Welcome my HeadBangers from Albacete, Spain:
QUARANTINE SESSION #2
One thing is for sure, these guys are following all the Covid guidelines while still keeping it metal. And those masks do add a little mystery to them, I like it.
“Bleed The Crown”
I love this one, and who doesn’t need a little Thrash Metal in their day.
Let’s look at some bio on these guys:
Angelus Apatrida was formed with a music style very different from what they play today. At the beginning it was a classic heavy metal / power metal band. Two demos were recorded in this period: Lost in the Realms of Orchinodaemon (2001) and Unknown Human Being (2003). The last one was a change for the band and was recorded with a new style that led Angelus Apatrida to a post-thrash metal style.
With those demos the band started to play live shows supporting other bands like Saratoga and its popularity soon increased. It won a competition of bands and signed its first contract with the label Red Dragon and recorded the song “Danza de la Muerte” for a tribute album for the Spanish classic heavy metal band called Panzer.
The contract with Red Dragon Records was for three albums. The band recorded the first one, called Evil Unleashed in the Korsakov studios in Madrid during the summer of 2004 produced by Kosta Vázquez but it was never released due to problems with the label. Eventually, the band decided to break the contract with Red Dragon and to re-record the album one year later.
The Evil Unleashed album was re-recorded in the Studio54 studio in Valencia, produced by Enrique Soriano and mastered by Dave Horrocks in Canada at the Infinite Waves studio. The album was edited by Angelus Apatrida in March, 2006 with Producciones Malditas. It was distributed through K-Industria all over the country.
The album received good reviews and Angelus Apatrida was considered as one of the most sensational new bands of the country. It sold many copies in Spain and other countries.
Angelus Apatrida started its first important tour with the Evil Unleashed Tour through many locations in Spain as well as recognized fests like Thrash Attack fest or Viñarock playing together with international bands like Sepultura or Horcas and supporting others like Warcry or Destruction.
After the first album and the Evil Unleashed tour, the band started recording a new album one year later. It recorded the Give ’em War album at the New Life studios in Madrid produced by José A. Garrido and Daniel Melian, mastered by Kosta Vázquez at the Oasis studios and distributed by Mastertrax.
The album was faster, darker and more aggressive than the previous one. The band received many good reviews of the album and the band became one of the most representative bands of The New Wave of Spanish Thrash Metal. It sold many copies all over the world in many different countries and started a long tour on September 2007. The tour included shows all over the country and others in Europe, in many different fests or supporting acts.
Three songs off the album were co-written with Edward S Duke (edtrax) from The United States. (Thrash Unlimited Radio )TU Radio pushed the promotion of the album by extensive airplay leading to listeners worldwide voting it as one of the best overall Thrash releases of 2008.
In December 2009, Angelus Apatrida signed a worldwide deal with major label Century Media Records and toured with Swedish metal act Arch Enemy in Spain and Portugal. In January 2010, the band finished the recording sessions of its third album entitled Clockwork, the first for Century Media, which was recorded at the Portuguese studios Ultrasound with the producer Daniel Cardoso. Vocals on this album are deeply influenced by Dave Mustaine. The album was released on June 21, 2010, and it landed at position No. 44 on the official Spanish chart. On October 28, the band released the music video for Blast Off, directed and produced by Stuff & Nonsense and directors Adriana Lorente and Sara Cort.
On April 13th, 2012, Angelus Apatrida released their fourth studio album titled The Call and produced by Daniel Cardoso. Angelus Apatrida had previously checked in to comment about the new album’s opening song “You Are Next” and the material on “The Call” as follows: “We think that ‘The Call’ is a record that represents the wide variety of styles and elements in our music extremely well; every song stands alone strong and unique in its own way, making the album a whole piece that needs to be heard completely to get the full idea of the sound of the band. But, if we had to choose one song to represent the whole thing, it would be ‘You Are Next’ because, both lyrical and musically, it showcases the anger and fury we wanted to put into this album, and also reflects the step forward we feel we have made technically. It’s a song that starts slowly and trying to capture the listener before exploding into a furious sonic assault.” The Call entered the official chart in the band’s home country, Spain, at position No. 14. This marked Century Media Records’ highest-ever chart entry in that country.
“You Are Next, Live on Radio 3”
On September 18th, 2013, Angelus Apatrida announced their next European tour in November-December together with Havok and Savage Messiah, supporting their upcoming re-release of the band’s first two albums as double-disc set entitled Evil Unleashed / Give ‘Em War, out in Europe via Century Media Records on November 18th, 2013. This marks the first time that their first two albums, Evil Unleashed (2006) and Give ‘Em War (2007), are properly made available outside of the band’s home territory of Spain. The re-release will gather both albums onto a 2CD package entitled adding new layouts, liner notes and plenty of pre-production demo-tracks as special bonus. The creative team involved with this special re-release is the same as on the latest two Angelus Apatrida albums, ”Clockwork” (2010) and “The Call” (2012): Daniel Cardoso handled re-mastering duties for the material and Gustavo Sazes / Abstrata (Arch Enemy, Firewind, Dream Evil, etc.) revamped the artwork.
Produced by Daniel Cardoso, their fifth studio album, Hidden Evolution, was released Jan. 27th 2015. Lead singer, Guillermo Izquierdo commented that he believes that the album is the band’s most technical, and the perfect presentation of Angelus Apatrida. The artwork for Hidden Evolution was handled by Gyula Havancsák / Hjules.com, who has also created album sleeves for bands such as Annihilator, Destruction, Stratovarius, Grave Digger and Nightingale.
Time to meet the band:
Guillermo Izquierdo – guitars, lead vocals
David G. Alvarez – guitars, backing vocals
Jose Izquierdo – bass, backing vocals
Victor Valera – drums, backing vocals
This song is from March of 2018. It might disturb some people so don’t watch it if you are weak. I feel this song could have been written today and I love bands that aren’t afraid to make a statement. Well done guys, really well done.
“Downfall Of The Nation”
“Those that cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” George Santayana
If there’s one thing that I love more then a band with history, it is a band that takes a stand and makes a statement. Here we have a band that does that and how this was made 2 years ago but applies to everything happening today in our society, well history does repeat itself and some how we must find a way to stop the madness. This great Thrash band from Spain is singing about what is going on in my country today. As I watched this video I could see things that were happening in the streets of my country and the world. I always say Metal is family, it unites us all, and if you can’t see that than you’re not metal. Every band that has been on this blog has reached me by a song, something that affected me in a way that I wanted to know more about them, then I wanted all my Metal family to hear them. Music affects us all in one way or another, and it has to be heard not censored. I know in history there would have been a time when this song and the video would not have been allowed anywhere and just to sing it would have put some in the grave. So I guess we have progressed some, but there is still much farther to go. The bands must keep singing and making statements, it reaches us all, and I will keep blogging about them, the Metal Warriors with no fear, thank you guys, keep singing we hear you….
This band really got to me this week, I won’t forget them that’s for sure, and with that being said, that’s it for this week my HeadBangers, join me next week for another band and another song. In the mean time don’t stand to close to the fire if you can’t handle the burn…..