EMQ’s with PERPETUAL LEGACY
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasília, Brazil based Symphonic Metal band, Perpetual Legacy. Huge thanks to Bruno Henrique, Michelle Rodovalho, Matheus Maia and Rafael Lobo 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?
Bruno: Hello, my name is Bruno. I’m the Perpetual Legacy guitar player.
Michelle: Hi, I’m Michelle. Vocalist of the Perpetual Legacy band.
Matheus: Hello, I’m Matheus. I’m the Perpetual Legacy bassist.
Rafael: Hello, I’m Rafael a.k.a. Raffa on the keyboards.
How did you come up with your band name?
Michelle: Our bassist, Matheus had the idea regarding the name of the band. I love the name and its meaning. The meaning of the name is in Psalms 119:111. The God’s perpetual legacy, which He left to us, human beings. In other words, we hold the legacy, heritage, the Word and the testimony of the goodness and love from God. Not only to benefit ourselves but for the good to other people also.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Bruno: We are from Brasília, capital of Brazil. The Metal scene in the city is not too big for this music style as in other parts of the country. Even with the label as the Rock capital, the majority part of the rock events happens in the underground with barely great events to this style. I think this explains why we had been playing more outside our city than inside.
Michelle: The Christian scene is very slow actually. It was more alive in the past.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Bruno: Our last release is a single which we released in August 2019. It is called ‘119: Theme Of My Songs’. As the name says, this music has the theme based on this Psalm, the same one that gave the band a name. It has a special meaning to us also because of the moment and how it was recorded. It was the first time with our actual drummer Renan Costa, and we had a special guest in the bass, Gustavo Magalhães from Dark Avenger.
‘119: Theme of My Songs’ (Official Lyric Video)
‘119: Theme Of My Songs’ (New Studio Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Michelle: I always listened and studied some good voices, not only in the metal scene. I have been studying Floor Jansen since the After Forever times. I also like Sharon den Adel, Liv Kristine. I have been listening to Sarah Brightman for a long time and also a Brazilian singer, who caught my attention called Lydia Moisés. The bands, which are our main references, are Epica and Nightwish.
Matheus: My major influence as a musician is Felipe Andreoli (Angra). To play in a symphonic metal band is the sum of two passions: classical music and the heavy metal. However, my musical taste is a variety from classical music to contemporary gospel and melodic metal.
Rafael: 3 names, 3 schools: Beethoven, John Williams and Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish). Names like Bach, Chopin and Mozart are essentials to my musical formation, also to the band composition.
Bruno: Some national guitar heroes like Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), Marcelo Barbosa (Angra/Almah), Eduardo Ardanuy (ex-Dr. Sin) and Andreas Kisser (Sepultura). And also, some international names like Jeff Loomis, Steve Vai, Marty Friedman and Mark Jansen (Epica).
What first got you into music?
Bruno: I started to play guitar when I was 15 years old, influenced by some rock bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Black Sabbath and Megadeth.
Matheus: Classical music has always been part of my life since my childhood. I figured out the heavy metal when I was a teen, which emerged together with the bass instrument.
Rafael: I always preferred classical music than pop music, at the point of preferring the national anthem than radio music. My influences helped me to decide for my instrument. I figured out the symphonic metal when I joined some erudite music with the sound of the bands that I usually listen to in my teen ages.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Bruno: I think the most important thing is the music and the message that we can transmit at the end. So, to me if a band has a serious purpose, a good sound and a wellness message it is worth enough to collaborate with.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Bruno: I think that every metal band in the world has the same dream to play in some recognized festivals like Wacken. It must be great to play on the same stage as your biggest influences and also because of the history it has.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Bruno: In my case, I’d sometimes receive some food as a gift. The weirdest case was a day that the fans just joined some money to give to the band (another band on the occasion) a tuna pizza and a bottle of Coke (laugh).
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Michelle: Let us try to appreciate all the good things that life offers, with wisdom and caution. Let us treat everyone in the best possible way. Let us practice empathy and strive to love others as Christ loves us.
Bruno: I think the message that Christ left to us about love for others is so important, especially in these hard times where we have to live with so many cases regarding racism and prejudice. The people just forgot about this message meaning, what turns to common to see these cases but let’s keep this message in our mind and heart and try to make a better world for everyone.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Bruno: My worst losses in the musical scene are Dimebag Darrell (Pantera) and Peter Steele (Type O’ Negative). I also would like to see a live concert with Randy Rhoads. We had a great loss in the Brazilian music scene last year with André Matos too. He is another one that should be alive to keep showing us his talent.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Bruno: Music to me is like a therapy. It just removes the stress and the bad feelings if I have some and gives me a great pleasure and opportunity to express my feelings. The thing that I hate is the lack of opportunity and how difficult the music market is, especially to those that are starting their career.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Bruno: I really would like to change the music industry related to the new and unknown talents that we figure out sometimes around the world. There are many bands and artists who should have a better chance and conditions to show themselves.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Bruno: Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Bruno: Depends on who is listening and their taste. To me all the formats have some kind of advantage. When I was a teenager I loved to listen to music on vinyl, especially for metal songs. It has that feeling of making the music more “organic“. But, I confess that lately the music platforms have earned a lot of space in the market and in my daily activities due to the practicality of just turning on the laptop or smartphone and you have all the songs that you wish to listen to at that moment.
I think the digital era of the music industry brought some advantages to those artists, like us, that are independent to show their work, and it’s awesome.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Bruno: The best gig to me and I guess for the whole band was the Metanoia festival. In this festival we could share the stage with great bands, including Narnia that is one of the greatest bands in the Christian metal scene. We also had the opportunity to talk with the guys backstage and they were really kind to us.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Bruno: Well, I’m a musician but I don’t live with the music profits as the whole band also. Everyone in the band has another career and profession. I’ve been a software engineer since 2010. I tried to live with the music profits as a guitar teacher in a music school but to live only by music is like to win in the lottery.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Bruno: I don’t know if the invite should be to a dinner party, but I would like to see some of our greatest references together, probably in a festival with their bands. It could be Simone Simmons (Epica), Floor Jansen (Nightwish), Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation), Christina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil) and Tarja Turunen. For sure, it should be a great concert.
What’s next for the band?
Bruno: The band is releasing some acoustic songs formats regarding our first album, “A New Symphony For Him”. We had been doing some acoustic shows and the new arrangements of these songs just became very good.
We are also releasing some Christian hymns in our symphonic metal style and with Portuguese lyrics. You can listen to the songs on our Youtube channel.
The band is also planning to release a new album in the next year. So, we are starting our compositions.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Bruno: I never tasted the Jaffa Cakes (laugh). I’m living in Ireland now, but we don’t have this in Brazil. After this question, I’m sure I’ll buy some and taste it soon (laugh).
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Bruno: I would like to say thanks to all our fans and everyone that supports us along these years. We’ve been receiving some support messages from some people and also seeing some messages on the web saying good feelings about our music, for those that go or went to our concerts, thank you so much. God bless you all.
Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.