True Metal Road Warriors: An Interview with Wastëland Riders


I talk about all things Heavy Metal and Mad Max with the up and coming Spanish Speed Rock and Rollers.

Wastëland Riders are one part Venom, one part Motörhead and all-parts post-apocalyptic. By mixing these three ingredients and adding a splash (okay, a whole bottle) of Jack Daniels, the band creates a furious cocktail of speed and attitude on their first self-titled EP. I have listened to it numerous times and will continue to do so; it is infectious, heavy and a hell of a lot of fun.

If you’ve been paying attention you will notice that Wastëland Riders is not a new band to the Toilet. You heard them on Episode 8 of the Toilet ov Hell Radio and read a mini-review. In between band rehearsals and finals, the gentlemen were kind enough to answer a few of my goofy questions, both collectively and individually.

The band members are as follows:
D: Diego – Guitar/Vocals
J: Javi – Drums
L: Laka – Guitar
P: Pizarro – Bass/Vocals

How did the band come together?

WR: We were just friends who wanted to play some songs in a local studio. The first rehearsal day we composed our “Wastëland Riders” track in few minutes, so we decided to go on with the project and make it serious.

Your band’s name is what struck me first. Wastëland Riders is a very descriptive name that provokes very specific imagery, one that I enjoy very much. How did you choose the name?

WR: We’re freaks of Mad Max and all that post-apocalyptic stuff. We were talking about some ideas for the band’s name until one friend of us came along with the Wastëland Riders name, as a influence from the typical post-apocalyptic wasteland warriors. (The umlaut on the name came from our Motörhead passion).


Speaking of imagery, the album artwork is killer. Who designed the band’s logo and album cover?

WR: The logo was designed by Diego, our guitarist/vocalist. The designer of the album cover of the EP is Anton Atanasov, from our comrades Skull Bastards.

The lyrics to “Headbanger Bitch” make reference to bands such as Motörhead, Judas Priest, Celtic Frost and Sodom, just to name a few. Was there anything specific, other than your love for metal, that inspired this song?

P: This song is inspired by our own life. Our passion for the metal bands and all that’s all over a good show. This song is a claim to heaven for all the special moments we all have listening to metal, all friends we’ve done, all the beer we’ve drunk and all the problems that go off your mind while you listen music with your heart.

“On my journey to the stars/I saw a dark throne at my back/with Bathory reigning in glory/The vomit queen rises from the tom/ the witching hour has begun/we must fulfill a circle of tyrants/The king of hell came with his roar/an evil killer of the road/Beware! It’s stronger than you!/Worship him or die tonight/under a blazing northern sky/the graveyard is full of people like you/Play it loud! Stand up! Shout! Raise your fist! Headbanger bitch!/ Omission will play on the club/Retrofaith’s doing the warm-up/while in the air…there’s a lurking evil/The iron fist will ram it down/The iron curtain break your town/we’re maniacs of real fucking metal/All the scoundrels from this realm/have been all reunited here/pounding the world with a beer of steel/The agent orange from the sky/attack the people of the lie/Deathriders! Come here tonight!/Play it loud! Stand up! Shout! Raise your fist! Headbanger bitch!”

One of my favorite aspects of your EP is the name “Speed Rock & Roll.” It is undoubtedly a heavy metal EP, why did you choose to use “Rock & Roll” in the title?

WR: We think that metal comes from rock & roll as its best. Everything changes, everything can be older or newer…but the essence is there…and we play it fast and loud.

I have watched videos of your live performances and though small, there is a lot of energy in the crowd and on stage. How is the metal scene in Spain right now?

WR: It’s difficult to say. There’s a big commercial heavy metal scene in Spain, but we don’t like it at all. It’s always the same bands, the same sound and the same people that don’t like heavy metal the way we enjoy it. But fortunately, there’s an underground scene all around our territory, commanded by some clubs and independent guys who like to see some different bands on stage. You know…some people want to change the world, but it’s necessary that all the metalheads stay united and join this proposals (in fact, not all people do that, so you can see here some amazing bands at live playing for just 10 guys…). Mentality in Spain should change if we want to make our music go through our country.

I have read that you tell stories before shows to “set the mood” of the post-apocalyptic wasteland your music dwells in. Could you give me an example of one and tell me what inspired you do them?

D: Yes, we tell a little story on Wastëland Rider’s facebook advertising the gigs. We “set the mood” with stories about skirmishes of wild riders of the wasteland. Sometimes they have won battles (after gigs), they were in league with the lord of the wasteland (Humungus) or they had captured a old truck with a full tank of gas, tools and good tires (when we have to announce some news) for example…

In these stories I liberate my imagination and I begin to write and write. Maybe these stories are a product of a lot of boredom, maybe a product of imagination, I don’t know. The people says that they like it because they imagine it and it is really cool for me. I like [to let people escape for] just a few seconds.

Are there any other bands you would like more people to be aware of?

WR: People should notice the existence of some of our Spanish comrades bands like Skull Bastards, Lurking Evil or Maniac. If you want to know some underground Spanish metal bands just ask us, we’ll be glad to share our fellas’ music. (Seriously, you can ask them, they are very responsive. And check out these bands, they slay ~ BtR)

What are some non-musical influences on the band?

WR: MAD MAX (beers and sex are welcome too)

What are some of the band’s favorite post-apocalyptic movies/books/tv shows?



