Sol De Sangre by Gonzalo Restrepo
I am a Graphic Designer with 14 years of experience working in agencies and for companies such as Yamaha Musical, Burger King and Taco Bell Colombia. I have also worked freelance projects for metal and rock bands. I currently lived in Australia and work at the marketing department in the hydroponics industry. I’ve been drumming for 19 years, played in bands of different genres like Alternative Rock, Progressive Rock, Hard Core, Death Metal, Melodic Death Metal. I’ve played at festivals like Rock al Parque (The biggest outdoors festival in Latin America with about 400,000 spectators), Altavoz, Manizales Grita Rock, Quitofest and more. I’ve shared the stage with bands like Exodus, Shadows Fall, Samael, Kreator, Misfits, Cafe Tacuba, DRI, Lock Up, Municipal Waste, Venom, As Blood Runs Black, Biohazard, Puya, Hell, Belphegor, Onslaught.
Around 2014 our singer talked to Rolando (guitar player) to start a new project. After a couple of months, they had the whole record’s pre-production. I joined the project as a drummer shortly after having the whole record done and ready to mix. I also started to work in all the graphics direction of the band, Logo, artwork, pics, social media, etc..
I think Sol de Sangre self-titled album is an expression of a group of Colombian friends who live overseas and are still connected and puzzled by everything that happens in our country. I like many styles of music, I think the most important thing for me is the percussion in all its aspects. Drummers like Igor Cavalera, Nick Andersson and Dave Lombardo definitely have inspired me. When talking about Sol de Sangre’s sound, if you wanna listen to a combination between early Sepultura with old school Swedish bands like Unleashed, Entombed plus a bit of early Florida 90s, that is Sol de Sangre.
Sol de Sangre started almost as a tribute to the Death Metal bands from the nineties. Then, we decided to write all the lyrics in Spanish and incorporated some ongoing themes in our south American societies that, actually, are not too different from other parts of the world. So, we talked about violence, death, war, darkness, destruction, revolution, satanism, drugs, sex and rock’n’roll. Same old same old! We find inspiration in very simple things like the night, daily life and even complex situations in our country that no one imagines it could happen. Rage, depression, boredom, everything is released when we play music together!
Metal has never been dangerous! Or hold on, it depends on how you think about it. Metal music releases the demons from your body and releases everything you want out of your head!! Is that dangerous?
The dark arts for me are the representation of a side that many do not want to see or explore. A beautiful taste of panic, fear, terror, but at the same time, intrigue, questions, concerns, desire to know more … darkness is everywhere.
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