EMQ’s with REQUIEM’S SATHANA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil based Black Metal band, Requiem’s Sathana. Huge thanks to bassist Rex Mendax 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 Moises Henrique Kunst, also known as Rex Mendax and I’m a bass player. The Requiem’s Sathana project appeared many years ago as a side band. The other musicians, Felipe Rex Inferii Nienow and Fabiano Rex Gutture Werle are longtime friends and have played with me in other bands. In 2017 we thought we were ready to record something. So, we got ready and started recording in 2019, and the EP was released in April this year.
How did you come up with your band name?
Each of our songs is like hymns to the dead, sung by the high priest Satanas.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from the South of Brazil, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul. We are from a region colonized by German immigrants, from small and very conservative cities. As such, the scene is relatively small. It has improved a lot in recent years. But when we want to go to shows we always need to go to cities like São Leopoldo, Novo Hamburgo or the capital Porto Alegre.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our self-titled EP is our first release.
‘Requiem’s Sathana’ (Promo Lyric Video)
‘Legion’ (Promo Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
The bands that influenced me to like metal were Sepultura, Metallica and Black Sabbath. The bands that influenced me to play black metal were Emperor, Dark Funeral and Marduk.
What first got you into music?
I started to become interested in music because of the feeling of energy, of strength that it transmitted.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
To be honest, with no one. My project is enough for me.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I believe that the dream of consumption of most heavy metal bands is to play Wacken. I think it’s an honest festival and it honours metal as it should be. Wacken is a metal festival that plays metal. Here in Brazil we have Rock in Rio that plays almost everything and no longer represents the name it has.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I never received a fan gift.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
I would like true fans of heavy metal to honour the style of music, the lifestyle they say they like. At least support the bands, going to the shows, buying the records. The little they do is enough to keep the scene alive.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Dimebag Darrell, for sure!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love the energy that the music conveys. Being a musician and being aware that you can create that energy is fantastic. I have nothing to hate as a musician.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
This artificialism that reigns in music. Nowadays no more classics are created. That’s because everything is so fleeting, so fast that there’s no time to absorb a song. I sincerely believe that today’s songs have no soul.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Don’t Break The Oath” – Mercyful Fate!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl and CD for sure!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We never played live with this project. But in the early 2000’s we did memorable shows with other bands that we played in.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
In fact, the question should be the other way around. Music is just a hobby for me. I am a teacher and civil servant.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I am a little misanthropic. I don’t see myself inviting one person to dinner, so imagine five!
What’s next for the band?
Due to this pandemic, at the moment we are only focused on promoting the record. Next year, if all this goes away, we will think about what to do.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
The material can be checked on Bandcamp, Youtube, Spotify, Deezer and Music Apple. Anyone interested in purchasing the physical CD can contact Cianeto Discos (www.cianetodiscos.com.br/).
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Sorry, I have no idea what that is.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I would like to thank you for your interest and long life in metal!
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