Interview with Victor Regep of Deathgeist
By William Ribas
Hello everyone. It is Victor here. I hope you are safe and ready to have a good 2021, considering all the issues from the last year. Well, as you can imagine, the Ever Metal team works to spread Heavy Metal and Rock Music around the world and we share the passion that is music. Along this path, I make new friends that I can even call them as brothers and sisters. During my previous work with Brazilian websites and magazines, I made friends and we still work together, no matter if we are in different places.
My brother William Ribas (Master William as I like to call him), is one of these people and he is very well known for his incredible interviews with great bands from all around the world. He has already interviewed bands from the Brazilian underground up to names like Accept and Saxon. During his short hiatus off work as reviewer/interviewer, he was open to collaborate with Ever Metal and he had the idea to interview the Brazilian Thrash Metal band Deathgeist, who he has been a fan for a long time.
We have already done an EMQ’s with them, if you want to know more of their history, but, for this interview, William asked questions more related to their albums and composition.
Thanks a lot William for your amazing work and Victor Regep for his time answering. Enjoy…
William Ribas: Deathgeist was formed in 2016, and immediately caught the attention of the most nostalgic fans, especially from the audience that loves a crazy mosh pit. Have you ever imagined you would have such a good reception around the world?
Victor Regep: I honestly did not imagine. But it was very gratifying for Deathgeist’s first album, to be considered one of the best albums released in 2017. This gave extra motivation for us to give continuity and inspiration to develop new works.
William Ribas: In 2017, the band released their self-titled album. It is a raw and direct album, with a drier production, that hits our faces straight ahead. For many fans, this album is a protest from the underground against all the “robotic” music that increasingly takes over the heavy metal scene. In your perception, how do you analyze this debut? Is there anything that you would change in it?
Victor Regep: We were immensely proud and satisfied with the result of our first album. I think the moment was the same, and we were just getting started. When I joined Adriano Perfetto to set up the band, we wanted to do something direct and “raw”, without many frills. We wanted Just a heavy album that could reach Thrash Metal fans. And I think we did it.
William Ribas: Still talking about the first record. Several tracks deserve to be highlighted such as ‘Day Of No Tomorrow’, ‘Thrash Metal Fire’, ‘Ghost Of Torture’ and ‘Mass Holocaust’, for example. All these songs bring a set of factors that are the great riffs, a very well worked instrumental and finally are “chewing gum” in the choruses, that is, a banquet for the shows. When you are composing, is there a concern about how the music will sound live in front of fans?
Victor Regep: Oh yeahhh, thanks for the compliments. In a way, we really thought about leaving a certain riff or some chorus more striking, always thinking about how it would sound live at shows. It is a very interesting way and, not escaping the purpose, to compose the songs.
William Ribas: The second album “666” came out in 2019. It was a necessary evolution for the band to keep growing. Before we talk about the songs, it is inevitable not to ask. The album’s title is simple and impactful, but I am curious about what the message was behind this title?
Victor Regep: “666” basically talks about, the moment when the church occupies a nation and puts fear in people. In fact, they are the antichrists. They use religion to oppress, to implant a culture of fear in people, and to say that all that they preach is “in the name of God”. Many things in the world have been delayed because of religion. And as if that were not enough, they still implant a religious fascism without respecting an opposite opinion.
‘666’ (Official Lyric Video)
William Ribas: “666” is a continuation of what was showed in “Deathgeist”. The sound follows 80’s thrash metal, but I could feel that you risked more, adding more melodies with a record sounding not so old school. How was the composition process for this album?
Victor Regep: Yes, this album made it possible for us to explore as much as possible with rhythmic varieties and more worked melodies. It generated a fascinating result at the end of that album. We are very proud of that.
William Ribas: Another positive aspect in “666” is the instigating cover art, which rescues that thing from you to just go to a store, look at the design of the art and you immediately want to buy to check how the sound is. Can I say that the band definitely created their own “Eddie” to stamp the t-shirts and future albums?
Victor Regep: Yes of course!! All of us in the band are big fans of established bands like Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Kreator and they all have a mascot that. In the past, we used to go to record stores and we were fascinated just to see the album covers of these bands. It also made us create our own mascot.
William Ribas: When you created Deathgeist, your main idea was rescuing a most direct thrash metal, something that Bywar did too. I believe that all the steps so far in these two releases have been very well thought out. How is the dynamic behind the scenes with promotion and all the work the band has to do when it is not playing or recording?
Victor Regep: Yes, at first, Adriano and I were trying to get back to the “magic” that we had in the days of Bywar. Of course, with the new members that are Fernando Oster and Mauricio Bertoni, it opened up many paths for us not to be just a band that plays at shows and records in the studio. Today, we think like a company, there is a great need for innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.
William Ribas: You were working on shows to spread “666” when Covid-19 appeared and stopped everything. Things so far are moving slowly in the music industry. Few shows are happening, and everything is uncertain. For the band, how are you dealing with these new logistics to keep the name of Deathgeist growing?
Victor Regep: It was like I said earlier. There is always a need for new ideas that can be added to the band in some way. This world pandemic took us by surprise. We were motivated and excited about 3 tours that were going to happen to us in 2020. But unfortunately, we had to cancel everything. On the good side of all this, due to the social isolation that occurred, we managed to compose our third album that we are already recording. And the forecast is that by mid-May or June 2021, it will be launched. And I can say that it is simply fabulous.
William Ribas: The band has just released a new single ‘Curse Of The Mandrake” and it is the band’s first single featuring Fernando Oster, drummer for Woslom, who joined recently. I noticed a more organic sound on the drums and more melodies in this song. How was the creation process and what changes did you feel in the sound with this new line-up?
Victor Regep: Fernando is a truly kind guy and an excellent drummer. When Adriano and I presented ‘Curse Of The Mandrake’, he managed to give a new look to the rhythm part. He’s a meticulous guy and he wanted me to look like him, without breaking Deathgeist’s songwriting standards. Everything went very well and the result was better than expected.
‘Curse Of The Mandrake’ (Official Video)
William Ribas: To finish, “Deathgeist”, was a kick in the ass of who is accommodated and “666” is the evolution of it. It is common to say that the third disc is always the most important because it shows what the band really came for. Therefore, what can we expect from the next act?
Victor Regep: Really “666” was an album that we thought to “wake up” the headbangers (laughs). What I can say is that this will be one of the best jobs that we have developed. There will be surprising things, but without running away from our Thrash Metal theme. The fans will be very happy with this album, I promise.
William Ribas: Thanks for the interview; the final space is all yours.
Victor Regep: I would like to thank the entire Ever Metal team, Victor Augusto and William Ribas, for the great opportunity that you are giving us to show our work. We hope that this year 2021 will be different, and that we can return to our normal activities. Take care and take care of the people you like. Stay at home!! Soon we will be together again at the concerts. Peace! ✌ 🤘
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