With Wacken XXX looming up to stomp its big metal footprint on Germany again this summer, we’re taking a look at a bunch of the bands who are hitting its iconic stages for the first time. Today we thank Guillermo from Spanish metallers Angelus Apatrida for his time…
Born and raised in Albacete, (La Mancha, Spain).
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Let’s say that we needed a name for our very first show, and we didn’t think too much! It means in Latin “angels without motherland”, strange name for a metal band. After many shows we got used to that so we maintained it waiting for a better one, but it never came!
Describe your music. Who are your musical influences?
Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Slayer, Megadeth, Pantera, Sepultura, Metallica, Anthrax… and many more bands!
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
We mainly talk about social issue, problems of the day, of our people, our families, ourselves… there is also space for historical things, movies, personal issues…
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
I think it’s pure adrenaline, no bullshit, no makeup. We love to have a face to face show. Come and check it out! I believe we already played more than 1000 shows during our career. One day I’ll count them all, we keep a record of every place we played in.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
We are regular people; we behave on stage the way we behave as human beings down the stage, so nothing wild or crazy but playing the best we can and enjoy the more we can. But I saw the singer of a band taking a shit on stage right at the end of their show… It was funny at the moment, but no fun at all thinking about the workers. Ah, of course, I saw Iron Maiden 15 or 16 times on stage, that’s pretty wild!!
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our latest album Cabaret de la Guillotine which came out exactly one year ago! Did you listen to it yet!?
Other than Wacken, what are your plans for 2019?
We’ve been touring almost without rest for one year already, we have many other summer festivals, mostly in Spain and it seems we will be touring for the rest of the year! Meanwhile we want to start composing new material for the upcoming next year!
What are you most looking forward to at Wacken this year?
Just to be there! I’m not sure if we will be able to stay more days. I was there 9 years ago and I can’t wait to be there again, playing this time, gonna be amazing!!!