MAD MAX (I’m starting to see a trend here ~BtR)

P: Tank Girl comics are good, and some of Italian b-movies too.



What is it about the Mad Max franchise that is so inspiring for the band?

D: The post-apocalyptic world, the cars, the fights for gas, petrol, oil, tools, the car persecutions, the modified muscle cars, the gas smelling, the one and only lord of the wasteland, Humungus and his warriors, etc…All of these things mixed with Motörhead or Venom are really a inspiration for make some noise and bang our heads. In my opinion the mix of cars and rock n’ roll is the law, don’t you? (YES I DO! ~ BtR)

If you had to order the films from best to worst, what would the order be?

D: Obviously, Mad Max II ‘The Road Warrior’ is the best in our opinion by far! I think our order would be: Mad Max II, Mad Max, Fury Road and Mad Max III.

Further thoughts on Fury Road?

D: Honestly, when I watched the movie at the cinema I was really surprised, I was in love with the movie but I didn’t like that Mel Gibson doesn’t appear in it. The movie is really good but could you call this movie “Mad Max”? Well, in my opinion no, because there is no a Max Rockatansky in it. The characters, the ambient, the essence, the cars, the costumes, the story is really cool, I liked it but, I would have called the movie by another name.


If each band member had to assume one of the character’s role, who would be who?

P: Wez.
L: The guy who is playing the electric guitar upon a truck.
J: Nightrider.
D: Toecutter.

In the post-apocalyptic wasteland, what vehicle would you choose and how would you equip it?

J:  Harley Davidson for the win.
D: A rusty Hot Road with nails (with a Jack Daniels bottle inside of course).
L: A Seat 1430.
P: A rusty interceptor with a machine gun and flames.

What is your favorite Manowar album?

L: Do you like this one?


Of course I like that one! I would like to thank Wastëland Riders for the excellent interview and the best Manowar album answer that I’ve gotten yet!

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  • Óðinn

    Thanks Boss the Ross.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thank you Odinn!

  • Paddlin’ Rites ov Beargod

    Isn’t it Riders?

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      It is.

  • Joaquin Stick
  • these guys seem like they know how to party

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    These guys are as metal as the Road Warriors, especially Road Warrior Hawk.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa


  • Waynecro

    Great interview! Thanks, dude!

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa


      • Waynecro


        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Aww shucks…

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    This is a good interview.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thank you

  • great intarview, great tunes, but wrong opinion of Fury Road.
    hail warriörs! m/

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Wasn’t that the first Mad Max you saw?

      • yassir! (i’m on a mission to combat people who claim that Fury Road was anything less than spectacular)

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          The movie was FANTASTIC good sir. But, and i mean this with respect, your view is slightly biased.

  • Lacertilian

    Nice work Ross, it’s always more fun when the whole band answers questions.

    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Thank you Mr. Lizardking! I was excited that the whole band was in on it.

  • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

    Yes, yeeeeeeeeeeeeeees, love these guys! Great interview and awesome band.
    I’d disagree on the whole Mel Gibson/Fury Road part though. It definitely would’ve backfired having him in the movie, considering he’s box office poison nowadays (and well, offensive to pretty much anything that lives and breathes). And you know like hell that people would’ve been picketing the movie if he appeared in it. Plus, looking at his movies past The Beaver/his meltdown, it seems like he could give a shit less about actual acting nowadays. Machete Kills, anyone?

    • more beer

      I think you put way too much faith in humanity. I think they could have stuck Mel in this movie somewhere. It still would have done huge numbers. People act like they are upset about things people do and say. But the truth is. They don’t care at all. His actions won’t stop people from seeing movies. Even if he is in them. If you really think about it they are right he is Mad Max. Not the guy who was in Fury Road.

      • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

        I’d say the guy in Fury Road did the film justice.
        Even if people have pretty much forgotten about his antics, he’s pretty much given up on actual acting quite a while ago. I think Gibson’s at a point in his career where he’s had a long and successful enough career that he couldn’t care less about doing another Braveheart grade film. He probably would’ve had a short little part in Fury Road, a la Machete Kills, but that’s about it.

        • more beer

          It’s hard to not do a bad job when you only have to learn about ten lines.

      • Señor Jefe El Rosa

        FACT. more beer, you’re my hero

        • more beer

          Cool Interview sir.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa

            Thank you! What do you think about the band?

          • more beer

            They are good.

          • Señor Jefe El Rosa


    • Óðinn

      I give Fury Road a lukewarm approval. It was good, but not as great as the hype in my opinion. That being said, I don’t think Gibson was necessary for this particular film. Mel Gibson is 60 years old now, and he is notoriously difficult to work with. Let his original Mad Max films stand on their own. They are classic (well, maybe not the 3rd film, but the first 2 are classics).

      • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

        I do however, look forward to seeing Mel do a sequel to Braveheart. as an undead, headless, wienerless William Wallace.

        • more beer

          He already did that. It was called the Patriot. They were pretty much the same movie different time periods.

          • Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow

            I vaguely remember that film, but remember it being pretty fucking bad.

          • PostBlackenedWhaleGaze

            I used to love that movie when it came out because I was like 10. Haven’t seen it in a while tho, has it aged that bad?

        • Óðinn

          I think we are all looking forward to that.

      • more beer

        I agree with you totally. Not as good s the hype. All effects and not much plot. The first 2 are classics.

  • Eliza

    Fun interview and awesome music. I love this.