EMQ’s with DEATHGEIST

EMQ’s with DEATHGEIST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash Metal band Deathgeist. Huge thanks to guitarist Victor Regep and bassist Mauricio Bertoni 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?

Victor Regep: Hi guys!! I’m Victor Regep, guitarist for the Thrash Metal band called Deathgeist. I formed the band in 2017 together with guitarist and vocalist Adriano Perfetto. In the 9’0s, we had a Thrash Metal band called Bywar. It ended around 2013. After a short break, we decided to play together again, and since then, we are active with Deathgeist, with two albums recorded and a third already ready, with a release date for the end of the European winter. Next year.

Mauricio Bertoni: I’m Mauricio Bertoni and I’m the bass player. I’ve played in the band since the beginning. It started with just Victor and they were already planning the band. I joined then.

How did you come up with your band name?

Victor Regep: This is a very curious fact. Adriano and I, we were coming up with countless names, but none were pleasing us. That was when we had the idea to come up with a name uniting the two languages: English and German.

Another thing that influenced us a lot was the fact that we really like movies and books about horror history. So, we remembered a movie we watched when we were kids, which was called “Poltergeist”. Which, translating from German to English, would be more or less a “fun ghost”. So, we decided to make a pun on the name saying that “amusing ghost” was already dead (lol). But mixing the German and English languages.

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

Victor Regep: We’re from Brazil. We are from the São Paulo region. Here, we have a great scene of Rock, Heavy and Thrash Metal in general. Our audience is very loyal to the band and we have to thank all of them for the help they give us by going to our concerts and publicizing the band on social media.

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

Victor Regep: Our second and last album “666” we released it in 2019. Now, there are only a few details to complete our third album that will be released next year. In November, we will be debuting our new single and together, we will be releasing our new music video. We are very much looking forward to showing it to all of you.

‘666’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Victor Regep: We have a great influence from European Thrash Metal. Not that the Bay Area Thrash Metal made in America didn’t influence us. On the contrary! We love bands like Slayer, Exodus and Metallica. Outside the Thrash Metal scene, we are influenced by several musical genres. Mainly, for classic bands like: Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, among many others.

Mauricio Bertoni: Thrash Metal !!  I believe that our greatest influence comes from Europe. Bands like Destruction, Kreator and many of the 80’s. I also include Metallica, Sepultura from Brazil.

What first got you into music?

Victor Regep: Well, I started early. When I was 12 or 13 years old, I started studying music. I was very influenced by my parents listening to classical music such as, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Grieg and Bach. And with that, it sparked a passion for music since I was a kid.

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

Victor Regep: It would be a dream to collaborate with some project of two great guitarists who influenced me a lot on the guitar. The first would be Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden and the other Kai Hansen from Helloween / Gamma Ray.

Mauricio Bertoni: I would really like to have recorded something with Lemmy Kilmister. But unfortunately, he is no longer with us. Maybe Mille Petrozza from Kreator.

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

Victor Regep: My great desire and I believe that 99.9% of the bands are able to perform at biggest European festivals. It could be Download Festival, Wacken Open Air, Hellfest, as they are big festivals that the whole world is watching. Now, in particular, if I were to choose just one festival, I think I would choose the Download Festival in Donington, England. Because there is great magic there. It was the old Monsters of Rock, and big bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Rainbow have already played.

Mauricio Bertoni: Wacken open Air. It’s a great festival and great exposure. And we would have the media from all over the world talking about us. (lol)

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

Victor Regep: In particular, I never received a strange fan gift. There are some girls who are a little more “sassy” (lol). But we often have a few drinks and a few beers with our fans and talk about many subjects and have a lot of laughs.

Mauricio Bertoni: Once time…a girl fan asked me for a pick, but I didn’t have any more. Then suddenly she said: “Can you give me your underwear?” (lol) It was hilarious!

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

Victor Regep: Thank you very much for enjoying and supporting us since the beginning of our career.

Mauricio Bertoni: Thank you all. You are fantastic!! Always!!

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

Victor Regep: Many artists I would bring back, but one in particular would be Randy Rhoads.

Mauricio Bertoni: Lemmy Kilmister.

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

Victor Regep: What I like most about being a musician is being able to meet different people and see different places. What I hate most is the bureaucracy that musicians, especially in the underground scene, suffer from not having the opportunities with major labels. I hope that one day this will end and they can see us as the new promises of world metal.

Mauricio Bertoni: Play live. Be on stage. This is a unique moment. You literally get into the energy with the fans. The boring thing is sometimes to have to wait a few hours before playing. (lol)

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

Victor Regep: Exploration with musicians. Mainly bands that are starting. It is very sad that concert hall owners do not look at you as a way for everyone to earn money. Only they want to receive. Musicians also have families, taxes to pay.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Victor Regep: The list is huge. If you were to put here all the albums I’ve ever heard, I would stay until tomorrow listing. (lol) But two albums that marked my life a lot were the Iron Maiden albums, “Piece Of Mind” and “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”.

Mauricio Bertoni: “Overkill” (Motörhead) and “Kill ‘em All” (Metallica) There are many. (lol)

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

Victor Regep: I grew up listening to vinyl. So, my preference has always been vinyl. Unfortunately, this new generation will never know what it’s like to stay inside your room, open the vinyl and travel with the lyrics and the cover art of the bands. It is a pity!

Mauricio Bertoni: I prefer vinyl and cassette tapes.

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

Victor Regep: Well, we have had a lot of cool shows and also not very cool shows. But our show that was extremely amazing was when we played in an outdoor festival to 4,000 people along with Krisiun. It was fantastic!!

