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Sight Of Emptiness Talks New "Instincts" Album

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Costa Rican melodic death metal band Sight of Emptiness is releasing the band's third album "Instincts," which features a slew of guest musicians from across the metallic spectrum.

Today we premiered the new track "Obsession" - a track that includes a guest spot from ex-Obituary member Ralph Santolla - and you can hear the track at this location.

In addition to the song premiere, now we can give you more insight into the new album direct from the band members themselves. Guitarist Rafael Castro, vocalist Eduardo Chacón, and drummer Rodrigo Chaverri checked in with Metalunderground.com to discuss the album's recording and the band's plan to put Costa Rica on the metal map. Check out the full interview below.

xFiruath: Tell me about your new album “Instincts.” How does this one sound in comparison to previous releases?

Rafael: It´s more mature and we tried to experiment much more. We are searching for our own musical identity; our own sound, so we decided to incorporate a lot of new elements. There´s a lot of electronic atmospheres and sequences all over, and a lot of melodic sections combined with complex patterns. We´re very glad we could get to experiment a lot. Our goal is to keep evolving.

xFiruath: Who do you have as far as guest musicians on this album?

Rafael: Whitfield Crane from Ugly Kid Joe, Ralph Santolla of Obituary), Glen Drover from Megadeth, Extol’s Ole Halvard Sveen, Christian Älvestam from Scar Symmetry, and Costa Rica's Minister of Culture Manuel Obregón.

xFiruath: Where did you record this album and how did that process go?

Rafael: We recorded it at Solo Hits Recording Studios here in Costa Rica. Thomas "Plec" Johansson came all over from Sweden to produce our album. He recorded, mixed, and mastered the album like no one else could at The Panic Room Studios, Sweden.

xFiruath: What’s happening with the lyrics on the album?

Eduardo: There are too many factors that helped me to think outside the box this time around. One of them and the most important I think: the country I live in, such a small beauty in the middle of North & South America, full of the craziest and richest wildlife imaginable in the world. Also, the love I have for animals and nature is a plus when it comes to being more excited and creative during the process of writing lyrics. Another factor was to create a unique and interesting concept from two different perspectives: animals’ lifestyle in their environment, and humans not being able to respect it and co-exist with them. The album tells stories based on the region’s flora and fauna and focuses on nature, and its gravest threat: mankind. Every song is based on an animal, insect or natives.

Why one-word song titles? Well, since the beginning I was looking for a strong and different concept for the album, something simple but catchy at the same time. Sometimes you can tell more with less, and produce a bigger impact. Even the song titles are not that evident regarding the animal the song is about; you need to explore and do your homework to find out what’s actually happening and who the main character is, and obviously, I would love if people take a little time to go deeper into the lyrics and just come up with their own conclusions. What’s right or wrong? Is up to you, I’m just a mortal who loves to express his opinion and Sight of Emptiness is the perfect band to do it. Another reason to go this direction is that I’m just fed up with the same topics and “standards” in metal: religion, politics, blood, killing, God, Satan, porn, etc.

xFiruath: You guys released a music video for “Essence” not too long ago – tell me about the filming process for that.

Eduardo: So far this is our best and more professional video. Gotta be that way, because the music and quality of the recording demanded it. We filmed in two different locations (green screen and on an old warehouse) with our longtime friend and staff member, Andrés Montero, who filmed, directed & did the post production. Whit Crane is on the video as well, this actually happened because last year when we were on the studio he was vacationing in Costa Rica and he agreed to contribute with amazing vocals for this particular song and this year he helped yet again by showing up to the set when we were filming the video, amazing right?

xFiruath: Will you be touring in support of the album?

Eduardo: Hell yeah, definitely we will, working on that as we speak.

xFiruath: What’s going on in the Costa Rican metal scene these days, and have you seen any great live shows lately?

Rodrigo: The metal scene in Costa Rica was very small, but it has been steadily growing and the number of young fans is at an all-time high. It exploded when Iron Maiden came to play for the first time and the great atmosphere we experienced as fans was later featured as an entire episode on their Flight 666 movie that definitively made a lot of metal bands to ask their tour managers to include a date in our country.

We have been exposed to a lot of that new young audience thanks to opening slots for Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Amon Amarth, At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Obituary, Living Sacrifice and we have also seen the growth of the scene in the number and quality of many new bands. Our location is very relevant to our sound now days just as much as our metal influences, as you can see in all of our current lyrics and even in the music. The Costa Rican Minister of Culture Manuel Obregon plays marimba and piano in the end of the song “Paradox” using a traditional beat called Tambito, arranged to fit our song.

xFiruath: What’s happening in metal in this coming year that’s got you excited?

Eduardo: The Emperor reunion shows for “In the Nightside Eclipse.”

xFiruath: What albums have you been listening to most often lately?

Eduardo: Satyricon’s “Satyricon,” Death’s “Individual Thought Patterns,” Evergrey’s “The Master Plan,” and Emperor’s “Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk.”

xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to say?

Rodrigo: Ultimately we would like to become the new Sepultura, not by copying their sound or anything but by getting recognized and respected for coming out from a country that is not associated with the metal scene and being proud of who we are, where we come from and having our roots and personality in our music, which is the only way to separate yourself from all the other bands. We are ready to tour our asses off, promote “Instincts” 24/7 and conquer the world.

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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