03 May
Interview with BLOODRITE


Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.

Tell us a few things about BLOODRITE (Members, Starting Year etc).
We're a speed metal duo formed in São Paulo, Brazil in 2022 by Jackdevil members Ric Mukura (vocals, guitars and bass) and Filipe Stress (drums) with a healthy dose of heavy and thrash metal influences.

You have recently released your EP ''The First Rite''. What is the feedback from your audience as well as from the press?
So far, pretty good! We're happy with how it all came out and the feedback we've been receiving, especially by our friends from other bands in the scene. This is a passion project of ours, so we're thrilled that the energy we invest into it is coming back to us.

Label or DIY and why?
Currently we're all DIY and generally we prefer it that way, however we're not opposed to working with labels as long as it is a partnership and both parties can grow together.

Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
Each medium has its own advantages. For the whole experience, from looking at the artwork to listening to the music we both think that vinyl is the best, especially as music enthusiasts; digital media, however, has its place when you want a streamlined and easy way for a day to day listening experience. Other mediums also have their own appeal, but our favorites are definitely vinyl from an artistic point of view and digital from a practical one.

Your music style is Heavy/Speed Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
Our main influence comes from NWOBHM (including our NWOTHM contemporaries) and early Thrash Metal, but we also try to incorporate sounds coming from other styles such as 70's Rock and even New Wave. As far as bands go, some of our influences are: Black Sabbath, Venom, Tank, Angel Witch, Sepultura, Midnight, Haunt, Bewitcher and many others.

Which things do you think a band should sacrifice in order to succeed? Have you ever sacrificed anything in your life for a better future for your band?
This is a hard question to answer because success comes in different forms for different people, but in general terms the least that you should do is dedicate time to your craft. As far as what we have sacrificed, well, our lives (hahaha). But seriously, we dedicated a lot of time and on many occasions have put music as the number one priority over other things such as education, jobs, relationships and even health.

Describe your ideal live show as a performance band. Have you already experienced that?
It needs to have a lot of energy and this energy needs to be felt by the audience so you can both share a connection. It needs to be a spectacle, not just some uninterested dudes playing on a stage - it needs to be enthralling. This isn't an excuse to play poorly, though; a great live band has to sound great besides having a great stage presence.

What attributes do you think that a new Heavy Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
Distinguishable and memorable songs. It's cool to take inspiration from your idols, but you must sound as yourself and not as a cheap copy, or else people will go listen to the original.

Ric Mukura (vocals, guitars and bass)

Do you believe that Digital Platforms help the new Heavy Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a band to promote its work?
Definitely, they allow independent bands to share their music all over the world without the need for a label. We think there is no formula to it, but in general terms you need to find people that connect with your music, both online and in real life. Being present and networking with other bands, producers and the scene in general is also a must.

Do you see any differences between the Brazilian Metal Market & the EU Metal Market (Labels, Bands, Fans etc)?
In our experience, the biggest difference is in structure, which can be a hurdle to overcome for bands, producers and labels alike and can make things inaccessible for some fans.

Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in Brazil (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
Since lockdown restrictions were lifted, the scene has been pretty active with lots of sold-out concerts, new bands (and old ones as well) releasing material and people are engaging more in general. Some of our favorite bands in activity now are Evilcult, Hellway Train, Podridão, Creatures and Álcool; we're excited to see their next steps!

Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
We know a few bands like Suicidal Angels, Choronosphere, Rotting Christ and Septicflesh. We'd love to hear some other recommendations from you, though!

Filipe Stress (drums)

The last 3 years, worldwide in the world, we have faced many dark, strange & new situations in our everyday life (covid, lock-down etc.) Did all of this affect you positively or negatively?
Negatively for sure. Besides the loss of life and other immediate problems, we had lots of plans postponed or straight up canceled, financial issues and having to adapt to a new world in general.

What are your future plans?
Currently we're promoting our debut EP, planning on releasing some video material and physical media. We also intend to start playing live as much as possible and go on tour as soon as we deal with the logistics of being a two-man band. Furthermore, we have already started working on a follow-up EP and our goal is to keep releasing new material regularly.

Thank you very much for your time & keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
Thank you for the opportunity and to everyone who's reading. We're really excited to start this band and hope you all enjoy it as much as we do. Stay metal!! 

By Steve the Filthy Dog.






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