With an EP, Last Winter, released recently, and a video from it to enjoy (down the bottom), Miguel Freitas of Requiem Laus answered our Band of the Day questions…
We are from Madeira island, Portugal – bananas land! Greetings!!!!!!
How did you meet?
We met somewhere in the middle of some friends. Friends who liked to listen to metal music.
How long have you been playing as a band?
My first band Morbitadory was in 1989. Next came Requiem in 1992 and finally Requiem Laus in 1994. The band members have remained the same since 1997.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Of the great work Requiem By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Requiem Laus = Praise Rest!
What are your influences?
Rock, heavy, death, doom, black etc … a lot of variety, but especially in death metal and melodic death metal. Bands like Paradise Lost, Death, Obituary, Napalm Death, Entombed, At the Gates, Asphyx, Pestilence, Morgoth, Boltthrower, Dismember, Septic Flesh, etc.
Describe your music.
Melodic death metal at its best.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Very intense and with a lot of emotion. We have played many shows, just here in Portugal unfortunately.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
I remember one, on Açores Island. We were playing and the garbage men with the truck appear in front of the stage to collect the garbage…
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
ESP, Jackson, Yamaha.
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
New work, and play live!
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
Well, Septic Flesh and Belakor.
Courtesy of previous Band of the Day artist Ruben Hultman: What phase of the creation process do you find most difficult and how do you cope with that?
We can not think too much about it. I think everything has to come out all natural without forcing anything. Letting it flow, every day is a new inspiration.
Thanks for the support, metal regards!!!!!
Miguel Freitas & Requiem Laus