!!!BRAZILIAN THRASH ATTACK!!!
We had a conversation with EXORCISMO.Enjoy!
Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.
1. Tell us a few things about EXORCISMO (Members, Starting Year etc).
DENIS VIOLENCE: Exorcismo started in 2007 and was founded by Izaak Hammer, a former guitarist. I joined the band in 2008, as a drummer, when the band was months old.The band ended in 2011 and in 2016 I decided to resume the project with a new line up, with Carlosand Anderson on guitars, Risaldo on bass and me as drummer and vocalist.
CARLOS RAGNER: An old school thrash metal band.Raised in Recife, Brazil.Formed in 2007, we have comeback after seven years on hold with three new members.
ANDERSON RAZOR: The band is composed by Denis, Anderson, Carlos and Risaldo. the band started in 2007. it had a hiatus but we're back with full force.
2. You have recently released your single ''Cesium 137''. What is the feedback from your audience as well as from the press?
DENIS VIOLENCE: The repercussions have been good, despite the current situation of the pandemic. Not being able to do shows to promote the work is a negative factor, but we are privileged to be able to release this material at the height of Covid 19.The repercussions are being the best possible taking into account the current situation.
CARLOS RAGNER: Better than we expected. all of them said it was such a big evolution comparing to our first record.
ANDERSON RAZOR: The single "Cesium 137" was made with very dedication. The result was better than we expect. we had a good critical reception. we're involving more and more.
RISALDO “PAPUDO” SILVA: We're still disseminating and it is a release relatively new. In general it has been very good to have this track recorded before the Covid-19 crisis arrive in Brazil.
It gives to us the chance to keep the work active. in these times of social distancing.3. Label or DIY and why?
DENIS VIOLENCE: DIY is the essence of the underground. I really like the attitude, but having a bigger support to launch a higher quality material is also a very interesting idea.
CARLOS RAGNER: It's a hard question. it depends which plans the band has to its future. abetter background or more power of decision and autonomy. it's just a matter of career choice.
ANDERSON RAZOR: Depends a lot. for sure, the both has good and bad points. this is a subject that requires a good evaluation.
RISALDO “PAPUDO” SILVA: It's very relative. it depends so much which label is, how it works. to work on DIY it's very interesting but it's very complicated sometimes. the costs and distribution may become very expensive for the band.
4. Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
DENIS VIOLENCE: I am particularly a nostalgic guy. The Tape Cassette format was too short, it was the first format I had. But LP is primary for any underground band.All formats have their importance, but LP and Tape are my biggest passions.
CARLOS RAGNER: I like vinyl but it can't fit in my routine like digital format does.
ANDERSON RAZOR: For sure the Vinyl, the sound is impressive, totally organic. nothing wrong about the other medias. futhermore all of them has it's importance.
RISALDO “PAPUDO” SILVA: I think all media is valuable. obviously to have an CD, Vinylor an tape in hands and to see your art in a material form it's indescribable. but we cannot nowadays to close our eyes for the digital format. it can open many doors.
5. Your music style is Thrash Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists/ Bands etc.)
DENIS VIOLENCE: Gammacide, Vio-lence, Devastation, Razor, Sacred Reich, Sepultura (old), Coroner, among others. Exorcismo has a lot of influence from the second generation of thrash of the period (1986-1991)
CARLOS RAGNER: Exodus, Sepultura (old), Testament, Kreator, Anthrax, Vio-lence,Possessed and also others genders like hardcore, prog metal, death metal, instrumental rock etc.
ANDERSON RAZOR: Judas Priest, Grim Reaper, Forbidden, Voivod, Toxik, Vio-lence and others. and also a lot of 70's music. haha
RISALDO “PAPUDO” SILVA: Black Sabbath, Sepultura, Testament, Exodus, Attomica, Destruction.
6. 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 of your Band?
DENIS VIOLENCE: We live on sacrifices all the time. Band is something that costs a lot to maintain and be passionate about fuel or fuel to not let the project die.
Honesty and a lot offidelity to your sound are essential factors and essential sacrifices to reach your goals. The recognition ends up causing the consequence of the injected effort in his work.
CARLOS RAGNER: Mainly time and money. haha. yeah, i have spent so many of this because i wanted to do best show or the best song i've could. i think it worths it.
ANDERSON RAZOR: For sure we had sacrificed ourselves in certain aspect just to keep the band active. but all of this it's for a greater good.
RISALDO “PAPUDO” SILVA: I believe we sacrifice something every day. we limit our selves to buy essential stuff. we use clothes until it rips just to save money and record an album or a track. we give up to sleep just to rehearse. nothing is easy.
but i think that without hardworking and sacrifices, nothing is possible.
7. Describe your ideal live show as a performance Band. Have you already experienced that?
DENIS VIOLENCE: Playing as the opening band of the Cavalera brothers in 2018 was fucking awesome. This show marked me a lot. And the Abril pro Rock Festival, which took place last year, allowed us to share the stage with Nuclear Assault, Ratos de Porão and other very good bands. These two events were the best of the band so far.
