EMQ’s with BEHOLDER’S CULT
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasília, Brazil based Doom/Gothic Metal band Beholder’s Cult. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Felipe Stock 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?
Hello everyone at Ever Metal, my name is Felipe Stock and I’m the vocalist/guitar player in the Brasília based Doom Metal band Beholder’s Cult. The band has been around since the end of 2016 but not until a reasonable time after that, we were able to start playing live and recording material the way we intended in the beginning.
How did you come up with your band name?
That is a tricky question…guess a little bit of nerdy, stoner and doom references together.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from Brasília, the capital of Brazil, a very young city age wise but not so much in its preferences. Even so, we have a blooming metal scene around here with many great bands in various subgenres of metal.
As for the past, Brasília is nationally known for a punk rock scene in the 80’s and some big metal acts that came out of the concrete here.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our first and only release so far is our EP “Cult of Solitude” with only four songs. We are in the middle of recording our first full length with 9 new songs that will be out in 2020!
The EP is available here (among other music streaming platforms):
Who have been your greatest influences?
As a band it would be (and know my fellow band mates will agree) My Dying Bride, Saturnus, Anathema among many others. Personally, I would need to say a lot of names from Camel to Agalloch.
What first got you into music?
Hard to say what gave the first spark; but it is safe to say Black Sabbath was involved in it. As for playing, since I remember myself being a person I was planning some band with friends.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
It would be Daniel Brennare from Lake of Tears.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
There are lots of cool metal festivals around the world, but I guess I’d choose Metaldays because of the beautiful scenario. Of course, there is also Wacken…
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
It was a mysterious booze a guy really wished me to drink with him after a show. I spent the next day puking my insides out while we were going to another gig in a neighbouring city. Also, one time, a guy received a patch as a gift from one band and immediately after, and in front of the one that gave him the patch, gave it to me “as a gift”. It was awkward…
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Stay true to yourself as long as it respects the boundaries of other people being themselves.
Always have a glass of water when drinking wine.
Middle age crisis is real.
(These are all very wise words – Rick 😊)
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Dio, Peter Steele or Layne Staley
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Enjoy: Composing songs and concepts for the album and playing for people who like our style of music.
Hate: The bureaucracy to be able to do the above and carrying big Speakers.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I have little knowledge of the music industry outside underground metal to say something properly, so I guess it will be for small labels and new bands to get more chances to show their work.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Saturnus – “Veronika Decides To Die” (This one is unanimous in the band)
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Downloads for practical reasons.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
The best is yet to come! Hahaha
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
No one in the band is a professional musician even though we have a full-time artist who is also a voice actor! As for myself, I work in environmental conservation projects currently in the Atlantic Forest.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
That’s a hard one…keeping it music related I guess Bruce Dickinson, Tony Iommi, Andrew Latimer, Nergal and Paul McCartney. I guess it would make a nice party…each one can bring their own drinks…
What’s next for the band?
New album, promo videos and live performances when the pandemic allows.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I had to google it because I didn’t know the name of these biscuits…so yeah, biscuit.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Just to thank you all from Ever Metal, specially Victor Augusto, and anyone reading this! Hope you get the time to check our sound and maybe tell us some impressions on some of our social media.
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