BATTLE CRY   HEAVY POWER METAL FROM ARGENTINA Band Questions answer by PEDRO GENNARI    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Hello everybody! My name is Pedro Gennari, guitars and backing vocals in the band. Battle Cry is formed by six members: Ezequiel   (keyboards), Monty (drums) Diego (bass) Leo (vocals) and Davi and myself in guitars   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? Well, our name comes from the depths of our metal soul! It’s that scream that means that we’re ready for whatever may come, it doesn’t matter what or who, we’ll deal with them with all our strenght and clenched fists. That’s Battle Cry. We got it from a night of beers and an English / Spanish dictionary (We speak Spanish down here in Argentina) we wanted a name that reflects the everyday struggle in life, and that one just fits perfectly.   Where and how was the band founded? We come from a small province in Argentina called Jujuy, South America. The band is 20 years old and it started from friendship, a bunch of youngsters who wanted to play Heavy Power Metal. As almost everybody in Argentina, we played some covers (Manowar /Priest / Maiden / Stratovarius / Edguy and some of local bands like Logos)   until we forged the band’s personality in our own compositions. We have 4 records already but it’s always fun to play a version of our favorites from time to time.   Have you played in other bands before? Yes, I have. I was part of a Death Metal band in the 90s called STRIDOR, a couple of Hard Rock Bands (LA ROCKERA   and HEARTS ON FIRE) and I helped a friend of mine as a live guitar player in ECLIPTIC SUNSET, a Black Metal band from Salta, another province in Argentina.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? Absolutely! The underground scene in Argentina is small and it’s really difficult to stand the adversities of the country’s economy, so we feel really proud to say that 4 of the 6 of us are together these 20 years. We all have regular jobs and family so it’s also hard work to fin time and space to play the music we love, record and tour. We still do it though! As I told you before, we were just friends putting together a band back then so we can tell you that after all these years, we’re family too.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them? Our lyrics speak about everyday working men life, Jujuy history, feelings and Metal! IN our first demo, we tried some fantastic subjects but then we realized that we feel more comfortable talking about our own history and our own feelings. We try to write the lyrics together (Leo, Ezequiel and myself mostly) it depends on the subject, our singer always have ideas, so he hands them to me, then I give our work to Ezequiel, and it goes flowing like that until we’re satisfied with the content. If the lyrics speak about history, I’m usually the one behind it   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Our influences are extremely wide since all of us come from different contexts, but we agree to say that we play Heavy Power Metal. We enjoy including some elements of Death Metal as well, and in our records we have traditional folk instruments from our province but this doesn’t mean that we play Folk Metal. We use those sounds to embellish our way of interpreting Metal. To name a few influential bands, Iron Maiden, Hammerfall, Judas Priest, as well as Lorihen, Imperio, Renacer, Logos from Argentina   Why should people listen to our music? We’re different from everybody else! Hahaha! We sing in Spanish, we tell stories that might have happened to you as well as special moments in our land’s culture. Would you like to hear about war, freedom, independence, violence, life and death, culture and tradition? We got it! Would you like to hear abour inner strength, revenge and Metal? You bet we got it! We create music mixing late 80s and early 90s heavy metal, European power metal, with other elements that makes our music a kind of Metal Pandora’s Box.   Your debut Xuxuy album was released in 2007. How long did it take to work on the album? We took about 2 or 3 years to finish the album. We were extremely inexperienced when it came to terms of reording instruments, looking for the right sounds and mixing, so it was a whole new experience for us, in consequence, we made tons of mistakes. Considering the songs, up to that time we had 2 different vocalists with a completely different approach to melodies and writing, so it was a hard work to combine both styles. It was me who ended up singing in that album, so I had double duty. There are great songs in that album, Guerrero, Renacer, Pacto de Dolor and we kept one song from our original demo (Sorrow) that’s the only song we recorded officially in English.   Some guest musicians can be heard on the album what kind of work together are you particularly proud of and why? All of them actually! Having shredders Pablo Soler from Buenos Aires, Argentina and Marco De Ross from Brazil made that album special they really set the bar high. We had some friends helping us out with the folk instruments and backing vocals too, so it’s a kind of acknowledging our respect for their work.   How proud were you when you first held the album in your hands and what is your favorite song on the album? It was our dream coming true! We were the first Heavy Metal band from Jujuy that came out with an original, professionally released (not CDR haha) album. It took us 7 years to have our debut album out, so you can imagine the celebration!   