The Spanish zombie freaks in Machetazo are topical with the compilation Ultratumba, a collection of musical rarities taken from the bands many EP's and 7' releases. Besides a few songs I wasn't too familiar with the Spaniards prior to Ultratumba, but the compilation gives a good insight into the musical universe of the trio as it consist of material recorded between 1998 and 2004. I recently got the chance to ask drummer and vocalist Dopi about the band, the influences and the possibilities of a new album in 2007. Dopi wasn't late to reply with information about the bands current activities and future plans.

Jose "Dopi" Dopico interviewed by PSL

You're topical with Ultratumba, a collection of rare material and most of your EP's. How did the idea for this release come around?
Ramón from Living Dead Society came up with the idea about a year ago. We have worked with him in the past and got to say he's one of the best underground labels we know. He's always releasing on date and doing an awesome job in terms of both distribution and promotion. There's a lot of old Machetazo stuff which we think is fucking good, but has been forgotten because of limited editions and poor distribution. Also there are a few old EPs out there with very bad sound due to shitty pressings, so we wanted to re-master some things and put all of them together.

The material on the compilation spans from 1998 to 2004. Is there a particular reason why there isn't newer material included?
The only newer material is the split 7" with TFD which is out on Relapse Records and they have the rights for these songs for yet a couple of years. The split 7" with Ribspreader is still unreleased, but will soon to be out on The Spew Records.

On Ultratumba you pay tribute to bands like Massacre, Repulsion, Carcass and Black Sabbath. I'm aware that these bands have had an impact on your music, but what other bands has been an influence?
Our influences are obvious. We worship old school stuff like all English grindcore, Scandinavian death metal and also some early North American death metal, mostly records from 1980 to 1992. I guess anybody into this kind of music is fans of all those classic bands because they're obviously the best. Anyway I guess anything you listen to will be an influence in one way or another and we are very open minded. We listen to a lot of different kinds of music of course.

You sing in Spanish. I think it goes really well with the feel of the music, but what made you chose to do so back in the day?
We were tired of the predominance of the English language in extreme music. Also Spanish is so brutal…just take a listen to Corrupted or Ruido De Rabia.

You're obviously influenced by horror and zombie flicks. Which movies and instructors have inspired you the most?
The inspiration comes from 70's splatter movies and classic stuff like the Universal and Hammer films. The list would be endless, but when it comes to zombie films my favourites are White Zombie, The Plague of the Zombies and Day of the Dead.

You've put out quite a few split releases along the way. Do you have any new 7', split CD's or vinyl releases on the way?
Yeah, besides the split with Ribspreader I mentioned before Throne Records will very soon release the Machetazo/Splatterhouse Live at CBGB's CD and also the double vinyl version of the Ultratumba compilation.

Is it possible that there will be a full-length from Machetazo in 2007?
We're working on new songs at the moment. The plan is to record the next album in the summer. Maybe it will be released at the end of 2007 if everything goes well.

Razorback Records have previously been releasing your full-lengths. The next one will it also be out on Razorback Records?
No, the relationship between Razorback Records and Machetazo came to an end months ago. Our next album will be released on CD and LP via Throne Records.

You recently completed a short tour of Spain and Portugal. How did that go?
That was the "Mausoleum Fuckers Tour" with Paganizer. It was amazing in all aspects. I'm sure it was our best tour to date. The show in Tarragona was fucking amazing.

Do you have any gigs outside of Spain in the works?
We're going to tour Finland, Norway and Sweden this summer.

Do you fully concentrate on Machetazo or do any of you have other projects going as well?
Right now I'm totally focused on Machetazo in an almost insane way. I have some plans in mind to record some stuff with a few friends, but they're only studio projects.

How is the Spanish death metal scene doing these days? Bands like Avulsed, Haemorrhage and Machetazo seem the most visible!
The scene is strong. There's not too many bands, but the few who exist are of a high quality.

Anything you wish to add to conclude this interview?
Thanks a lot. Good luck with Supreme Brutality and go grind to the bone.

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