EMQ’s with ENDUST

EMQ’s with ENDUST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash/Progressive Metal band Endust. Huge thanks to guitarist Glauco Rezende for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

I’m Glauco Rezende, and I play guitar on ENDUST, a thrash/progressive metal band from Brazil. I started the project in 2009, with the drummer Fernando Arouche. In 2019, we released our first album called “All Ends In Dust”.

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

‘Someone To Blame’

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

I think it was Metallica and Angra.

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

With Mark Tremonti’s band “TREMONTI”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dimebag Darrel.

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Paradise Lost” from Symphony X.

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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EMQ’s with SCARS

EMQ’s with SCARS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash Metal band Scars. Huge thanks to drummer João Gobo for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

‘Predatory’ (Official Video)

Sad Darkness Of The Soul’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

I really don’t remember.

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

Play it loud!!

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

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

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

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

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

Can we reset all and restart it from the beginning?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Plus, iTunes | Apple Play | Google Play | Amazon

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

Rick Here,

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

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EMQ’s with CRASHKILL

EMQ’s with CRASHKILL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fortaleza, Brazil based Thrash Metal band Crashkill. Huge thanks to guitarist Jean Pinheiro for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Jean Pinheiro, I am a guitarist of CRASHKILL.

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

‘Artificial Intelligence’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Year Of Darkness’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

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

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

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EMQ’s with APOKRISIS

EMQ’s with APOKRISIS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Progressive Death/Thrash Metal band Apokrisis. Huge thanks to guitarist Evandro Bezerra 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 Evandro, guitar player from Apokrisis.

The band started its activities at the end of 2007, where me and Rodrigo made some rehearsals with covers from the bands we like to listen to. The main idea was make the music that we love, since we’re always heavy metal fans. In time, some ideas came to the light and we started with our own songs.

How did you come up with your band name?

Rodrigo brought the idea. We were searching for an uncommon name what could translate the thematic of the lyrics, so APOKRISIS, which is an ancient Greek word that means Revelation, carries the synthesis from this concept.

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

We are from São Paulo, Brazil and there are so many good heavy metal bands here.

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

We are promoting our brand-new single ‘Absinthe From The Gods’, taken as the first single from our four album “Misanthropy”, which will be released at the end of this year 2020.

‘Absinthe From The Gods’ (Promo Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We like a lot of bands: Iced Earth, Pantera, In Flames, Slayer, Death, Arch Enemy, Testament, Dream Theater, Metallica, Kreator, Helloween, and so many more. So, for sure, we have a large mix of influences in our music.

What first got you into music?

At 11 years old I was starting my interest for heavy music, so, as almost every kid, I started to play some notes on an acoustic guitar, and to jump to electric guitar was in a blink of an eye…so, this is the story.

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

Iced Earth, definitely Iced Earth (lol).

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

WACKEN OPEN AIR and BLOODSTOCK, for sure!

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

I never get any gifts; I think our fans don’t like me…(lol).

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

I’m really honoured to have each one of you, following and supporting what we do, you are amazing!!!

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

Dimebag Darrell…this guy was awesome, but his music will remain forever!

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

I love to transmit my feelings through my music, really love it!

I hate to play in some places that do not offer support for the bands…this is really bad.

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

Heavy Metal could have more popularity as other music styles.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Alive In Athens” from Iced Earth.

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

I like CD, I really do prefer it.

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

FORCAOS, it’s a great music festival which happens every year in Brazil.

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

Working with “I.T”, I work with this actually.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My daughter, my wife and my three band mates…

What’s next for the band?

We are preparing all the stuff for the release of “Misanthropy” at the end of this year, so be prepared to smash your ears with some heavy stuff out there…

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

www.open.spotify.com/artist/2XNf6yCvTS6bBIBanHU7Bk
www.music.apple.com/br/artist/apokrisis/1203151993
www.deezer.com/br/artist/11883607
www.youtube.com/channel/UCzzff61BANckPF1wgIfytZw
www.play.google.com/music/preview/Aarvbk365ip4d6jrissjuboy2jq
www.music.amazon.com/artists/B01N6Y0QL2/apokrisis
www.br.napster.com/artist/apokrisis
www.facebook.com/apokrisisofficial/
www.instagram.com/apokrisis_official/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I never tasted it before, in Brazil we don’t have Jaffa’s cake…sorry.

