Sacramentia – Prophecies Of Plague

Sacramentia – Prophecies Of Plague
Extreme Sound Records/Old Shadows Records
Release Date: 06/06/2020
Running Time: 39:18
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10

Since I’ve joined forces with this incredible team called Ever Metal, I have seriously put into my mind that I should keep my focus on professional bands for reviews and promotion, no matter if it’s a new or famous band. I also believe, that all people are like radio frequencies and we have a connection with people that are on the same wavelength, and who have the same spirit and passion for the cause. Within this scenario, I had the great opportunity to meet the young people from Sacramentia, a band from a small city called São João da Boa Vista, in the state of São Paulo (Brazil). After our first contact, we worked a lot to spread the word of their debut album and a good friendship has appeared from all of it.

With all I have explained, you are probably asking why I took so long to write a review about them (I know you are not really asking, hahaha), but my honest answer is that I didn’t know if I could write good words about them. “So, Victor, Are you telling us that Sacramentia’s music is not good?” (Again, I am imagining some of you asking it). No, my friends, it is just the opposite. It is so good, and also so complex, that I took a long time to understand their sonority. I was first confused when vocalist Renan showed me the single ‘Crucifiction’ before the album’s release. The title is a fiction about the crucifixion of Christ. Firstly, I thought they were a Black Metal band, but the lyric video of this song shows the exact history of the crucifixion that you read in the Holy Bible. Right after that, I got very confused, if they are a Black Metal Band or a band that worship God or Christ, as many bands do in Brazil (then they are called a White Metal band).

Sacramentia are, actually, not Black or White Metal. The band just play a dark and heavy music that navigates in a Death Metal and Thrash Metal sonority. They talk about lunatics that are involved with religion but from the corruption side…men that use this institution for their own good and the people who are blinded by faith. Actually, the band’s name is a combination of ‘Sacra’ and ‘Dementia’ which explains perfectly what they want to tell us. Most of Renan’s vocal interpretations sound like a priest vociferating religious dogma or trying to corrupt his followers. The most interesting interpretation is on ‘Silent Sinner‘, where he really looks like a devilish priest whispering to his believers.

Musically, this is extremely interesting, utilizing a bunch of influences which mix hugely different bands and genres. The bass of Guilherme Melo is an important instrument that received good volume in the recording process and increases all the darkness and heaviness. The guitar work of André Guimarães and Guilherme Mendes is also very interesting, with the riffs and solos, and even the clean notes, like on the track ‘Scum’, giving an obscure sound. This song shows how good the band are band at creating good variation in their music. ‘In Integrum Pandemonium’ is another example of a mix of their inspirations. For me, this song is like Marduk playing Slipknot, because the initial riff reminds me of ‘Before I Forget’, but the song structure and arrangements is more akin to Black Metal. It also has good Brazilian drum percussion from Leo Michelazzo.

Another good song is ‘Black Psalm’, the longest on the album, which creates a mixed atmosphere. ‘Necrolust’ is the fast track and, again, it is about sacred sins related to sexual temptation within the Church. Brutal song by the way! To summarize what you can expect from “Prophecies Of Plague”, it is an album which combines all the energy of a Thrash/Death Metal band but with Black Metal arrangements. Sometimes, they even sound like Swedish Melodic Death Metal with obscure Norwegian musical influences.

Throw away your thoughts of silly Satanism subjects and instead, listen to a narration of the obscure histories that have happened inside the sacred temple of god and all the moral and personal conflicts that the people involved with it have suffered. For sure, “Prophecies Of Plague” is a pretty intense album, but with a good power too. Become immersed, musically, and thematically, in a subject that always messes with our minds. Maybe it looks like an old-fashioned theme, but it is still a TRULY relevant theme.

