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Nigromante
After years of existing as a Heavy Metal entity outside of Rancor amd Steel Horses, Nigromante have finally issued their long overdue debut full-length album Black Magic Night. Thanks to the guys at Clawhammer PR, I was given the chance to not only review the album, but also shoot some questions over to the group via e-mail. Below is what vocalist, guitarist, and bassist Choco had to say in response.

Nigromante was putting out material up the Maqueta demo in 2006, then eight years passed by without anything new. Why was there such a long gap of studio silence?

Choco:
The main reason has been the line-up changes together with our activity in other bands (We are bass players in bands Steel Horse and Rancor who have released both two albums in the last years). It wasn’t until 2009 that we really got serious again and decided to start writing our next album.

What was it that made you guys decide to finally get to issuing your debut full-length album?

Choco:
We felt it was the moment to attack with a full-length after three demos.

I personally would love to your earlier recordings after hearing the album. Are there any plans to make the three demos Nigromante did in the past available, maybe as a compilation, or maybe a free digital download somewhere like Bandcamp?

Choco:
Thanks, but we don’t think those demos will be released, some of the songs are included with different lyrics in Black Magic Night (they used to be in Spanish) and the other may be in the future, but those recordings don’t have the quality to be released. Also the line-up is totally different, I’m the only member that remains.

How about live shows. Are you guys doing more shows lately to push Black Magic Night, or have live shows for Nigromante been limited over the years in general?

Choco:
In the last years we limited shows to focus on writing the album, now we are booking shows to take our music everywhere we can, we are a live band, we need the power on stage.

Right now Nigromante is signed with Shadow Kingdom Records. How did this deal come about, and is it only for Black Magic Night, or was it a multi-album deal?

Choco:
Tim from Shadow Kingdom Records contacted us asking if we had a full-length planned, he could hear our 2006 demo. The album was almost finished so we sent some songs and we got the deal for this album. We are really proud of working with one of the best Heavy Metal labels that is releasing such great quality stuff!

Is Black Magic Night basically all the material Nigromante has composed over the years, or are there still more songs in the catacombs that you didn’t record for this album and may see next time around?

Choco:
We are right now working in our next album, 6 songs are almost finished, maybe some riffs will be taken from the past, but we feel that we are writing better songs now, so most of it will be new.

Where was Black Magic Night recorded, and who was brought in to handle the technical aspects of the album such as recording, mixing, and mastering?

Choco:
Myself did the recording, mixing and mastering of the whole album. I work in a high quality studio in Madrid (www.trastecero.com), so I could work on the free hours on this project. It took a long time to do, as it was just on the free time of the studio and it’s quite hard to produce yourself, but I’m quite happy with it finally, it has the old-school vibe we were looking for.

Black Magic Night clearly wasn’t geared to be what a lot of people would expect from a Heavy Metal band today. It has a very subtle mixture of Rock and Metal. Has this been one of the bands goals since Nigromante came together, and how has it been received over the years if you don’t mind my asking?

Choco:
We feel that nowadays in the Heavy Metal scene it’s all about getting 3-4 NWOBHM albums or the last Thrash Metal hits and copy everything from them… that’s not the real Heavy Metal spirit. Back in the 80’s bands were doing what they wanted and had different influences and you would hear it in the music, bands sounded different, think how different are Manowar, Anvil or Venom, and all are into Heavy Metal…. We just work like that, we write the music in our rehearsal studio and don’t care about much more than having some good dark guitar riffs and good melodies, not about sounding like this band… or wearing the same clothes to be so cool…

Since we’re on that sort of subject, who or what were some of the biggest influences to the material on this release, and are there any modern bands that may have influenced the songs that appear on Black Magic Night?

Choco:
I don’t feel there’s many modern influence on the album, some bands writing great stuff nowadays can be an influence like RAM or In Solitude from Sweden, Slough Feg… but most of our influence comes from NWOBHM, US Metal, Anvil, early Thrash (Metallica, Megadeth) or Black (Venom, Celtic Frost) and 70’s bands like Black Sabbath.

Who did the album’s artwork, and how did the idea for it come about? Also, are you afraid it might give off more of a Black Metal appearance than a Heavy Metal one to Black Magic Night?

Choco:
It’s a spanish artist, Andreu Matallana. I had this idea of making a dark cover like an engraving (thinking on the cover of In Solitude Hidden Dangers single and Watain artworks) and when I was searching in google I found his website and felt that he was the right man. I sent him some lyrics and then he did this great artwork, he made a great job! It can make you think of Extreme Metal, but if you think about it, Mercyful Fate Nuns Have no Fun is quite similar… also genre restrictions are not something we love…

Will there be any special pressings of Black Magic Night, such as a limited vinyl or cassette run? If not, would you like to see it be made available this way at some point?

Choco:
We would love to make a vinyl pressing and any label interested can contact us or Shadow Kingdom Records.

So what’s next for Nigromante? Are there any plans in the near or distant future, or perhaps another album we might see sooner than another seven or eight years from now? *wink*

Choco:
Really, now we will work faster, you won’t have to wait that long ;) After the live shows, we will record another album and we hope it can be out in 2015, just one year after Black Magic Night.

Is there anything else you want to mention I didn’t touch on?

Choco:
Thanks for your interview and support and to all the readers of Apoch’s Metal! Join the Satan Death Squad! Please stream and/or buy the album here!

Nigromante: Black Magic Night

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Interview conducted thanks to Shadow Kingdom Records via Clawhammer PR.