EMQ’s With ESTAMIRA

EMQ’s With ESTAMIRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brazilian Death Metal/Metalcore band Estamira. Huge thanks to guitarist Clarissa Carvalho 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’m Clarissa Carvalho, I’m one of the guitar players in Estamira. Our band arose from the encounter of five women who had just got out from mixed (composed by women and men) metal/hardcore bands in 2007 in the Federal District (the capital of Brazil). We weren’t looking for creating a female metal band, but surprisingly, three friends met other two women. We all wanted to play heavy music and after a year we played our first concert and it was the thing we most did until 2012. We recorded only four songs at two different moments. The first demo (2009) was uploaded at myspace at that time and then we recorded two more songs in 2012 that generated both of our video clips (still available on YT). So, we decided to take a break and wait for Ludmila (vocalist) to finish her PHD in Mexico.

The “break” took 6 years because when Ludmila came back, Maiara (drummer) was pregnant; Sara (guitar player) had formed a new band; I wasn’t so excited to play the guitar anymore and I was more into drums; and Camila (bass player) was then focused on her Art PHD and living in São Paulo. We weren’t willing to end the band, but it wasn’t a good time to get back, so we waited. Our “return” was the concert we played at IV Bruxaria’s Festival in November 2019. Our plans for 2020 were to finally record our first full album and play in concerts out of our state and country. As we all know COVID-19 is making us wait again, we are taking this time apart to update our social media, producing some merchandising stuff and composing.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s inspired by an actual woman called Estamira Gomes de Souza. She worked as a garbage collector in Rio de Janeiro, therefore, a poor black woman who had suffered many kinds of abuse. She became notorious for her philosophic wisdom, and critical view about the unequal society of Brazil. She was considered schizophrenic because of these views. She was a strong woman and her notoriety was shot in a documentary movie. So, we were shaken about the “symbolic status” in which she was placed: labelled as mad because of her untold wisdom. This is the same label all women are given here when they speak for themselves and against oppression. We feel like all women are “Estamiras” because of the madness label & status we are symbolically placed in every day when society does not treat us like citizens.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from some cities in the Federal District. We have a strong underground scene here considering the great bands we launch every year, but not so much by the support of festivals, concert halls, size of the public etc. Some of the Federal District’s 80’s punk rock bands gained national notoriety from this scene. At this time, a lot of metal bands were releasing great material too, but almost no band can make a living from heavy music in the Federal District. Regarding the music styles, I guess we live with “waves”. For instance, in the 00’s the hardcore and metalcore scene was very strong, and now it isn’t so much. Punk and heavy metal are always current, but I would risk saying that today we have a great doom stoner post rock and black metal “wave” increasing in the Federal District.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We released two videos in 2012: ‘Quem Morre Sangrando Por Mim?’ and ‘Raimunda Honório’. They’re available at YT. Our profile on Spotify will be available soon with 2 EP’s.

Quem Morre Sangrando Por Mim? (Official Video)

Raimunda Honório (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I was a child I listened to a lot of classic rock with my family. So, my first influences were Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Yes, Jethro Tull, Black Sabbath, and some Brazilian rock bands such as Titãs, Paralamas do Sucesso. I still listen to it, but when I was a teenager I started to listen to grunge bands, and they became one of my great influences for the guitar. Later I started to listen to metal bands like Sepultura, Death, Carcass, Cannibal Corpse and then metalcore, hardcore and crust bands. I was very influenced by Lamb of God, Walls of Jericho, Meshuggah, and other bands. As I play the drums as well, I think I have a lot of influence from Type O’ Negative, Carcass and Soundgarden. Nowadays I’m more focused to know better Brazilian underground bands and, trust me, we have a lot of great bands and musicians here.

What first got you into music?

I guess Rock ’n Roll was the first symbolic place that I fitted as a personality. I started playing the guitar at 14 years old. I like the rebel feeling that rock gives us, and even the sadness feeling that comes from it sometimes. I like music because it makes me feel a lot of things that are taken from us when we spend most of our days just working. I like to express my anger, my sadness and my joy into brutal music instead of just existing, working for others and hating people.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Chelsea Wolfe.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

In Brazil I would love to play at “Abril pro Rock” that takes place in Recife and at “Facada’s Fest” in Belém, because there’s a great underground scene in the North and Northeast coasts nowadays. Abroad it would be maybe Hellfest or Obscene Extreme Fest. I Know there’s a great one in Mexico too.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A tattoo with Estamira’s name on her back. Actually, it was not a gift for me, but I think it was the biggest thing a fan did for us.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

