Prepare yourself for a Spanish juggernaut of seriously heavy yet strangely catchy metal in the form of Childrain – who just so happen to be the first band we’ve spoken to from the Basque region.
The quintet of Iñigo (vocals), Iker and Alvaro (guitars), Julen (bass) and Mikel (drums) have begun making a real name for themselves – as proven by them landing a tour of UK and Europe with Gwar and Voivod later this year.
The band sent us Ten Thousand Moons, from their most recent album The Silver Ghost, to get a taster for what’s coming our way from 30 November. And, as a quick spoiler, let us tell you that it’s absolutely superb.
A powerful intro opens up with low-pitched booming guitars over huge double-bass drum and piercing guitars, then stabs of guitar mark the entrance of Iñigo’s heavy screamed vocals. Intense, slightly less heavy shouted dual vocals take over, then clean vocals “When I hear the silence sing, I feel so alive, Am I here? This is my place to fly” over swooping guitars and rolling drums.
Chugging guitars jump in over unrelenting drums as the track begins to intensify before a cleaner version of the first verse. But it takes on whole new levels of heaviness after the second chorus, with a repeating guitar lick over big guitar chords then rolling drums and layers of guitar noise. That gives way to fast-paced guitars and pounding drums, which continue under screams “But I have lived for this, I am not afraid, And I have died before, Illusions from by brain.”
The gruff screamed vocals continue, eventually giving away to a huge piercing guitar solo, which continues into a final smash of the chorus. This is seriously good stuff – heavy as hell, yet also catchy and engaging. Give it a listen below:
We took a further listen to another track from their new album, the fantastic opener Wake The Ghost. It’s even more intense, with huge screamed vocals, wild drums and heavy guitars pounding away throughout.
There’s much more of the same to come, so we had a chat with Iñigo to find out more about what European fans can expect from the band ahead of their tour. Read on below to find out more…
GR: Who are Childrain?
Iñigo: “Childrain is a metal band that comes from the Basque Country, a cold and small territory between Spain and France. We are two brothers that decided in 2008 to go to explore further into our musical bounds (we were playing together since 2000), and the band was formed. After some changes, we have the best line up as possible since 2015, and we are all friends from the music world, so this is great.”
GR: You just released Ten Thousand Moons. What should people be expecting from the song?
Iñigo: “The inspiration was the heaviness of the universe, the mastodontic size of the unknown. We wanted to represent that with that double bass and those heavy riffs, in a downtempo that becomes the size of a moon. People should expect heaviness and crazy rhythm changes, alongside with lyrics related to astral journeys.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
Iñigo: “Well it’s quite hard to explain. I think we have a root in metal, definitely, but we explore anything that comes into our wide-open minds, so you can see a lot of mixture I think, mainly in the last 2 records. I should describe it as experimental metal? Punk rocked metal? Progressive math metal with influences from punk? Hahaha I don’t know, we prefer not to label it. It’s just Childrain, whether you love or hate it.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
Iñigo: “For us, it’s just the love for music. We breathe music the whole day, its the art that connects our souls to the universe. Lyrically, we try to explore in metaphysical themes, nature, love, death… the type of doubts that you have in your deep inner self, deeper than mortgage rents and TV shows, you know.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
Iñigo: “Well, in this case, your country is the one to blame! As it may sound annoying to you, our biggest influences range from The Beatles/Pink Floyd/Queen to Pantera and Bad Religion. But our love for music was born as kids when our father played us The Beatles songs every day.
“The simplicity of having a really good song, an unforgettable melody that drives you through uncountable feelings… That’s the greatness of the music, and the masters of this are The Beatles, with Pink Floyd’s permission. Of course, we love Punk, Rock, Metal… but the roots are the roots.”
GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019 and into 2020?
Iñigo: “Well, after a successful tour in eastern Europe alongside masters Six Feet Under and some summer festivals, we are heading onto a UK/EUROPEAN tour with Gwar and Voivod, so things look great in the near future. We´ll be touring Europe the whole of 2020 and then we’ll be back to studio work for our fifth release.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about Childrain/your music?
Iñigo: “Well its a pleasure for us to be featured here and we would like to tell all the UK people to have an open-minded listen to our band, I think its worth it! And of course, we’ll see you all on tour at the end of the year!”