[P. Scyther] Witchgöat was created by guitarist P. Scyther who had the idea of setting a musical project that would play the type of music he had been a fan of his whole life. This included Latin American thrash from the 80’s and old school death metal as well as blackened death metal of the 90’s. He found M.Miasma to be the vocalist with the identity and personality required to give the line-up the right spirit. Both respectively composed the music and the lyrical concept of the band together with E. Driller as well as the charismatic bassist C. Fog. They recorded the demo Umbra Regit which was released on July 31, 2018.
2.So far you have released a demo, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
[P. Scyther] The Umbra Regit demo evokes and mixes the sound elements that we like within metal, high speed revolutions, doses of blast beats, melodies in minor keys, violence, and raw and rough vocalizations of black metal. We have not invented anything and neither are we trying to be original. Simply we play what we love. Before we were musicians we were fans of metal our whole life and as fans we have passed to be from enthusiastic spectators to be the protagonists of something that we have always liked.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
[M. Miasma] I am interested in merging lectures related to different currents on occultism, ancient civilizations and ancient beliefs. Also a little bit of war tales, honestly there is no boundary on which topic to talk about right now is this but on the coming album could be different there is completely no bounds, we will do whatever we feel interesting to do for us.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Witchgöat'?
[M. Miasma] The name was decided with P. Scyther we know the words “Witch” and “Goat” are being used by other bands on their names but we do not give a fuck about that, I think the music/lyrics of the bands gives a band a solid name, you can have a “killer” band name but if the production, music and content is bullshit then the band will be bullshit so there is not much concern about that situation. We choose that name because it gets along well with the intention of the music and lyrics for this project, we want an obscure, aggressive and gloomy vibe In the music and that name fits good for us.
5.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the demo cover?
[M. Miasma] Symbolizes the rebirth after death, a step closer to find the answer of one of the biggest mysteries of humanity, death, perfect and determined as our vision within this band, determined to vomit tunes of death, aggressiveness and without any compromise. Also the only commitment we can take is towards ourselves, to be honest while composing music without any intention to build any egocentric bullshit around it, we do not have nothing to prove to anyone just to ourselves.
6.Has the band had any opportunities to do any live shows yet?
[P. Scyther] So far we have only rehearsed privately for the making of Umbra Regit and for the recording of the complete album that the title will be released soon. It should be released before the year ends. For now, we are concentrating in producing music before we start playing live shows. The conditions in El Salvador to do live performances are not the best, however, we do not rule out making live shows in the near future.
7.The demo was released on 'Morbid Skull Records', how did you get in contact with this label?
[M. Miasma] Yes, it was a good option since I own that label.
8.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?
[P. Scyther] We are a new band and making a path is complicated and can be hard work. Up to now, we have had good reviews from people who are enthusiastic of the genre in the underground thanks to Umbra Regit. We did not expect this response and it has been surprise in a positive way, even though there are less favorable opinions related to the precariousness of the sound and concerning that the sound of the band does not include novelty elements or innovative resources. However, as mentioned before our interest is not in that direction and we believe that a good underground project must keep a certain level of precariousness and realism in the sound of its instruments. Personally, we do not like so much, metal with a refined sound or an artificial level of production.
9.Right now you are working on your first full length album, what can we expect musically once it is released?
[P. Scyther] Our first album is fully recorded. Some details are missing but the music is about to be produced. The album will give continuity to the Umbra Regit demo that right now reflects the band at this moment. The other songs from the full-length are the same kind as the demo and you can expect the same speed, vocal ferocity, melody, blast beats, and evil riffs in minor keys, and lyrics are as the ones already described. If you have liked the demo you will absolutely enjoy the album.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
[P. Scyther] There is a bit of everything you know, great albums of thrash metal like Schizophrenia from Sepultura and the first releases from Bathory, Sarcófago, Aura Noir, Dissection, Destruction, Possessed, Death and the melodies of bands like Mercyful Fate are among some of the classics that have been an influence for us. From nowadays, blackened European thrash bands like Nekromantheon, Inculter, Obliteration, Quintessenz, Sepulcher, Black Magic, DeathHammer or Latin American bands like, Sierpes, Destroyer Attack, Conceived by Hate, Mortem, Disorder and that kind of style also have an influence.
11.Does Occultism play any role in your music?
[M. Miasma] Incorporate it into music I see it more as a consequence of something more global, this includes topics that are of personal interest for our lives.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
[P. Scyther] We would like to thank everyone that has read this interview and given their support to the band and our project. We hope to have the news of our upcoming album soon and that everyone enjoys it.