Bicéfalo by Rapha Decline
Rapha Decline (guitarist, lead vocals), a founding member of the Bilbao-based band Typhareth, set aside his personal project Decline; to join up with Maider (drums) and gave birth to Sönambula. In 2018, after numerous lineup changes, they were joined by Aleksey (bass, backing vocals).
They soon entered the studio to record their first EP ‘Hilen Argia’ in 2014. Halfway through February 2016, the band entered TyK Studios to record their first full-length release, titled Secuela; which was edited by Base Records at the beginning of April. Ten tracks were recorded in just two days. The release was composed of the four re-recorded tracks from the EP, and six new tracks. This time the production quality reflected the sound the band strove to achieve more precisely, thicker and more brutal.
In 2017 the band opened for the legendary band Master, who were on their way through Bilbao. At the same time, the band started composing their second and latest release, titled ‘Bicéfalo’. ‘Bicéfalo’ was recorded in TyK Studios, mastered in Sinergía Studios by Chicote, and was released by Xtreem Music on December 2018.
‘Bicéfalo’ is a lot more dynamic than the previous one ‘Secuela’. We haven’t lost any of the darkness or heaviness which characterizes us, and we’re generally very happy with the release; both visually and sonically.
The composition process was interrupted by the arrival of a new bassist, who had to learn the new songs. Then we got a gig opening for Master and had to stop composing and start teaching. Unfortunately, once we played the concert we stopped hearing from the bassist; which of course caused a delay in both the composing and recording process. After some time Aleksey joined and we had to start from zero again. It was difficult to get the hours in, learn the songs, and play gigs at the same time; however we got through it well, and no one ever said it was easy. Consistency is the key.
Artist: Igor Mugerza www.facebook.com/AbigorExtremeArt
Photography: Bego Elexpe www.facebook.com/begoelexpe