EMQ’s with HUNGER
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Indaiatuba, Brazil based Progressive Thrash Metal band, Hunger. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Mauro Izalbert 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 Mauro Izalbert and I am the guitarist and vocalist of Hunger.
Hunger started in 2002 aiming to make metal with ‘political’ lyrics. We recorded some demos: “Peace Is In Pieces” (2003 EP), Hunger (2004 EP), “When The Truth Lies” (2005 single), “Demons In White” (2009 single), and “Contradizendo um Paradoxo” (2011 Single). We did many shows, but only in the State of São Paulo – Brazil with some great names of Brazilian metal like Shaman, Torture Squad, Angra and Sepultura. The Band also participated in many contest festivals, and always taking some prize.
I am the only member since the beginning, and the constant changing of members was the most difficult thing about releasing a full length.
How did you come up with your band name?
I was searching for a name that represents politically criticising Brazil and I downloaded a song called ‘Hunger’ from eMule, supposed to be Megadeth and Metallica playing together, and I thought to myself it was perfect: Brazil suffered a lot with poverty and hunger at that time and it’s a mixture of two of my favourite bands. Later, I found out I was pranked; the song was from a band called Eternal Decision and had nothing to do with Metallica or Megadeth.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Indaiatuba, São Paulo, Brazil.
I think we are growing! There are many great bands around here doing good stuff and helping each other.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
In January 2020, we released our First Full album “Hunger Feeds Misery” and in April, we released the music video “Peace is in pieces”.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Cliff Burton, Chuck Schuldiner, Dave Mustaine, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Pantera, Testament, Sepultura and Pink Floyd.
What first got you into music?
Pink Floyd was what I enjoyed the most when I was a kid. After that, Metallica’s “…And Justice For All” got me into metal.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Probably Machine Head. Not only for the music but also because of Rob’s Political vision.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken! Because it’s the greatest one and the dream of every metal musician.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A girl gave me her underwear after the show.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Support metal! Don’t make any kind of competition between the bands. Love and Respect.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
It’s Hard to say only one, but I would love to hear more of what Chuck Schuldiner would make for music.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love that I can express my thoughts and feelings through music, it’s way different than talking. I hate rumours, band’s competitions and weak people who try to fuck other bands rather than worry about making music.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I think the internet. Of course, it helps me a lot, but I miss people buying CD’s instead of downloading music and people going to shows instead of watching videos at home.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“The Sound Of Perseverance” – Death
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
A mix of vinyl aesthetics and CD sound quality
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
It was on January 24th 2020
We released our First album and there was a special guest: Marcello Pompeu – Korzus
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Well, as a child my dream was to be a scientist
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Dimebag Darrel, James Hetfield and Chuck Schuldiner
What’s next for the band?
We were planning to tour before Covid 19. Now we’re planning more music videos
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Hahahaha! I’d say they’re biscuits
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I’d love to thank you Guys, specially Victor Augusto. I’d love to thank all metal people who support us in any way! You’re the best!
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