1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?
Since the release of Revelations in Mayhem, we have been busy with touring. We’ve done shows in Spain, Germany, Belgium, Czech Rep and here in Sweden as well. In all this chaos we also had to find a new bass player, since our old dude decided to jump off the Siniestro train, but everything worked out extremely well, as we got our friend Mr. Bass Riot Joel to jump on board instead.
2.In July you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
We have never tried to fit into a specific genre or style. Instead we go with the feel of the moment and for us that usually is a wild breed of black metal mixed with thrash and punk but it's always full of passion, aggression and honesty as we leave our Siniestro mark on our product. I think our latest album had a bit more of a black metal vibe to it than the previous one called Oppression of the Sunlight, which had a bit more punk feeling to it, but that's how Siniestro works. We create music that is present in this time and moment of how we feel.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Our lyrics contain a lot of anger and hatred towards different things going on around our personal life, but also worldwide issues as religion, corrupt media and whatever might cross our minds.
4.Originally the band was called 'Graverape Ritual' what was the decision behind the name change and also the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Siniestro'?
That is a misunderstanding. Graverape Ritual and Siniestro are two totally different bands. Sebastian (Drums) and me (Linus, guitars, vocals) played in Graverape Ritual but we left in 2011 'cause we felt that we wanted to do something else by ourselves that didn’t fit into the other band, so there was no change of name or anything like that. Siniestro is something else. The name came from Sebastian who is from Chile so he asked me: why not a Spanish name? In English it means „sinister“ and it sounds great and fits into our style of music.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I think that our last show as opener for Destruction in Stockholm was a fantastic show, but its hard to choose a specific show as the best. In CZ we played small clubs and that was totally insane also. Just as the shows in Spain for example. For us it doesn’t matter if it is a small club or a big stage. We just go on 100% every time and that is why a lot of people like us, I think. It's always the energy and passion that reflect our stage performance.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
In May we are going to Czech Rep, Slovakia and Austria and in September we are going to Bulgaria and Romania. We are also planning dates in Germany, Italy, Bosnia, Serbia and here in Sweden but it has not yet been confirmed as we speak.
7.The last album was released on 'Bleeding Heart Nihilist Productions', can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
BHN is run by Alex Cess, who I met at a club in Berlin a few years ago. We drank some booze and talked shit and realized that we were into the same music and attitude, so we kept in touch after that. I told him that I just started a new band called Siniestro and after he listened to some demos he told me that he really liked the stuff and asked us if we were interested to release something on his label. Alex is a great guy and lets us create what we want and believes in and supports us 100%, so that means a lot to us.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of extreme metal?
Wherever we go and wherever we play, there are always people coming up to us and ask us when we will come back, so that is amazing. We are extremely proud and happy to play for everyone everywhere. As we like to mix thrash, punk and black metal, it's really cool to see both punks and metal heads in the same mosh pit at our shows. That is exactly what Siniestro is about. A bunch of misfits of society getting together and having a good time.
9.Are any of the band members currently involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
All of us have different projects going on but to name a few of them, Sebastian plays thrash metal with Terminal Prospect and he is a frequently hired drummer for various studio recordings and live performances etc. Joel is a busy guy playing with Ztringtrosa and Adrenaline Rush and I (Linus) also play with the black metal band IXXI.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We are always going to create what we feel like presently in our time. We have started the pre-production of our next album and it will be even darker and more chaotic than the last one, I can tell you already. Since we have Joel on bass now it really feels like a dream team and we are really looking forward into the future.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Our main influence comes from the old heroes such as Slayer, Motörhead, Pantera etc., but also some more acoustic stuff like Johnny Cash has always had a big impact. We really like GG Allin also. And don't forget Burzum, Dissection etc. There are so many great bands and artists out there to get inspired from. Old and new. There are too many to mention.
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Even though music takes a big space and time in all of our lives, there is also other things that are important to reflect on and respect like family and friends. When we go into Siniestro mode it's 100%, but it's also good to take some time off and relax and recharge the batteries for the next mission.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
A big thank you to every one of our fans out there. We salute you! Without you we wouldn’t exist! Respect!