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

Victor Regep: I wish I had been a soccer player. But since I was not a great player, I started with music because I had more aptitude. Perhaps he would also be a cabinetmaker. I love to tinker with wood and in my hours of rest, I keep fixing and tidying things inside my house. (lol)

Mauricio Bertoni: Making art. Paintings, tattoos. Or working with old cars.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Victor Regep: Well, it’s hard to choose! I think I would invite the guys from Maiden. But unfortunately, one would have to watch us eat. HAHA

Mauricio Bertoni: The guys of my band and Victor Augusto. (lol) (Victor Augusto here: For sure we will, as soon as this COVID 19 situation finishes)

What’s next for the band?

Victor Regep: We will have much news. We finished our third album and I believe that in November or December, we will release our single and add our video clip. Between March and April next year, we will be releasing our third full album. And I can say that the album is killer!

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

Victor Regep: We are in the main social media like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. You can also find us on the main streaming platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Soundcloud, among others.

www.facebook.com/deathgeist666/
www.instagram.com/deathgeist666/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCJm2a9CLX57tB9YJu9b_vBA
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0APBVZd6yto3EuSVgGuqt4

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Victor Regep: Well, actually, I never tried it. When I go there in England it will be a pleasure to be able to taste it. But from what I’ve seen, it’s a cake (lol)

Mauricio Bertoni: What? Are cookies. (lol)

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

Victor Regep: I would like to thank everyone at Ever Metal for the opportunity to be able to promote Deathgeist in England and also in Europe. And a special thanks to our dear friend Victor Augusto for contacting us. METAL ‘TILL DEATH !!

Mauricio Bertoni: Thank you Victor Augusto and Ever Metal for the support, dissemination of our work. Thank you very much. And I invite everyone to get to know Deathgeist on our social networks. See ‘ya!!!

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EMQ’s with NUCLEAR DASH

EMQ’s with NUCLEAR DASH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil based Thrash Metal band, Nuclear Dash. Huge thanks to vocalist/rhythm guitarist Miguel Leujim 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 Miguel. I play rhythm guitar and I am singer in Nuclear Dash. Well, the story begins in 2014, when I met this guy called Guilherme, at a Local Anime Event, we spent the day together, then I added him on Facebook. We weren’t really into metal or music at the time, so nothing really happened. A year later, I got excited about making a metal band, I was so into Venom at the time. They were a huge influence to me musically (and still are). Back in the day, Guilherme was always posting photos of his guitar on Facebook, he was the only musician that I knew, so… we started the project

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band came from a Sodom song called “Nuclear Winter”. I was going to translate the name for Portuguese, calling it “Inverno Nuclear”, but Guilherme wanted an English name back in the day, so we found “Nuclear Dash” to be perfect, it has something special in it.

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

We are from Distrito Federal, capital of Brazil, well known here as “Capital of Rock” because of the huge “post-punk” scene back in the 80’s. Well, I think that we have so much good music here, a lot of great musicians too, lots of thrash metal and crossover bands. All weekends you will have to choose between 2 or 3 bands doing shows in different places at the same time, it’s beautiful in a certain way to see it, we are keeping the spirit alive around here.

On the other hand, we have some trouble about competition here. It’s nice to see lots of bands working but, some bands really don’t support each other and it’s really a shame, we could reach higher grounds if the scene were more united. But I think that’s a major problem in the whole metal scene around the world. We gotta support newcomers at the scene, not keep them away! This is not about competition.

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

It was a demo called “After the Atomic Devastation…” released in 2017.

“After The Atomic Devastation…” (Full Demo)

Who have been your greatest influences?

At the beginning of Nuclear Dash, we really hadn’t defined influences, we wanted to write songs that we liked, and the result was really a mess because we were so different from each other hahaha. Today, our influences in the genre are more about the Thrash, we like Dark Angel, Slayer, Destruction, Razor, Sepultura, etc.

We kept the same mindset, only writing songs that we like, because in the end, we want to sound as natural as possible. We want to stay true to our music and ourselves.

What first got you into music?

Music is like a drug for me, it just keeps me addicted, it’s a passion for me and for all of us, it couldn’t be different.

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

I would like to collaborate with our friends from Distrito Federal, actually. Bands like Deathrazer, Evil Corpse, Transtorno Nuclear etc. Of course, it would be awesome to collab with the most expressive bands in Brazil today like Violator, Surra, D.F.C, Project46 etc.

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

Wacken Festival. It’s the biggest metal fest in the whole world, we love it. Rock in Rio would be so great too, someday…who knows?

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

We have actually never received a strange gift from a fan! hahaha

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

I don’t like to call them fans, they are more like friends. We are really thankful to every one of them, for the huge support at this strange time that we are living in.

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

Lemmy or Cliff. They are fucking legends.

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

We love playing live, and we hate to not be able to do this right now…

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

We would destroy POP MUSIC!!!!!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pedro P.(Guitars): Razor – “Violent Restitution”

Pedro H. (Bass): Angra – “Temple of Shadows”

Victor (Drums): Persefone – “Spiritual Migration”

Miguel (Vocals/Rhythm): Dorsal Atlântica – “Antes do Fim”

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

Live music is always better

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

Our last show was the best we ever did, to be fair, every night we are trying to get better as a live band.

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

I don’t really know because, what really matters is that we are musicians and that’s what we like.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Chuck Schuldiner, Lemmy, Cliff and André Matos.

What’s next for the band?

We released a demo at the beginning of September, called “Which End I$ Near”, with has some music off our new LP coming in 2021.

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

We’re on all social medias, but now, we are most active at Instagram and Facebook. We also have a YouTube channel where we post our new music and content related to the band.

www.youtube.com/c/NUCLEARDASH
www.facebook.com/nucleardash/
www.instagram.com/nucleardash/
www.nucleardash.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

What the fuck is this question? I don’t know hahahahaha

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

Thanks for the opportunity, we are really happy to be interviewed by Ever Metal. Check out our new demo release, which was released on September 5th via our YouTube channel!

