1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
In this moment we are waiting for the release of our second álbum “Suffering is the Seed” in digital format via www.Metalhit.com the next November 20th. In the beguinning of December we will release a music video of the title track of our álbum “Suffering is the Seed”
2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album and how it differs from previous releases?
I think that the music in this album is more direct and powerful than our previous compositions. The basic idea for the new music always was to write material more song oriented with more traditional structures introducing choruses and things like that, but keeping the violence and darkness that I think was always in our music. It was also important the introduction of a new guitarist with a more black metal background and the insertion of new drums techniques as the “gravity” I also believe that the sound achieved in the mixing and mastering process in Hertz Recording Studio gave to the music a more tighter and solid edge.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?
The lyrics of Nepente was always inspired by human feelings as terror, pain, fear, wrath, revenge, etc depicted in a symbolic way. Other important topics in the lyrics include criticism of the attempts to domestícate the human nature by organized religions, and I was always inspired by the classical horror films and literature.
4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?
Nepente was the name of the elixir that the greek gods drinks to forget, this was one of the great advantages that they had upon the human beings , the absence of remorse and guilt. I think that metal music is a “Nepente” that can help us to eliminate the concept of sin that is so important for the religious people to dominate and control the actions and thoughts of the others.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?
We have played great shows with important colombian bands as Masacre, Inquisition and Witchtrap and with great foreign bands as Krisiun, Rotting Christ, Ancient, etc What we want to give to the crowd in our shows is an extreme experience of Brutality, Wickedness and Darkness.
6. Do you have any touring plans for the new release?
The idea is to play shows in the different regions of our country supporting the álbum and to carry out a South American tour the next year. Anyway, one of our main goals is touring overseas some day.
7. I have read that the band is looking for a label to release the new album on cd and vinyl format have you recieved any interest yet?
We are in negotiations with some record labels for a cd release or releases but we do’nt have proposals for a vinyl release yet. I am really looking forward to get a vinyl edition of this material!!!!!
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black and death metal?
The feedback for our music has been very decent considering that our first album was released by a very underground label as Metalbolic records still i must admit that they made a great effort to introduce the band in the underground metal market and we are very grateful for that. In any case the reviews of our material in the U.S.A. and Europe has always been very good.
9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?
We are very pleased with the last material of our band and i think that is the direction that we will follow in the future but we know that we have to improve in several aspects concerning our songwritting and musical execution skills.
10. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We are influenced by several metal styles although our main influences comes from Death and Black metal from the more classic material to some aspects of the new proposals in the extreme music. Anyway you can hear in our music some influences of traditional Heavy metal, Thrash, Doom, etc We do`nt put strict boundaries to our music. Personally in this moment i am a huge fan of some french black metal bands as Deathspel Omega, Merrimack, Antaeus, Arkhon Infaustus, etc I also enjoy the eclectic proposals of bands as Belphegor, Ishan, Akercocke…
11. Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
We are very agnostic persons and personally I use the imaginery of satanism and ocultism as a symbolic weapon against obscurantist and brainwashing beliefs, i think that the greatest questions about our universe only can be answered using the human rationality and the tools that science give to us.
12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?
Mainly Philosophy, Science, Literature, Cinema, Women and Alcohol.
13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?
I want to thank you for this interview and i want to invite metalheads to support the work of underground metal bands buying their music, attending to their shows and supporting all the zines, websites, etc specialized in Metal music. STAY METAL AND TRUE!!!!! Check us out here http://nepente.bandcamp.com/