Motorhammer – Round 35 EP

Round 35 EP Cover Art

Motorhammer – Round 35 EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 03/06/2021
Running Time: 21:47
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

“Greetings, metal maniacs”. Have you already heard these words in many radio shows? Maybe some of you that read my reviews have already heard it from the great DJ Dave Softee on his amazing show called Metal Meltdown. I remember when he interviewed the Brazilian Thrash Metal band Machinage and that day I discovered the awesome radio station called Metal Messiah Radio. This station has been promoting many Brazilian bands for years, also great metal bands from all around the world. I’ve lost count of how many bands I have introduced to them after that, also how many Brazilian bands I have discovered, just by their DJs promoting them.

Now, the radio has a special Brazilian member, the amazing Isaura La Cour. She joined forces with Matthew Szablewicz (DJ Szab), from the NYC Metal Scene show to offer a proper space for the Brazilian scene. As a result of this incredible work by Matthew, Isaura and their crew; I have been lucky to discover another amazing band who are the subject of this review! The Brazilian Thrash Metal band, with less than one year of existence, Motorhammer!

Ok! I am using my Charles Xavier telepathic powers to read your thoughts and I know you are thinking that a band who have been around for less than a year cannot offer anything, so astonishing, to justify the positive impression I have had. You would be wrong! Motorhammer are new but all the members involved are very experienced in the Brazilian scene. The vocalist/drummer/founder Edson Graseffi, for example, has more than 30 years experience and he has been a part of many important bands in Brazil, so this EP was born to celebrate Edson’s career with material that he composed or helped to compose throughout the decades. To make it possible, he invited guitarist (also producer) Renato Haboriny and bassist (a long-time friend of Edson as well) Daniel Corvo; two respected musicians in Brazil.

The album is a compilation of four old compositions that Edson was part of (plus a cover) that have been re-recorded, with better production values. By the way, this was the first thing that made me love the band on first listen. What a killer record production. It’s similar to what legendary bands like Destruction or Exodus can extract from the studio or what producers like Andy Sneap can offer. Maybe you think this isn’t relevant considering many big bands do it, but the prices to have the proper studio time and equipment in Brazil, to reach this level of production, are very high, so I must highlight it.

Musically, the songs have a similar sonority in terms of composition, even though they come from different bands that Edson was a part of. The opening track ‘Fighting Against The Walls’ (originally from Edson’s band called Punch but that was used regularly by his band that came right after them, called Panzer) has pure Exodus heaviness & spirit where they opt for cadenced music, amazing drum fills and groove. ‘Warning Hell’ (originally from another of Edson’s band called Reviolence) is a bit faster and it reminded me of the brutal style from Germany’s Destruction. ‘Rage Over Rage’ (originally from the band Chasing Fear) also explores cadenced rhythms and leaves space open for great riff work. Edson also shows a different vocal style on this track, exploring parts with cleaner singing alongside good melodies. The last two songs have amazing dancing bass following excellent percussion on drums.

‘The Metal Church’ (Also from Reviolence) is like a heavy ballad. For this one, try to imagine a divine performance from Ronnie James Dio fronting a Thrash Metal band. Ironically, you could mention the band Metal Church as one of the influences here as well? It is an amazing song. The closing track ‘Allied Forces‘ is a cover song from Canadian band Triumph that showcases Classic Metal from the 1980’s but, once again, dressed in a Thrash Metal style.

“Round 35” is an amazing EP that shows the Thrash Metal veins within Edson, together with all the great musicians that were (or still are) partners of him on his path. Trust me; to make Heavy Metal for such a long time in Brazil is not an easy task. 35 years/rounds is an anniversary very much worth celebrating and I wish many new rounds for Motorhammer. For now, we have a show of riffs and solos from Renato Haboriny, strong bass from Daniel Corvo and amazing drum/vocal work from Edson. The three of them together are able to kick some serious ass.