I wish our songs made you feel anything. I hope they  make you feel like putting out your anger, your joy, your sadness, if you want that. I hope they make you feel connected with some ideas you believe in.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Can’t I bring two? Yes, I can: David Bowie and Chris Cornell.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy creating songs that express what I’m feeling. I love the vibration of our concerts. I hate the sexist way that a lot of people treat women in the scene, such as when they get surprised with women making brutal music. Really?? Still? Or when they support us, hoping to focus on female bodies on the stage and not our music.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The price of instruments. They can’t be bought by everyone and it sucks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Meshuggah – “Nothing”

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

They’re different. Downloading is easier but I love the way vinyl sounds.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I‘ve just remembered that I’ve experienced an ecstasy feeling playing Estamira’s concert at Verme’s Fest last December. A tiny but great gig produced by our friends from the band Device.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Actually, being a professional musician is what I would be doing if I could live from it. Hahahah. I would enjoy being a Cultural Producer, too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The prudent answer is my family. I would not be silly and make the missing friends sad. hahaha

What’s next for the band?

To FINALLY launch our Spotify profile, and then record our first full album.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.youtube.com/channel/UCtteHtKuMJtKBMFAlERiz1A

As I said earlier: our Spotify profile will be available soon!

www.instagram.com/bandaestamira/
www.facebook.com/Banda-Estamira-274926079274272/
bandaestamira@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what Jaffa Cakes are.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

It’s usual to be questioned about why we sing our songs in Portuguese. Well, it’s our mother language. Our lyrics talk about oppression and one of the greatest forms of oppression is to fit to hegemonic languages to be heard. Besides, we might not express our real feeling in a language different from ours. Sometimes there is no translation for a feeling. ALSO: buy bands’ merch, people!

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EMQ’s with INCOGNOSCI

EMQ’s with INCOGNOSCI

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil based Technical Old School Death Metal band IncognoscI. Huge thanks to guitarist Jonathas Pereira 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?

Hello, my name is Jonathas Pereira, and I’m a guitar player! IncognoscI was created in 2012 from the ashes of the band Necropse, and our goal is always make a sound that goes back to the 90’s Death Metal bands.

Our line-up is:
Iron (Gutted Souls) – Vocals
Jonathas Pereira – Guitar
Marcos Medeiros – Bass
Braulio Drumond (Leather, Gutted Souls, Siriun) – Drums

How did you come up with your band name?

IncognoscI is a play with the word incognito (that which is unknown and seeks to know).

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Rio de Janeiro/Brazil! Rio de Janeiro has a medium sized scene, with lots of good bands, underground shows, and some major bands appearing here now and then.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We have a single entitled ‘Eleven Years’, from 2015, which we also released it as videoclip to promote. Our full album, mastered by the great George Bokos (ex-Rotting Christ) is completed, and it will be released soon!

‘Eleven Years’ Official Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

Chuck Schuldiner, James Murphy, Paul Masvidal, Marty Friedman, and Terrance Hobbs!

What first got you into music?

I started playing Death Metal in 2001 influenced by my friends after going in my first Death Metal concert. Also, my parents were divorcing at the time, and getting into music helped to deal with the frustration.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Cynic with Paul Masvidal!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Obscene Extreme, one of the craziest and funniest festivals in the world!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We still haven’t received any strange gifts.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Support bands from your country, mainly from your cities, go to underground shows, buy merchandising from the bands, it helps a lot!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Chuck Schuldiner.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

To meet new people and places. Not having proper recognition and being devalued is what sucks.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I would like that they appreciate and give more space to underground bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Death – “Human”!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

CD’s

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Bloody Carnival. It was awesome!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Besides being a musician, I am a Physical Education student and bodybuilder.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band brothers and real friends.

What’s next for the band?

Our first album entitled “Biography of Madness”, which will be released in early 2021 by a record label soon to be announced!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.instagram.com/incognosci/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCgtsmelTxYUsw-VQtAaT4fQ
www.facebook.com/IncognoscI/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know, but from what I researched they are cakes.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you very much for giving us this space and for the opportunity of the interview. I would like to thank all the fans and friends who follow us and support our work. Always remember, the metal underground needs your support. Support the bands in your city, go to shows whenever possible to buy merchandise from the bands.

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EMQ’s with GUTTED SOULS

EMQ’s with GUTTED SOULS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rio de Janeiro, Brazil based Death Metal band Gutted Souls. Huge thanks to vocalist Iron 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?

Hi everyone! I’m Iron, vocalist and founder of Gutted Souls. I also do vocals for some other underground bands like IncognoscI and Peristaltic Movement.

