inspiration for creating this band?
A lot of old school thrash metal bands like: Megadeth, Sepultura, Metallica, Slayer, Sodom, Kreator and death
metal bands like: Obituary, Death, Morbid Angel and many more.
What was the metal scene like in Guatemala when the band was formed back in 2002 and how has it
changed since then in that region?
Back in 2002 it was a huge scene because the local media supported the bands on the radio, not to much bands
from outside came to our country, now is still strong but not as huge as it was , now the shows are smaller, and a
lot of international bands come to Guatemala and that makes the local metal scene weak, you have to be an
opening band if you want to be active.
3. Tell us about your most recent release.
|Well have already made 6 records. Independent, always. Our 4th record
called "UNORTHODOX" marked a before and after for us. We changed our
logo, we really worked hard to become better musicians and we made a
production that nobody in our country had done before.
What can you tell us about the song "Necropunishment"?
OK, it’s a song about the dying souls asking for justice, because we have
destroyed a lot for our planet sources and nature. So the weather is fucked
up, earthquakes and storms everywhere, because the greed of man for the
desire to receive for himself alone had made this world a very bad place to
live. It’s about reflection, it’s about appreciating our planet and start making
changes from the bottom to fix our world, and if we don’t do it, we are all
going to die.... and it’s my favorite song of the "Unorthodox" record. I spent
like almost 4 years making the arrangement and lyrics of the song, it was
never recorded until I found the right moment!
|I find it interesting that you have professionals such as Doctors and Dentists in this band. There have been
studies and articles published claiming that the average metal head has a higher IQ than people who listen to
other types of music. What are your thoughts on this?
Well I cant disagree with that, Ha-ha! Well I think people in metal like a lot of good music. I think they like to have a stable life,
and that’s when you study and work as a professional. Not all people in metal are like that. There’s a lot of people who like to
do nothing, in resume that depends on yourself on using your IQ, just like DIO said "SUNSET SUPERMAN... ANYBODY CAN".....
|Ok my brother and I started the band. My brother is 10 years older than me, so when metal was on the
mainstream (80´s and 90´s) I grew up listening metal. At the age of 12 I started playing drums. The other
members started playing guitars and singing (screaming, ha-ha) in their teen years. My brother started at the
age of 28 (It’s never too late). We listened a lot of other styles of music but because the complexity and the
message of “manifest your anger” to the world we realized that metal was our weapon of choice!
Have there been any line up (member) changes in the band over the years?
Yeah a lot, I’m the only original member since the beginning. Almost like 8 line up changes in our 16 years of
|METAL REQUIEM with METALLICA
|16 years as a band is a long time.
What would you say is the secret to Metal Requiem's longevity?
Well I can tell you, I've always stayed focused on what the band should be.
Since the beginning the goal was to be a band that represents our country all
around the world, always being active, make good records, open for great
bands, and always be thankful with the fans, because they are loyal....
What can you tell us about your songwriting process?
Well, we improvise all the parts at the beginning. We let the creativity flow and
then we write all the parts.
Almost every album, the major rhythm section parts had been made by the
guitarists and myself. Then we let the bass and solo parts take place. I write the
lyrics or co-write it with the other musicians and then finally we record the vocals
Is there a message or philosophy to your songs?
We try to tell things that make sense. We write about politics, religion, human
sense, financial problems, corruption around the world. The message is to tell
the people how ugly reality of the human race could be, and give the message to
start making changes to leave our children a better world
|Going back to your individual early days, how did each of you come into your
instrument of choice. Was there a moment any of you when you suddenly
realized that metal was what you were meant to do?