‘Fighting Against The Walls’ (Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Fighting Against The Walls
02. Warning Hell
03. Rage Over Rage
04. The Metal Church
05. Allied Forces (Triumph Cover)

LINE-UP:
Edson Graseffi – Vocals, Drums
Renato Haboriny – Guitars
Daniel Corvo – Bass

LINKS:

Motorhammer Promo Pic

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Raphael Olmos – Make Riff, Not War EP

Make Riff, Not War EP Cover Art

Raphael Olmos – Make Riff, Not War EP
Self-Released
Release Date: 06/05/2021
Running Time: 15:48
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Do you remember the first review I did for Ever Metal, when I became part of this beautiful team in 2019? No? It was a review of “The Beloved Bones: Hell” from the Brazilian band Dark Avenger, but wait…this album was released two years before I did the review. Why did I decide to do it? Considering that being part of Ever Metal was (and still is) the best thing that has happened to me in this world of reviews/interviews, I decided to make a tribute. It was a tribute for my dear friend Mario Linhares, who passed away in 2017. It is not just a tribute to a great musician; it was a tribute to a great friend who shared the same passion in music to me. Our friendship came from this passion.

During these four years reviewing and interviewing, I have made friends. Some of them became close friends, others not so much. However, the good ones really make all the work and passion for the music worthwhile, and Raphael Olmos is one of these examples. If you don’t know him, search for “Kamala” here, on Ever Metal, and you will find amazing material about the band. He is the founder member of this important Brazilian Thrash Metal band and we started to talk with each other after a review of the band’s EP in 2017. We became friends because I think we have some values in common. We are here for music. It is our passion and we work for it. No arrogance or competition, just mutual support to spread the word of Heavy Metal.

To talk about Raphael and his first solo release, I must mention everything he has conquered with Kamala. 18 years on the road, 5 studio albums, 1 EP, and 6 European tours that resulted in a live album, “Live In France”. Good, isn’t it? In addition, and more amazingly, the band has done this without any label to support them. As result, they have become well known in Europe as well as in Brazil, after almost two decades.

Of course, the pandemic that we have all been living through for over a year has hit all the band’s plans for now, including the new Kalama album, which is already completed. However, the good news is that Raphael decided to show off all of his musical creativity, whilst the band wait for the right moment to release the new offering. As a consequence, we can hear the instrumental EP “Make Riff, Not War”.

What is new on this EP? Well, it is 100% instrumental and Raphael recorded all instruments. Even the drums, despite them being programmed, sound great and that has helped a lot with the result. Musically, we can hear Raphael’s trademark Thrash style, but with the addition of melody, harmonics and well-structured elements on guitars.

The first song ‘Dealing With Pain’ starts slowly with several harmonies and ‘Jacaré’ keeps the sonority growing as the heaviness increases. It is Interesting how the drums and bass have a nice funky cadence that fits with the strong riffs and great solos. I feel the inspiration of guitarists such as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, but with a good balance between virtuosity and the strong sonority that we are more used to hearing in heavy genres. It suddenly finishes, as swiftly as an alligator attack (Jacaré means alligator in Portuguese).

‘A Fake Leader In A Real Chaos’ is even faster and carries a chaotic sonority that the song title suggests. Again, Raphael shows good soloing alongside all riffs that have a more Death Metal feel. I liked the fast double kicks and amazing drum fills for this one. ‘Riffle’ follows a similar structure as well but offers more space for interesting bass lines. This song has riffs with a strong guitar pick, solos still have good structure and technique, but this time they are faster with more wah wah and whammy pedals, which is more connected to Kamala’s sonority. The closing song ‘Hope’ is a combination of the four previous tracks mixing harmonies and heaviness.

Music is our weapon and the Riff is a shotgun! In my recent video interview with Raphael, he explained that this is the analogy behind the track ‘Riffle’. Actually, that analogy, pretty much represents the whole EP. This release is the result of all the hard work from someone who lives and breathes music and guitars. A person who delivers music every day, even those days without concerts. Congrats, Raphael for everything you have achieved. It is this work ethic that has seen him endorsed by international brands (Solar, Evertune, Bogren Digital and Skull Strings).

