EMQ’s with CRASHKILL
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fortaleza, Brazil based Thrash Metal band Crashkill. Huge thanks to guitarist Jean Pinheiro 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?
My name is Jean Pinheiro, I am a guitarist of CRASHKILL.
The band started around 2016 with Mailson Buson, the drummer, and Valter Doomriffs the other guitarist. The band started as a Death Thrash band with influences on vocals and riffs with a Death Metal approach. After some member changes the band found itself as a Thrash Metal band. After playing in some important national events, and having our songs broadcast in Brazil, Canada, Chile with the single ‘Killing Peace’ for example, we then recorded the album “Consumed by Biomechanics” at the end of 2019, but releasing it only in 2020. With this new work we continue to spread our music on other radio in the USA, Spain, Portugal etc. For now we are working on our new EP with a pre-production and then recording.
How did you come up with your band name?
That was Mailson’s Idea. It all came from the onomatopoeia from comics like the ones that refer to sounds of hits and breaks that appear in those magazines, like “Pow” , “CRASH” “Bump” along with the influence of visual stuff Anthrax was doing in the 90’s. That marked Mailson in a way that he wanted to use this kind of expression in a very strong, and violent way, so he came up with this neologism: CRASHKILL
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Brazil, Northeast, and the city is Fortaleza. Here, as in almost all Northeast, there is a strong scene for Death Metal, many Thrash Metal old-school bands too. There are some melodic heavy metal fans but not strong enough to come up with bands. It also happens in waves. Sometimes you have to choose which festival you are going to on a night and sometimes there are only one or two clubs supporting metal and rock in general.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
The Latest release was the Album “Consumed by Biomechanics”. Along with the Full Length came two lyric videos: ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘Year of Darkness’
‘Artificial Intelligence’ (Official Lyric Video)
‘Year Of Darkness’ (Official Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Well, we consider ourselves going through this New Wave of Thrash Metal. That bunch of bands that learned from Slayer, Exodus, Overkill, Testament and added some groove and new tone to its sound like Warbringer, Evile, Havok, but without leaving the classic 90’s style.
What first got you into music?
Hmmm, I’ve always liked music since I can remember. My father showed some classic 70’s rock and other bands from that time. That was great music as well, but then, some friends showed me some heavy metal music until I found Thrash Metal…and that is where I parked my car!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I really like the sound Annihilator makes as a band. But If I had to work with a musician that would definitely be Gary Holt.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Since I was 17, I always thought about Wacken. But since I had the opportunity to go to Graspop Metal Meeting and talked to people that said the organization, the set, the transport, the crew in this festival was way better than others, I believed that, added to the stages and shows I saw, Graspop would be a major dream to be there on stage.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I can say that this was a gift: A guy from Sweden downloaded our album on iTunes and recorded it to a CD-R, printed the cover and posted it on Instagram … I was like man… this guy really loves this band! He has an album earlier than I have! (Our album was being pressed in Rio by that time, we had released it only on streams)
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
I Would say: Keep Thrash Metal Alive! Keep on moshing, going to shows, supporting metal bands, listening to it louder and if you have a band, work hard to get what you wish. That’s how we do it, facing all the negative situations that will appear, planning and going through it.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I believe I would choose Dimebag Darrel… What that guy did on guitar really changed the way this ‘post metal’ scene is doing it today.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I really like to compose songs, and love when the feedback is positive. Like someone who understands the message.
I really hate people who like to be tagging your music or demanding what kind of sound you should do, not too equal to others to be a copy and too different to be reinventing the wheel. Just enjoy the music if you like it.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Give more chances to different local music styles. Some places would never play metal, for example, on the radio. They sell music that is much easier to produce and more catchy, and forget about feeling etc.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
I don’t believe I have one…Maybe one in each metal genre. But I could say for Thrash Metal: “Seasons In The Abyss – Slayer!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Well if you like to collect stuff and have it in your place you may like Vinyl, or even CD’s for the art that the band do for the fans. I am a person who would rather be with some space in my place and have it way more practical online, although I really know about the difference in sound between these media. There are some services that even stream 1440kbps (CD quality) but I know the sound differs from a Loud Vinyl Metal Record.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
While in CRASHKILL we played at Sound Garage Festival, a great national festival that happened in Fortaleza. There were 3 stages with all kinds of bands, a huge sound set and a crazy audience. That was really interesting.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Actually, I can’t pay my bills (yet) with our music where we live. So, I am a Software Engineer, and do some personal music projects as well.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Tony Foresta, Max Cavalera, David Ellefson, Jerry Cantrell and Tum Hunting. It would be a very crazy, unusual and funny dinner for sure.
What’s next for the band?
Right now, we are working on our merchandise and ending the composition of our new songs for an EP we want to release by the end of this year. But it will depend on how this pandemic situation will flow.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
To listen to our songs, you can search on every media streaming site. We have our channel on YouTube where you can find our lyric video and some live music too. Facebook, Instagram you can find us on @crashkillthrash or just searching for Crashkill you will find us. Email: email@example.com. We are still working on our website, but we have a Bandcamp page too.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Well…we have one close to those here in Fortaleza… it looks like biscuits!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Just Appreciate the opportunity here to answer about the band and invite people to check out our material, follow us on social media and wait for some news this year already!
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