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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Interview with Raphael Olmos and Isabela Moraes of Kamala

Interview with Raphael Olmos and Isabela Moraes of Kamala
By Victor Augusto

Hi everyone, it’s Rick,

Our man in Brazil, Victor, recently got the chance to interview Brazilian Thrash Metallers Kamala! It’s about time that some of these hardworking and very professional bands got a chance to shine outside of their homeland, and in Kamala’s case, Mainland Europe is starting to take notice. I shall now hand you over to Victor and would like to thank, not only him, but Raphael and Isabela for this interview

Keeping a Heavy Metal band alive demands a lot of work and struggle, especially in countries where this genre is not a popular one, and this work in very honorable. Against all the odds, Brazilian Thrash Metal band Kamala, after 17 years on road, has been growing fast in the last few years, especially in Europe. Their singer/guitarist Raphael Olmos, along with drummer Isabela Moraes, explain how they conquered it and the next step for their upcoming album.

Victor: Please. Introduce yourself and tell us when you started to play your instruments and what made you want to create Kamala.

Isabela: Hi, I am Isabela Moraes, drummer for almost 14 years. I have loved this instrument since childhood, because I have a cousin that plays drums too, but I started to learn properly at 15 years old, when my older sister gave me my first drumsticks.

Raphael: Hey, I am Raphael Olmos, guitarist, vocalist and founding member of Kamala.

I started to play when I was 13 years old, after watch the VHS “…a year and a half” by Metallica, I knew that I wanted to be a professional musician when I was 15/16 years old.

And I created Kamala when I was 18 years old…to make the music and the band that I wanted to listen to as a metalhead.

Victor: Since the early days, Kamala showed a different concept, when playing Thrash Metal. The Oriental visuals and sounds have been present in your music since that time. Why did you create this concept for the band?

Raphael: Kamala was born in 2003, and when I created, I wanted to make a band that mixed the heaviness and the energy of metal, with beautiful oriental visuals and melodies…and positive lyrics.

The world is already too negative, and as an artist, when we release a song or an album, we have the responsibility for each person that is connected with the band… I am not talking about religion but, for me, the oriental culture influence is more about the energy stuff, and it is really something that I admire.

Victor: In 2012, Kamala released the third, and the bands last album, with two guitar players in the line-up, “The Seven Deadly Chakras”, and since “Mantra” album (2015); you are in a trio formation. What has been the biggest change in Kamala’s sonority?

Raphael: The biggest change for me, is the way we turned more thrash metal, and more organic. The string tuning turned from drop B to drop D, and the riffs was more ‘IN YOUR FACE! As a trio, we wanted to create something that we can play live, so we need to be better musicians and explore within ourselves the most intricate (that is possible to us) playing, whilst maintaining a strong presence on stage.

Victor: It is rare to find underground bands really fighting to be professional or that want to have a life on road. It demands that the members give up their regular jobs, and live far from family and friends, and you have been on this path since 2014, when the line-up changed to a power trio. How hard was it to find people like Allan Malavasi and Isabela Moraes that had the same desire to make Kamala a famous band?

Raphael: We still have side jobs, but the main point is the band, because the band is getting bigger and bigger, and we need to make more international tours, for example, to spend more time on the road…and a band like us, needs to have all the members with the same objective, to make that happen. Many people wish to live by playing music, but they don’t live for the music, you know. Playing well, is the minimum thing to have as a professional band, but there are many others points to look out for when you share your time and energy with other musicians.

Victor: Kamala has been touring a lot in Europe since the “Mantra” album. Nowadays, you often have more concerts scheduled in Europe than in Brazil. How did the band conquer this space in Europe?

Isabela: I think this happens because we have frequent release of new material, so this creates some expectations to watch the band in action and this opens some doors to showcase our work. We always try to be the most professional that we can in all stages of our jobs within the band. For example, on every tour, we make a specific set-list presentation for every single gig, all the things that we need to speak and songs that we will play in a 40 min, 60 min or 90 min set. We try to be always prepared for any situation on stage…

Victor: From all the countries you play in Europe, France is the one that has showed a true passion for the band. I remember in 2018, when you released your last studio album “Eyes of Creation”, some journalists, who were working at Hellfest, said that they lost the count of how many people they saw wearing Kamala t-shirts in the crowd. Do you know why Kamala became so huge in France?

Raphael: Yeahhh, this is fucking amazing! No, we never expected to be so big in France, and on our first European tour, in 2013, the crowd was a little “cold”…but we returned in 2015 and, since then, we fell in love with France and the French people with our art! Every European tour, we play in France, and in 2016 we made a full French tour…playing every type of gig that you can imagine, and the energy is always AWESOME!

