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A Dirty Dozen with KEYKRÓK from XALPEN – February 2023

| 9 February 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Time has finally come for Xalpen to unveil their first offering of their new album The Curse of Kwányep. “Moon-Woman” (Kre’-Naa) is a haunting tale of a mythological matriarch of the selk’nam mythology practiced in Tierra del Fuego. As always Xalpen brings their raw Black Metal sound, channeling ritualistic vibrations within the Black Arts and the spiritual voyage through ancient occult traditions and “Moon-Woman” (Kre’-Naa) does not deviate from this unholy path.” We get Keykrók to discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

It will depend on the focus of the listener, as he or she will feel that hidden spark.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I don’t remember well but I started playing guitar in my teens. i just did what I felt at that time and through the years music turned into my entire dedication.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

What we do with Xalpen is not based on copy or follow what other bands do, it’s not based on looking like that band or another, and of course, in every one of us are different musical influences that runs in our blood and in our heart beats conscious and unconsciously. The taste in music is guided by different emotions and sensations, even by the interaction of no human entities.

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

We have worked with various collaborators, of course those people have in common with us philosophical and musical views, we do not work with people that’s not involve in our voyage.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

Listen music, play guitar, write, read, sleep, eat, drink, smoke, take a shit, fuck, piss, walk, swim, relax, watch some movies, meetings with close friends, etc… anyway not much differences. I guess the favorite activity for every musician is to be in the studio or on tour, right?

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I don’t usually like to describe the music we do, deep and personal words can easily turn into misinterpretation to many, everyone is free to feel and think what they want. I think is better that way, everyone can have his own personal opinion. We have no such of those “cringe” feeling reviews or disagreements yet.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Those are basic tasks that everyone does.

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

I don´t know, maybe was Jack Nicholson.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part is the special bridge created by music, also never forget that this is metal and you should die with your boots on. No dream job, must be only Satanic work.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

It´s very appreciated the interesting and respectful questions, when the interviewer does some research on the band, digs into the concept and then asks about relevant elements. Tired of seen interviewers asking irrelevant and mundane questions to bands that are walking musically and spiritually on the path of serious philosophy and through dark arts.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

No at all.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Personally I never had a vision of which band I would have liked to record with. I just work for Xalpen.




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