CARLOS RAGNER: All the band members hearing high and clear each others, the band sounding very heavy and fast. and of course, the crowd moshing as hell with many stagedivers on the stage. except for the stage divers, we did this in APR festival.
ANDERSON RAZOR: The ideal show is that all of us are synchronized with the crowd and the band is interacting. and the more craziest, the better. hahaha
RISALDO “PAPUDO” SILVA: I think when the band and the crowd are tuned. nothing better than to play for an insane crowd.
8. Which attributes, do you think, that a new Thrash Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
DENIS VIOLENCE: Make your sound honest and always seek new influences. It's great to always be listening to new bands in addition to classic bands. The renewal of the scene is fundamental for Thrash to always be a strong and big scene.
CARLOS RAGNER: Try to reach a balance between to sound like a genuine thrash metalband but at the same time do not sound like hundreds of bands that we know out there.Try to be original in some point.
ANDERSON RAZOR: I think we should not hold ourselves to it. first move, we have to make songs that enjoy ourselves as a band and the rest hasn't so many relevance.
RISALDO “PAPUDO” SILVA: Don't care to please everyone. just to do what you want to do and play yours songs.
9. Do you believe that Bandcamp and other Digital Platforms help the new Thrash Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a Band to promote its work?
DENIS VIOLENCE: I have no doubt that it is. Digital platforms are the new paths for those who want to publicize their work and platforms like the ones mentioned above are offundamental importance. Analog formats are wonderful items, but a band today needs to goall the way to promote their music.
CARLOS RAGNER: I think so, it's a way to other places have access our work beyond our local social media. the ideal way is to combine these tools with an constant touring.
ANDERSON RAZOR: All of them has it's part of contribution. the more disclosure, the better.
RISALDO “PAPUDO” SILVA: I believe all the path are valuable.In the current world, touse all the possible tools is important on releasing process. because all digital platforms reach some kind of audience.
10. Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene Brazil (Bands,Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
DENIS VIOLENCE: Many new zines and bands are emerging. The Brazilian scene is very vast and we have a lot of quality bands in various states of the country. Alternative media is also growing a lot today.
It is very satisfying to see people dedicating much of their lives to the scene, despite all the economic difficulties that our country faces.
CARLOS RAGNER: A lot of new bands with high potential fastly getting respect from themetal legends worldwide. and despite some say the opposite here in Brazil, still has an union spirit that make things flowing despite the challenges.
ANDERSON RAZOR: The metal it's different from others genders. it has been always reinventing and that's great.I'm always discovering something new.
RISALDO “PAPUDO” SILVA: We have ways like, Acclamatur Zine, Violent Noise Blog, Revista Inferis, Pesado Webradio, Tejipior Podcast.
11. Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
DENIS VIOLENCE: Greece is a great birthplace of heavy music, a band called Crucifier, in 2006, caught my attention a lot. I listened to the album Cursed Cross and I was crazy about how good that thrash metal is. Rotting Christ is classic,
Suicidal Angels is a great promise of today. I particularly have a lot of Greek friends on my social media and I hear a lot of new and quality material through them.
CARLOS RAGNER: I've listened few bands from Greece like Suicidal Angels, Violent Definition, sacrifice i've really enjoyed haha. fast and aggressive as we like to play too.
ANDERSON RAZOR: The Hellenic scene it's so many filled with good bands like Crucifier, Suicidal Angels, Riffobia and we cannot forget about Rotting Christ.
RISALDO “PAPUDO” SILVA: I know very few bands like Suicidal Angels or Rotting Christ.Personally i don't use to memorize the original country of many bands that i listen to. haha.12. What are your future plans?
DENIS VIOLENCE: We are finalizing the second album that is coming with a renewed facing relation to our debut Exorcise and Steal, but keeping the identity of the band intact.We hope that this Covid pandemic is combated and that we can return to our routine of shows,as there are future plans for tours in Brazil and also abroad. Playing in Greece would be magical.
CARLOS RAGNER: Firstly, to finish our second album. and them make a sick tour.
ANDERSON RAZOR: Touring and new releases.
RISALDO “PAPUDO” SILVA: New album, shows and tours.
13. Thank you very much for your time & Keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
DENIS VIOLENCE: We appreciate this space, as it is of fundamental importance for the growth of the world scene. And that we have the strength to overcome this difficult scenario and that we can all return to our routine of shows.Headbangers all over the world are eagerto return to the mosh pits and all that crazy crowd from before. hahahaha. Thanks for the space Filthy Dogs of Metal. Hellyeah!
CARLOS RAGNER: Thanks for the space given to us Filthy Dogs of Metal fanzine. Keep thrashing.
ANDERSON RAZOR: Thank you very much for the space given to us and. long live to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL.
RISALDO “PAPUDO” SILVA: We thank the opportunity. and we hope in a near future take our live concert to you.
By Steve the Filhty Dog.