Obscura Insania is a Stoner Doom Metal band from Caracas, Venezuela, with a very defined concept that tends to create dark environments, using the Spanish language as a medium.
2. In May you had released your first album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
The sound of our debut álbum Sodoma is quite dense, with a somewhat sinister atmosphere from beginning to end. We achieve this by amping up our guitars and basses with lots of fuzz, powerful drumlines, and haunting vocal melodies.
3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Through the lyrics we touch on topics related to life and death, insurrection, revenge, oblivion, and fear. These themes reflect a fateful vision of humanity, perhaps causing the listener to reflect on existentialism.
4. I know that the bands name means 'Dark insanity' in Spanish, how does this name fit in with the musical style that you play?
"Dark Insanity" would be the literal translation, but in Spanish, “Obscura Insania” is a way to express a concept using uncommon words. In fact, many people believe it comes from a phrase in Latin. However, the band name comes from the desire to communicate a more complex ideology about life and death. The word “Obscura” represents a somber and morbid global character that encompasses the message of our album Sodoma. “Insania”, is an allusive word to a disorder of reason, is a reference in this case to the erratic and self-destructive behavior that humanity has remained lifestyle for hundreds of years.
5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Our case is particular- we have been playing together for years in our previous band and we had a strong presence on stage, however we haven’t played live as Obscura Insania yet. We planned to have the album and video out first to commence with our marketing plan afterwards. The plan was to open social networks 15 days before the premiere of the promotional video, putting the album on iTunes and Spotify, and pre-producing our shows. We expect to come with great force along with a captivating audiovisual performance.
6. Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Indeed, we are planning our first show by mid-September in our native Venezuela, along with a multiple-city tour. Soon after we want to do a Latin America and Europe tour, as a start to a world tour.
7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of stoner and doom metal?
Very good, so far we’ve received many positive reactions! And even as we sing in Spanish, it hasn’t been an alienating factor for many non-Spanish speakers who can enjoy and relate to our music. We believe that the Stoner Doom community around the world is very faithful to the genre, and when there is a lot of fuzz and power to music, the feeling transmitted breaks language barriers and is accesible to all.
8. Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects?
Currently, we are all fully dedicated to this project. In the past, however, we have all been involved in different bands playing various subgenres of metal.
9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
For now we want to promote Sodoma by playing live and touring to many countries as we can. We will continue to generate interesting visual material to accompany our music. In addition to that, we will keep composing new songs, as we hope to return to the studio next year and continue our artistic development.
10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
That's a pretty broad topic for us, we could spend all day talking about it. I feel that our tastes can be categorized in stages of life and decades, but generally we can relate to Classic Rock like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, Heavy Metal like Black Sabbath and Pentagram, and 90s Stoner Rock like Sleep, Kyuss, or 2000’s High on fire. Right now we’re pretty into Monolord and Pallbearer.
11. What are some of your non musical interests?
Well, I work in film production and photography, in addition to being audio engineer. The work really stimulates my musical interests. Luis is an excellent painter, and Renzo loves the world of motorcycles and carpentry.
12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Listen to Sodoma, its awesome. Check out our music video for Universo Adverso, and stay tuned to our posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, as well as all the new material that we will continue generating. We’re planning to tour Europe, and we’ll be seeing you guys in the UK soon. Doom On!
Ivan Torres Barroyetta.