'Keeping Their Feet on The Ground'
In June of this year, Tierra Santa released their fifth studio album, Mejor Morir en Pie, on Locomotive Records. This album marked a new step in this band’s nearly 10-year musical evolution.
Tierra Santa formed in Spain back in November of 1997, and after two years of extensive touring, they signed with Locomotive Records. Singer and guitartist Angel, guitarist Arturo, bassist Roberto, and drummer Iñaki have now played hundreds of shows to date, including some of Europe’s largest festivals. They are easily Spain’s most successful heavy metal band.
Tierra Santa’s all-new studio album, produced in Sonido XXL Studios, marks a more mainstream sound for the band, blending elements of metal with progressive rock on tracks such as “Un Grito en al Aire,” “Magia” and “Hoy Vivo por Ti.” Although the lyrics are exclusively sung in Spanish, there is no denying this band’s universal appeal.
Chatting recently with singer and guitartist Angel, and noting that this was their fifth studio album, I first wondered what (if any) new musical directions / experiments would be heard by their fans? "Actually, TIERRA SANTA has 8 published albums and 3 DVDs. We have not had any musical radical change, we only evolve and every day we keep on evolving in the music."
Your album title 'Mejor Morir en Pie' is foreign (!) so please tell us what it means and if it originates from a more personal standpoint? "The title is a song of the album and it is a very well-known phrase. "Better To Die in Foot " he wants to say that it is better to have your ideas and to defend them than to give in and to live submitted."
If there was one track on this new album that truly encapsulated Tierra Santa at their musical and lyrical finest, which one would it be? "It is very difficult to choose only one song."
And whilst we're revealing things, just where did that band name originate ... and what else could you so easily have been called? "Simply we like the name of TIERRA SANTA for his tone."
Being that you are one of Spain's most successful heavy metal bands, just what is the state of play in your country re: Heavy Metal bands? Is that genre of music still one heavily appreciated by young and old? "In Spain there are many bands of Heavy Metal and very important. In Spain there are many concerts and festivals all the weekends."
Do you have a funny, possibly embarrassingly story you can tell us that may have happened to you on this road to stardom?! "Tierra Santa is a professional group for 8 years and we all devote ourselves to practise and touch every weekend in Europe and America. Some time ago that we only work for T.S."
With all the lyrics sung exclusively in Spanish, I'm wondering how you are understanding and therein answering these questions?!??!? "With great education and patience. We are a professional band in all the aspects."
What '80s (and possibly cheesy!) song would you love to cover today if asked ... and why?! "We listen to a lot of music of the 80s. Any song of RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST, SAXON, VAN HALEN, etc."
Lastly, I like Penguins ... do you?! "Principally we like the girls!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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