Please introduce your band. When was the band formed?
CRUZ is a death metal band from Barcelona that was formed in 2013 by Imanol (guitar), Joao (bass), Xavi (drums), Albert (guitar) and Vali (vocals). The initial idea, even before the line-up was completed, was to play some dark and raw mix of punk and metal, but soon we ended up adopting a sound and style closer to old school Swedish death metal, although with a strong punk influence. The band recorded a demo tape that year which was nevertheless released in 2015 by Raw War Tapes from Spain. By then, Albert and Vali had left to pursue other projects and Benja (guitar) and Javi (vocals) had replaced them, completing the line-up that continues up to the present day.
Can you tell us about your main influences?
Our influences for CRUZ are mainly old school death metal bands like Unleashed, Dismember, Entombed, Necrophobic, Bolt Thrower and Autopsy among others, as well as bands like Celtic Frost, Slayer and Sepultura, and hardcore punk bands like Discharge and Anti-Cimex.
How would you define your sound?
Swedish-style old school death metal with a strong punk influence.
This October you released your new album ‘’CultoAbismal’’. How did the recording sessions go and how has the reception been so far?
The recording session took five days, and the mixing took a few more days. JaviFélez from Moontower Studios did a great job and was very patient throughout the whole process. Brad from Audiosiege also did a great job mastering it. The reception of the album has been really good, a lot of reviews have been coming up since the release and all of them are very positive. We also embarked on a European tour in late August-early September and the response of the people who came to the shows was great. People are also asking us to play here and there, so we are very happy with the situation of CRUZ at the moment.
Any particular concept behind ‘’CultoAbismal’’ you would like to discuss?
There is no specific concept behind the album, although all the lyrics deal with supernatural entities, ancient cults, parallel dimensions, ungodly worlds and other dark subjects, which is what the amazing cover art made by César Valladares illustrates. The songs “CultoAbismal” and “TumbasCiclópeas” are inspired by Lovecraft though, and I guess that it would be fair to say that the concept behing CRUZ is very Lovecraftian.
What inspires you the most?
At a musical level we are inspired by the aforementioned bands and any band with killer riffs and a dark sound. Lyrically, anything related to the dark concepts described above, ideas and stories that we get from books, movies, series and even history and philosophy. On a different level, we all come from the punk scene, so we are into DIY ethics and we like to play in places that embrace this way of thinking and doing things.
What are you listening to these days?
We all like different genres of music, so we listen to many different bands depending on our moods. We like bands that range from metal and punk to ambient and folk, with everything in between, although there are certain classic bands that you always end up going back to.
Any live shows planned for the rest of this year?
Not for this year, but surely for the next.
What does the future hold for Cruz?
Our idea is to continue playing live here and there, especially to promote our new album, but also to plan a new tour for 2017, maybe in Scandinavia or even the US. We will work to make the band more known among anyone who appreciates this kind of sound. We will also start writing new stuff to make our set list more varied, and also with a second album in mind.