Chile’s CAPILLA ARDIENTE are the brainchild of bassist Claudio Botarro Neira and vocalist Felipe Plaza Kutzbach; the current line-up is completed by Julio Borquez (rhythm, lead & acoustic guitars), Igor Leiva (rhythm guitar) and Francisco Aguirre (drums). Botarro and Plaza are also playing with fellow doomsters (and High Roller recording artists) PROCESSION. CAPILLA ARDIENTE’s brand new record “The Siege,” consisting or four epic compositions, follows 2014’s debut album “Bravery, Truth And The Endless Darkness.”
“The new album is both musically and conceptually the continuation of our past album,” explains Claudio Botarro. “In this chapter, the character presented on our last work – who has been living alone for quite some time in self-exile, learning, reflecting and gaining knowledge about him and the island he has being living in – one day finds out that foreign ships are arriving, which he took as the great sign that he wasn’t alone on the search; that finally, he can connect and share experiences and knowledge with these sailors who, like him, survived the journey through the black seas and what lives into its depths.”
“We recorded the album at Audiocustom Estudio here in Chile, during several sessions between late 2018 and early 2019,” he continues. “We went to this studio again as we (Felipe and myself) recorded the last PROCESSION album there and we were very satisfied with the outcome.”
A song like “The Open Arms, The Open Wounds” sounds like the perfect mix between “Into Glory Ride” era MANOWAR and epic CANDLEMASS. Probably not the worst references in the world … “Those references fall into the right place, I must say,” laughs Claudio. “Indeed, we are inspired by the epic feel of classic CANDLEMASS (and SOLITUDE AETURNUS!) and I also get that this song has a kind of ‘Secret Of Steel’ vibe. If you listen to it a couple of times, you could also find other influences laying under it, from MERCYFUL FATE’s ‘Time’ and SLAYER’s ‘South Of Heaven’ to Los Jaivas’ ‘La Poderosa Muerte.’ We are proud of our influences and it’s great that people can feel them in our music.”
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