Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Ocultum

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Ocultum bassist Pablo Kataldo.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

KATALDO: Our band was born in 2009, looking for the stoner to break through some bars of Santiago and Recoleta. To date, the band has changed their members and has mutated their music to what it is now, after more than 10 years, we are still looking for answers… to date we have two studio albums, the first “Ceremonia Oculta Primitiva”, released in 2013, with a self-managed, neophyte and exhausting production, and “Residuo” released in 2019 under the studio of Juan Pablo Canoles (JP) of Plexstudios.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

KATALDO: I think our influences are varied. We could say that everyone has their musical preferences, which are otherwise very different. We could say that Black Sabbath guides us from hell, Saint Vitus from alcohol and Fu Manchu from drugs… well, our influences range from the raw Black Metal to the Crass, Stoner and Punk and this is precisely why we can make records so different from each other.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

KATALDO: Our latest release is called “Residue”, from 2019, an album that is soon to be released on vinyl, remastered by Juan Pablo Canoles from Plexystudios. I don’t know if you should hear the truth, but if you do, make it drugged and on an unhealthy level.

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

KATALDO: People can expect to hear psychodelia and slow, swampy music. He hopes to drink a beer and smoke a joint, listening as his brain freezes with every riff that enters from his ears.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?

KATALDO: We see Ocultum touring Lan America, with a couple more albums, sharing stages with big and small bands of the Lan American underground, as always has been. We don’t want anything, because we already have everything. We all see each other in the smoke…

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