Gutted Souls was born in 2003 from the ashes of another band called Necropedophile, that was focused on gore and splatter themes, and very much influenced by Cannibal Corpse, Lividity, and things like that. We got tired, no scratch that, I got tired of writing these kinds of lyrics and was into writing more philosophical and world issues related themes. Also, the sound was changing, we were getting into Cynic, Atheist, Wormed, Cryptopsy, things like that. So, a name change was in order. We had many ups and downs with line-up changes, lack of money, the usual Death Metal hurdles. We finally got out an unnamed demo in 2011, followed by an EP called “Unconscious Automaton” in 2012, a full length “The Illusion of Freedom” via Envenomed Music Records/Dharma Records in 2017, and a single in 2019 called ‘Organic Portal’.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, we wanted something that carried more meaning, and Gutted Souls sounded perfect. The souls of every man gutted by constant strife and by an uncaring, cold, and pathological system. I’m also proud of our logo, inspired by Japanese kanji.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We have a very varied scene here. Lots of hardcore, and metal bands, every single one seeking their own sound. You have 80’s inspired bands, stoner bands, doom metal, technical death metal, progressive and theatrical metal, there is everything here. The country is huge and that has a strong impact in tour logistics, so doing the “all the band in a car and let’s travel the country” is not feasible here. So, there is some unwanted separation by State due to the distance between them but streaming and Youtube are mitigating this problem in recent years.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest releases are a single from 2019 called ‘Organic Portal’, that is a rewritten song from 2002. We took it apart and rewrote it to address the theme of paedophiles lurking in the dark corners of the deep web. Our other release is the videoclip for the song ‘The Undying Stars’, from our album “The Illusion of Freedom”, from 2017.

Organic Portal

The Undying Stars

Who have been your greatest influences?

My main influences are Cynic, Suffocation, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Cryptopsy, 80’s Synthpop, and jazz-fusion (memories from when I used to play bass).

What first got you into music?

My family loved to hear popular music. I always had a thing with music, but that didn’t click with me. Then, one day in high school I heard the first chords of “Immortal Rites” by Morbid Angel. It was instant love/recognition. I did not even know that “heavy metal” existed as a genre until that precious moment. The rest is history, in less than 3 years after that I was trying to get into bands, despite not playing any instrument. I had found my musical calling, learning an instrument and the ways of metal was a matter of time.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Sean Reinert (RIP), Paul Masvidal, Kevin Taylor (Drummer), Eric Rutan (as a producer).

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Milwaukee Death Fest, hands down! Honourable mention, the legendary Mountains of Death, may it rest in power. Two fests of pure, relentless Death Metal.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Once, a fan posted a photo with our “Unconscious Automaton” EP using a full Hazmat-like combat suit. It was weird. We never discovered who the guy (or gal) really was.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

The world is a cold and uncaring place, and your only weapons are knowledge and self-mastery.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Chuck Schuldiner, and Freddie Mercury.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The act of creating, specially recording, is very special for me. Being on stage is awesome, but nothing beats putting the finished new album to play. It’s an awesome feeling.

I have the fact that there is little money flowing in metal, so everything is more precarious, at least in Brazil. It’s nice that people actually do the gigs out of love, but it would be nice to have big festivals around here.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The problem with the music industry is that it is only an expression of a general pathological system and worldview. You could argue that the model of record labels as gatekeepers is what the problem is, and it really was for a long time, but that has largely been replaced by streaming that pays next to nothing for the artists. When that is solved, or fade into irrelevance, something else will appear, because of the root problem: to view music as something that needs to be consumed, as fast and mindlessly as possible. Unless people change their relationship with music to something more deep, and less “what is the new flavour of the day”, the music industry will keep cashing on this pathological desire

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Focus” by Cynic, “Pierced from Within” by Suffocation, “Dance of December Souls” by Katatonia, “Black Celebration” by Depeche Mode

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

No preference. Times change, and music mediums change as well. I loved to rewind tapes with a pencil, but now mainly use Spotify.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Extreme Hate Festival, alongside Master, Unleashed, Abysmal Dawn, and others. Drinking Jack Daniels with Paul Speckmann, hearing tales of the underground was something I’ll cherish forever.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Well, I’m not only a musician. I’m also a biologist with a PhD in Biochemistry that works as a scientist in a large pharmaceutical company. I also write. We all are more than one thing, aren’t we?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jordan B. Peterson, Chomsky, Bob Lazar, Father Joseph Azize, Ray Dalio.

What’s next for the band?

We are working on our next album. The idea is to talk about the human condition from an esoteric perspective and to experiment with different speeds, melodies, and ways of doing riffs. We think that each album is a work in itself, so we don’t want to do an “Illusion of Freedom 2”.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

www.guttedsouls.com/
www.facebook.com/GuttedSouls/
www.guttedsouls.bandcamp.com
www.guttedsouls.bandcamp.com/merch/
www.youtube.com/user/guttedsoulsband
www.instagram.com/guttedsouls/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

For some reason I thought of Jabba The Hut eating cake. I’m probably a disturbed geek humanoid.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for the platform for discussing our ideas and spreading our music. Keep tight, this pandemic is on its way to end and soon we will all be moshing again to our sweet, sweet metal!

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