EMQ’s with EVIL CORPSE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Goiás/Distrito Federal, Brazil based Thrash Metal band, Evil Corpse. Huge thanks to guitarist Yuri 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 Yuri, guitarist from Evil Corpse, a Thrash metal band from Distrito Federal and Goiás, in Brazil. After the breakup of Slaver (Thrash metal band from Brasília/DF), the guitarist Jhonata “Darkhell” formed a new project with the sole purpose of playing Old School Thrash Metal. After some time, he decided to name the band as “Evil Corpse”.
After some line-up changes, the band stayed as a trio (Darkhell – Guitar, Rômulo – Drums and Zenön – bass) and released their first official material, “Awakening the Slaughter” demo, in 2017. Soon after I joined the band, and the current line up consists of: Jhonata “Darkhell” on guitar and vocals, Iury “Stringbreaker” on guitar, Rômulo on bass and Zenön playing the drums.
How did you come up with your band name?
Originally, the band was called “Ripping Corpse”, as a tribute to the song by Kreator. After realizing there was already a band with that name, the group decided to change its name to Evil Corpse.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from the region of Goiás/Distrito Federal in Brazil. The underground scene here is very active, with many metalheads supporting it and many bands to represent it such as Estado Revoltoso, Terrorcídio, Deathrazer, Nuclear Dash, Violator, DFC, Terror Revolucionário, Transtorno Nuclear, Tean Zu, What I Want, Who Farted?, Desonra, Blind Fear, Naughty Dog and many others.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is our debut full album, entitled “Apocalyptic Future” released by “Kill Again Records”. It contains 8 songs influenced by bands such as Protector, Hypnosia, Slaughter Lord, Violator, Kreator, Sepultura and other old school thrash metal bands. The lyrics are filled with themes of anti-religion, antifascism, nuclear war, social inequality, schizophrenia and metal.
‘Infectious Disaster’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
As mentioned before, we’re very influenced by old school Thrash/Death Metal bands such as Sadus, Hypnosia, Ripping Corpse, Repulsion, Pestilence etc. but at the same time, we borrow elements from underground bands from Brazil and Latin America, for instance: Pesticide, Considered Dead, Violator, Slaver, Ripper, Acid Speech, Beyond the Grave. We are trying to combine the speed of thrash metal riffs with the evil atmosphere of old school death metal.
What first got you into music?
All the members have different backgrounds on music, but in general, most of us started listening to rock music since we were kids. Classic bands such as Queen, Scorpions, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and others were all influential, and planted the seed of hard rock and heavy metal in our putrid hearts
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We would be very pleased to collaborate with any band with the same ideals as ours: the ideal of the underground community being a network for friendships worldwide, without competition, but instead, cooperation. All bands with a D.I.Y attitude, bands who despise all kinds of fascism and prejudice are eligible to be the answer to that question.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
It would probably be Obscene Extreme Festival, because of the amount of people from all around the world who gather there in order to praise underground bands from various different countries.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We usually receive a lot of booze Hahahahaha, but we really like when fans give us their bands’ materials, merchandise etc. The greatest gift of all is to have people going crazy, moshing and stage diving at our gigs.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
As underground musicians in an undeveloped country, like Brazil, life isn’t easy at all. There is a lot of repression from the church, the government and society, and financially, it’s practically impossible to make a living out of music in our country. Therefore, we would like to tell everyone who is reading to support local and international underground bands such as ours. Even the least amount of recognition is essential for us! Another very important message we have is do not support fascist/racist/homophobic/sexist bands! Society is already toxic enough outside the underground metal/punk community; we don’t need that kind of shit here! FUCK OFF TO NAZI SCUM!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
That’s a tough question hahahaha but, considering our influences as a band, it would probably be Michael “Mike” Sjöstrand (R.I.P. 2004), the drummer for Sweden’s Hypnosia.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
We love being musicians because of the adrenaline of getting up on stage and playing face-melting metal to maniacs such as ourselves, also because of the friends we make, the crazy stories we’ve been through and because of our love for underground music. The worst part of it all is money. Brazil is not an easy country, and underground musicians usually don’t make any kind of profit from their art! Equipment, studios, rehearsals and touring are expensive, and our financial situation is not the same as underground bands from America/Europe and other regions.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
We don’t really give a damn about the music industry. We don’t care about sale numbers; we don’t care about popularity. As long as we can continue delivering our old school sound for those who seek for it, we’ll be fine.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Certainly, the album with the greatest influence on all the band members is Hypnosia’s “Extreme Hatred” (2000).
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
We’re totally addicted to vinyl and tapes! CD’s and Downloads are good, but more as modern commodity than a collectable media.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
The gig we organized for the recording of Infectious Disaster’s music video was one of the best gigs we ever played. It was a very small venue, packed with people moshing and stage diving all around. It was cool as hell!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
There’s no way we wouldn’t be musicians, the fire of heavy metal burns hot inside our hearts! Hahahahaha.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Probably four girls and a friend Hahahahaha.
What’s next for the band?
The band is working on new compositions for new releases. We hopefully expect that this pandemic won’t be around anymore by 2021. If everything goes right, we plan to play as many gigs as we can to promote our “Apocalyptic Future”, wherever we can.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Can we drop the links here? hahaha (You Can – Rick)
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
We didn’t even know what a Jaffa Cake was before we got this question hahahahaha. We don’t have those here in Brazil, so it’s difficult for us to say. But if we were to take a guess, we’d say it’s a cake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
We would like to thank you guys for your time and for the opportunity to be participating in this interview. And for those who are reading: support underground metal/punk bands from your local scene, smash fascism/racism/homophobia/sexism in EVERY opportunity, stay home, if you can (at least for now) and don’t forget to check out our demo “Awakening the Slaughter” and the full album “Apocalyptic Future”. We really appreciate it.
METAL TO KILL BASTARD POSERS! 666
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