Overall, “Make Riff, Not War” is the perfect example of what a band/musician should do to continue spreading their music. It is an honour to see a good, professional musician in my country, Brazil. We have plenty of good musicians, but few that are professional or hardworking.

‘Riffle’ (Official Video)

Link to my interview with Raphael Olmos talking about “Make Riff, Not War”

TRACKLISTING:
01. Dealing With Pain
02. Jacaré
03. A Fake Leader In A Real Chaos
04. Riffle
05. Hope

LINE-UP:

Raphael Olmos – Guitars, Bass and Drum Programming

LINKS:

Raphael Olmos Promo Pic, photo credit Fernando Righetto
photo credit Fernando Righetto

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Video Interview with RAPHAEL OLMOS

Raphael Olmos Make Riff, Not War EP Cover Art

Video Interview with RAPHAEL OLMOS
By Victor Augusto

Hello Everyone, It’s Victor!

I’m incredibly pleased to share with you my recent interview with Raphael Olmos!

Raphael, the founder/guitarist of Brazilian Thrash Metal band Kamala, is about to release his first solo EP “Make Riff, Not War”. I talked to him about this new EP and how the constant tours by Kamala, in Europe, are helping him and the band reach new heights outside of Brazil.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Raphael very much for his time!

I hope you all enjoy the interview.

RAPHAEL OLMOS Video Interview by Victor Augusto

Background songs by Kamala and Raphael Olmos. All Rights Reserved.

Kamala – Eyes of Creation
Kamala – My Religion
Kamala – Wake Up
Kamala – Believe
Raphael Olmos – Dealing With Pain
Raphael Olmos – Jacaré
Raphael Olmos – A Fake Leader In A Real Chaos
Raphael Olmos – Riffle
Raphael Olmos – Hope

RAPHAEL OLMOS LINKS:

KAMALA LINKS:

Raphael Olmos – ‘Riffle’ (Official Video)

Kamala – ‘Internal Peace’ (Official Video)

Original Review of Kamala – “Live In France”

Previous Text Interview with Kamala’s Raphael Olmos and Isabela Moraes.

Previous EMQ’s Interview with Kamala

Raphael Olmos Promo Pic

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Nervosa – Perpetual Chaos

Perpetual Chaos Album Cover Art

Nervosa – Perpetual Chaos
Napalm Records
Release Date: 22/01/2021
Running Time: 44:37
Review by Victor Augusto
8.5/10

Hello everyone. Here I am again to repeat something that all of us are completely tired of reading in my reviews, but today I must repeat it here… The lack of professionalism!!! Yes! This phrase is my biggest complaint about Brazilian bands. We have hundreds of killer bands releasing astonishing albums, but I can count on both hands how many are really working to be a professional. Nervosa are, for sure, one of the best examples of professionalism that have appeared here in the last decade. I won’t go deeply into details of what the bands should or should not do, but, if there is one thing that I have to mention, that summarizes Nervosa’s work ethic over the last 10 years, then it is their total immersion in living and breathing the band. Investing 100% of your time into a band is something that I admire greatly. Everything that the band have achieved is purely the result of this work. Ok, now I am feeling better!

The new Nervosa Age! I won’t enter into details of everything that happened last year. Nervosa was a Brazilian power trio, two members left and guitarist, Prika Amaral rebuilt the band very quickly to focus on this album with three more girls from different parts of the world. My honest congratulations go to Prika, the new members and also to the old ones. You haven’t made a soap opera of this split, as most bands do after a huge breakup, at least in Brazil. It is a new era for all sides and the focus is on the new material and the future. I have full respect for both sides! So, now I’ll cut my smooth talk and focus on what really matters, the music.

Is “Perpetual Chaos” the best Nervosa album? Maybe…it is hard to say, considering that every fan of Heavy Metal could have a different taste for music and I respect that. At least for me, I always saw Nervosa as a band full of energy. Great energy on stage, great energy to spread Heavy Metal, great energy to spread their name all around the world, also to spread the Brazilian scene (Have I already said the word professionalism?). Despite my huge admiration for the band, I must confess that I wasn’t a huge fan of their music before. I felt that something was missing; even though they released three incredible albums before this. When I pushed the play button for this one, I immediately heard something mind-blowing, and the word technique was the first thing that popped into my head.

