REQUIEM LAUS are from Madeira Island (Portugal) and they play a well mixed
style of black/doom elements ending to a really interesting sound…Their bass
player, Ricardo, replied to some questions that give us a picture of the band….Let’s
see what he says…
I know that the band has been on the scene for many years now. How come,
despite your good style, haven’t you found a record label yet to sign?
Although we are on the scene for several years, we have had some big step
backs, loss of members and before we didn’t do the right international promotion,
still we had a couple of record labels interested, but it wasn’t able for us to
pay that much on our own to release our work. After our return on 2005 we took
things with a different approach more for the international level, better
production on the releases like the “ promo 2006 “ cd.
You have been through line up changes from time to time. Has this affected
your sound and your way of writing?
Well, yeah when myself (Ricardo – bass) and Dani (guitar) joined the band we
brought different aspects to the band, with our personal taste and influences
together with what Miguel does made over the years what the band sounds today.
We all get along well, so the creative process goes smoothly.
What are the themes that inspire Requiem Laus in writing? Who’s writing
lyrics and who’s responsible for the music accompanying them? Should you
consider making a concept album sometime in the future?
Yeah it would be great doing a concept album, still there has to be a strong
“background“ for the concept to work, it’s a very interesting idea, I think all
musicians like that challenge of doing a concept album.
About our lyrics, they are mainly written by a friend of the band Jorge Ribeiro
de Castro, except on the “promo 2006“ cd which were written by Miguel Freitas.
This new tracks are all with lyrics by Jorge again, apart for one which is
written by myself, Miguel liked it so much he wanted to use it on one of the new
The themes, well I think Jorge Castro would be the best to explain this part,
but the way I see it, its about society and the choices we all make and what
goes on with each religious beliefs, and well the world is a very strange place
and we express our point of view through these lyrics together with the feeling
we put on the songs.
What are your most strong influences? Which are the bands that made you think
“I wanna write stuff like them”?
Well we all grew up listening to old school death and thrash metal, also classic
hard rock. But the main influences for the band has to be metal gods as Death,
Dismember, Bolt Thrower, Napalm Death, Amorphis (old), Anathema (old), Paradise
Lost (old), Hypocrisy, Septic Flesh. And more recent stuff like Enslaved,
Gehenna, Satyricon … but I guess everything we listen to and go through on our
daily musical journey ends up influencing us, when we get to create a new RL
How would you call your music style? Do you fit in any of the known genres or
would you call it a mix of different things?
Yeah for sure we are a mix of death with some doom and even black metal
still melodic and melancholic. On these new tracks there are even some more
Thrashier parts, but it all together makes us sound different from most bands.
And we like that.
What do you believe about the Portuguese metal scene in general? Is there any
specific band you would say you’re “jealous” of and maybe you’d love to be like
There a lot of good and bad bands around like in any other country. I
personally like The Firstborn, and would say they are my favorite Portuguese
band, and also the thrash metal titans Pitchblack. Corpus Christii and Decayed
are my favorites black metal bands over here, and these are bands I believe
could compete with the international acts.
Recently you gave all your works for free download. Do you believe this can
help in spreading the Requiem Laus word around? Is there any interest shown by
people or labels after this “free download” movement of yours?
Yeah, since we got it for free we got a lot more of supporters, it’s easier
for people to get all the tracks when it’s for free download.
Record labels (lol) well … I dunno, we got this 12 new tracks ready to be
released as the first “full length“ of the band now, lets see what will happen
We would love to release this “The Eternal Plague“ cd this year.
Do you enjoy playing live? What are people’s reactions to your live
Since the beginning all our shows were good, some had more people than
others, but we give it all on stage and usually we get a great reaction during
the show and after, which is nice. We are eager to play this new tracks live
soon, they will work very well on live.
I see you are very active in the marketing of the band. Do you think that a
band can handle marketing by itself or a manager is needed to push forward the
Yeah a manager helps a lot, there are certain aspects that is better to have
someone who knows about the music business to handle it. But we do a lot of the
promotion on our own, the internet helps a lot, and all the webradios, webzines.
I handle the whole “visual“ side of the band, like cd artwork and website. We
can’t sit and wait for things to happen we have to make them happen ourselves,
and at least we are trying and giving our best, and having fun on the process.
I guess all 3 of you work regularly to live and this is a question I always
have for bands. How do you manage to make it all? I mean, working and having
gigs that take time to be organized… And then, would you ever give up music due
to lack of time because of working and family (later I guess) and stuff?
We don’t get to play live as much as we want too, because of that, and we
live on an island and its very expensive to get out and do shows, and we all
have works to come back too, but we try and make it work. For now we don’t think
about giving up, at least we can still get together and write songs to release
each year, since we have so much fun doing that.
How do you foresee REQUIEM LAUS’ future? Where do you see the band in let’s
say 10 years from now?
Dunno really, hopefully with a record label, and having fun doing more
regular shows around Portugal and on other countries too. We don’t think much
about the future we take it day by day or at least release by release, trying to
make the next better than the previous thing we’ve done.
I always leave the last words to the band…Here’s yours to finish this….
Thanks for your support, and interest on the band, hope we can play on your
country someday, and meet you in person, as well as all the metal heads over
Keep on supporting metal!!
Kind “metal“ Regards