[IN MUTE] hail from the warm lands of Spain have been bringing their unique brand of metal that also stays true to their “Scandinavian” metal music roots.
First album recorded in 2006 “Aeternum” and after some changes, the band stabilized with the current line-up: PJ and Christobal – guitars, Pedro – bass, Adrian – drums and Steffi – voice.
Initiating a search of their own sound that takes form in the five new tracks on “One in a Million” Produced and recorded by Raul Abellán (Animal Music Productions), mastered at Finnvox (Finland) by Mika Jussila.
Winners of the WOA Metal Battle Spain 2014 will represent the country @ Wacken Open Air 2014.
With their “One In a Million Tour” already underway and scheduled dates throughout the Peninsula, They continue fighting to take their new found energy to every possible corner of the globe.
[IN MUTE] Interview
Metal Empire: Hi, how are you? Would you like to introduce yourself for the Metal Empire audience?
[IN MUTE]: Hi there! We’re [IN MUTE], a melodic death metal band from Valencia (Spain), active since 2003, with many km sang gigs behind us.
Metal Empire: What is the band up to at the moment? Is there something you’re working on currently?
[IN MUTE]: We’re finishing the One in a Million Tour, introducing our last EP around Spain. Recently, we’ve been chosen to represent our country in the W:O:A Metal Battle, playing in the 2014 edition. And we’re writing new stuff for the next record, wanted to happen at the end of summer. And we’re also working in the possibility of going on tour out of our borders.
Metal Empire: It’s awesome to see more and more bands embracing women to front metal bands. How do people react to a female fronted metal band in Spain? Is it more or less usual to see there?
[IN MUTE]: It’s totally unusual, but there are a few bands like us in our country. Many times, the most of them really, people reacts with a lot of surprise, ‘cause Steffi’s voice is also very brutal. People thinks that there’s an effect, some kind of distortion, but it’s only her.
Metal Empire: As your band has been up and coming in Spain for quite some time, do you have any plans to make your mark on the metal scene on an international level in the near future?
[IN MUTE]: As I told before, we have a few offers that we’re working in. Instead of Wacken, we want to go to Portugal, Italy, France and UK of course. But it’s quite difficult to get a workable budget. We’ll keep on trying, until we succeed.
Metal Empire: Spain is a country not many would associate with a big metal scene. As a metal band from Spain do you face any difficulties trying to promote your music there? Is the metal music scene there growing?
[IN MUTE]: We have lots of brutal bands in Spain, and quite many places to play. But we’ve so much problems and difficulties. Almost all of the promoters can’t afford the payment of a great gig, and local governments put more complications, ‘cause metal is hardly supported by public initiatives or private interests. So, we have lots and lots of amazing bands fighting together to rise between all that problems. But yes, we think that a metal music scene growing here, with the advance of bands like Angelus Apatrida.
Metal Empire: You recently release a video for the track Waiting, can you tell us a little bit about the video shoot? Do you have any more videos on the way?
[IN MUTE]: That was a really intense weekend. It’s self-produced, and we’ve worked with Reaktiu, a local professional. Was the last think we needed to do to close the One in a Million work, besides the live tour. All the scenery was done by ourselves, and the outdoor scenes were being recorded in a field in Albacete, that seems the very desert. Now, we’re waiting (je je) for the new record to do a new videoclip.
Metal Empire: You released the EP One In A Million in April last year, is there any plans to turn it into a full album, or is there plans for a full album in the near future?
[IN MUTE]: Yes, as told, in the late summer we’re planning to join recording studio again, but that’s no clear how many tracks we’ll record. The only thing we’ve clear is that it will be a full album, but maybe it will be as the 80’s albums with at last 8 or 9 tracks only.
Metal Empire: What is your favourite song to play live from the new EP? Which one does the crowd go the most crazy for?
[IN MUTE]: We love to play Waiting live, that’s the most complete song we think. But in Out Of Control we use to ask for a “wall of death”, and the crowd always answer with a big YES!
Metal Empire: You recently did the One In A Million tour to support the new EP. Do you have any plans for tours in the near future, if so where will you be playing, or where would you like to play if you get the chance?
[IN MUTE]: We haven’t really end this tour, we’ve dates until July in Spain, with a few festivals. Then, after record new stuff, we’ll get into really crashing our borders, and make real every chance we have. There are no favorites, we want to play everywhere we can.
Metal Empire: With over eight thousand fans on your Facebook page, how do you feel social media is helping your band gain exposure? Do you think social media is a good platform for reaching fans or is it something you embrace out of necessity?
[IN MUTE]: We’re very glad of every fan in Facebook, we think that it’s the best way to reach the farthest corner in the world. We’ve received congrats from South America, North America, even Japan, China, South Africa. If one little headbanger in Tokio listens to our music, it worth all the work in social media. In brief, yes, it helps us much more than we expect.
Metal Empire: Can you talk about your production process? How does the band write new material?
[IN MUTE]: It’s more a mix of ideas. Someone comes with a riff, or the skeleton of a song, and then the rest does his/her parts. We’re very open mind people, and the process is very healthy. And everyone helps in the others work, writing lyrics, changing riff or drum patterns, so the final result fits all of us. We have to love our result, so we can defend it live with all of our energy.
Metal Empire: Who’s the most interesting person or band you’ve ever toured with?
[IN MUTE]: It’s a difficult choice, but it will be Angelus Apatrida, very good people and better band.
Metal Empire: Is there any band/s that you would really like a chance to play with over the next year, is there any bands you are going on tour with you are excited about?
[IN MUTE]: We have some possibilities, but it’s not confirmed, so we don’t think much about it. But “the wish list” is endless. We love bands like Meshuggah, Gojira, At The Gates, In Flames, Arch Enemy, Darkane, Decapitated, Textures, Threat Signal… Anyone of them will be ok ja, ja.
Metal Empire: What are you hopes for the future of the band? Where do you guys see yourself going moving forward?
[IN MUTE]: Keep on playing, as far as we can. Record the most brutal album we can, and that people like it, there’s no more hopes. We don’t know where we’ll be in the future, we only know that we have to go forward with all of our strength and power, always forward.
Metal Empire: A just for fun question, if you were trapped on a desert island, what one thing could you not live without?
[IN MUTE]: Our instruments, and some good beer ja, ja. There’s two, but they’re very related!
Metal Empire: Thank you for taking the time to speak to Metal Empire. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?
[IN MUTE]: We only want to thank you for this interview and encourage everyone to listen to us, watch our videos and like us in Facebook. Keep on BRUTAL!
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[IN MUTE] – Waiting (OFFICIAL VIDEO)
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