Witchhammer! Thank you for taking the time to fill out this interview.
Please introduce yourself to the readers?
W/ hey Patrick
thanks to you for giving us this space to spread our Metal sound and thoughs
to your readers, well, I'm Hugo “Witchhammer” Uribe, Founder Drummer of the
Colombian Heavy Metal band call Witchtrap from 1993, a fucking Metalhead to
When did you first discover metal music? Who
were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your "current"
favorite bands to listen to?
Metal in 1987 doing a homework for the high school, after that I realized
Metal will be my passion til the end of times, my very first band I istened
was Metallica “Kill'em All” then I discovered Exciter, Iron maiden,
Destruction, Kreator Sodom, Slayer, and the Mighty Venom, after these days I
realized Metal was a huge world that I need to know to the bottom, there are
millions of bands and amazing people and unimaginable ways to thing of each
person and that's the best thing I have discovered into Metal. And old Venom
keeps going the band I listen today, of course I hear many bands as well
from the undeground scene but they are many to be named here.
When did you and the other members of
Witchtrap meet? Was it long until you decided to form Witchtrap?
B. A. Ripper
and me we're brothers and both have the same sound Metal taste that's why
we fit perfect to compouse and write Metal. Actually we have never thought
to start a band but in early 90's after we knew the mighty “Masacre” from
Colombia got more spreading out side of Colombia, we realized we can do it
as same as they did, so my brother and me played accoustic guitars a lot and
we used to play some Hellhammer, Venom and Sodom stuff cause that was easy
to play their songs and do it only by ears you know, so after “Masacre” I
told you above we took an idea to start our own band, together “Enforcer” in
our very first band before “Witchtrap” called “Dark Millenium” in 1991.
What is the
"current" line-up for the band? How would you describe Witchtrap's music for
the readers who have never heard it before?
line up is: Burning Axe Ripper: Vocals/Guitars; Enforcer: Bass; Witchhammer:
plays Dynamic Power Black Metal, it's a pure Metal wihtout any modern shit
contamination keeping in save the real roots of Metal, just like when Metal
was Metal, with some NOBHM tastes and the fury and power of Metal sound as
we get hoocked on Metal in 80's I eman the glorious age of Metal that nobody
has couldn't do it in nowadays.
The band recently released it's third cd
"Vengenence is my Name" through hells headbangers rec.how long did it take
the band to write and record the songs for this release?
All the songs
were written long time ago I think they were written after the No Aneshtesia
was pressing, but the recordings sessions took around a year to be recorded,
mixed and mastered in our home studio “Dirty Sound Studios”, I mean we
started to record the session on December in 2010 and it got be ready in
early January 2012.
you and the other members happy with how everything turned out?How has the
response been from the press and fans?
we're totally happy and at last we have found an excellent sound quality, is
that we wanted to have in all our recordings from the begining,
unfortunatelly we hadn't the economical resources to do it in those days.
We are surprised with the response of the fans cause they have found
something raw and excellent sound that they like, even there are some
Metalheads that likes other early albums from us, but the critic of press
have been very good, more than we were expecting.
Are their any upcoming shows/tours planned in
support of Vengeance is my Name? Where are some places the band will play?
we have played by very first time in Chile we did some shows in that country
and we had a terrific response from the Metalheads in there, now we have got
some proposals to play in the United States, Ecuador and Brazil, but before
that, we need to see what deal have the promoters because in early times
promoters in Europe wanted that we spent money from our budget to pay plane
tickets to travel to Europe and then they will fix our tour, something that
we found impossible because we are poor people and we haven't this big
amount of money to do that. Of course we would love to play in whole world
with Witchtrap for sure.
Who are some bands that Witchtrap has
played/toured with over the years? If you could set up a dream tour who are
some bands (past or present) you would love to tour with?
We have played
with many bands in Colombia, Ecuador and Chile, we have played in Colombia
with some very named bands such as: Gorgoroth, Destruction, Kreator, Sodom,
Sadus, Testament, Hirax, Samael, but actually we haven't a special band that
we would like to play with, but of course Venom would be th best if we'd
play together in 1984 but it can't be possible, hehe. From nowadays there
are bands that we like to play with such as: Power From Hell, Desaster,
Masacre, Nunslaughter, Bullet, Witchgrave, Nocturnal etc, there many to be
The band comes from the
colombia,south american underground scene.south america has a legendary
metal scene,so i was wondering what is your opinion of south america's metal
undergound metal scene?
about South American Metal Scene, first of all it's the most extremely Metal
scene around the world, second we are the forgotten Scene from the big media
and now they are putting their eyes in us because I think Europe and North
America scene it's falling down. About South American Scene it's more
passionated and aggressive, but we need to professionalized our sound and
productions, and that's exactly that all bands in South America it's working
for long time ago.
It's funny to
see how Europe and North America bands want to sound raw, right? And almost
all South American bands want to sound with high quality sound.
Who are some
of your all-time favorite colombian/south-american bands? Are their any new
bands you think the readers should check out soon?
band from Colombia is Astaroth, then Masacre and Blasphemia, but I have to
confess that Savage Aggression it's the best one of all times, yet knowing
they are from nowadays.
nowadays you have to put an eye they are: Savage Aggression, Esquizofrenia,
Dirges, Runner Hell, Hellworld, No Mercy, Legacy, Alcoholic Force, Sobibor,
Yog-Sothoght, Blasphemer, Revenge, Profecia, among others.
Witchtrap do you or any of the other members play in other bands/projects?
please tell us a little about them.
Yeah, I played
til last year in “Nightmare” together with Enforcer and B.A.Ripper, they are
a pure Raging Heavy Metal from the lungs of Hell, (NWOBHM). Enforcer plays
in other band calle Hellworld, it's a Death Metal with rabid feeling and
opinion what is the best and the worst thing about the underground today?
And what does the term "underground metal" mean to you?
best: all Metalheads into the undeground loves to keep in save Metal roots.
some stupid guys that thinks they are only the true ones, and there are many
reasons to be one of those stupid guys, I say: all of us we're one
underground scene and we need to be United as one, to be stronger than the
Underground means Metal, no influenced by strange cultures, or trendy, we
need to keep in save our real roots because if we keep leaving new trendy in
our Metal culture we are going to destroy the pure of our sound and way to
live: “Free as the Wind” (Anvil).
the drums for Witchtrap, when did you start playing the drums? Are you
self-taught or did you take lessons?
I started in
1990 by self taught and I never took lessons, only today I have taken some
musical lessons but not for playing drums. I think to play Metal no needs
to be learn it, because it comes through the veins and blood.
Who are some
of your influences/favorite drummers? Do you play any other instruments?
my main influences on drums are: Robb Reiner, Dan Beehler, Abaddon, Steve
Priestly, Tommy, Lombardo, and Lars Stupirch(hahaha). Yes I do, I play
Guitar and Bass too.
reached the end of the interview,thank you taking the time to fill this out
do you have final comments for the readers?
Thanks to you
Patrick to give a chance to spread the Metal sound of Witchtrap to your
Witchtrap's Metal is: Unfit music, Nasty music, Aggressive music, Noisy
music, for the ears of our parents!!! No More Beautiful Music in Metal!!! If
you want to be thrashed,
go to listen Witchtrap!!!
Stay Evil Stay Ugly Stay Metal
See You in Hell & ROCK'N'ROLL
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