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Quick introductory interview.

Interview with The Raven King.
1. Who are you and how did the band get started?

Hi! The Raven King began in 2010 when I, Ignacio, took some ideas I had for a few songs and gave them a common thread using the short story The Masque of the Red Death, by Edgar Allan Poe. I gave the first demo of RED, our EP, to my old band mate Eduardo and he told me to record everything again with a good sound quality. As we needed someone to do the vocals, I asked our friend Eduardo RodrŪguez to sing in the album, and here we are. After many delays we have released it.

2. Why did you choose Doom, and how would you describe your style?

Well, the truth is that I didnít really choose doom when I started composing. All the ideas I had when I played guitar and bass led me in this direction, which was quite natural as Iíve been listening to doom and its derivatives for a long time and it's surely one of my favourite music styles. We describe our music as Doom/Post-metal but to be honest I donít know if everybody who listens to the album agrees with that description. I think that itís always difficult to label what you do but I find that Doom/Post-metal fits quite well with our sound and influences.

3. What would you consider to be the high point of your career so far?

Certainly, to have been able to release the album and that people from many different countries have considered it good enough to give it a listen and even to pay for it. That's a great honor and is something that makes me very happy and proud.

4. Which three bands most influenced you?

For this album I'd say that the main influences were Anathema, Cult of Luna and Shape of Despair. Iíve always liked Shape of Despair's ability to create atmospheres, and when Red was composed, Eternal Kingdom was an album that I listened to repeatedly (Cult of Luna did an amazing job and the history of the album gives it a unique atmosphere). Anathema is my favorite band and consciously or unconsciously they are always an important influence.

5. What are your plans for the near future?

We want to release a full album this year. We have the main idea (this, too, will be a concept album), we have some riffs and we need to start to give it all a structure. We are finishing the album of our other band, Crimson Stone (a stoner rock band) and once we release it weíll be free to work again on The Raven King. We hope to have it ready by the end of this year.

6. If there is anything you would like to add, the last words are yours.

First, itís a big honor to have the chance to appear on doom-metal.com. Youíve always been a reference to me and Iíve discovered many great bands thanks to you (Mournful Congregation, Worship, Mourning Beloveth, PantheistÖ). If anybody wants to give us a listen here you have the links to our Bandcamp and our Facebook page. We hope you enjoy it. Cheers!

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Interviewed on 2015-02-08 by doom-metal.com.
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