EMQ’s with DARKRAZOR
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasilia, Brazil based Melodic Death Metal band DarkRazor. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Matheus Damásio for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I am Matheus Damásio, lead singer and guitarist for DarkRazor.
Well, in early 2016 I had a few compositions in mind and wanted to start something new, that would not be limited to a specific genre of metal, as inspired by my idol Chuck Schuldiner. I truly believe that by calling a band as being only a “death metal” or “black metal” band would, in the end, limit the view of the public about its music and of the members themselves. So, in early 2016 I called Rafael, whom I knew from other bands we had together, and he became interested in the concept I wanted for the band and the songs.
How did you come up with your band name?
For real, it was inspired by another band whose member and singer was the lead guitarist for DarkRazor, and it was DeathRazer
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I was born in Brasilia, the Capital of Brazil. The Scene here is something very peculiar. We have very old and important bands maintaining the scene, such as P.U.S and Death Slam, who are still kicking till this day and great and promising bands popping right now, even in quarantine, like Nightwölf, Subterranea and Evil Corpse. In normal days, there are a good number of shows happening in a few houses that still support Metal. Also, there is an optimistic mood that the scene will always be here. But I really want to address that we, as a community, need to get more professional in order to reach higher objectives. I lost count of how many times I heard some musicians complaining about needing to buy a better amp, a better guitar or something that would make their sound better, and in the next minute they are spending all of their money on beer. At the end of the day, it is a great and supportive scene, but with little issues.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our last release is the 2018 Conceptual Album “The River of Souls”, a story of an intergalactic dictator that in the end, dies alone while being destroyed
‘The Time Device’ (Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
As a band, I would of course say Death, Testament, Revocation, Vektor, Megadeth, Evile, Sepultura, Rivers of Nihil, Trivium
What first got you into music?
My father would play some Queen, The Doors, Scorpions and especially Dire Straits, which is one of my all-time favourites.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If I could, it would be a pleasure to play some tunes with the guys from Trivium. I am really a big fan of theirs and there are some songs I would be thrilled to play with them.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken Open Air would be the realization of a Life. It is the greatest metal festival in the world, and it would be a dream coming to life.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I would not say weird, but something I did not imagine was when a fan told me he actually wrote a song inspired by one of ours. It was a blast and I personally was very happy with it.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you all for everything, all that we have accomplished is because of you and there is nothing more important than the metal fans of the world.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Chuck Schuldiner for sure. One of the greatest Metal Geniuses of all time.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love composing and especially that moment when you first record a song and you can hear all of that work coming to life in the form of sound. And I really hate when the metronome keeps going after a mistake in the recording sessions.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Probably the making of talentless people, that cannot write songs by themselves, into gods walking among mortals. Most notably coming from Pop music. I mean, even in pop we used to have great musicians, but now is just sampled garbage pulled at our faces over and over.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“…And Justice For All”, “Symbolic”, “Rust In Peace”, “Brothers In Arms”, “Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I am a digital era kid, so it would be normal for me to say Downloads, but nothing got me thrilled more than listening to a Dire Straits Vinyl in my grandmother’s house. The sound was so good, and it got me hooked for life.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
For now, it was a show with my old band “Primal Wrath” with Rafael, I believe it was for 1500 people and it was a really good day to be a musician.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would like to be a TV host for some sports show.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Emperor Dom Pedro II, Aristoteles, Jesus, my grandmother Maria and George Lucas.
What’s next for the band?
We are preparing a special release that will feature some of the songs from our first two records with Orchestra and we are already in pre-production for our third official release.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Our Instagram especially, to inform our fans of the music we release on YouTube and Spotify, but we also use Facebook.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Definitely cakes HAHAHA.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I would like to thank Ever Metal for this wonderful space for me and everyone from DarkRazor. It is a real blast for us to have such an amazing opportunity. And for those that want to start their own bands or even start composing new records, just do it HAHAHA. Don’t think too much about if it will be a success or a failure, just start working and give everything you have. Go for it.
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