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

We appreciate the opportunity and support, and we hope to get back to the Gigging as soon as this pandemic ends, but stay tuned on our social media to get all the new stuff from Apokrisis.

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Válvera – Cycle Of Disaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EMQ’s with HYPERIA

EMQ’s with HYPERIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with, soon to be, Vancouver, Canada based Melodic Thrash Metal band Hyperia. Huge thanks to guitarist Colin Ryley 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 Colin, I play lead guitar and write most of the music. Hyperia started in October 2018 with Marlee (Vocals) and myself. We had gotten back from our 1 Year honeymoon around the world eager to start a new band with some songs I had written on a travel acoustic guitar while on our trip. We found Dave (Rhythm Guitar), Scott (Bass), and Jordan (Drums) and hit the ground running, playing our first show in December and releasing our first EP “FISH CREEK FRENZY” in February 2019. We then signed with Sliptrick Records who released our debut full-length “INSANITORIUM” in January 2020.

How did you come up with your band name?

We all came up with a bunch of potential band names, we all wanted something that was catchy, easy to remember and descriptive of our sound. I’ve always been a fan of bands that have unique and “made up” sounding names. That way it’s less likely the name has been taken also.

We eventually settled on HYPERIA, which is kinda a combination of the words Hyper and Hysteria which suits our music well.

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

We are from Calgary, Canada. The metal scene here is amazing. So many talented and diverse bands and everyone seems to get along with each other. The turn out to local shows is always quite high and everyone is super supportive of one another.

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

Our latest album was our debut “INSANITORIUM” which was released via Sliptrick Records on January 17, 2020. It’s 10 tracks of Thrashy, Melodic-Death, Power Metal that has non-stop energy throughout the album.

We also released a music video for our single “ASYLUM” which you can check out on YouTube that was directed by the wonderful Seth Williams of Flip City Films.

Asylum (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Each of us in the band have a wide range of influences, but for me it would have to be almost any metal that comes out of Scandinavian countries, particularly Finland. We also collectively take inspiration from bands like Anthrax, Metallica, Havok, Municipal Waste and many more.

What first got you into music?

I was lucky enough to grow up in a very musical home. Both my parents are musicians and actually met each other in a band. I learned piano a little bit when I was younger and then found my Mom’s old electric guitar when I was 11 where I started learning songs from bands like Iron Maiden, Sum 41, Anti-Flag, Guns n’ Roses etc.

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

For me probably a band like Havok or Municipal Waste.

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

I would have to say Wacken Open Air. I think that’s a goal of any metal band. It’s the biggest metal stage in the world and I’ve heard nothing but good things about it.

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

I can’t think of anything off the top of my head.

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

Thanks so much for all your continued support! We had plans of a 3-month tour throughout UK, Europe and Canada for this past summer but unfortunately Covid killed that all. We hope to plan something even bigger and better in the near future!

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

Randy Rhoads. He had such a unique playing style and a huge influence on so many guitarists, including myself. He also helped create one of the most badass looking guitars in my opinion.

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

The best thing for me is playing live shows and seeing people go crazy. It’s a super cool feeling that something you created is being appreciated by so many people. I wouldn’t say I hate anything but there’s definitely hard work involved in practicing lots, writing and recording.

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

I think the distribution of money could be more evenly distributed. It seems like so many bands put in hard work and don’t always necessarily get compensated fairly.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Children Of Bodom – “Hatebreeder”

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

If it’s recorded using Analog, definitely Vinyl, but I think anything recorded Digitally sounds better on CD.

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

Opening for Soulfly and Toxic Holocaust last March. It was a huge honour and privilege for us to play with those guys.