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EMQ’s with MOFO

EMQ’s with MOFO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasília, Brazil based Thrash Metal band, MOFO. Huge thanks to guitarist Rodrigo “Shakal” Loreto 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 Rodrigo “Shakal” Loreto and I play guitar at MOFO. Well, the band started back in 2010 with me and Lucas Werner focused on playing Iron Maiden and Metallica covers but quickly we began creating our own things and gradually turned to more aggressive music, such as Exodus, Vio-Lence, Death, Coroner…

How did you come up with your band name?

We didn’t hahaha. Who came up with it was Lucas Werner’s father, Wamberto Noronha. I distinctively remember the moment he suggested MOFO and we immediately thought it was a terrible name but better than the one we had, so we decided to change it to MOFO until we found something better. And here we are 10 years after hahahahaha.

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

I’m from Recife, Pernambuco, north-eastern region of Brazil, but I’ve been away for so long and moved to Brasília at such a young age that I didn’t get much in touch with the scene there. The Brasília or the DF scene on the other hand has been part of my life for quite a while now. Great bands, great guys, great variety of genres, great festivals. I believe it’s a very vibrant scene. New blood coming in every year, new recordings coming out every year. To me it’s a scene that should get more attention!

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

Our album “Sick And Insane” (2020)

“Sick And Insane” (Official Full Video Album – 2020)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say Dave Mustaine. So many comebacks along the years, great composer, great guitarist (lead and rhythm), great lyricist.

What first got you into music?

My cousin Filipe. Before I started playing guitar, he took me to a rehearsal of his band and that’s the first time I saw music as a living breathing thing. It was the beginning of something.

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

Too many bands to decide! Probably something weird like Sigh, Voivod or Mr Bungle.

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

So many to choose just one… But Wacken surely is the top of the list. Along with the festival itself, I’d love to visit Germany one day!

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

Haven’t received one yet

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

Send gifts!! Just kidding. Thank you very much for every act of support ever intended to us. All together, We Are Metal!

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

Either Lemmy or Jimi Hendrix. Two legends that influenced a lot of what we listen to today. But probably Jimi due to his passing at such a young age.

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

Playing live! That exchange of energy between the five of us and the public is something else! On the other hand, I do hate carrying all those things back home after late nights.

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

Its dependency on big names or the prejudice against new names. After so many years, we still judge books or records by their covers.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Twisted Into Form” by Forbidden! Amazing record.

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

I don’t own any vinyl or cassette records, unfortunately. But that giant art only available in vinyl is something else!!

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

Tough one… Maybe Samamba Rock 2019. It was the culmination of great response from the public, many friends joining us on stage and our best moment playing together.

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

I’d very much like to try acting or writing. Anything creative.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Les Claypool, Scott Ian, Toni Iommi, Bobby Blitz and Dave Lombardo. We need to make this super group happen.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, thanks to the pandemic, all we want to do is get together and rehearse, play some songs again for god’s sake!! But as the next big step I’d like to make a small tour again as soon as possible or make an EP for 2021 (don’t tell the other guys, I haven’t talked to them about it yet)!

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

www.facebook.com/mofothrash/
www.instagram.com/mofothrash/
www.youtube.com/mofothrash
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5b0lBSsVnWjnxqL3bfTwEE
www.mofothrash.bandcamp.com/
www.deezer.com/en/artist/1659855

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’d need to try it first. Is Ever metal shipping them to Brazil? Hahaha. But usually I go with whatever says on the box, so a cake it is.

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

We’re very happy to be featured here on Ever Metal and very happy about the response we’re getting from “Sick And Insane”. Sure hope to keep them coming and to keep playing for many years! Thank you all for the support, brothers in metal!

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EMQ’s with KAMALA

EMQ’s with KAMALA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Campinas, Brazil based Thrash Metal band, Kamala. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Raphael Olmos 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 Raphael Olmos, founder of KAMALA and the vocalist and guitarist. I made the band in 2003, mixing the energy of metal and oriental melodies. We have already released five studio albums, 1 live album and 1 EP.

How did you come up with your band name?

It came from a Hindu goddess. I wanted an easy name to remember with good meaning.

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

We are from Brazil, and we live near of São Paulo. The Brazilian metal scene has a lot of cool bands and headbangers, but the country is toooo big, and it is difficult to make national tours for example. I wish that the public, after this pandemic, have the “thirst” to watch the gigs again.

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

Our last album is the first live album that we released called “LIVE IN FRANCE”. It was recorded in the last gig of our 6th European tour. And the coolest thing was that we didn’t know that the show was being multi track recorded, so is a totally organic live album. We listened to the tracks and sent to our producer just to make the mix/master. The gig happened in October and we released it less than 2 months after. It was a good surprise to us, for the fans and media. Many journalists in Brazil voted it as best live album of 2019.

‘Stay With Me’ (Live In France)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My personal main influences for sure are Metallica, Pantera, Sepultura, Slipknot and Gojira

What first got you into music?

After watching a double VHS from Metallica “…a year and a half”, I discovered that I wanted to become a professional musician. The tours and Black album making of, was a good “shock” to me…I was 13 years old, I guess, when I watched.

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

Many bands and musicians, but to make something official someday with Ola Englund, Lady Gaga, Corey Taylor, Mike Portnoy, Eloy Casagrande or James Hetfield…wowwwww I have no words to describe it.

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

Hellfest…because in my opinion, it is the biggest metal festival actually. And the French headbangers are AWESOME!

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

I’ve never received any weird gift, just cool gifts until now! 

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

We are in a difficult time, stay strong and healthy. Take care of you and your family/friends. Next year we will release our new album and we hope that we see you on the road!

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

Just one…ohhhhhhhh, for sure Dimebag. But give one more please, and I could bring Cliff Burton too!

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

Every day is a new day. New people to reach, new places to visit, new music to write and connect with the people…music is art, and when someone says that our art helped in some way, this is powerful!

The bad thing, that here in Brazil, musicians are not respected as they should be, in my opinion.

