Interview with UDK
Tell us about your latest release: the main concept; what fans should expect; what were/are your goals with it:
The main concept of “Burnt Cradles” is about the downward spiral human race is experimenting nowadays, adressed in 10 topics in 10 songs. It’s not about becoming twisted during life, it’s about born with evilness within, embedded in DNA. A possible solution is to burn metaphorically all cradles to avoid spreading this social cancer. Fans should expect heavy songs, heavy music, blasting riffs and hard and direct lyrics! Our goals are mainly to make this album heard by as many people as possible in the world and through the media related to this music, magazines, websites, record labels, festival producers … And maybe contribute a little to create awareness about what we are doing as humanity.
Did you have a specific sound in mind when you formed the band, or did that grow and evolve as you played together?
The band nowadays is a result from a change we did in 1996. From a band called “Trauma” playing speed-metal, we changed name and genre, having in mind a more heavy and power music, tuning guitars down (C), including growls and a more social/religious topics on lyrics. We wanted to be more aggresive and direct.
How does your writing process normally work out?
Alejandro is the main songwriter and lyricist. Rodrigo brings some songs, riffs, and some lyrics ideas, but in this new album, Rodrigo included 5 songs by his own, although Alejandro wrote the lyrics.
In general is a work we do in separate ways, then we send each other our ideas and start to work and colaborates on them. We record some demos and send to the rest of the guys, always open to their opinion.
What are your ambitions and how far do you want to push your band?
Our ambitions are to make ourselves known, to play as much as we can, to travel, to play abroad, to play festivals, to record more music, to grow in the world metal scene, to live on this. We always want to push as much as we can, but at some point it is very difficult due to regular jobs, families, etc. But we strive to do what we can do and beyond.
What are your influences/musical references and the impact those same influences had in your sound?
We could say that Slayer, Machine head, Sepultura, Pantera and Carcass are (Or were) our main influences. We think that in our very begining those bands were very present in our songwriting process, but we feel that with time we found a way to write songs with our own elements. It’s hard to invent the wheel again, but we think it depends on how you mix the sounds that live in your head, and above all, don’t fear to try new things or bring ideas from other music genres.
What’s next for you?
Next for us is to keep on promoting our new album, plan the shooting of a new video, schedule as many dates as possible above all in Argentina, Uruguay and Brasil. Plan a european tour and maybe start writing new songs, although this is very early by now.