Über War Anthem Records kommt der zweite Langspieler der spanischen Thrasher Estertor! Anfang 2016 gegründet und bestehend aus erfahrenen Musikern der katalanischen Death/Doom/Black Metal-Szene wie Ered, Decapitated Christ, Onirophagus, Wild Road Roller, Falç und Blazemth, machen sich die Musiker auf, um mit Horrorgeballer die Erde zum Beben zu bringen. Zunächst veröffentlichten sie aber 2017 mit „Buried in Morningside“ ihr erstes Full-Length-Album, das alte Songs enthielt, was sie auf der ganzen Halbinsel bekannt machte.
Tobi – Edu
Album: Tales From The Ancient Grave
Genre: Horror Thrash
Label: War Anthem Records
How are you? What do/did you do at Halloween?
All is well here! This Halloween we will be celebrating in the mountains with a Jam Session, beer, good food and nature!
How are your „Hellmates“ in the Band doing?
They are all perfectly fine, anxious to see the public’s reactions to our new album and above all looking forward to playing live again!
Please introduce yourself and your Mates from Estertor to me and my Followers, to know you a littlebit better! How about your Line-Up? Who is who @ Estertor?
I’m Edu, singer of Estertor and the Death/Doom band Onirophagus!
Estertor’s line up is composed by:
Des: Guitarist and former member of Falç and A Furious Storm.
Sergi: Bass player and member of Ered, Onirophagus and Ouija.
Enrique: Drummer and member of Wild Road Rollers.
Oscar: Guitarist and one man band in Ninhunsarg, BloodKult and Sons of Bor.
We are simple Metalheads, with a great sense of humor, passionate about old school Heavy Metal and classic horror movies!
Are you nervous/excited so close to Releaseday?
Absolutely!!! We are looking forward to the reaction of the media and especially to see what feedback we get from the public.
Why did you decide to release the Album in November and not close to Halloween in October?
It would have been great if the release date was on Halloween. War Anthem is in charge of the release dates, so November 26th seems great to us, it’s close to Christmas and what better than giving our album as a gift!
What is your favorite Horror Charakter?
In horror movies there are many famous icons like Freddy, Michael Myers, Jason or the tall man from Phantasm, but if you give me a choice I’ll go with Regan from The Exorcist. To this day I consider The Exorcist to be the scariest movie ever! But each of us has our own favorite character. Enrique is a big fan of Freddy Krueger, Oscar is also passionate about the Exorcist, Des loves Jason Vorhees, he even looks a bit like him and Sergi is a devotee of Lovecraft’s cosmic horror.
Can you tell me one short fact about each song?
It was the first song composed on the album. Inspired by John Carpenter’s The Thing and is a slap in the face that opens the album in a spectacular way!
This song is about David Cronenberg’s films and curiously, it was the second song we composed!
It’s the shortest and most direct song on the album. It‘s mindblowing, that’s why we decided to make the music video!
„The Torch That Corrupted The Earth“:
Song highly influenced by Celtic Frost and is the mid tempo song of the whole album.
„Blood For Sheetar“:
Rock and roll like Motörhead inspired by a classic Z series called Blood Dinner.
„Repugnant Face Of Death“: O
Our most Death Metal song with influences to the first Death album. The title is a tribute to the band Repugnant and the lyrics talk about the movie Maniac.
„Tales From The Ancient Grave“:
The hardest song to write and the last one we did before going into the studio.
„Worship The Black Goat“:
A tribute to Bathory’s first album and inspired by the song Die in Fire.
„Keeper Of Hell“:
Probably the most elavorate song of the album and a good way to close it. It has it all, frenetic guitar solos, furious thrash death and a final epic part where I even dare to sing more Heavy Metal.
Your Bandname „Estertor“ – who had the Idea for it and said „Hey let`s call us Estertor“?
Des started a project called Estertor that didn’t work out. When Des and Enrique got together to assemble the band, they decided to keep the name Estertor, but this time with the clear idea of being a Thrash Metal band with Black and Death influences with a horror movie theme. It is an ideal name for our lyrics, since an Estertor is the agonizing sound we suffer before dying. That’s what it’s all about, death and terror!
What can Metalheads expect from your Album „Tales From The Ancient Grave“?
Fury, sharp riffs, terror, old school Thrash Metal, leather, bullets, old comics and B series!
What can we expect from „Estertor“ in the near future?
We are working on a new set list for next year. We have already prepared the presentation in Barcelona that we will announce soon. And we are closing several dates in Spain and in some festivals. We also don’t rule out the possibility of making another video clip. But above all, we are more alive than ever and eager to show it to everyone!
Do you have a fav Song on your upcoming Release?
I have several, for example Blood for Sheetar and Worship the black goat are the most fun songs to play live, they have a lot of power and are very badass! But if I have to choose one, it’s Keeper of Hell. It’s a song that has it all and maybe it was the one I really wanted to sing the most, I even dared to do Heavy Metal vocals.
