EMQ’s with SEPULCHRAL VOICE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Belo Horizonte, Brazil based Death/Thrash Metal band, Sepulchral Voice. Huge thanks to guitarist, Luiz Sepulchral 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 Luiz Sepulchral, I am the founder and guitarist of the band Sepulchral Voice. Between 86 and 87, like most bands from the 80’s aged 14 to 16 years, motivated by the arrival of Kiss to Brazil and bands from the Minas Gerais scene emerging such as Sagrado Inferno, Holocausto, Mutilator and Sepultura emerging nationally, I decided to gather my friends who liked metal to form a band. At the time I already played guitar, I called Rossano (Sepulchral Voice, Holocausto, Pexba) for the vocals and we went looking for other friends who were willing to participate in our “trip”, we spoke with PP who agreed and signed up for low class, Bolão took some classes with Rodrigo (Holocausto) and came to add to the group. Finally, we called Rubio for the second guitar (he had already taken guitar lessons at the time). Sepulchral Voice was formed. This line-up suffered some changes coming to the end with Luiz Sepulchral, (G) PP Salomão (B), Harley Senra (V), Lellio Metralha (D), adding in 2017 on the other guitar, Ronaldo Ron Seth (Impurity, Loucyfer, Akerbehrtz).
How did you come up with your band name?
After the training was decided, we started to search for a name. Pandemonium was suggested initially. While we were looking for other names to vote for which were a better option, our vocalist was with a Sodom tape and in it was the name of the sepulchral voice band. We voted and we all knew the description (laughs).
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Our country is Brazil, we are from Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte City. The scene here in the last 03 years has faced a revival of legendary bands such as Mutilator, The Mist, Overdose, Cirrosis, Loucyfer in addition to new but very professional bands that emerged in the 2000’s, so the frequency of shows has increased a lot (before the pandemic). There are traditional concert halls in BH, which partly makes it easier for us to have regular shows.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
The album “Evil Never Rests” released at the end of 2019 has fully pleased the most select admirers of extreme music, we have achieved high marks in album reviews, which makes us satisfied with the sincere delivery of this work, which for us is a gift to our fans.
‘Existence In The Void’
Who have been your greatest influences?
Our influences were Slayer, Bathory, German Metal (Kreator, Sodom, Destruction), Possessed, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest. Morbid Angel, Carcass, Swedish death metal school.
What first got you into music?
My first contact with music was at 10 years old. A relative of mine showed me some of Elvis Presley’s songs. My search for Rock came from there and at the age of 12, when Kiss came to Brazil and from there, also came the desire not only to listen but also to play the songs. I started taking guitar lessons to learn how to play those songs which I listened to every single day.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would like to make some music or have the participation of Max Cavalera of Cavalera Conspiracy.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken Open Air. We will certainly have good beers at the event (laughs). It is an event with international coverage, well diversified in relation to bands in different styles.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
At the end of a presentation, I received, from a fan, a bottle with a drink from various herbs. I thanked him for the gift, but the fan opened the bottle and poured a dose for me. I took that drink so as not to disappoint him and was worried (I could be allergic to some component and it could become a poison). Well, in the end there was only the scare (laughs).
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Keep the metal flame burning, follow the bands, releases, attend the concerts, consume the bands’ merchandising.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Ronnie James Dio.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Transforming a riff into music, that is, the whole creation process. Independent of success, the birth until the maturation of a composition is surreal.
I hate the lack of recognition as an artist
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would end this “career building” where, through mass media, they create “mega artists” who, in terms of talent, would not even be on the list of the top 1000 most heard.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Reign In Blood” – Slayer.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Always vinyl from sound quality (organic) to graphic art.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
A show in a Minas Gerais town called Ipatinga region known as the steel valley. It was in the 90’s and marked by the organization, public and receptivity. The show took place in an exhibition park in the city. Today, this event model is more common, but at the time, it was rare mainly in terms of the organization’s professionalism and cutting-edge equipment.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would like to work in band productions and, leaving this musical universe totally, I would like to invest in a food supply company.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Responding within our musical universe: Kerry King, Scott Ian, Gary Holt, Mille Petrozza, Igor Cavalera.
What’s next for the band?
Unfortunately, this pandemic by Covid 19 prevented live performances from happening right at the launch of our album “Evil Never Rests”. The news is three videos that the band produced, a lyric video, a stay home video and a video clip. We have participated in several live events and some online festivals.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We use streaming platforms such as Deezer, Spotify and social networks (Facebook, Instagram) plus our You Tube channel
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Let’s say a biscuit cake (laughs)
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I thank you for the opportunity, I thank the readers!
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