Elegantly Crafted Melodic Death Metal – introducing: Sense of Noise

Born in 2020 in the midst of the pandemic, Sense of Noise is a melodic death metal project that mixes the speed and fierceness of death metal with growls, extensive use of catchy melodies on guitars and clean vocals, and a touch of modern production with musical influences from metal and other genres. The band consists of members with remarkable experience in different areas of the music industry within and outside metal. Brothers Jerome and Bart Chanona have played several at European festivals such as Wacken Open Air and Metaldays, as well as Knotfest and Domination Fest, also collaborated with David Vincent (ex– Morbid Angel) on their previous band.

Diego Caná has played in international festivals such as Cumbre Tajín and the FILIJNib Sen has worked with members of TherionShining, and Snowy Shaw in his experimental metal projectThe Outsider. The band recently recruited bass player Mao Rubio, who has been part of other metal projects and played across the country. In 2021 Sense of Noise has released three singles, the latest one “Zero Killed” features Björn “Speed” Strid from Soilwork as a guest singer, and he also makes a special appearance on the music video.

The lyrics of the band deal with life and death, from an optimistic but realistic and honest point of view. Furthermore, they add to their concept and lyrics small elements taken from the cultural roots of their homeland. Sense of Noise is planning to release their debut album on November 5th, it will feature Antony Hämäläinen (Meridian DawnexNightrage) as a guest singer too, this album is meant to place them as the revelation band on Mexico, their homeland, and as a promising band on the worldwide melodic death metal scene. Here’s our interview with the guy behind the keys, Nib Sen!

Beginnings:

The very beginning of the band goes back to 2018 when Jerome started to work on a solo project and wrote some songs for it, it was planned to feature many musicians from the local scene, including Bart and I, produced by Fede, due different reasons that project never happened. Then in 2020 due to the lockdown, Jerome and Bart decided to work on those songs and make a new band, rest of the members joined eventually until a lineup was established, Jerome and Bart are brothers, the rest of us have been friends of them for some time, Diego has been a friend of them for many many years actually.

Behind the name:

When Jerome and Bart established the band, they looked for a name for many many weeks, read dictionaries of many languages, and after weeks of thinking Sense of Noise came as something that sounds fresh and modern, not the conventional metal name. It is not related to any film, videogame or band, it just sounds great – according to us.

Inspiration:

We have diverse tastes in music in metal and non-metal music, which has helped us have a very open mind when working on songs to make them sound as good as possible, and every member can widely talk about their personal tastes. For Sense of Noise, we are basically very inspired by the melodic death metal movement, mainly the one that comes from Gothenburg but also from Finland, that is the core of the sound of Sense of Noise, but we take other influences like progressive metal and symphonic metal. The most common influences that listeners find on our songs are bands like In Flames, Soilwork, Scar Symmetry, and Dark Tranquillity.

Inspiration can come from anywhere and flows very well when we are together. We have our debut album coming in November. And I think you can expect melodic death metal songs, with different influences with a modern and fresh production, as well as some special guests like Björn “Speed” Strid from Soilwork and Antony Hämäläinen, who actually sings in Ancient Settlers and was part of Nightrage and Armageddon long time ago.

Teamwork:

The very first songs of the band were composed by Jerome and produced by Fede, so it’s mainly their compositions, but when we wrote more songs for a full-length album all of us have taken part in the writing and recording, Fede is still in charge of the production and recording, but we found that getting together to make songs works very well, inspiration flows very well among us. On other aspects of the bands, we all have different tasks. I am mainly in charge of the marketing stuff, finding media outlets to be featured, spots on playlists, etc. Bart is mainly in charge of social media, Jerome is mainly in charge of designing the artwork, we have been establishing those roles because we think we are good at it, but after all, it’s teamwork, so all of us can have an opinion or task on every aspect of the band.

COVID-19:

It’s been hard working on a pandemic, at the very beginning, when things were kind of critical, we only gathered on cells to work on different aspects of the band, it took some months to have a band meeting of all members, actually, the second time we did so was when we had the very first photoshoot, right now, even with some of our families vaccinated, it’s still complicated but we have found out a way to make it work.

The day we were shooting the actors part of our newest video (Zero Killed) something strange happened, we were shooting inside a big house which works as a films/tv studio, with a big blank room, three floors, backstage, etc. We were shooting on the big blank room which has another floor above, due to the sanitary restrictions we were the only people allowed inside the house and we were all together in this blank room. In the middle of the shooting, while the camera guy was showing us some stuff he just filmed, we heard someone walking on the floor above, all of us heard it, like someone walking in circles, it was clearly heard because of the wooden floor, weird thing is that there was absolutely no chance there was someone else there, we had total control of the only two doors we were using in the place, everything else was locked and there was no chance of someone else jumping from another building or something, we were all together at the moment. It’s funny because no one got really scared, we just nod, talked a little about it, even joked about ghosts, and kept working, we are all skeptical but well, we heard what we heard.

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