Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Evilheart was formed in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico in 1999. In 2001 we released our first demo “Summoned To War,” in 2004 we released our first album “Dark In Glory,” in 2007 our second album “Storm Of Annihilation” and last year we released our third album “Quinquaginta” (Latin for Fifty), which is going to be re-released by Canada’s Test Your Metal Records in September. The lineup consists of Jorge Millán on vocals & bass, who also is psychologist, Adrián Urías on guitar, who also is an architect, and me (Rodolfo Rogers) on drums. I’m an Information Systems Engineer, but Metal is my true passion. Jorge & Adrián joined the band after “Dark In Glory” was released. We have shared the stage with international acts like Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth, Deicide, Amon Amarth, and Malevolent Creation to name a few, and we did a small Euro Tour in 2011 which included Germany, Slovakia and Czech Republic, and currently we are preparing for a Canadian Tour in September to support the re-release of “Quinquaginta”.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Mostly Death Metal with some Black Metal & Thrash Metal here and there. Our main influences are Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Vader & Dissection, and to a minor extent Slayer, Testament, Kreator & Iron Maiden.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
“Quinquaginta” & “Storm Of Annihilation” were mixed and mastered at Mana Studios and the covers were designed by Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquillity), so a metalhead can expect top notch quality releases. The songs were crafted carefully, and we took care of each detail especially on “Quinquaginta” which is a conceptual album, and required harder work on the song writing as well as on the lyrics.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
“Summoned To War” (2001 – Demo): It had a good reception in the local scene, but not a so good reception elsewhere. The recording was plagued with mistakes from all the band members, especially me, but the good thing was that critics said that we had the potential to be a good band, just that we had to work to improve our musicianship.
“Dark In Glory (2004 – Album): It had a very good reception in the Mexican scene, it put us on the map, we got to share the stage with big bands like Dimmu Borgir, Behemoth, Deicide, Amon Amarth, and Malevolent Creation, however the reception overseas wasn’t so favourable, and we took note to improve those details on the next album.
“Storm Of Annihilation” (2007 – Album): Due to the major lineup changes after “Dark In Glory,” in the local scene there was scepticism towards this album, but when it came out the reception was even better than with “Dark In Glory.” Having the album mixed and mastered at Mana Studios gave us a sound that made us very competitive not only in Mexico, but overseas as well. In the Mexican scene, it was considered by many as one of the best Mexican Metal releases of the year, and we made it into the Top 50 Mexican Metal albums by Ragnarock Radio from Mexico City. The reception overseas was really good too, with people comparing us to Morbid Angel, Behemoth, Vader & Krisiun, and we finally managed to play outside Mexico in 2011, when we played in Germany, Slovakia and Czech Republic.
“Quinquaginta” (2014 – Album): While most of the reviews for “Storm Of Annihilation” were very positive, some musicians pointed out some weakness and areas of improvement here and there and we took note, and again worked on them, which resulted in “Quinquaginta” a more dynamic album, better crafted composition with a deeper level of detail, a wider range of influences, faster parts, and more complex lyrics. So far the reception has been the best for any of our releases both in Mexico and overseas.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Unfortunately we don’t play often, because we are mostly ignored in the Mexican scene because we are located in North West Mexico. For now we only have the 11 shows Canadian Tour in September, and I hope next year we can play our first shows in the USA. We are also planning an Euro Tour. As for Mexico there are no shows scheduled sadly.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We work really hard to make the high quality albums, and we are always in a continuous improvement process so each album is better than its predecessor. If you’re looking for an outstanding production, well crafted songs full of aggression & speed, and interesting conspiracy-themed lyrics, then “Quinquaginta” is for you.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
As mentioned on question 5, we have the Canadian Tour this September, and for the next year we are planning some USA shows, the Euro Tour and start working on a new album. We don’t want another 7 years gap between albums.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can listen to all of our music and watch our videos at www.evilheart.com , there you can buy our stuff directly with us. Also you can buy “Quinquaginta” through our Canadian label Test Your Metal Records at www.testyourmetalrecords.bigcartel.com
Thanks for the interview! Greetings from Mexico! Stay EVIL! \m/