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! ✌ 🤘

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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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