Interviews: Call Ov The Void

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Death Metal/Doom Metal band, Call Ov The Void, from Mexico. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you plan it or come out just like that?

We were looking for a name with a strong notion of the "feeling" and "vibe" we wanted to convey with our music. So, It wasn't long until we figured it out. The "call of the void" is a well-documented phenomenon that consists of sudden thoughts or an intrusive urge to jump from a high place or throw yourself into oncoming traffic, for no apparent reason. We find that this concept very strongly captures the kind of vibe we wanted for our band.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

For us, it's one of the purest, most brilliant, deep, and emotive types of music. It has a lot of feelings involved in its conception, very "straight to the heart". It's also the genre from many of the bands that make us feel very strong emotions (admittedly, negative feelings tend to be more intense) and it really wrings our hearts and numbs our minds.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Yes, actually, having a similar taste in music is what made George and José Luis become great friends back in 2013. They were immediately interested in forming a doom/death metal band together, though it wouldn't become a reality for a few more years. It wasn't until 2017 that they met René, and after forging a good friendship with him, they decided to bring back the idea of forming a band and started jamming to songs we all liked. Later, around August 2018, Axel (who was already friends with George since 2013) was asked to join the band as their drummer. We're all really good friends and colleagues both inside and outside the band.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

George - Katatonia

José Luis - Swallow the Sun

René - Enslaved

Axel - The Mars Volta

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

The things in life that make us feel alive and at the same time, so vacant, desperate, empty, and sorrowful.

6. Where was your last gig?

We recently played in Mexico City for the first time.

7. Where would you like to act?

Touring around Europe sounds very enticing, that's where most of our inspiration comes from. We would also like to play in South America, in places like Colombia, Brazil, and Chile. Maybe someday in Japan. We're also planning to play in a lot of cool places here in Mexico. There are a lot of places to be!

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Members from the bands we love. Maybe the Norrman brothers from October Tide, Jonas and Anders from Katatonia, or Grutle and Ivar from Enslaved. We would also love to work with Cristian Castro. He's a Mexican pop idol from the 90's who's incredibly talented and he's surprisingly a known metalhead, so that'd be very cool.

9. Whom not?

We definitely wouldn't want to associate or work with any sort of bigots and the like.

10. have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

I think we're all a little bit nervous before every gig. The more equipment you add to your show, the more chances for something to go wrong. It is really hard to think that everything will go smoothly, especially during the first gigs. When it's your turn to stand on the stage in front of lots of people watching everything you do, you may feel dizzy, your heart pounding out of your chest, or maybe even headache and blindness. What we recommend is to close your eyes and try to only focus on enjoying your music.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Swallow the Sun, Katatonia, October Tide, Enslaved, Opeth, Theater of Tragedy, Daylight Dies, My Dying Bride, Insomnium, Paradise Lost, Candlemass, Warning (UK), The Foreshadowing, Pallbearer, Alcest, Agalloch, Carcass, Akercocke, Depeche Mode, Tears for Fears, Spandau Ballet.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

We think this is really more cool than weird, but recently someone got the band's logo tattooed on his arm. We were of course delighted, but it does feel a little weird and surreal (in a good way).

13. What do you think of your fans?

We are really grateful to them, especially with all the amazing feedback our album is getting. It's a very special connection between you and someone who understands what you really want to transmit, who is able to feel what you feel with the music you created with a lot of effort and passion.

14. What do you think of our site?

We love how diverse it Is in terms of the variety of bands you write about. It's a wonderful resource for any metalhead who might want to stay in touch with what's happening both with newer and more classic bands. We honestly feel very honored for this interview. Thanks a lot!

15. Something to add?

We want to thank Błażej Kasprzak for his collaboration on the album. His haunting vocals really added a lot to the final product. We would also like to thank Alejandro Voorduin for the artwork, Sam Becerra for his outstanding production (check out his melodeath band, Aetherevm), and Dan Swanö for his wonderful work. This album wouldn't have been the same without any of them.

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