Jose Romero is the singer/guitarist and founder of Requiem
Aeternum from Uruguay.He is also a
published author.His book is entitled,
“Escritos Prohibidos” (Forbidden Writings).We had a nice hour-long conversation which involved philosophy and
theology as much as music.It’s not
everyday that you get to talk to a guy like this.
CRITICALTOM:Have you guys moved to New York, or are you
JOSE:I am going to stay in New York for a while, maybe a few
years.We are working hard to promote
the album and plan to play some festivals.
CRITICALTOM:Do you have any festivals confirmed as yet?
JOSE:So far we are scheduled for the Northwest Metal Fest and the
Milwaukee Metal Fest.
CRITICALTOM:Is “Philospher” your first album?
JOSE:No.it is our
second.The first one was recorded at
the end of 1997 and released in 1998.It was only released and promoted in Latin America.
CRITICALTOM:Was it recorded with the same line-up? (I
asked knowing that Martin Lopez and Martin Mendez were once in the band).
JOSE:We have actually had three line-ups.The first line-up included Martin Lopez and Martin Mendez before
they went to Sweden to join Opeth.We
recorded only one song, a demo, that appeared on a compilation.Then there was the line-up in Uruguay.We recorded the first album together.They stayed in Uruguay.So when I came here I recorded the album
with Maciej Kupiszewski (bass) and Alex Hernandez (drums).
CRITICALTOM:Did you write all the music yourself, or did
JOSE:I basically wrote all the songs myself in the five-year period
since the last album.I wrote four of
them in Uruguay, and four of them here.I have to admit that I had good input from Maciej and Alex, but I wrote
the music myself.
CRITICALTOM:But they added their own touch . . . ?
JOSE:Yes.They have their own
personality.You can recognize it when
they play.I like for the other
musicians to add their own touch to the album.
CRITICALTOM:Tell me about your label, ICorp
America.Are they a Latin American
JOSE:They are in Latin America, but I think they are also in Europe
and maybe have other bands in the U.S.I don’t really pay attention to those things.I like to work with a label because they are reliable and do good
work.I don’t worry as much about how
big they are.
CRITICALTOM:How have the reviews of the band been so
JOSE:Most of them are going very well.A few have complained about my accent.But overall we are very pleased with the reviews.
CRITICALTOM:The album “Philosopher” is about the subject
of philosophy.Tell a little about your
interest in philosophy.
JOSE:I am an economist, but I also like philosophy.My book, “Forbidden Writings”, is about my
philosophy which I call “philosophy of destiny”.It is a way of seeing the real meaning of life.The book is composed of one hundred writings
structured in four sections.The album,
“Philosopher”, follows the book.It has
basically 2 songs per section.
In music I like to do something different from
everybody else.I know others have
touched on philosophical themes, but I don’t know of anyone who has dedicated a
whole album to philosophy.
All interviews, like all religious writings, are
edited texts.As I mentioned above,
Jose and I talked for about an hour.We
talked a lot about Nietzsche, some about Rousseau, Maimonides, and such.It was a real meeting of the minds.Anyway, the good stuff that won’t bore you
is printed above.