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

Doing sound and scoring for Film/TV or Video Games. Also mixing and producing albums for bands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

1. Tuomas Holopainen
2. Alexi Laiho
3. Paul Rudd
4. Satchel
5.  Jerry Garcia

What’s next for the band?

We are all just about to move to Vancouver, Canada where we will be starting to record our next album in the Fall. We already have 10 songs instrumentally written along with 1 cover that we are stoked to start tracking for.

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

www.hyperiametal.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/Hyperiabandofficial/
www.instagram.com/hyperiametal/

We are also on almost every streaming platform (Spotify, Apple, Google Music etc.)

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re biscuit sized cakes.

Thanks again to everyone for the support, we hope to come play a show near you sometime soon!

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Chaosaint – In The Name Of

Chaosaint – In The Name Of
Self-Released
Release Date 19/06/2020
Running Time: 22:19
Review by Tsarina Wilson
8/10

On a quiet Monday morning I decided to review Chaosaint’s new EP “In The Name Of”. It wasn’t quiet for long; I can say that much! These guys, who hail from Newcastle, Australia, seemingly don’t understand the meaning of it! This four-piece initially formed while still at school, in 2001. They were originally known as Exhale, and toured around their home region and Sydney, including a support spot for power metal band “Dungeon” at an all-ages show in Penrith, in December 2001. Sadly, with band members relocating at the end of 2002, it seemed like the end of the band. Fast forward to late 2015, and guitarist Jon Cribb approached other members of the band to propose they started writing new material. And thus, the newly formed “Chaosaint” started their return to making music.

Like a lot of guys their age, they grew up listening to epic bands like Motorhead, Iron Maiden, Metallica, and Ozzy, and you can see where they get their energy from, that is so prominent in their music. Like I said, this is not quiet! Straight away, you’ll see what I mean, with opener, ‘Knives Are Drawn’. It was ‘bosh’ – straight in! They are loud and raw (in a good way), and have a passion in their music which speak volumes. The energy in the guitar riffs is like being on a metal theme park ride, Shay’s voice is so powerful and rich, and Steve’s deep, gruff backing vocals make for a great combination.

Track 3, ‘Darkness Following’, has a brilliant guitar opening and sweeeeeeeeet drumming! Of this track the band say, “It’s a song about no matter how hard you try, your hardest and darkest emotions are always with you, you can run away, but your problems stay with you until you confront them or alternately carry them with you for the rest of your life”. So true!

‘In The Name Of’ almost has an ‘Enter Sandman’ hint at the start, which is always good! Again, Shay’s voice is strong and powerful and blends brilliantly with Steve’s backing vocals. If you were to listen to these vocals separately you would never think they would blend together! Its like having the devil on one side of you and an angel on the other, and an almighty battle in the middle! There are no losers but we, as listeners, definitely win! Such an amazing track.

This may be just an EP, but the guys certainly give you their all in the final track. With hard hitting vocal, head splitting drumming and passionate guitar riffs, what they lose on number of tracks, they make up for in passion, energy, power and the intensity of their music. It will blow your speakers!

Passion is the buzz word here. It comes through in waves and by the bucket load and this is just their first EP! Due to not being able to get out and about because of COVID-19 they’re already working on material for a full-length album to be released in 2021, and also intend to release more material from some initial lost recording sessions later this year. I can’t wait!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Knives Are Drawn
02. Both Eyes Open
03. Darkness Following
04. In the Name Of
05. Blackened Days

LINE-UP:
Shay Burgess – Vocals/Guitars
Jon Cribb – Rhythm Guitar
Chris Neilson – Drums
Steve Baker – Bass/Backing Vocals

LINKS:
www.chaosaint.net/
www.chaosaint.bandcamp.com/www.facebook.com/chaosaintmusic
www.instagram.com/chaosaint
www.youtube.com/channel/UCsV9WqwnGh3shqy8_xTNiHA/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3vS0MhvVl0pwwdXQT7Namn