Considering all the restrictions new bands here have with affording a good production, Sacramentia have undoubtedly extracted the best from their musicians. They used a four-track soundboard to record this album, but it is not a bad record, they have just put a good level of rawness into their sound. Nice job!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Scorn Fate
02. Scum
03. In Integrum Pandemonium
04. Black Psalm
05. Silent Sinner
06. Necrolust
07. Crucifiction
08. Falling State ov Mind
09. Ancient
10. Unknown Gods

LINE-UP:
Renan Bezan – Vocals
André Guimarães – Guitar
Guilherme Mendes – Guitar
Guilherme Melo – Bass
Leo Michelazzo – Drums

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EMQ’s with SEPULCHRAL VOICE

EMQ’s with SEPULCHRAL VOICE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Belo Horizonte, Brazil based Death/Thrash Metal band, Sepulchral Voice. Huge thanks to guitarist, Luiz Sepulchral 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 Luiz Sepulchral, I am the founder and guitarist of the band Sepulchral Voice. Between 86 and 87, like most bands from the 80’s aged 14 to 16 years, motivated by the arrival of Kiss to Brazil and bands from the Minas Gerais scene emerging such as Sagrado Inferno, Holocausto, Mutilator and Sepultura emerging nationally, I decided to gather my friends who liked metal to form a band. At the time I already played guitar, I called Rossano (Sepulchral Voice, Holocausto, Pexba) for the vocals and we went looking for other friends who were willing to participate in our “trip”, we spoke with PP who agreed and signed up for low class, Bolão took some classes with Rodrigo (Holocausto) and came to add to the group. Finally, we called Rubio for the second guitar (he had already taken guitar lessons at the time). Sepulchral Voice was formed. This line-up suffered some changes coming to the end with Luiz Sepulchral, (G) PP Salomão (B), Harley Senra (V), Lellio Metralha (D), adding in 2017 on the other guitar, Ronaldo Ron Seth (Impurity, Loucyfer, Akerbehrtz).

How did you come up with your band name?

After the training was decided, we started to search for a name. Pandemonium was suggested initially. While we were looking for other names to vote for which were a better option, our vocalist was with a Sodom tape and in it was the name of the sepulchral voice band. We voted and we all knew the description (laughs).

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

Our country is Brazil, we are from Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte City. The scene here in the last 03 years has faced a revival of legendary bands such as Mutilator, The Mist, Overdose, Cirrosis, Loucyfer in addition to new but very professional bands that emerged in the 2000’s, so the frequency of shows has increased a lot (before the pandemic). There are traditional concert halls in BH, which partly makes it easier for us to have regular shows.

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

The album “Evil Never Rests” released at the end of 2019 has fully pleased the most select admirers of extreme music, we have achieved high marks in album reviews, which makes us satisfied with the sincere delivery of this work, which for us is a gift to our fans.

‘Existence In The Void’

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences were Slayer, Bathory, German Metal (Kreator, Sodom, Destruction), Possessed, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest. Morbid Angel, Carcass, Swedish death metal school.

What first got you into music?

My first contact with music was at 10 years old. A relative of mine showed me some of Elvis Presley’s songs. My search for Rock came from there and at the age of 12, when Kiss came to Brazil and from there, also came the desire not only to listen but also to play the songs. I started taking guitar lessons to learn how to play those songs which I listened to every single day.

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

I would like to make some music or have the participation of Max Cavalera of Cavalera Conspiracy.

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

Wacken Open Air. We will certainly have good beers at the event (laughs). It is an event with international coverage, well diversified in relation to bands in different styles.

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

At the end of a presentation, I received, from a fan, a bottle with a drink from various herbs. I thanked him for the gift, but the fan opened the bottle and poured a dose for me. I took that drink so as not to disappoint him and was worried (I could be allergic to some component and it could become a poison). Well, in the end there was only the scare (laughs).

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

Keep the metal flame burning, follow the bands, releases, attend the concerts, consume the bands’ merchandising.

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

Ronnie James Dio.

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

Transforming a riff into music, that is, the whole creation process. Independent of success, the birth until the maturation of a composition is surreal.

I hate the lack of recognition as an artist

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

I would end this “career building” where, through mass media, they create “mega artists” who, in terms of talent, would not even be on the list of the top 1000 most heard.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Reign In Blood” – Slayer.

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

Always vinyl from sound quality (organic) to graphic art.

