Interview with RavenSire{Heavy Metal} done by Patrick posted on 6-2-19


Interview with RavenSire  done by  Patrick

1.Hello  how are things going in Portugal  this week with you and the band? Please introduce yourself to the readers?

 Hello Patrick, thanks a lot for featuring our band on your Zine. This is Nuno, the guitar player. We are Ravensire, we come from Portugal and we play raw, uncompromising and passionate Heavy Metal! We are about to release our third album “A Stone Engraved in Red”, out this month on Cruz del Sur Music.


2. RavenSire was started back in 2011  when did you all first get the idea to start this band?What is the current line up of the band?
 Ravensire has been on my mind for quite some time, but it was only in 2011 that the stars finally aligned and F (then drummer), Rick (then only bass) and myself started rehearsing some ideas that I had on my “riff vault”. Not long after, Zé Gomes (then vocals) and Zé RockHard (guitar) joined the fold. It was this line up that released the first mini CD “Iron Will” in 2012. During these 8 years, there were a few lineup changes and nowadays Ravensire is: Nuno (guitars), Rick (bass/vocals), Mário (guitars) and Alex (drums).


3.Who  would you say are  RavenSire's biggest influences and for the readers who have never heard the bands music how would you best describe it?

 We have influences from the past, present and future! Ahah! The classics are always present, of course: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Manowar, Manilla Road, Omen… It’s basically impossible for us to skip them! But we also dig a lot deeper into the underground… Bands like Holy Terror, Tyrant, Deaf Dealer, Brocas Helm and others also helped shape our sound. But then you have all the contemporary bands that make for a vibrant and healthy scene and also leave their impression on us: Doomsword, Ram, Terminus, Wrathblade, Silver Machine and so many, many others! Actually, if I’m going to be totally honest, I listen to a whole lot more new bands, nowadays, than I listen to oldies.

4.A Stone Engraved In Red is the bands third full length release how long did it take the band to write to the music for the new release? How long would you say it takes the band to complete one song?

It all depends on the song. Our method of writing is always the same: someone comes up with the skeleton of a song, with the structure more or less defined, and then the other members put their effort into it. There are songs that almost write themselves, others that take a whole lot longer. For example, a song like “Gabriel Lies Sleeping” was written by me at home, I took it to the band rehearsal, and a couple of sessions later it was finished. Another song like “The Games of Titus”, started as an idea from Mário, more or less the intro you have today, and then we developed it into a whole song, complete, full of variations. It was co-written by me and him and it took quite a while to finish! Actually, when we were recording it for the album, we even altered a few things. So, it all depends, really.
Although this album took 3 years to complete (our previous album “The Cycle Never Ends” was released in 2016), that had to do more with the lineup changes (Mário and Alex coming into the band after Zé RockHard and F left) than the songs taking too much time to finish.

5.Who usually handles writing the lyrics for the music and what are some topics written about on the new release?Which usually comes first the lyrics or the music?

Music always comes first! The vocals are the last thing we incorporate into the song. Normally it’s Rick who handles most of the lyrics. He has an uncanny ability to conjure fantastic lyrics almost out of thin air. I can give him an idea or something and ten minutes later he already has the skeleton of the lyric! Actually, most of the times he doesn’t even need any ideas from other people… He simply conjures them up. His topics include history, mythology, archaeology, fantasy… The whole canvas!
The only song he didn’t write the lyrics for was “Dawning in Darkness”, which I wrote. I like to write a lyric here and there, as long as I have a strong topic that inspires me. This time, I wrote a song in honor of a couple of dear friends Hartmuth and Cheryl (both had been very active on the scene since the 90s, mainly through their labels BarbarianWrath, Nazgul Eyrie, Witches Brew, etc). Hartmuth has been on a vegetative state for the last two years after a somewhat routine surgery went bad. So, I wrote a song about someone that’s stuck in a world where the morning doesn’t bring any light. A world in perpetual darkness from where no one can get out.


6.Besides the upcoming A Stone Engraved In Red release are the bands previous releases still available for the readers to purchase?Other then physical releases does the band have any other merchandise currently available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?

We still have a few copies of our first mini-CD “Iron Will” and some CD’s from our last album “The Cycle Never Ends”. Everything else is sold out from us! You might find some copies of our last album on vinyl and CD on Cruz del Sur’s site. “We March Forward”, our first album, is completely sold out for quite a while.

If you want to listen to our albums and maybe order some (or buy the digital download if you prefer), go to our bandcamp: http://ravensire.bandcamp.com There you’ll find everything about us that you need to know. If you like what you hear, we’re thankful if you wish to support!