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EMQ’s with DEVICE

EMQ’s with DEVICE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasilia, Brazil based Death/Thrash Metal band Device. Huge thanks to drummer Diego Campos 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 Diego, drummer of the Band. It started 15 years ago after the vocalist and a former guitarist watched a shitty band winning a contest to see which Band would be chosen to play at that year’s Porão do Rock Festival (The biggest one in the band’s city). On the next day, they gathered and started writing Device’s first song, ‘Mind Decay’. I filled in for the Band once in a concert in 2010 and joined them definitely in 2014.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our vocalist heard the story about how AC/DC came up with their name, so one time, drunk at a barbecue, he said he would came up with the name of his band in the same way. Then he looked under a broken electronic device, saw the word device and liked it, because It sounded like Deicide, but he didn’t know the meaning of that word back then. When he realized the meaning, It was already too late and decided to keep it

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

We are from Brasília, the capital of Brazil, but the scene is strong mainly in São Paulo, where all the bands from abroad come to tour, although a Lot of other places have their relevance, even with venues significantly smaller or fewer dedicated to extreme metal.

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

The EP “Godless”, released at the beginning of 2018.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Deicide, Slayer, Sepultura, Ratos de Porão, Krisiun,

What first got you into music?

MTV’s Fúria Metal (Brazilian version of Headbangers’ Ball)

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

Krisiun

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

Obscene Extreme Metal Fest, the name says it all!

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

Panties.

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

Stay safe, stay home, buy bands merch.

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

Chuck Schuldiner.

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

Travelling, knowing other places and meeting other people. We hate the small support to extreme Heavy Metal in Brazil.

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

The exaggerated attention to more popular genres, due to exclusively money issues.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Reign In Blood” from Slayer.

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

Fuck! Everyone has its importance. Download is more practical. But the feeling of opening a CD or vinyl and accompanying the songs reading the lyrics is amazing.

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

Porão do Rock festival (September 30th,2018).

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

Brewing beer!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Max Kolesne, Moyses Kolesne and Alex Camargo, all from Krisiun. João Gordo, from Ratos de Porão.  Andreas Kisser and Max Cavalera, from Sepultura.

What’s next for the band?

We are in pre-production of our next full album

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

www.facebook.com/DeviceOfficial/
www.instagram.com/devicebehold/
www.deviceofficial.bandcamp.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/39DALKz2wutb8cQFU6XoN8
www.youtube.com/user/DeviceVIDZ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never had one, but judging by its size, It would be a bolacha.

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

Support metal regionally, buy merch, It helps a lot! Stay safe now so we can go crazy next year, hopefully!

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Scars – Predatory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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EMQ’s with MADZILLA

EMQ’s with MADZILLA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Las Vegas, Nevada based Thrash Metal band Madzilla. Huge thanks to them 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?

Hi! Thank you for having us at Ever Metal!

Madzilla are David Cabezas (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Daniel Gortaire (Bass/Background Vocals), David Oliveri (Guitar/Background Vocals), and Robert Wiggin (Drums).

Madzilla started as a project David C had. The Band officially launched in 2018, but the project itself began years earlier, when an unfortunate car accident, in which David lost a great childhood friend, lead to the creation of the band’s earliest single “Judgment Day”, a song dedicated to the final moments of life, and the loss of a loved one. Having a few songs written, David felt the need to get these ideas and feelings heard, which lead to the creation of Madzilla LV.

How did you come up with your band name?

“Madzilla” is a metaphoric representation of the dark side of human nature. It represents the need to rule, and the unstoppable search for power that can take over a person’s mind. “Madzilla” itself is an insane version of the fictional monster “Godzilla”. “Godzilla” is a wild animal therefore he hunts and kills for survival. “Madzilla” on the other hand enjoys blood and destruction, and kills and destroys for its own rise to power.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

Madzilla is based in The United States, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The local Metal Scene here is good. There are several venues that often have metal shows booked, and there is very good response from audiences around the city. Las Vegas being as entertainment driven as it is, gives a wide variety of opportunities to local bands to perform and get good amounts of exposure.