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

Difficult, but I always wish more support for the musicians in general

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“… And Justice For All” (Metallica)
“The Great Southern Trendkill” (Pantera)
“Iowa” (Slipknot)
“Scenes From A Memory” (Dream Theater)
“From Mars To Sirius” (Gojira)

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

All of them, the best one is that you can have contact with music. But Vinyl has a beautiful bass frequency and the artwork looks amazing!

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

I have had amazing gigs…but if I need to choose the most special. It was at Metal Cultures 2016, in France. The festival happens in Guéret, inside a church, the vibe that came from the public and the crew that day, was amazing. And I had the pleasure to share the stage with some bands that I was big fan of when I was 18 years old.

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

Really, I don’t know…all my life is turned around the music! Write new riffs, that came to my head any time of my day, and work on this, release a new song, a new album, play this song to people and have their connection…it’s something magical!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Imagine this…James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Rob Trujillo and Jason Newsted, and we will have a beautiful METALLICA night! The band that changed my life and still my favourite all time band. How cool would that be?!

What’s next for the band?

We are still waiting to release our WICKER MAN cover for an Iron Maiden Brazilian tribute…we truly hope to release it ASAP.

After this, work with the new line up. Our next album is ready, and we are searching for a good international label to sign and release it and make the next European tour that was postponed because of the COVID 19 situation, and moved to September/21. Make a lot of videos and many gigs as possible to promote the new album and make KAMALA a bigger name day by day.

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

We are available in all streaming platforms and just search KAMALAOFFICIAL, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook…we are there!

www.youtube.com/kamalaofficial
www.facebook.com/kamalaofficial
www.instagram.com/kamalaofficial/
www.instagram.com/raphaolmos/
www.instagram.com/bela.drums/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/5mbUdP134DvKlRFr4AhsHO

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know…I need try to judge hahaha

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

Thanks for all the great questions and I want to invite everyone to check and follow our work, we are working hard to make the best KAMALA that we can, and we can’t wait to share with the world our next album!

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EMQ’s with EVIL CORPSE

EMQ’s with EVIL CORPSE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Goiás/Distrito Federal, Brazil based Thrash Metal band, Evil Corpse. Huge thanks to guitarist Yuri 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 am Yuri, guitarist from Evil Corpse, a Thrash metal band from Distrito Federal and Goiás, in Brazil. After the breakup of Slaver (Thrash metal band from Brasília/DF), the guitarist Jhonata “Darkhell” formed a new project with the sole purpose of playing Old School Thrash Metal. After some time, he decided to name the band as “Evil Corpse”.

After some line-up changes, the band stayed as a trio (Darkhell – Guitar, Rômulo – Drums and Zenön – bass) and released their first official material, “Awakening the Slaughter” demo, in 2017. Soon after I joined the band, and the current line up consists of:  Jhonata “Darkhell” on guitar and vocals, Iury “Stringbreaker” on guitar, Rômulo on bass and Zenön playing the drums.

How did you come up with your band name?

Originally, the band was called “Ripping Corpse”, as a tribute to the song by Kreator. After realizing there was already a band with that name, the group decided to change its name to Evil Corpse.

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

We’re from the region of Goiás/Distrito Federal in Brazil. The underground scene here is very active, with many metalheads supporting it and many bands to represent it such as Estado Revoltoso, Terrorcídio, Deathrazer, Nuclear Dash, Violator, DFC, Terror Revolucionário, Transtorno Nuclear, Tean Zu, What I Want, Who Farted?, Desonra, Blind Fear, Naughty Dog and many others.

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

Our latest release is our debut full album, entitled “Apocalyptic Future” released by “Kill Again Records”. It contains 8 songs influenced by bands such as Protector, Hypnosia, Slaughter Lord, Violator, Kreator, Sepultura and other old school thrash metal bands. The lyrics are filled with themes of anti-religion, antifascism, nuclear war, social inequality, schizophrenia and metal.

‘Infectious Disaster’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As mentioned before, we’re very influenced by old school Thrash/Death Metal bands such as Sadus, Hypnosia, Ripping Corpse, Repulsion, Pestilence etc. but at the same time, we borrow elements from underground bands from Brazil and Latin America, for instance: Pesticide, Considered Dead, Violator, Slaver, Ripper, Acid Speech, Beyond the Grave. We are trying to combine the speed of thrash metal riffs with the evil atmosphere of old school death metal.

What first got you into music?

All the members have different backgrounds on music, but in general, most of us started listening to rock music since we were kids. Classic bands such as Queen, Scorpions, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and others were all influential, and planted the seed of hard rock and heavy metal in our putrid hearts

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

We would be very pleased to collaborate with any band with the same ideals as ours:  the ideal of the underground community being a network for friendships worldwide, without competition, but instead, cooperation. All bands with a D.I.Y attitude, bands who despise all kinds of fascism and prejudice are eligible to be the answer to that question.

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

It would probably be Obscene Extreme Festival, because of the amount of people from all around the world who gather there in order to praise underground bands from various different countries.

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

We usually receive a lot of booze Hahahahaha, but we really like when fans give us their bands’ materials, merchandise etc. The greatest gift of all is to have people going crazy, moshing and stage diving at our gigs.

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

As underground musicians in an undeveloped country, like Brazil, life isn’t easy at all. There is a lot of repression from the church, the government and society, and financially, it’s practically impossible to make a living out of music in our country. Therefore, we would like to tell everyone who is reading to support local and international underground bands such as ours. Even the least amount of recognition is essential for us! Another very important message we have is do not support fascist/racist/homophobic/sexist bands! Society is already toxic enough outside the underground metal/punk community; we don’t need that kind of shit here! FUCK OFF TO NAZI SCUM!

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

That’s a tough question hahahaha but, considering our influences as a band, it would probably be Michael “Mike” Sjöstrand (R.I.P. 2004), the drummer for Sweden’s Hypnosia.

