Interviews: Holycide

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Thrash Metal band Holycide from Spain. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

All answers from Holycide drummer Santiago Arroyo "GoG"

The name Holycide encapsulates the threat posed by any form of belief or doctrine associated with the myriad religions created by humanity. This highlights the practice of such beliefs without a comprehensive, critical, and historical understanding of them.

When studying human history or simply observing the media, we are confronted with the brutal and cruel acts carried out in the name of these beliefs, acts that continue to persist. Science, education, and art serve as our best allies in approaching these beliefs from a social and cultural perspective, moving away from dogmatic approaches.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I wanted to dedicate myself to thrash metal because there's nothing more authentic, visceral, or pure in this world than the devastating power of a shredding guitar riff, the deafening roar of a frenetic drumbeat, and the guttural voices that cry out for truth in a sea of lies.

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

Well, personally, when I joined Holycide, I didn't know any of them, and neither did Ankor. You don't need to know each other to form a band. What you have to have is a desire to work, and be humble, empathetic, and committed. If those 4 things are there, it's easy to make a good team.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

We can't say a favorite band for each of us. That's impossible. What we can say is that thrash bands from the 80's, or at least bands that have that essence, are a big influence on us.

From Atrophy, Sepultura, Sadus, Kreator, Sodom, Dark Angel, Infernal Majesty, Exorder, and Slayer to more modern stuff like Municipal Waste or Havok.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

If you ask who, maybe I should answer: "Humanity". If you ask what, we should answer: "human idiocy".

What I would clarify is that every album speaks of social, informational, military, or political criticism. If there's one thing they all have in common, it's humanity and its sick behavior.

6. Where was your last gig?

It was a long time ago, so it's better to talk about the future. Rock Imperium, Obscene Extreme, and Kanekas Metal Fest are our next stops.

7. Where would you like to act?

We want to be selective when it comes to choosing concerts. We have to take into account that we all have other formations, a certain age, and family commitments. So we are choosing dates for festivals. Although we will always be open to other interesting options.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

With no one especially. In that sense we are people with a common goal, to try to reach with our music those who like it. That is to say, we don't want to play with whoever we like.

9. Whom not?

We wouldn't actually want to collaborate with those who don't respect the authenticity of metal. If they're more concerned about fame or money than the music itself, they wouldn't be the best company to make music with. We prefer to stay true to our roots and work with people who share that same passion and dedication for thrash.

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

Well, not really. We can't say much. Just go to a specialist.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

We have too many influences. Also, we are members with some notable age differences. So trying to put things in common between all of us and talking about thrash the above mentioned: Atrophy, Sepultura, Sadus, Kreator, Sodom, Dark Angel, Infernal Majesty, Exorder, Slayer. But our influences as musicians touch many styles and bands that encompass hard rock, death, and black metal.

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

From signing a lady's cleavage to signing a middle-aged man's bald head. There are drunk people of all kinds…

13. What do you think of your fans?

In case we have them. HAHAHAHA. They are great survivors of a genre that I hope will make a strong comeback.

14. What do you think of our site?

I believe your website is an excellent contribution to the world of metal. It provides an invaluable platform for keeping the community updated on the latest news related to bands and artists in the genre, as well as for promoting new emerging bands. Your work is essential in fostering appreciation and dissemination of metal culture, and undoubtedly helps to strengthen and keep the music scene alive.

15. Something to add?

I wanted to thank you for giving us the opportunity to talk about our journey in the world of thrash metal. It has been a real pleasure to share our experiences and our passion with you. We hope that our music continues to resonate with you and that you keep supporting the extreme metal scene. We look forward to meeting again at future events and sharing unforgettable moments together. Until then, may metal live on!

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