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

The “Vengeance” EP is our latest release. It delivers a hefty mix of melodic, classic thrash-metal, reminiscent of the likes of Megadeth, Metallica and Iron Maiden.

It’s available on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.

We just released a music video featuring our latest single ‘The Last Goodbye’, which, lyrically, describes the frustration that arises when trapped in one’s own world, and the inability to see the light when surrounded by it.

The Last Goodbye (Official Video)

Vengeance  (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

David C: Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, and Zakk Wylde

Daniel: Metallica, Rammstein, Sepultura, Kiss, and Rob Zombie.

Robert: Kiss (Eric Carr of course), Iron Maiden, and Overkill, Tommy Aldridge, and Nick Mensa

David O: My musical influences are Iron Maiden, Steve Vai, and Guthrie Govan.

What first got you into music?

David C: When I was 13, a friend of mine showed me a bunch of songs he was into. I wasn’t really into most of his stuff, but when Metallica’s ‘One’ played, I was blown away!! I could not believe something like that existed. By the end of the song I remember saying to myself “This is exactly what I want to do with my life!”

Daniel: I was a little 10 year old boy when a friend introduced me to Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’, and Sepultura’s ‘Arise’. When I first heard the sound of distorted guitar chords, I knew my life would be filled with endless Rock Music love

Robert: Seeing Kiss when I was super little made me wanna be a RockStar, and Eric Carr made me want to be a drummer.

David O: Iron Maiden has always been an influence of mine. In particular, I have always enjoyed and learned from Adrian Smith’s playing.

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

Five Finger Death Punch probably, since they’re from Vegas as well, it would be a good experience.

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

Resurrection Fest in Spain, or Rock in Rio. Because we like traveling and learning from different cultures.

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

David C: A fan once asked me out

Daniel: Drinking moonshine out of a plastic bag

Robert: His iguana to take on tour in Japan

David O: A fan once sent me a picture of her son

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

Never give up! Always follow your instinct, and don’t give up, no matter what!

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

Dimebag Derrell

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

One of the things we enjoy most is playing live shows. We love the interaction with fans, it’s the main reason why we do this. We hate when we have to drive through snow while touring!

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

How expensive it has become

Name one of your all-time favourite albums

David C: Metallica’s “And Justice For All…”

Daniel: Pantera’s “Vulgar Display of Power”

Robert (Drums): Kiss’ “Creatures of the Night”

David O (Guitar): Iron Maiden’s “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”

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

All of them have great things about them, our answer is all of the above haha!

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

Our best show was definitely at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon. It was one of the shows we did on our latest tour, this past February, alongside metal legends, Soulfly. We were really in it that night, and of course the audience played a big part on that. We feed on the audience’s energy, and that night the crowd was very alive, which made us rock!

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

David C: There was never a doubt in my mind that music was the path for me. I have no idea what my life would be like without it.

Daniel: Music has always been like a language to me. It’s my way to express myself. It has never gotten on the way of other things in my life, such as video directing, cooking, or even being an athlete, I believe it all works together.

Robert: If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be teaching rock history I believe.

David O: Probably Dancing

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

David C: Zakk Wylde, Alissa White-Gluz, Bruce Dickinson, Mike Portnoy, Robert Trujillo

Daniel: Zakk Wylde, John 5, Scott Ian, Dee Schneider, James Hetfield

Robert: Jim Morrison, Lonn Friend, Eric Carr, Lemmy, Phil Spector

David O: Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Guthrie Govan, Patrick Stuart, David Bowie

What’s next for the band?

Touring!

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

www.madzillalvband.com/
www.facebook.com/MadzillaLV
www.instagram.com/madzillalv
www.youtube.com/channel/UCd5IaGtujBwjgidOMfIZyJw
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7mUgbySqW8IrSowDLFIX0a

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely a biscuit!

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

Thank you so much, we’re thrilled to be a part of this!

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