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

We love being musicians because of the adrenaline of getting up on stage and playing face-melting metal to maniacs such as ourselves, also because of the friends we make, the crazy stories we’ve been through and because of our love for underground music. The worst part of it all is money. Brazil is not an easy country, and underground musicians usually don’t make any kind of profit from their art! Equipment, studios, rehearsals and touring are expensive, and our financial situation is not the same as underground bands from America/Europe and other regions.

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

We don’t really give a damn about the music industry. We don’t care about sale numbers; we don’t care about popularity. As long as we can continue delivering our old school sound for those who seek for it, we’ll be fine.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Certainly, the album with the greatest influence on all the band members is Hypnosia’s “Extreme Hatred” (2000).

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

We’re totally addicted to vinyl and tapes! CD’s and Downloads are good, but more as modern commodity than a collectable media.

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

The gig we organized for the recording of Infectious Disaster’s music video was one of the best gigs we ever played. It was a very small venue, packed with people moshing and stage diving all around. It was cool as hell!

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

There’s no way we wouldn’t be musicians, the fire of heavy metal burns hot inside our hearts! Hahahahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Probably four girls and a friend Hahahahaha.

What’s next for the band?

The band is working on new compositions for new releases. We hopefully expect that this pandemic won’t be around anymore by 2021. If everything goes right, we plan to play as many gigs as we can to promote our “Apocalyptic Future”, wherever we can.

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

Can we drop the links here? hahaha (You Can – Rick)
www.facebook.com/EvilCorpseThrash/
www.instagram.com/evilcorpsethrash/
www.evilcorpsethrash.bandcamp.com/releases
www.youtube.com/channel/UC1OiOgIbmaPAKYN9-N0SnkA

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We didn’t even know what a Jaffa Cake was before we got this question hahahahaha. We don’t have those here in Brazil, so it’s difficult for us to say. But if we were to take a guess, we’d say it’s a cake.

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

We would like to thank you guys for your time and for the opportunity to be participating in this interview. And for those who are reading: support underground metal/punk bands from your local scene, smash fascism/racism/homophobia/sexism in EVERY opportunity, stay home, if you can (at least for now) and don’t forget to check out our demo “Awakening the Slaughter” and the full album “Apocalyptic Future”. We really appreciate it.

METAL TO KILL BASTARD POSERS! 666

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EMQ’s with ENDUST

EMQ’s with ENDUST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash/Progressive Metal band Endust. Huge thanks to guitarist Glauco Rezende 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 Glauco Rezende, and I play guitar on ENDUST, a thrash/progressive metal band from Brazil. I started the project in 2009, with the drummer Fernando Arouche. In 2019, we released our first album called “All Ends In Dust”.

How did you come up with your band name?

I took a long time to find this name. At first, Endust was just a meaningless word that came to my mind. After, I tried to find some meaning to this name, so I take the two words that make it, “End” and “Dust”, which gives the idea of the end of something, an old temple or a ruined city, the death… I thought it was cool and took this idea to the song “All Ends in Dust”, which is the title track of our first album.

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

I am from Jundiaí, state of São Paulo, Brazil. Here, everything is stopped due to the pandemic, but before it, the metal scene was not going well. I think most people here prefer to see only the famous traditional bands or covers rather than the local original bands, but there are still people and clubs that keep the scene alive.

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

We released our first album in 2019, called “All Ends In Dust” and we are going to release a new EP very soon.

‘Someone To Blame’

Who have been your greatest influences?

In terms of guitar technique, I can talk about a lot of guitarists, but what most grabs my attention are the guitarists who, besides playing riffs and solos, are great composers in their bands, so my greatest influences are Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Mark Tremonti (Tremonti, Alter Bridge, Creed) and Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan).

What first got you into music?

I think it was Metallica and Angra.

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

With Mark Tremonti’s band “TREMONTI”.

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

Summer Breeze, in Germany. I watched many live shows from this festival on the internet. It’s in a beautiful place and has a very “metal” atmosphere for me.

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

I think I’ve never received any gift from a fan ☹ hahaha.

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

Thanks for all the support and messages about our album and stay tuned because it’s just the beginning!

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

Dimebag Darrel.

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

What I like most about it is being able to have fun in a different way than most people, rehearsing, composing and playing. What I hate, is the difficulty of having it as a profession, everything is very unstable.

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

Maybe I wouldn’t change in the industry, but in the people that consumes music. I want the public to be more open to meeting new music, go to shows and support the local bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Paradise Lost” from Symphony X.

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

I prefer the CD’s, but I have to say that I met many bands due to the downloads.

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

I have no idea. Maybe I’d be having a more normal life hahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Chuck Billy , Mattias Eklundh (Freak Kitchen), Russell Allen and Michael Romeo (Symphony X), Andreas Kisser.

What’s next for the band?

Now, we are about to release our new EP.  After it, we will start to search for a new singer to record the new full album.

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

www.instagram.com/endust_band/
www.facebook.com/official.endust
www.youtube.com/user/RzFaproject
www.fanlink.to/bxc5

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I didn’t know what that is. I googled it and realized that it is a discussion similar to the “biscoito or bolacha” that happens here. I think that Jaffa Cakes are cakes, judging by the content, not by the form.

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

I would like to thank everybody from Ever Metal, and all the people that listen and follow Endust.

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EMQ’s with SCARS

EMQ’s with SCARS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash Metal band Scars. Huge thanks to drummer João Gobo 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 João Gobo and, I’m the drummer! Well, Scars is a Thrash Metal band based in São Paulo, Brazil. It came to light in the nineties, more specifically in 1991. Some years later, in 1994 we released a split album named “Ultimate Encore”. In 2005 was released an EP entitled “The Nether Hell”. That’s the first part of a trilogy inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. I joined the band in 2007 and, in 2008 we released our first full length album, “DevilGod Alliance”, continuing the Dante history and exploring the duality – good versus evil in English classic literature. Names like Edgar Allan Poe and Goethe were huge influences. After a hiatus of 10 years, with a renewed line up, mixing members of Nether Hell and DevilGod eras with completely new members the band returned with two new songs: ‘Armageddon’ and ‘Silent Force’. That is the final part of this Thrash Metal Literary Adventure. Turning the page, Scars begun a new chapter in its history with a new album entitled “Predatory”, released on August 7th.