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

A show in a Minas Gerais town called Ipatinga region known as the steel valley. It was in the 90’s and marked by the organization, public and receptivity. The show took place in an exhibition park in the city. Today, this event model is more common, but at the time, it was rare mainly in terms of the organization’s professionalism and cutting-edge equipment.

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

I would like to work in band productions and, leaving this musical universe totally, I would like to invest in a food supply company.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Responding within our musical universe: Kerry King, Scott Ian, Gary Holt, Mille Petrozza, Igor Cavalera.

What’s next for the band?

Unfortunately, this pandemic by Covid 19 prevented live performances from happening right at the launch of our album “Evil Never Rests”. The news is three videos that the band produced, a lyric video, a stay home video and a video clip. We have participated in several live events and some online festivals.

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

We use streaming platforms such as Deezer, Spotify and social networks (Facebook, Instagram) plus our You Tube channel

www.facebook.com/officialsepulchralvoice
www.instagram.com/sepulchral_v/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4fh9BVYog9zjpsOnlBY8bV
www.youtube.com/channel/UCBceghoUhnxvZJShShDWJVQ
www.music.apple.com/br/artist/sepulchral-voice/1516663014
www.deezer.com/br/artist/86946082
www.iheart.com/artist/sepulchral-voice-34106910
www.ar.napster.com/artist/sepulchral-voice
www.music.amazon.com/artists/B085772DBM/sepulchral-voice

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Let’s say a biscuit cake (laughs)

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

I thank you for the opportunity, I thank the readers!

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EMQ’s with DEVICE

EMQ’s with DEVICE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasilia, Brazil based Death/Thrash Metal band Device. Huge thanks to drummer Diego Campos 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 Diego, drummer of the Band. It started 15 years ago after the vocalist and a former guitarist watched a shitty band winning a contest to see which Band would be chosen to play at that year’s Porão do Rock Festival (The biggest one in the band’s city). On the next day, they gathered and started writing Device’s first song, ‘Mind Decay’. I filled in for the Band once in a concert in 2010 and joined them definitely in 2014.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our vocalist heard the story about how AC/DC came up with their name, so one time, drunk at a barbecue, he said he would came up with the name of his band in the same way. Then he looked under a broken electronic device, saw the word device and liked it, because It sounded like Deicide, but he didn’t know the meaning of that word back then. When he realized the meaning, It was already too late and decided to keep it

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

We are from Brasília, the capital of Brazil, but the scene is strong mainly in São Paulo, where all the bands from abroad come to tour, although a Lot of other places have their relevance, even with venues significantly smaller or fewer dedicated to extreme metal.

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

The EP “Godless”, released at the beginning of 2018.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Deicide, Slayer, Sepultura, Ratos de Porão, Krisiun,

What first got you into music?

MTV’s Fúria Metal (Brazilian version of Headbangers’ Ball)

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

Krisiun

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

Obscene Extreme Metal Fest, the name says it all!

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

Panties.

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

Stay safe, stay home, buy bands merch.

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?

Travelling, knowing other places and meeting other people. We hate the small support to extreme Heavy Metal in Brazil.

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

The exaggerated attention to more popular genres, due to exclusively money issues.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Reign In Blood” from Slayer.

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

Fuck! Everyone has its importance. Download is more practical. But the feeling of opening a CD or vinyl and accompanying the songs reading the lyrics is amazing.

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

Porão do Rock festival (September 30th,2018).

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

Brewing beer!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Max Kolesne, Moyses Kolesne and Alex Camargo, all from Krisiun. João Gordo, from Ratos de Porão.  Andreas Kisser and Max Cavalera, from Sepultura.

What’s next for the band?

We are in pre-production of our next full album

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

www.facebook.com/DeviceOfficial/
www.instagram.com/devicebehold/
www.deviceofficial.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/39DALKz2wutb8cQFU6XoN8
www.youtube.com/user/DeviceVIDZ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never had one, but judging by its size, It would be a bolacha.

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

Support metal regionally, buy merch, It helps a lot! Stay safe now so we can go crazy next year, hopefully!

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