Video Interview with PANDEMMY

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Video Interview with PANDEMMY
By Victor Augusto

Hello Everyone, It’s Victor!

I’m incredibly pleased to share with you my recent interview with Pedro Valença and Guilherme Silva, from the Brazilian Death Metal band Pandemmy!

We discussed, in depth, their last album “Subversive Need” which explores subjects like Racism, Politics and Xenophobia. Of course, we also talked about their musical evolution.

I hope you all enjoy the interview.

PANDEMMY Video Interview by Victor Augusto

Video Edit by Victor Augusto
Live videos of ‘Webchaos’ and ‘Deforestation’ by Pandemmy

LINKS:

“Subversive Need” (Full Album)

Original Review of “Subversive Need”

Previous EMQ’s Interview with Pandemmy

Pandemmy Promo Pic

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Pandemmy – Subversive Need

Pandemmy – Subversive Need
Self-Released
Release Date: 06/03/2020
Running Time: 35:37
Review by Victor Augusto
9.5/10

Being part of what people call the Heavy Metal scene may seem like just being a member of a band or a reviewer in any magazine, as if they are all independent and not connected. No, we are all working in synchronism to make a huge machine (music) reach around the globe. The best part of this machine is the many incredible bands I have met so far. Not only that, but also all the friends that I made after one review. Here it was the same. My friend Raphael Olmos from Kamala introduced me to Pedro Valença (guitars) and I discovered one more good and professional band. Once again, the good music has connected people from different places and I was lucky to receive this incredible work to review, so let us start our journey about the Brazilian Death/Thrash Metal band Pandemmy.

The band has a good maturity after several releases over the last decade. On a first audition, you will be sure of good Death Metal played brutally, but after listening carefully; you will realize that their music contains more than just one genre. It is a perfect match of Death Metal and Thrash Metal. Maybe in its essence, Death Metal comes first, but the versatility and all the tempo changes throughout are amazing. Overall, we have a dark atmosphere, sometimes even a small Black or Doom influence, which is a good soundtrack of the albums subject. The lyrics are about human beings lack of morality that we all have to face in our daily lives. Pandemmy decided to be a bit more specific and stick the finger in the scars that are old problems in Brazil and other new issues that we are suffering in this country.

Straight away, the first song shows it. ‘Deforestation’ is perfect Death Metal with a strong and doomy cadence, showing the power of the guitar work on riffs with a dramatic atmosphere and the sound of a burning forest. It is inspired by an old problem of the Amazônia forest devastation in Brazil. We have been facing this problem for decades, but just this year it was brought to worldwide attention. ‘Webchaos’ is about the war of information that occurs on the internet, mainly when a nation suffers with distorted information by the news, sometimes just to create panic or to hide a more critical problem. ‘Neo Hate’ and ‘Xenophobia’ go the same way. Each track has an important message about and against all the chaos we live in.

Musically, there is a strong work on intense atmosphere. Pandemmy bring a sad vibe with the reality they mention, but they also bring a kind of hope with certain melodies. Melodies that come after all the destruction are uplifting and make you feel strong to stand up and fight. Brazilians will probably feel and understand better what the band exposes with small details, such as the short Maracatu percussion section (local music typical of the northeast, where the band live) at the end of ‘Xenophobia’. Why? Because people from the northeast suffer with a kind of Xenophobia inside Brazil. Moreover, this short percussion sounds like the last breath of hope for a people who have been struggling with poverty for so long, and who now despair after being forgotten by politics.

I love how Pandemmy mix many genres in their music. There is the amazing guitar work of Guilherme Silva and Pedro Valença. Good riffs and the solos are very catchy, not so exacerbated in speed or aggressiveness, but can hear a good balance of melody and heaviness. Marcelo Santa Fé has the hard job to follow them and his bass is not hidden. The drums of Vitor Alves are the soul of everything. What a killer and unrelenting work. He uses cadences that come from dancing percussion through to furious blast beats. In addition, the Thrash Metal beats are all incredible. You won’t get tired of this album mainly because of the creativity of different tempos used.

This album is not a conceptual album like a history divided into chapters, but it could easily be considered one. It sounds like a paradox to what I have just said, but if you stop to analyze the world we are living in today, you can see that it is pure chaos, but with hidden traps to slaughter you slowly. New and different traps that we’ve been facing for a long time. Considering the way that Pandemmy expose everything could be seen as chapters of this book of hate.