Victor: Recently, some endorsements have appeared and you, Raphael, have become part of the Solar guitars (Sweden) and Evertune (USA) family. How did it happen, and do you think the fact that the band has been playing a lot outside of Brazil helped with the endorsement deals?

Raphael: For sure, being in a Brazilian band, that is constantly touring outside Brazil, helped to open the “eyes and ears” of both brands.

So, besides really good visual stuff, a band with a lot of shows per year and good social media numbers is important and all those points I think were important to brands that I dreamed of and loved. It turns out that these are the brands that trust and believe in my art and work. It is something that I’m really proud of it!

Victor: Kamala has recently released its first live album called “Live in France”. You recorded this during the last Kamala’s show of the sixth European tour, in October of last year and released it in December, just 2 months after the show. How did you decide on that and how was the process to record it?

Isabela: Actually, we didn’t know that we would be recorded, we just knew that the owner of the venue planned to make a live broadcast of our concert on Facebook.

And we were really tight because it was our last gig on this tour. We played and when we were done, he told us that he had recorded our performance in multitrack…It was a big surprise for all of us when we listened. The sound was amazing and in that same moment, we decided to use this material!

Victor: The band has already started the process of recording the new album. What could we expect from the music on this album and when will you release it?

Isabela: The new album is done and ready. Now, with this pandemic situation, we are waiting for a better moment to release, but the album is really beautiful, and the songs are powerful, with intense lyrics, heavy riffs and too much groove. We loved the result and we are extremely excited to show it to all of you.

Victor: I have to say, it is so impressive how Kamala have become so huge in Brazil and in Europe without any label support. Everything you do is independent. Pure work! Do you feel that now is the right time to have one big label help you reach the next level, for example playing European festivals?

Raphael: Yes…a loooooooot of work! And for sure, we feel that we are ready for this next level, to sign with a good international label, play in summer European festivals and make full tours supporting bigger bands. We have lived all the tests through these years, and we know that with a label, the KAMALA name will become bigger and bigger, because a label searches for a band that can be on the road many days/months per year, to promote the releases, and we work a lot for this too!

Victor: Thanks a lot, and please use this space to leave a message.

Isabela: Thanks, one more time, for all the support and opportunity. It is always a pleasure to be part of this. Thanks to all the fans around the world, who have followed us all these years. Stay at home, be safe and healthy. Soon we will be together to bang our heads!!

LINE-UP:
Raphael Olmos – Vocals and Guitar
Allan Malavasi – Vocals and bass
Isabela Moraes – Drums

LINKS:
www.facebook.com/kamalaofficial
www.youtube.com/user/kamalaofficial
www.instagram.com/kamalaofficial/
open.spotify.com/artist/5mbUdP134DvKlRFr4AhsHO

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Kamala – Live In France

Live In France Cover

Kamala – Live In France
Self-released
Release Date: 27/11/2019
Running Time: 32:53
Review by Victor Augusto
9.0/10

Keeping a Heavy Metal band alive in Brazil could be considered honorable for so many reasons that I should write a book to talk about it! Heavy Metal is not even close to being popular in this country, but despite that, and many other issues, there are a great number of impressive records being released every year. Against all the odds, Kamala appeared and gave a great example of what a professional band must do to stay alive. They’ve been on the road since 2007 and started to play in Europe in 2013, where the band grew an incredible fan base, especially in France.

Kamala became a trio after the great album “Mantra” (2015), and the mantras and oriental music that once complemented the band’s sound, is not as obvious now, but it is still there. The work on a straighter guitar and bass made them sound more Thrash Metal than before. The last line-up change was new drummer, Isabela Moraes, who has been with the band since the recording of the acclaimed “Eyes of Creation” (2018). This album opened many doors for the band, especially overseas, where they have concentrated their recent shows.

The studio sound in the last two albums focused on Raphael Olmos’ riffs and on the great support of Allan Malavasi’s excellent bass work, which masked the absence of a second guitar, even during the solos. Of course, this “live” studio spirit increased their performance on stage, and here they’ve created a live album to explore this new path. Another good reason for a live album is the fact they have been more in Europe than their own country. The city of Lembras saw their last show on their 6th European tour, and the synergy between them was on its prime after an entire tour, playing every day.

Different from many live albums, all the instruments sound strong and clear. The guitar is like a punch straight in the face, with killer tones throughout, even during the wah-wah on solos. Allan Malavasi’s bass remains impactful all the time, with really good solos. Another interesting point, which I already observed at the shows that I was saw in person, is how the sharing of vocal duties between Olmos and Malavasi made the band seems to have not only one frontman, but two.