For your second album Tierra arrasada you have needed six whole years why did it take so long with the second album? We had two different bass players at the time and that slowed things down, we released Xuxuy, did a nice local tour, about 15 or 20 shows and we had to start from square one because our bass player at that time, who is now back in the band BTW, needed to move to a different province to work. So we took our time to find a new bass player. Then we came up with the idea of making a concept album about an exodus of the entire ciy of Jujuy commanded by General Belgrano fighting for the independence. So I had to study history! We started demoing the album and all of a sudden we had a new singer, so we needed a little more time to adjust things to his way of singing, which leads us to the next question…   Javier Barrozo from the band Magnos could be heard on the album. How did you get in touch with him and how did you work with him? Javier was singing in Imperio as well as Magnos by that time, they were going to play in Jujuy and we were one of the local bands playing that show as well. We contacted him, with the local promoter’s permission of course, and he was working with us the whole weekend, he was our new singer’s “vocal coach” sort of speaking, but   soon he got really involved in the concept of the album, worked with melodies, music, he ended up as one of us that weekend, sang a song in the album, and played it live with us when we presented it in Buenos Aires. He is an excellent person and one of my favorite singers.   In 2016, your third album Cicatrices was released. I think the cover artwork is very good. Who did it ? The artwork belongs to our keyboard player Ezequiel, the general idea of that album is speak about special moments or experiences in life that leave a mark, thus the name “cicatrices” which means scars in Spanish. There’s a reference of every song in the cover.   2018 appeared to be 20 years old the best of 20 años are the old versions of the songs or are the new recordings? We re-recorded everything! It was a great experience because we asked the people which songs of the three albums should be on that record, made a poll and everything went really well. We have the opportunity to release a vinyl so we thought that the best way of taking advantage of that format is to record the songs again and have them mastered and mixed for vinyl, so we can deliver the album the best way we can.   Will there be a new album in the near future and how far have you been with new songs? Now we are celebrating our birthday, we are starting to put together a “20 años” tour, we believe until October or so, since we can only play during weekends, and then we would concentrate on writing and rehearsing new songs. There are ideas and riffs everywhere, but nothing concrete yet   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? My very first concert was Rata Blanca in 1991, I was 13 I guess. I loved it every minute, jumped a lot and waited for my parents to pick me up in the end haha, I was too shy I barely spoke to one or two guys.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? The first show that comes to my mind is in La Paz, Bolivia, presenting “tierra Arrasada” . We opened for IAN, the organization was really good, we even had a meet and greet session the morning before the show, we met a lot of people and had a great response live. Then I should mention the Xuxuy tour in Tucumán (Argentina), great response, they even lift me up in the mosh pit, guitar and all! Finally I always enjoy playing in the city of Santa Fe (Argentina), a lot of people go to the show and they love to sing along!! We played with a lot of underground bands from Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil. Herejías, Latinos y metálicos, Oscura Cepa, Vientos Nocturnos, Coprófago, Designio, Logos, Imperio, Lorihen, Almafuerte, El Dragón, Tren Loco, Azeroth, Thrashtorno, Choke, Thornafire, Armadura, Arkanos, and a big etc.   Have already resulted in friendship ? Well, not with the big names, but with the underground bands we’re all connected somehow, by means of getting together at shows or a meal, or through the social networks, we even have a Whatsapp group “Battle Cry and friends” where most of our friends in bands, labels, radio shows or just metalheads share stuff, for example, we made the underground compilation “Sed Peligrosa” (dangerous thirst) for free download: (get it here  www.mediafire.com/file/u152ups5agwcbgl/Sed_Peligrosa_- _Compilado_de_Metal_revisited.rar/file )   Which band would you like to play live with and why? Any metal band is a good band to play with man!, It doesn’t matter who!   Would you like to go on a concert tour in europe? Absolutely! Nowadays economically speaking is kind of a chimera, but when the vinyl is out, maybe someone would get interested and who knows… let’s keep up the spirits don’t we?   With what do you earn your money except with the music? I’m a high school teacher, I teach English for a living.   How important are social media for you as a band? They are important because that’s where the people are. I guess it’s where things happen nowadays. The facebook event is faster and cheaper than a 100 posters on the wall. We can get people involved with the band by songs, pictures live transmissions, they are all great; we don’t do it often because we’re lazy haha. We are adopting them as they come and try to promote our band and get in touch with people. Actually, we’re starting to like them.   What would you want to achieve with the band? We want to play our music and deliver it the best way we can, be it a live show, a record, a T-shirt or whatever and we want everybody to have a good time.   What do you think about the Argentinian Metal scene in general? It is segmented, there are good people and competitive people, there are the big names in Buenos Aires, there are bands in the middle who are starting to make a living out of music or so and the underground scene where we stand proud, the metal scene is small and eventually everybody knows everybody even though Argentina is a large country and it gets expensive to move from city to city as a band. There are great talented musicians, bands who have a promising future, some labels who may get big if they do the things right. In Jujuy, people into Metal prefer extreme music in general, but we manage to survive 20 years so there are heavy metal lovers as well!   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Sure!! From my own personal view in the underground scene in Argentina I recommend Herejías (Heavy / Power - Chepes) they are great! Designio (thrash - Puerto Madryn)   Latinos y Metálicos (heavy thrash - Santa Fe) Oscura Cepa (Jujuy) I love Hard Rock too, Watchmen (Buenos Aires)   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !  
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