Please, don’t misunderstand me, the previous albums were still amazing, but there is a natural evolution and the new line-up has brought what I think was the missing piece of the band’s sonority. Starting with the only original member remaining, Prika Amaral. Her playing is insane here ! So many incredible guitar riffs! Maybe she had a greater liberty to explore different lines, being the only guitarist in the band for such a long time. She has explored the Thrash Metal style that even incorporates a few aspects of Death Metal, like in ‘Kings Of Domination’. Her solos are short in a very precise Andreas Kisser (Sepultura) way of playing, as you can hear on ‘Pursued By Judgement’.

Of course, she has the incredible Mia Wallace on bass who amazingly fills the absence of a second guitarist. Mia’s bass is not as loud as on previous Nervosa recordings, but it is still clearly heard and she is more present on the groove. Different arrangements, but with new purpose! Moreover, Mia sounds very aggressive in her role.

Vocalist Diva Satanica has an incredible range in her screams, from the low guttural up to the ripped vocals. Her versatility has offered more interpretation and more options to create new ideas for this album. Her singing on the chorus of ‘People Of Abyss In Hell’, alongside the amazing rhythm guitar and bass is incredible. You can hear many guest singers, including Schmier from Destruction (who is also the godfather of Nervosa from the early days of the band) on ‘Genocidal Command’. Erik Ak on ‘Rebel Soul’ makes the vocals even more enjoyable by his totally different kind of voice in Nervosa music. This track also shows a more melodic side to Nervosa.

Now here is the highlight of this new Nervosa era. Eleni Nota! What a killer drummer! If you consider that Nervosa have had many incredible drummers in their line-up, it could have been the hardest job ever to find someone to fill this seat. Eleni has not only filled it, but she has exceeded all expectations. Thrash Metal beats, blast beats or double kicks like in ‘Blood Eagle’. Even Hardcore beats like ‘Time To Fight’ are present here. Everything is played with a lot of aggression and technique. Everything is even better with the organic drum sound that even reminded me of Igor Cavalera on “Chaos A.D.”. I have listened to this album more than 10 times and am sure that Eleni could easily perform amongst the best Heavy Metal drummers if the world. Congrats Eleni Nota 10*

The versatility of the band is well defined by all the styles they are able to perform in an astonishing way. “Perpetual Chaos” is a show of aggressiveness and technique. From the fast, opening track ‘Venomous’, with a killer intro riff, passing by the cadenced ‘Godless Prisoner’ through to the obscure riffs of ‘Under Ruins’ that ends the album, you will hear incredible compositions. The Hardcore/Metal ‘Time to Fight’ made me imagine the band destroying the entire venue of an open-air festival, whilst closing an insane concert.

An Experienced band? Yes, it is the main impression here; even though the team is brand new. There is such a killer chemistry between them all. I am glad that Nervosa have showed that they are still a band that makes all Brazilians proud to see a new worldwide famous group after all the great names that have come from here. Respect and admiration define this. Respect for everything the band has been working for and admiration that they stay strong and look to the future, not the past. I cannot imagine what they will achieve when they tour this album (as soon as it is possible).

Parabéns Nervosa!

*It is just a silly joke from a silly reviewer because the word Nota means grade in Portuguese.