My biggest surprise is Isabela Moraes’ killer sounds on this album. Where she seemed to value groove and cadence on the studio record, here she sounds thirsty for Thrash, with a much greater speed. There is no way you can listen to the intro of “Suicidal Attack” only once, the way she smashes her drum kit. Another song that she put in her way of playing is “My Religion”, making the snare louder than the original version.

The set list for this live work focuses on the last two albums, and songs like “Stay With Me”, as well as the excellent “Believe”, are a great sample of what Kamala are. I must give a special mention to the amazing song “Mantra”, which is the last track of the album. In my opinion this is the best of Kamala’s songs, and I dare to say, even one of the best Thrash Metal songs I’ve ever heard in my life. It’s total destruction, with several nuances and rhythmical changes enhancing its great moments, the chorus being the best moment in my opinion.

Since their early days, Kamala wasn’t just one more awesome band among all other great Brazilian bands. From all countries that they have played, France was the one that really embraced this trio with the same passion that the band put on stage when they play. “Live in France” is one more brick in this great career in Europe, and a great way to show that Kamala continue to get bigger.

TRACKLISTING:

  1. Internal Peace
  2. Open Door
  3. Believe
  4. Stay With Me
  5. Take Away
  6. My Religion
  7. Suicidal Attack
  8. Mantra

LINE-UP:

Raphael Olmos – Vocals and Guitar
Allan Malavasi – Vocals and bass
Isabela Moraes – Drums

LINKS:

https://www.facebook.com/kamalaofficial

https://www.youtube.com/user/kamalaofficial

https://www.instagram.com/kamalaofficial/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5mbUdP134DvKlRFr4AhsHO

Promo Pic 2019

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Victor Augusto’s Top Ten Albums of 2019

Victor Augusto’s Top Ten Albums of 2019
By Victor Augusto

Before I let you loose on Victor’s Top Ten Albums of 2019 I would just like to thank him for all of his hard work this year. It’s been great to have you onboard!

Definitely 2019 was not an easy year for me. After a couple of years of intense dedication to my local Heavy Metal scene, I realized I was walking in circles and wasting energies in the middle of many egocentrical people. I also lost time with bands that don’t appreciate my support.

Before I changed my focus to professional bands, I spent a few months trying to recover myself from my mental exhaustion and I wasn’t able to follow all the good releases, but the few I heard were enough for me. So here are my impressions of what were the best this year.

10 – Acid Reign – The Age of Entitlement

10 – Acid Reign - The Age of Entitlement

The UK band Acid Reign appeared at the end of the eighties and quit in the early nineties, but they returned in this decade and let clear to the world that they still can record a killer album. “The Age Of Entitlement” just shows their creativity to play incredible riffs, as a good Thrash Metal band does. The band also explored the melodies of classic British Heavy Metal bands. All of it together with an incredible recording/production was enough to show to the world that Acid Reign is really back.

https://www.facebook.com/acid.reign.thrash/


09 – Kamala – Live in France

09 – Kamala – Live in France

Since their first years, Kamala wasn’t just a one more awesome band among all other great Brazilian bands. They put some mantras and oriental music to complement their heavy music and built a great name in their country. In this decade they changed their sonority to a straight Thrash Metal and also started to tour in Europe. From all the countries that they played, France was the one that really embraced this trio with the same passion that the band put forward when playing for French Metalheads. “Live in France” is one more brick in this great career in Europe and a great way to show that Kamala is getting bigger, even after almost 17 years on road.

https://www.facebook.com/kamalaofficial/


08 – Acero Nacional – Trueno

08 - Acero Nacional – Trueno

If you think South American Metalheads are insane, you have probably never seen the Chilean ones. Bands from there also have this spirit and you just have to analyze the name Acero Nacional to understand it. The band’s name means “National Steel” and the steel is a reference to the people who works with this metal in metallurgy industries. The band represents the workers in their country and “Trueno” (Thunder in Spanish) sounds like the title; Strong, fast and devastator.

https://www.facebook.com/aceronacional/


07 – Fleshgod Apocalypse – Veleno

07 – Fleshgod Apocalypse – Veleno

As a fan of extreme Metal I have always loved Fleshgod Apocalypse since the first time I saw the video of ‘The Violation’ in 2012. For me, they are the great new mainstream band that appeared in this decade. Instead the same old stuff from all Death/Black Metal bands; they just put opera and al Italian influence. For my surprise, the band drastically changed their line-up for this album, but I still feel the same spirit in their music. Actually, they are better in my opinion. The songs are not extremely fast all the time as before and the production chose a more organic recording. For me, those changes helped to digest easier all the complexity of their arrangements. I loved as always.

