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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with Heráldica de Mandrake.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

Hi, I'm Francisco, guitar and main vocals in Heráldica de Mandrake. The band started with me and my brother Cristian as a duo, we recorded a demo but then he left our hometown so I had to start from zero with new partners that decided to help me (Julio on Bass and Alfredo on drums), creating a whole new sound so we started “Heráldica de Mandrake”. I was obsessed with doom metal, comics, sword and sorcery, literature and ancient civilizations so I had to create a concept album with a dark and magical ambient inspired by writers such as Michael Moorcock or Tolkien. Fortunately, my comrades were thinking like me and since then we started to work as three technowarlocks revealing the legacy of the lost civilization of the lands of Mandrake.

2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

I think because doom is the heaviest genre in metal and it's full of emotions: rage, fear, despair, existentialism, etc. I listen to all kinds of metal but no one is just as complete as doom metal. If you listen to Reverend Bizarre, you have this dark and terrifyig masterpiece called “the council of ten” and then, in the same album, you have “eternal forest” a beautiful ballad without losing this heavy and slow atmosphere. Amazing.

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

The release of our first album through Manifectation prods. (an underground tape label from Chile dedicated only to doom) and the chance to share with other bands of the genre.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

It's too obvious to say that Black Sabbath is one of them so I have to say Saint Vitus (especially “Born too late” and “Die healing”), Reverend Bizarre (all their master pieces) and Pentagram ("Relentless"). Of course there are a lot of other influences like Count Raven, Cathedral, Warning, etc. but everytime I was composing riffs I had these gods in my mind: dirty as Saint Vitus, majestic as Reverend Bizarre and dark as Pentagram! besides, these three bands have that organic sound that we try to reach, reminiscent of that '70s way to record albums, way more honest than nowaday. We are also influenced by soundtracks of movies like “Conan the barbarian”, “Excalibur”, “Gladiator”, etc. but that's another story.

5. What are your plans for the near future?

Right now we are preparing material for an EP while we are promoting out first album that was released this november, 2017.

6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.

If you are interested in slow doom metal with no weed-worship lyrics, long tracks of more than 10 minutes and epic vocals but overwhelming fat strings, contact Manifectation prods. to get a copy of our first album “No hay caminos cortos a la libertad” (no shortcuts to freedom), you can read the chronicles of Mandrake while you are listening to crushing doom metal!

Visit the Heráldica de Mandrake bandpage.

Interviewed on 2018-02-25 by doom-metal.com.
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