How did you come up with your band name?

Régis (Singer/SCARS) came up with the name back in 1991. He took his inspiration from Dark Angel’s album “Leave Scars”.

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

We are a Brazilian band! Originally, the group was based in Moóca neighbourhood, in São Paulo. Nowadays each one of us lives in a different part of the city. The Brazilian scene at all, not just specifically in São Paulo is very fruitful. We have a lot of really good bands making their own.

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

As a said earlier, in early August, we released a new album entitle “Predatory”. And two new videos from the singles “Predatory” and “Sad Darkness Of The Soul”.

‘Predatory’ (Official Video)

Sad Darkness Of The Soul’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my greatest influence in drum music was Eric Carr, from Kiss. Basically, I’m a groove-oriented drummer, so I strongly prefer this kind of taste. Drummers that plays for the music, not over the music attracts me very much. Names like Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Smith, Neil Peart, Vinnie and Carmine Appice, Gene Hoglan, Cozy Powell, Dave Lombardo and many others are huge inspirations.

What first got you into music?

Back in the eighties, I was a little kid in front the TV watching the first Kiss show in Brazil. That’s what changed my life forever. A new headbanger was born! Since then I began to crush everything hittable. Many years later, here I am!

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

I really would like to collaborate with a number of names. It’s so difficult to pick just one…

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

Obviously Wacken! The reason is very simple: The greatest metal festival in the world.

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

I really don’t remember.

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

Play it loud!!

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

My first and major influence. The one and only Eric Carr!

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

I love to play, to be on stage, to talk about music at all and especially, make music! For me it’s the greatest form of art. But I really hate ego battles and sometimes the music industry can be translated as the ego industry or selfish industry.

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

Can we reset all and restart it from the beginning?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

That’s a difficult one! There are a lot of great records in my personal collection. In this time, I prefer to pay tribute to one of the most violent records in Brazilian metal history: Sarcófago’s “I.N.R.I.”

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

I was born in seventies. I grew up with vinyl, so it’s a natural choice.

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

Talking like a professional drummer, and taking all my career, I have to say that, for me, the most special gig that I have played, was in Hannover (Germany). That was my first international experience. I was the drummer of a Black Metal band called Arum.

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

Luckily, I’m a lawyer too! That would be my way, in any case.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would prefer to be invited for a dinner party! Much more fun!!!

What’s next for the band?

Despite this pandemic situation, the band remains working. In a few days we will restart the rehearsals for some live concerts on the internet. We are working together for the promotion of this new album. We hope to be back to the live gigs and tours, as soon as possible.

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/4FCGqzVWLxkupz86e6bhgJ
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVxq9GLRKzsP5CnZ8GcEisw
www.soundcloud.com/scars-962703119
www.scars4.bandcamp.com
www.instagram.com/scars.thrash
www.facebook.com/scars.thrash

Plus, iTunes | Apple Play | Google Play | Amazon

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

That’s another difficult one! But I vote for the biscuit!

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

I would like to thank you for this opportunity. Was a great pleasure! Keep Metal alive!!

Rick Here,

If you hit the link below then you can read Victor’s full review of the latest Scars album “Predatory”

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EMQ’s with CRASHKILL

EMQ’s with CRASHKILL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fortaleza, Brazil based Thrash Metal band Crashkill. Huge thanks to guitarist Jean Pinheiro 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 Jean Pinheiro, I am a guitarist of CRASHKILL.

The band started around 2016 with Mailson Buson, the drummer, and Valter Doomriffs the other guitarist. The band started as a Death Thrash band with influences on vocals and riffs with a Death Metal approach. After some member changes the band found itself as a Thrash Metal band. After playing in some important national events, and having our songs broadcast in Brazil, Canada, Chile with the single ‘Killing Peace’ for example, we then recorded the album “Consumed by Biomechanics” at the end of 2019, but releasing it only in 2020. With this new work we continue to spread our music on other radio in the USA, Spain, Portugal etc. For now we are working on our new EP with a pre-production and then recording.

How did you come up with your band name?

That was Mailson’s Idea. It all came from the onomatopoeia from comics like the ones that refer to sounds of hits and breaks that appear in those magazines, like “Pow” , “CRASH” “Bump” along with the influence of visual stuff Anthrax was doing in the 90’s. That marked Mailson in a way that he wanted to use this kind of expression in a very strong, and violent way, so he came up with this neologism: CRASHKILL

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

We are from Brazil, Northeast, and the city is Fortaleza. Here, as in almost all Northeast, there is a strong scene for Death Metal, many Thrash Metal old-school bands too. There are some melodic heavy metal fans but not strong enough to come up with bands. It also happens in waves. Sometimes you have to choose which festival you are going to on a night and sometimes there are only one or two clubs supporting metal and rock in general.

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

The Latest release was the Album “Consumed by Biomechanics”. Along with the Full Length came two lyric videos: ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and ‘Year of Darkness’

‘Artificial Intelligence’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Year Of Darkness’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Well, we consider ourselves going through this New Wave of Thrash Metal. That bunch of bands that learned from Slayer, Exodus, Overkill, Testament and added some groove and new tone to its sound like Warbringer, Evile, Havok, but without leaving the classic 90’s style.

What first got you into music?

Hmmm, I’ve always liked music since I can remember. My father showed some classic 70’s rock and other bands from that time. That was great music as well, but then, some friends showed me some heavy metal music until I found Thrash Metal…and that is where I parked my car!

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

I really like the sound Annihilator makes as a band. But If I had to work with a musician that would definitely be Gary Holt.