“Subversive Need” has many important chapters, with a killer soundtrack behind, to bring consciousness to all people who live in society. It is rich musically and lyrically and you don’t need to put the chapters in a correct or particular order. If you hear any song, no matter the sequence, you will feel what Pandemmy is showing you through their music. Is it a complex album? Absolutely! However, it is also very easy to digest and to enjoy. Amazing work!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Deforestation
02. Neohate
03. Free Mumia (A Panther In The Cage)
04. Webchaos
05. Xenophobia
06. I Choose My Blood
07. Terror Paranoia
08. The Illusion of Suffering
09. Charlottesville

LINE-UP:
Guilherme Silva – Vocals/Guitars
Pedro Valença – Guitars
Marcelo Santa Fé – Bass
Vitor Alves – Drums

LINKS:

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EMQ’s With PANDEMMY

EMQ’s With PANDEMMY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Recife, Brazil based Death/Thrash/Heavy Metal band Pandemmy. Huge thanks to lead guitarist Pedro Valença 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?

Hello, bangers! I’m Pedro Valença, guitarist and founding member of Pandemmy. I’ve been playing guitar since 2005 because I love to play riffs and I love the sound of distortion. I created this group after I left from my first band, called Monstera. I wanted to play not only thrash metal, but also a mix between Thrash and Death Metal. So, in 2009 Pandemmy was born.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Pandemmy is associated with the concept of the music being spread in a pandemic way. This idea rose in 2009, but we don’t like anything about epidemics or pandemics! The style of the band transits between Death Metal and Thrash Metal, common characteristic of many Brazilian bands that appeared in years 2000.

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

I’m from the Northeast of Brazil, a hot and poor region compared to the South and Southeast part of Brazil. The scene here is very rich in terms of bands, but the public is lower than other states as Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Minas Gerais. There are many extreme Heavy Metal bands from Brazilian states in Northeast.

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

We released our third album, called “Subversive Need”, on March 6th . We have three albums, two EP’s, one split album, one single and one demo. In our YouTube Channel (please subscribe to it) we recorded a series of Lockdown videos because of Covid-19 crisis.

www.youtube.com/user/Pandemmy

Who have been your greatest influences?

Calling in the name of the band, we have been common influences like Carcass, Kreator, Death and Sepultura. Particularly, I love a lot of bands in several subgenres of Heavy Metal.

What first got you into music?

I enjoyed it when I was a child. But in my teenage years, the interest in music exploded when I heard Iron Maiden for the first time. It was my passport for the music.

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

If I had to choose one musician, it would be Max Cavalera. We like to collaborate with bands from the underground scene too. We trade information about musical production, producers, social media, etc.

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

It’s a hard question because the European summer festivals are like a dream to any heavy metal band. Wacken Open Air is a natural answer. We would also like to play on Rock Hard Fest, in Germany.

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

We are not so famous to receive weird gifts.

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

Now? Stay at home and wait for a medicine to resolve the Corona Virus and the global crisis. Stay home, stay Metal!

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

Andre Matos (Shaman, Angra, Symfonia, Viper, Andre Matos). It’s very sad to think about his death.

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

Playing our music in new places for new people. Creating music is a necessity that we all feel. The bad part is certainly the human part, egos, disunion.

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

The music industry is a pure reflex of the system that we live. Here in Brazil, I believe that Heavy Metal music could be closer with public departments of culture to spread the Heavy Metal culture.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It would be unfair to talk about just one of my favourite albums. “Rust In Peace” (Megadeth), “Covenant” (Morbid Angel), “Burning Bridges” (Arch Enemy), “Violent Revolution” (Kreator), “Symbolic” (Death), “Heartwork” (Carcass), “Arise” (Sepultura)…etc

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

I think that all these formats are good to the public that consumes music. The most important thing is to support the bands buying their merchandise (CD’s, T-shirts, etc).

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

In 2017, at ForCaos festival. It was a great show because the band and the audience were very inspired.

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

Each member of Pandemmy has another profession. We are an underground band that seeks to be as professional as possible.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would invite someone who wasn’t a Nazi, racist, fascist, xenophobe or of any prejudiced profile.

What’s next for the band?

Currently, we have to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. As long as there is no medicine or vaccine, the promotion of our new album will remain virtual. By the way, we have new songs for the next album. We were planning a European tour before all this situation appeared.

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

All Pandemmy’s albums are available on main streaming platforms like Bandcamp, YouTube, Deezer, Spotify, Apple Music.
www.pandemmy.blogspot.com/
www.pandemmy.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/pandemmyofficial/
www.instagram.com/pandemmybr/
www.youtube.com/user/pandemmy/
www.open.spotify.com/album/0giXP7sUDUnw2S0xux6gYB

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know. I prefer Ice-Tea and Pizza.

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

Thank you so much for support. Follow Pandemmy’s social media (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, etc). Listen to our new album “SUBVERSIVE NEED” on Spotify, Deezer, Bandcamp and others streaming apps. See you soon!

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