In which Formats will „Tales From The Ancient Grave“ come to us Metalheads?
War Anthem Records will release the CD version and it will also be released on cassette by an American label that we will soon announce. We will also release it on vinyl, but that will come later due to the current situation we are living with that format.
What is so fascinating on Horror for you? 😊
When I was a kid my brothers used to torture me with old horror and gore movies. I was a very scary kid and they gave me a really hard time. They would come into my room dressed as Freddy Krueger, or while I was sleeping they would turn on the record player with the soundtrack featuring those girls singing that jump rope song. As the years went by I became immune to those fears, until I had the courage to take those old VHS tapes and watch them one by one.
The first one was Evil Dead and although I watched it with some trepidation, it left me fascinated. The homemade special effects, original stories and charismatic characters. That passion lasts to this day and Estertor we worship it, those old video tapes, that feeling when you see Friday the 13th for the first time. We want to keep the old school flame alive!
What was the best Horrormovie ever released so far in your opinion?
Evil Dead without a doubt!
It’s a wild movie, made with very little budget and by a group of college students. Something so homemade has nowadays become one of the most cult movies around the world. I love the trilogy and even the Ash VS Evil Dead series, but I think nothing can compare to the atmosphere that the first part gave off.
Scenes like the reading of the Necronomicon, the first possessed girl sticking a pencil in the ankle of another, the rape of the forest, and above all Cheryl possessed with blank eyes locked in the trapdoor of the basement. It’s something that will never fade from my retina.
What was the best Heavy Metal Album released in 2021 so far in your opinion?
This year has been crazy in terms of releases. I have an extensive list of albums and I think there are already more than 20 in my top 2021.
But if I have to choose one, it would be the new one from UNTO OTHERS: Strenght.
These guys are awesome! They manage to mix to perfection the Gothic Rock of the 80’s like Sisters of Mercy, Fields of the Nephilim, The Mission with the most traditional metal. But all this without sounding like Gothic Metal. It’s something out of the ordinary and they deserve all the best! Masterpiece!
What Band or Musiscian did influenced you most in your musicial live?
I could name you millions of bands, but Metallica was my essential pillar to understand Metal in general. I’ve watched millions of times the classic Live Shit tape along with Sepultura’s Under Siege. And of course Iron Maiden.
But my ultimate live influence would be Tom G Warrior of Celtic Frost and King Diamond. They are true entertainers and in the case of King Diamond he is one of the best showmans. I try to bring that same theatricality live and convey a storytelling role in our shows.
Get away from the music a little. What about hobbies?
Gastronomy, I love discovering new foods from all cultures! Nature, animals, concerts, cinema. I participate in several podcasts about cinema and Heavy Metal.
Years ago I used to write my own fanzine on paper. It was called THE EVIL ZINE and it was dedicated to horror movies and extreme metal. Due to lack of time I stopped, but at least I was able to publish one issue, which sold out soon!
My Estertor brothers also have similar hobbies. They like nature, going to the mountains to catch „bolets“(traditional Catalonian mushrooms), beer, good food, heavy metal and literature.
If you got one wish…
Let this Pandemic shit stop now, let everything go back to the way it was. May the world recover from human stupidity, pollution, climate change, etc., and may we all go back to living a relatively normal life, with decent wages! I’m not asking for much, am I?
A few words to your Listeners out there in Germany and all the Others in the World?
Thank you very much to all of you for your support! I hope you like the album and above all we hope to be able to play in Germany, a country we love and we have already visited several times! Ich liebe Currywurst mit pommes!
And for the rest of the world, the same! Thank you all! UGH! Follow us on: https://estertorthrash.bandcamp.com
Tracks „Tales From The Ancient Grave“:
01. Assimilating Flesh || 5:20 Minuten
02. Venereal Horror || 3:51 Minuten
03. Nocturnal Strigoi || 2:37 Minuten
04. The Torch That Corrupted The Earth || 4:29 Minuten
05. Blood For Sheetar || 3:42 Minuten
06. Repugnant Face Of Death || 4:41 Minuten
07. Tales From The Ancient Grave || 5:03 Minuten
08. Worship The Black Goat || 2:47 Minuten
09. Keeper Of Hell || 4:55 Minuten
Des | Guitar
Sergi | Bass
Edu | Vocals
Enrique | Drums
Oscar | Guitar
Das war mein Interview mit Edu von Estertor. Dankeschön, dass ihr du vielen Fragen so ausführlich beantwortet hast. Viel Erfolg für euer Album und bleibt gesund! Auch meinen Lesern vielen Dank fürs Lesen des Interviews. Hört in das Album rein und supportet die Band! Bis dahin, bleibt gesund und munter, euer Tobi!