Hi, Tamara. What's up? I hope, you are not tired of me yet.
Hi Cenk, hahaha of course not .
I really enjoy with our conversation that actually exists for so long. And
know I feel my rejoicement that I kept my promise. You are an actual member of
the band Upon Shadows and what's going on with the band ?
Yes is true we became good friends despite of the distance
Shadows is my project. I started it in 2002 after letting the band in which I
was playing for around 7 years. Just to try to create something more personal,
and find my own way into music. At the beginning we were 3 people, Marcelo
Aguilar on guitar and voices, Natalia Arocena on bass and me on keyboards,
voices and drums programming. Was like that until the end of 2009 when Upon
Shadows became a two women band and I take the control on guitars. We have 3
releases until now. The first one in 2003 self title, the second in 2009 called
The Huge Circle Of Time and our last one called Melodies In Grey Scale
which was released by Satanica Productions from New Zealand.
You have been performing for too many works that are included by the
underground metal music market for too many years. But your age masquerades this
reality. And also you really stand for a place in South America's underground
that is really like a depp and vasty ocean of underground. At what level is the
I guess we are getting our place, little by little. Is not easy because of
that same that you say before, South America is so full of bands and good
musicians. So, people have so many offers to listen to. Anyway we have our
support and we are very happy about it.
You have sound more like dark metal and black metal, intensive keyboard
sounds etc. Is there a toughness for you as a woman that performs heavy sounds?
I started playing keyboards in a local death metal band called Eclampsy, in
1995. So for me metal and heavy sounds are part of myself, I can`t imagine not
to do it. And I never felt any kind of discrimination in my country or something
like that for the reason that I`m a woman. I really dont choose to do Dark
metal style, is just the style that come out of me. And of course is a result of
my biggest influences. And my internal need of keep creating.
Prelude was with a sound that is like SAMAEL's sound for the band but now
your sound is darker and aggressive, let me know how you will give name for the
band Upon Shadow's genre and give some examples for the influences ?
Well , first of all, the reason for that change in our sound is very simple,
and is that we use to have Marcelo´s influence on guitars and now that part is
also mine. I can say that despite of all Upon Shadows music was always mine,
this last album is the most personal of all. My influences are a mix between
dark music, like Sisters Of Mercy and bands like Abigor. Btw, Abigor last album
is one of the best things I ever heard. Deeply recommend it.
What are the reasons of the Uruguay's local bands being unsuccessful in
geting into world's underground market?
To be honest, I guess is just because a miss of professionalism in sounding
and creativity. We never was a place of amazing bands, despite of being a
country full of musicians. Here is very difficult to get something good, no
support, no nothing.
The places are bad, the sound is bad. No one buy bands material. Upon Shadows is
deeply fighting against our own miseries to create something different, giving
all from us. We put our heart and blood in our music.
'Football' is the first think that comes to mind about Uruguay and after
underground metal music market (as to me of course). How is the relation between
the metal fans and football over there? Are there really hooligan metal fans ?
We use not to mix too much music with football, and I guess is the best way.
Unluckily football is one of the worse passions here. So full of violence.
What is the general lyrical concept of the band? What do you mention more?
It depends on the album. In the first one for example was all about myths
and legends, with lyrics very full of magic. For the second the quantum physics
were the focus of attention in the lyrics, talking about black holes and time
gaps. Now for this last one, the concept was so different. With very depressive
lyrics and a most brutal and obscure sound, the message we try to give is that
depression is not a sign of weakness.
You expose your CDS via some nickel-and-dime complations and labels. You have
released your last album with a label from Satanica Productions. Do they promote
enough? Are you delighted?
Yes we are very happy with Satanica Productions. They are a label of people
like us, musicians who fight for their deeply love for metal music.
These are the last questions, economical crises, nuclear blasts, battles and
earthquakes have been rising all over the world for recent years. In your
opinion is the 3th world war is knocking at the door? or will the apocalypse
theories flash into view in the year 2012?
Hahaha lol well no, I dont think nothing will happen in the 2012. And the
crises have being always in different times across the history, the only new on
that is that we are the ones that are living this crises. And according to the
political world order, I dont think that a new world war is coming because the
real belic power is only in one side.
Thanks for your answers and I appreciate your friendship. Give last a few
words to our readers that have just known you .
Thank you so much for the interview. Is going to be a pleasure to be in your
great zine. My message for the readers is that it dosen`t matter how hard could
be, never surrender to resignation, dont hear the NO when you really feel the
need to do something. We are never old to learn and never is late to try
And I would like to let here the links to find our music:
and you can download by free our music at:
or order our new album at Satanica Productions here: