Can you tell us about the origin of the band name, a history of the band and a little bit about the various members?
J.P. KROM, I sing and I play the guitar. This is a soloist project, I started it years ago when I was really bored with singers and their egocentrism. I decided to sing, but it took years to “discover” my own voice. I was in a male choir and after that with the speech therapist in that process. After recording two self-made albums of covers I decided to record an album with songs that I composed. Gothic influences were on me at that moment, but I decided to do the album with many influences as Zakk Wylde, heavy and a bite of progressive metal. I studied astrology and the path for the lyrics naturally channelled in that. The music had the same inspiration in a more abstract way. I decided to call the style “astrological metal” (after called AstroMetal) after a conversation with a classmate who called my music like that when I told her that the lyrics and the composition were based on that. To play live I called some musicians and the ones that were with me almost from the very beginning were Braulio Morales on the keyboards and Reynaldo Catalán on bass. In drums for the albums were session drummers, and for playing live the one that spent more time on the project was Patricio Orellana. Now Braulio Morales is part of the management of this project with me.
Are you all from the same area? How did you get together as a band?
Braulio is from Coquimbo and we knew each other through a metal group on Facebook and with Reynaldo we knew each other when I was looking for a bassist, I asked a front woman if his bass player was interested in playing with me.
Who are your favourite artists/bands and how have they influenced your own sound?
It is a very difficult question for me. My header bands are Slayer, Dream Theater and Guns N’ Roses, but what I do it’s not similar to that. But if you listen very carefully, you will find those influences. I really love Bloody Kisses and October Rust from Type O Negative, but they are not my favourite band (maybe if they just released those two albums). I love that style and I found it in other bands as well with songs that sound like that, but that the band don’t cultivate it. At the same, I love songs from bands that are gothic, but I don’t like most of the songs of the bands.
Did you always have the ambition to be a musician and in a band or did you originally have other plans?
I don’t know. What I really like in life is creating, and the most abstract thing and complete thing in life that I found was music. Maybe it was the environment in which I was raised, with a lot of classic rock and alternative music, while the other families were listening to popular music, this different music was been injected into the depths of my mind. Also the art in general was very appreciated. I think in my youth I was shocked by rock stars and after that the metal, and their divergent thinking. Music was always my company and drug, a world that I can travel anytime: to different places and through the time.
What songs or albums are on your current playlist?
Delain, Shadowside, Liv Sin, Adrenaline Mob, Moonspell, Type O Negative, Masterplan, Charon, Samael, Beesech, and a lot of more bands.
Do you sing in the shower?
I just think in how to resolve some problems of the day and I try to project myself.
Do you have any plans for the band for this year and into next year?
I would like to work with a publisher and play live in festivals in Europe. And prepare my next album.
Do you currently have any new songs/albums ready to be released?
Yes, Astrometal is an EP that is going to be released soon. Luna Plutón is a single that has been released on August 17th.
If you could play at any venue in the world where would you choose?
I really need to play and know the Netherlands. Their constructions and their people.
Do you have a favourite album? If so, what is it?
Appetite for Destruction
Do you have any guilty pleasure songs/albums?
I have no guilt for the music I like. But if I can talk music that is not metal, I would recommend to you “Corazones”, from the Chilean band “Los Prisioneros”. What a great album is it.
If you were putting together the greatest show on earth, who would be playing?
Guns N’ Roses, Dream Theater, Slayer and Type O Negative.
Can you remember the first album you bought with your own money? What was it and do you still have it?
It was the Cowboys from Hell from Pantera. Yes! I still have it, but I don’t know where!
As your fans will be reading this, is there any message you would like to send out to them?
The message would be two questions: What do you like the most from what I do? What ideas do you have for me to do in this project?
Finally, let us know all your social media sites so your fans, old and new, can find and follow/like you!
We, at The Metal Asylum, would like to thank you for your time. Is there is anything further that you would like to add?
Just thanks to The Metal Asylum for your space for this gothic metal artist from Chile who makes Astrometal!
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