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

Since I was 17, I always thought about Wacken. But since I had the opportunity to go to Graspop Metal Meeting and talked to people that said the organization, the set, the transport, the crew in this festival was way better than others, I believed that, added to the stages and shows I saw, Graspop would be a major dream to be there on stage.

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

I can say that this was a gift: A guy from Sweden downloaded our album on iTunes and recorded it to a CD-R, printed the cover and posted it on Instagram … I was like man… this guy really loves this band! He has an album earlier than I have! (Our album was being pressed in Rio by that time, we had released it only on streams)

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

I Would say: Keep Thrash Metal Alive! Keep on moshing, going to shows, supporting metal bands, listening to it louder and if you have a band, work hard to get what you wish. That’s how we do it, facing all the negative situations that will appear, planning and going through it.

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

I believe I would choose Dimebag Darrel… What that guy did on guitar really changed the way this ‘post metal’ scene is doing it today.

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

I really like to compose songs, and love when the feedback is positive. Like someone who understands the message.

I really hate people who like to be tagging your music or demanding what kind of sound you should do, not too equal to others to be a copy and too different to be reinventing the wheel. Just enjoy the music if you like it.

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

Give more chances to different local music styles. Some places would never play metal, for example, on the radio. They sell music that is much easier to produce and more catchy, and forget about feeling etc.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I don’t believe I have one…Maybe one in each metal genre. But I could say for Thrash Metal: “Seasons In The Abyss – Slayer!

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

Well if you like to collect stuff and have it in your place you may like Vinyl, or even CD’s for the art that the band do for the fans. I am a person who would rather be with some space in my place and have it way more practical online, although I really know about the difference in sound between these media. There are some services that even stream 1440kbps (CD quality) but I know the sound differs from a Loud Vinyl Metal Record.

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

While in CRASHKILL we played at Sound Garage Festival, a great national festival that happened in Fortaleza. There were 3 stages with all kinds of bands, a huge sound set and a crazy audience. That was really interesting.

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

Actually, I can’t pay my bills (yet) with our music where we live. So, I am a Software Engineer, and do some personal music projects as well.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tony Foresta, Max Cavalera, David Ellefson, Jerry Cantrell and Tum Hunting. It would be a very crazy, unusual and funny dinner for sure.

What’s next for the band?

Right now, we are working on our merchandise and ending the composition of our new songs for an EP we want to release by the end of this year. But it will depend on how this pandemic situation will flow.

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

To listen to our songs, you can search on every media streaming site. We have our channel on YouTube where you can find our lyric video and some live music too. Facebook, Instagram you can find us on @crashkillthrash or just searching for Crashkill you will find us. Email: crashkillthrash@gmail.com. We are still working on our website, but we have a Bandcamp page too.
www.facebook.com/crashkillthrash/
www.instagram.com/crashkillthrash/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCEhhi4DnS3mUjBiVsGZDdvA
www.crashkill.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Well…we have one close to those here in Fortaleza… it looks like biscuits!

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

Just Appreciate the opportunity here to answer about the band and invite people to check out our material, follow us on social media and wait for some news this year already!

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Válvera – Cycle Of Disaster

Válvera – Cycle Of Disaster
Brutal Records
Release Date: 28/08/2020
Running time: 40:30
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10

Maybe I am becoming repetitive with my speech, similar to what some bands do with their music, considering it is almost impossible to offer something completely new in Heavy Metal. Of course, about my speech, it is more a matter of laziness to find good words to express myself (Please boss, don’t fire me!) (Don’t worry Victor, you’re safe – Rick). Ok, what I am trying to say is that I don’t expect anything new from bands, but there are two things that still intrigue me when brutal music is the subject. Firstly, if you can offer complex and heavy music, but at the same time, make it simple and catchy, you will have my attention. Secondly, it doesn’t matter if what you play has already been played by tons of bands before, but if you can still put anger (in the very good meaning of the word) and passion into the music, then you will also have my attention. With this explanation, we can now talk about this album and review!

As you may imagine, the Brazilian Thrash Metal band Válvera does, exactly, the two things I mentioned above, and they go further. Their music is brutal, like good Thrash Metal should be, but it is not the same old Thrash Metal that other bands repeat constantly. It is something full of heaviness, very well thought out with catchy riffs, amazing song structures and good melodies too. As for the anger, well that probably comes from all the subjects covered in the tracks. This is easy to explain because the lyrics focus on many disgraces that human beings have suffered with through the years. Do you want one example? Well, ‘Glow of Death’ is about the famous case of contamination by Cesium-137, which happened in Brazil in 1987. At that time, some people tried to sell equipment found in the garbage, but it had all been in contact with a machine used for radioactive therapy. They had no idea what they were dealing with or selling, and it caused the death of hundreds of people.

Musically, I can hear a very mature band, focused on cadence, which offers good value to the riffs. Nothing is extremely fast but it’s far from being slow. Title track ‘Cycle of Disaster’ contains a wall of heaviness from guitarists Glauber Barreto and Rodrigo Torres and it is possible to understand that the band don’t want to keep repetitive structures in their music. You can hear many variations here and it brilliantly keeps the listeners attention throughout the album. Glauber also explores some melodies with his vocals on the excellent ‘The Damn Colony’, which showcases a catchier kind of music without losing its powerful sonority. Even the solo is played differently with the usual ‘Kerry King style of playing’ making way for something much more melodic and well-structured!

If Gabriel Prado has already showed sonority on his bass during the opening song ‘Nothing Left To Burn’ and drummer Leandro Peixoto shows his technique on ‘Glow Of Death’, then in ‘All Systems Fall’ both appear stronger than ever and do a magnificent job together. Maybe it is not the album’s best song but it actually feels like all the members have put their identity into the composition and if that isn’t the case then the person who wrote it has thought really closely about the feelings of their bandmates

‘Fight For Your Life’ has a more positive spirit and makes you feel stronger after listening to all the struggles and disgraces mentioned by the band. This song also shows more melodies and solos inspired by classic heavy metal bands and it opens space for the last song, the furious ‘Bringer Of Evil’ with its fast cadence. It is a perfect song choice to finish this great album.