https://www.facebook.com/fleshgodapocalypse


06 – Legacy Of Kain – Paralelo XI

06 - Legacy Of Kain – Paralelo XI

The first time I heard and reviewed Legacy of Kain in 2017, they were just a new band in Brazil, with old musicians that were playing Metalcore/Thrash Metal. I liked them, but the band was not so far my favorite of the year. Now they have changed their lyrics from Portuguese to English and decided to play a strong and furious Thrash Metal with a few elements of Metalcore. All the anger you hear in this new album is from the main theme that is about the slaughter of an Indian tribe in Brazil, which happened in 1963. For sure this record will make you angry too.

https://www.facebook.com/legacyofkainbrazil/


05 – Woslom – Paranoia

05 - Woslom – Paranoia

Woslom is a very famous Thrash Metal band in Brazil. In this decade they released three great full albums and toured a lot, not only in their country but also in Europe. Again, the band brought a great theme well represented in the cover art. “Paranoia” has a dizzy stairway and the opening riffs of the title track reproduce it too. Despite it is just a four track EP, this record can show what we can expect from the next full album. A technical and crazy Thrash Metal that always surprises the listener.

https://www.facebook.com/woslom/


04 – Hatefulmurder – Reborn

04 - Hatefulmurder - Reborn

One detail that makes me admire a specific band is when I have difficulty to find their band’s style. Hatefulmurder in an incredible Heavy Metal band that offers something similar to Thrash Metal, but they sounds as heavy as a Death Metal band. Sometimes the band flees to funky bass lines structure or other styles and is not repetitive with the songs structure. This is the third band’s album and the second with Angelica Burns on vocal. She brought all heaviness with her strong vocal, sometimes similar to Tomas Lindberg voice (At The Gates singer), but the band goes further to any kind of Death Metal. I suggest you listen to “Reborn” and make your own conclusions about it.

https://www.facebook.com/hatefulbook/


03 – Destruction – Born to Perish

03 - Destruction-Born-To-Perish

Destruction is a band that doesn’t need to be introduced to anyone. I was lucky to see them live twice (in 2016 and 2018) and I even met them backstage for few minutes last year. Schmier, Mike and Andy Black were very polite and I took a pic with them to save this moment in my memory. It was few months before they announced the Damir Eskić and returned to have two guitar players. Probably any Destruction album can easily perform in a top 10 list, but “Born to Perish” has this stronger sonority due the addition of the second guitar and this album sounds even more aggressive than the others.

https://www.facebook.com/destruction/


02 – Death Angel – Humanicide

02 - Death Angel – Humanicide

It is very hard to not love anything that Death Angel release since I showed their concert in my hometown in 2010. That day I was lucky to stand in front of Rob Cavestany and he gave his guitar pick on my hands. He is as gentleman as a great riff composer. Actually he could be considered one of the best riff makers in the Thrash Metal history, but maybe the long time that the band was stopped disrupted the band’s trajectory. What really matters here is the fact that Death Angel released another insane album and I dare any Thrash lover doesn’t bang his head while listening such amazing album.

https://www.facebook.com/deathangel/


01 – DarkTower – Obedientia

01 – DarkTower – Obedientia

Before I put this record in the first place of my top 10 albums of 2019, I was really afraid to be unfair with the famous bands that have a great history in Heavy Metal, but DarkTower really touched me with this album. It is not just a matter of how they play Black/Death Metal, but how they put all anger and feeling to illustrate all chaos we live in Brazil. Since the political fights that our people have been doing to how we are losing our culture and our identity as a nation; everything was brilliantly described without attack directly at any side of this war. They just advise how people are stopping to think by themselves and how they have been manipulated by false heroes. Embark on this epical and realistic journey listening to “Obedientia”.

https://www.facebook.com/darktowermetal/


Special mention also has to go out to the following bands:

Miasthenia – Sinfonia Ritual

Here is a great Pagan Black Metal band that is the opposite of bands from this style. “Sinfonia Ritual” is not specifically an album because it shows a symphonic version of five songs from the last three band’s album. It is a great way to enter into the Miasthenia soul and discover how amazing they are.

https://www.facebook.com/miasthenia/


Endust – All ends in Dust

My special mention goes to The Brazilian Thrashers of Endust that released their first album “All Ends in Dust” even though they have never played any concert ever. Their music is a kind of Thrash with Nevermore influences, which increased melodies and changed the dynamic of this great record.

https://www.facebook.com/official.endust/


Infrared – Back To The Warehouse

Another special mention goes for the Canadian band Infrared. They also quit in the eighties and returned this decade. The album “Back To The Warehouse” rescued old compositions that received all aggression of their Thrash Metal.

https://www.facebook.com/infraredmetal/


 

 

 

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