‘Under Ruins’ (Official Video)

TRACKLISTING:
01. Venomous
02. Guided By Evil
03. People Of The Abyss
04. Perpetual Chaos
05. Until The Very End (feat. Guilherme Miranda)
06. Genocidal Command (feat. Schmier)
07. Kings Of Domination
08. Time To Fight
09. Godless Prisoner
10. Blood Eagle
11. Rebel Soul (feat. Erik Ak)
12. Pursued By Judgement
13. Under Ruins

LINE-UP:
Diva Satanica – Vocals
Prika Amaral – Guitar
Mia Wallace – Bass
Eleni Nota – Drums

LINKS:

Nervosa Promo Pic

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Interview with Victor Regep of Deathgeist

Interview with Victor Regep of Deathgeist
By William Ribas

Hello everyone. It is Victor here. I hope you are safe and ready to have a good 2021, considering all the issues from the last year. Well, as you can imagine, the Ever Metal team works to spread Heavy Metal and Rock Music around the world and we share the passion that is music. Along this path, I make new friends that I can even call them as brothers and sisters. During my previous work with Brazilian websites and magazines, I made friends and we still work together, no matter if we are in different places.

My brother William Ribas (Master William as I like to call him), is one of these people and he is very well known for his incredible interviews with great bands from all around the world. He has already interviewed bands from the Brazilian underground up to names like Accept and Saxon. During his short hiatus off work as reviewer/interviewer, he was open to collaborate with Ever Metal and he had the idea to interview the Brazilian Thrash Metal band Deathgeist, who he has been a fan for a long time.

We have already done an EMQ’s with them, if you want to know more of their history, but, for this interview, William asked questions more related to their albums and composition.

Thanks a lot William for your amazing work and Victor Regep for his time answering. Enjoy…

William Ribas: Deathgeist was formed in 2016, and immediately caught the attention of the most nostalgic fans, especially from the audience that loves a crazy mosh pit. Have you ever imagined you would have such a good reception around the world?

Victor Regep: I honestly did not imagine. But it was very gratifying for Deathgeist’s first album, to be considered one of the best albums released in 2017. This gave extra motivation for us to give continuity and inspiration to develop new works.

William Ribas: In 2017, the band released their self-titled album. It is a raw and direct album, with a drier production, that hits our faces straight ahead. For many fans, this album is a protest from the underground against all the “robotic” music that increasingly takes over the heavy metal scene. In your perception, how do you analyze this debut? Is there anything that you would change in it?

Victor Regep: We were immensely proud and satisfied with the result of our first album. I think the moment was the same, and we were just getting started. When I joined Adriano Perfetto to set up the band, we wanted to do something direct and “raw”, without many frills. We wanted Just a heavy album that could reach Thrash Metal fans. And I think we did it.

William Ribas: Still talking about the first record. Several tracks deserve to be highlighted such as ‘Day Of No Tomorrow’, ‘Thrash Metal Fire’, ‘Ghost Of Torture’ and ‘Mass Holocaust’, for example. All these songs bring a set of factors that are the great riffs, a very well worked instrumental and finally are “chewing gum” in the choruses, that is, a banquet for the shows. When you are composing, is there a concern about how the music will sound live in front of fans?

Victor Regep: Oh yeahhh, thanks for the compliments. In a way, we really thought about leaving a certain riff or some chorus more striking, always thinking about how it would sound live at shows. It is a very interesting way and, not escaping the purpose, to compose the songs.

William Ribas: The second album “666” came out in 2019. It was a necessary evolution for the band to keep growing. Before we talk about the songs, it is inevitable not to ask. The album’s title is simple and impactful, but I am curious about what the message was behind this title?

Victor Regep: “666” basically talks about, the moment when the church occupies a nation and puts fear in people. In fact, they are the antichrists. They use religion to oppress, to implant a culture of fear in people, and to say that all that they preach is “in the name of God”. Many things in the world have been delayed because of religion. And as if that were not enough, they still implant a religious fascism without respecting an opposite opinion.

‘666’ (Official Lyric Video)

William Ribas: “666” is a continuation of what was showed in “Deathgeist”. The sound follows 80’s thrash metal, but I could feel that you risked more, adding more melodies with a record sounding not so old school. How was the composition process for this album?

Victor Regep: Yes, this album made it possible for us to explore as much as possible with rhythmic varieties and more worked melodies. It generated a fascinating result at the end of that album. We are very proud of that.

William Ribas: Another positive aspect in “666” is the instigating cover art, which rescues that thing from you to just go to a store, look at the design of the art and you immediately want to buy to check how the sound is. Can I say that the band definitely created their own “Eddie” to stamp the t-shirts and future albums?