7.Does RavenSire have any plans to make a video for any of the songs of the new release? If you had the opportunity to which songs would you like to see made into a music video?

Not really. We’re not that much into videos, to be honest. They all look staged like hell. We’re more into blood, sweat, tears, and effort so come to our shows to see us live and you’ll get the perfect “video” ahah!

8.Has RavenSire had the opportunity to play live very often over the years if yes what have been some of the bands most memorable shows and tours over the years?Who are some bands you have had the opportunity to share the stage with?

Yeah, we’ve been active throughout the years! We’ve played our country Portugal quite often, but we also traveled to other European countries regularly. I have to say that one of the shows that had the most impact on us, was a very recent one! It was 15 days ago at Courts of Chaos festival in Britanny! We played to a packed venue and we delivered our most memorable gig! The crowd was so into it, that when we finished, everybody started chanting our name and demanding an encore. We ended up playing a song we hadn’t rehearsed for that gig, because no one was allowing us to leave! Was fucking mindblowing, to be honest! We’ll have Courts of Chaos forever in our hearts!
We have played with so many bands, that we lost count, but among them were Manilla Road, Jag Panzer, Tokyo Blade, Grim Reaper, Enforcer, Ram…



9.Are their any plans for shows or tours in 2019 if yes where will the band be playing?
Right now, we are preparing for the album release, which will come out this month. After that, we’ll start preparing for the upcoming gigs. There are a few contacts already underway, but nothing that we can announce yet!

10.Besides playing in RavenSire do any of the members currently work with in other bands or solo projects?If yes please tell the readers a little about them?

Rick has another band where he’s the bassist – it’s called Filii Nigrantium Infernalium and they’re one of the oldest Black Metal bands in existence not only in Portugal, but also Europe. They released a new album recently through Osmose Productions. He also has a studio project called Perpetratör. It’s an all-out thrash affair, with already two albums released.
Alex is also the drummer of Midnight Priest, one of the best Heavy Metal acts to ever come out of Portugal! Check out their newest album “Aggressive Hauntings” and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

11.RavenSire comes out of Portugal's epic heavy metal scene what is your opinion of Portugal's metal scene?

For a long time traditional Heavy Metal was basically dead, here. There were one or two bands which were going through the motions, but it hardly anyone cared about them. Towards the end of the 00’s, though, things started picking up. Not only young guys started getting into it, but also old-timers got nostalgic of their old days and started showing up on gigs. Nowadays it’s all much more interesting, although still far from scenes like the Spanish, French, not to mention the heavy weights Germany or Greece.

12.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of Portugal  and are there any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?

One of my all-time favorite band from Portugal has to be Alkateya. Their 80s demos were so epic and great! They wrote the song that, for me, is the ultimate Portuguese epic anthem: “Star Riders”! Such a great piece and, for sure, an influence on my songwriting!

If you want to get a taste of Portuguese Heavy Metal, these days, you should check out Midnight Priest, Ironsword, Attick Demons, Lyzzard, Wanderer, SpeeDemon, The Unholy, Thugnor, Shivan… On the more extreme side, there are also some worthy names: Filii Nigrantium Infernalium, Decayed, Scum Liquor, Disthrone…

I’m sure I forgot some names!

13.Besides traditional heavy metal  do you listen to any other genres of underground music if you do what are your favorite genres? Who are some of your favorite bands and artists?

Underground, for me, it’s only Heavy Metal! I spend so much time inebriated at the excellent stuff that is coming out, that I don’t have any time to go dig other scenes. And, to be honest, I don’t really have any interest ahah!
I might listen to other stuff (classical music, some blues, classic rock), but I’m more of a passive listener.

14.When you need to take a break from  working on new music and band business what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

It’s more like: “when we need to take a break from our jobs and families, we enjoy working on new music and band business on our spare time!” Ahah!

We all have our professional lives and families, Ravensire is our escape from all that and I hope it continues to be for a long time!

15.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?

Thanks for this interview! If anyone’s interested to know more about Ravensire, our upcoming gigs, merch or whatever, drop a like on our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/RAVENSIRE

If you want to listen to our stuff, order or buy digital, then head to:

Stay true!

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Gaz Visionz is a writer and Internet Radio DJ with the punk/metal show 'The Wastelands'. He is also a YouTube podcaster/creator, host of Ancient Visionz Talk Radio, co-host of Paradigm Radio with Planet X Films, and a passionate fan of hardcore punk, metal, underground hip hop, movies, science-fiction, comics, and indie film.
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