I confess that I’ve never heard anything from Válvera before. Maybe I heard someone talking about them and it was interesting try to understand what they want to play. The first thing that popped into my head was that the band knew exactly what they wanted to achieve with this record. This is a natural step for a band releasing their third album after 10 years of existence and many tours but it is not just a case of being a mature band, I feel like they have focused on getting a good producer, not just to have good arrangements or recording sound, but who seems to have travelled deep into the band’s soul to extract their best compositions and help them to reach this amazing result.

Once again, I don’t know if that was what really happened with the relationship between Válvera and their producer Rogério Wecko, but I can assure that the final result is incredible. “Cycle Of Disaster” shows a professional band that is ready to go much further in their career.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Nothing Left To Burn
02. Cycle Of Disaster
03. Glow Of Death
04. The Damn Colony
05. All Systems Fall
06. Born On A Dead Planet
07. O.S. 1977
08. Fight For Your Life
09. Bringer Of Evil

LINE-UP
Glauber Barreto – Vocals and Guitars
Rodrigo Torres – Guitars
Gabriel Prado – Bass
Leandro Peixoto – Drums

LINKS:
www.valvera.com.br
www.facebook.com/bandavalvera/
www.instagram.com/valveraband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3S87lwfQs6K1O1WsQrpPhz
www.deezer.com/artist/8945888
www.youtube.com/valveraoficial
www.brutalrecords.com/

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Scars – Predatory

Scars – Predatory
Brutal Records
Release Date: 07/08/2020
Running Time: 57:35
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

I know that the Heavy Metal industry is not always fair with bands, no matter which part of the world they’re from. If you live in a country like Brazil, where the industry is a nest full of snakes and this kind of music is not even close to being popular, it can be even worse. Just playing good music is not enough. Bands must give their lives working on it, but like everything in the world, this nasty scenario brings a positive side. This hostile environment can be a beacon to guide us to find bands who have survived their passion throughout the years. For those who know the history of Scars, you will understand that this band is a pure example of persistence and loyalty to their fans and to the local scene.

The band has been on road since the 90’s with two long hiatuses. The first one ended in 2004 when the band had huge success with the incredible “The Nether Hell”. The second one finished in 2018. Now, Scars have finally delivered the gift that their fans have been waiting for, for so long! A gift called “Predatory”. Probably the most mature and complete album from them, it carries a mix of everything the band have done so far, but with new and improved elements. The band sound thirsty for blood, as always, but with enough experience to know what to do or not do in their music. The heaviness, and everything from good Thrash Metal, is very well balanced, and they have incredible technique.

The title song ‘Predatory’ opens the album, and it’s immediately possible to feel the blast of the purest Thrash Metal that we (fans) all know from Scars. As well as all the incredible riffs and a little bit more groove this time, I felt that the band have also taken some further steps. I am talking about Thiago Oliveira’s solos. He has brought virtuosity to the band without losing the furious side of the solos. He and his partner in guitar, Alex Zeraib, provide a masterclass when riffs are the subject, considering it’s the band’s trademark, as you can hear in ‘These Bloody Days’. João Gobo shows incredible drum variations that go from classic Thrash beats to fast double kicks, but it doesn’t let the music become overpowered by the heaviness. ‘Beyond The Valley Of Despair’ is a slower song, but it is perfect to explain the versatility of João.

Régis F. is even better in his vocal interpretations with the concept of human beings destroying themselves and the entire world around them. Even in ‘Ancient Power’, that has some massive cadenced and strong riffs, he shows all of the aggressiveness of his voice, screaming full of hate. Marcelo Mitché has his highlights too, when his independent bass lines appear and increase the groove, such as in the great song ‘The 72 Faces Of God’. This is a song that flees a little from the strong punch but is still an immensely powerful track.

Another new element in Scars sonority, at least for me, is what you can hear in the instrumental song ‘The Unsung Requiem’. It reminded me of the sort of things Steve Vai or Yngwie Malmsteen might play, but with a dark and hellish atmosphere. Again, it is obvious that Scars have worked hard to increase their technical side. I don’t remember anything similar to this song in any previous Scars albums. The amazing harmonies in the beginning of ‘Ghostly Shadows’ is another example that demonstrates what I’m saying. It is like a guitar shred influence, without sounding exacerbated or repetitive.

As a fan, I think back to 2005, when I read many interviews and good words about Scars, for the first time. After listening to this record, I still have the same impression about the band that I had 15 years ago. That we are looking at one of the most honest and persistent bands from Brazil. They have survived this ‘predatory’ industry, despite some adversities throughout their career. Their desire to be strong and relevant is connected to their respect for the fans. It is enviable, and probably a good source of energy to keep strong in front of any issues. This passion and truth will inspire people who take this music seriously. “Predatory” is another Scars’ masterpiece. A lesson in Thrash Metal, and it shows that Scars are definitely back!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Predatory
02. These Bloody Days
03. Ancient Power
04. Sad Darkness of the Soul
05. The Unsung Requiem (Instrumental)
06. Ghostly Shadows
07. The 72 Faces of God
08. Beyond the Valley of Despair
09. Violent Show
10. Armageddon (Bonus Track)
11. Silent Force (Bonus Track)

LINE-UP:
Régis F. (vocals)
Alex Zeraib (guitars)
Thiago Oliveira (Lead guitars)
Marcelo Mitché (bass)
Joāo Gobo (drums)

LINKS:
www.brutalrecords.com/
www.instagram.com/scars.thrash/
www.facebook.com/scars.thrash/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVxq9GLRKzsP5CnZ8GcEisw
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4FCGqzVWLxkupz86e6bhgJ

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