Victor Regep: Yes of course!! All of us in the band are big fans of established bands like Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Kreator and they all have a mascot that. In the past, we used to go to record stores and we were fascinated just to see the album covers of these bands. It also made us create our own mascot.

William Ribas: When you created Deathgeist, your main idea was rescuing a most direct thrash metal, something that Bywar did too. I believe that all the steps so far in these two releases have been very well thought out. How is the dynamic behind the scenes with promotion and all the work the band has to do when it is not playing or recording?

Victor Regep: Yes, at first, Adriano and I were trying to get back to the “magic” that we had in the days of Bywar. Of course, with the new members that are Fernando Oster and Mauricio Bertoni, it opened up many paths for us not to be just a band that plays at shows and records in the studio. Today, we think like a company, there is a great need for innovative and entrepreneurial ideas.

William Ribas: You were working on shows to spread “666” when Covid-19 appeared and stopped everything. Things so far are moving slowly in the music industry. Few shows are happening, and everything is uncertain. For the band, how are you dealing with these new logistics to keep the name of Deathgeist growing?

Victor Regep: It was like I said earlier. There is always a need for new ideas that can be added to the band in some way. This world pandemic took us by surprise. We were motivated and excited about 3 tours that were going to happen to us in 2020. But unfortunately, we had to cancel everything. On the good side of all this, due to the social isolation that occurred, we managed to compose our third album that we are already recording. And the forecast is that by mid-May or June 2021, it will be launched. And I can say that it is simply fabulous.

William Ribas: The band has just released a new single ‘Curse Of The Mandrake” and it is the band’s first single featuring Fernando Oster, drummer for Woslom, who joined recently. I noticed a more organic sound on the drums and more melodies in this song. How was the creation process and what changes did you feel in the sound with this new line-up?

Victor Regep: Fernando is a truly kind guy and an excellent drummer. When Adriano and I presented ‘Curse Of The Mandrake’, he managed to give a new look to the rhythm part. He’s a meticulous guy and he wanted me to look like him, without breaking Deathgeist’s songwriting standards. Everything went very well and the result was better than expected.

‘Curse Of The Mandrake’ (Official Video)

William Ribas: To finish, “Deathgeist”, was a kick in the ass of who is accommodated and “666” is the evolution of it. It is common to say that the third disc is always the most important because it shows what the band really came for. Therefore, what can we expect from the next act?

Victor Regep: Really “666” was an album that we thought to “wake up” the headbangers (laughs). What I can say is that this will be one of the best jobs that we have developed. There will be surprising things, but without running away from our Thrash Metal theme. The fans will be very happy with this album, I promise.

William Ribas: Thanks for the interview; the final space is all yours.

Victor Regep: I would like to thank the entire Ever Metal team, Victor Augusto and William Ribas, for the great opportunity that you are giving us to show our work. We hope that this year 2021 will be different, and that we can return to our normal activities. Take care and take care of the people you like. Stay at home!! Soon we will be together again at the concerts. Peace! ✌ 🤘

LINKS:

Check out our EMQ’s interview with Deathgeist:

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Video Interview with SCARS

Video Interview with SCARS
Interview, Recording, and Editing by Victor Augusto

Hi Everyone

In September 2020, Victor travelled to São Paulo to meet and interview Legendary Brazilian Thrash Metal band, SCARS. Ever Metal are beyond proud to Premiere that interview.

They talk about their history and incredible 2020 comeback album, “Predatory”, as well as depression, suicide, faith, and their loyal fanbase. They also allow us a glimpse into a SCARS rehearsal.

I would like to send my sincerest gratitude to the band for their time/passion, and to Victor, who has spent MANY hours and days, over the past few weeks, putting this video together.

SCARS Video interview by Victor Augusto

I would also like to thank DJ Jet (Gimme Metal/Sick Drummer Magazine) and
DJ Joker (Metal Messiah Radio) for their contributions.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Rick
Owner/Editor

SCARS LINKS:

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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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