Monday, September 2, 2013

ICELAND

Will be doing a few shows during my second, short stint in the amazingly beautiful country of Iceland. Details to come. First date is at the Bus Hostel in Reykjavik. My last year of writing (2013) is right on schedule. My last year of performing (2014) is open to you. I will take most invitations to play next year. Feel free to contact me at: sangreytierra@gmail.com

Thursday, August 29, 2013

No offense to the Post Rock crowd, but....

I don't write "post-rock." I keep getting that reference in interviews and what have you, but it's not something I do. While I appreciate some bands of that particular genre, I can't label what I do in accordance. I'm hesitant to use the "black metal" label but I realize that it comes with the territory because of my own connection and admiration for the ferocity of the genre. I would simply call it "depressive metal;" a close friend of mine recently reminded me that it is the natural disposition I gravitate to. Most of the music, movies and books I read are of the depressive persuasion. Essentially, it is to say that while I admire what black metal musicians do, that I myself can't claim to be part of their movement. Their movement is something much bigger than my attempt to connect with my indigenous heritage through depressing metal. While I respect it, Sangre Y Tierra is not a part of its canon. Thank you to everyone who has reviewed and recommended my craft. Buy a tape and support!!!! For the first time in my life, furthering my craft partially depends on having communal support. Can't afford to take time to do it anymore. Jobs are overrated, but you have to pay the bills...no? Luckily I thoroughly enjoy mine. Hope you are all well. Keep it depressing.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Thank you all for this first touring experience. Few more EP's. First and final full length coming up. Lots of work to do. Keep making extreme music. Keep furthering the craft of metal and pushing it in new places. Rather than review my music or get praise for it I'd rather it inspire some 15 year old like black metal, death metal and grind did to me 12 years ago. Thank you Lancaster, Philly, Brooklyn, New Jersey. Your punk houses were gnarly, your food was amazing and your women were gorgeous.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

You can purchase a copy of "En Mis Venas Como Veneno" for $5 plus $2 for shipping here:
"En Mis Venas Como Veneno" ended 2012 for me. It was a way to bridge and expand my approach to writing in Sangre y Tierra which has always been a chaotic whirlwind. I've always let the songs unfold kind of naturally. In its final year of existence, the bands writing will slowly resemble the mindset I used in Frontier. There will be more thought put into the compositions rather than a furious venting of emotion. I put my tapes out through UNSEEN FORCE and I am a part of Grindcore Karaoke. I've always opted to give my music out for free, but recently I was realizing that it does put a strain on meager pockets. In order to put out more music and record the full length I will release this year I will have to use the money from these tapes to fund it.

This specific release is dedicated to those who have a friend or a family member with mental illness. Having grown up around it for half my life and taking care of two people who suffer from it, I feel a strong connection to it. Sangre Y Tierra has proven to be therapeutic and traumatic all at the same time. Exhuming all of the awful experiences I've had in life and connecting them to Taino mythology and spirituality has been the closest I've come to letting these things go. I've never personally referred to this band as "black metal." I've simply referred to it as "depressive metal." To me, black metal requires corpse paint. The evils I've experienced have always come in tangible forms. Food insecurity. Hunger. Witnessing abuse. Growing up poor, in the impoverished part of an industrial city. As I grow older, race becomes less of my focus in music. I'd rather focus on the rich and the poor. Humans are an invasive species.....

In this final year, I hope to finish "Beyond Her, There Are Glorious Swells." An album dedicated to the only person I've allowed myself to be vulnerable with. It will be my final release. I'll be releasing something every month until then. It will be December's release, possibly earlier. Look out for a split with In Human Form and Auspicium. And another with Purity of Essence. Thank you all for your support.

As Sangre Y Tierra dissipates, a replacement will emerge. It will go unnamed and releases will be shared among friends.

Thanks again.