Saturday, April 18, 2015

Interview with Brazil's Blackend done by Patrick on 4-18-15

Metal   Hails!!
Here  is  a  interview  with  Brazil's   thrashing/heavy  metallers  "Blackend"   who  have  just  released  a   Mcd "Underground  Attack   through  the  Mighty  Witches  Brew Rec.  defintly  give this  band  a  listen  if you  enjoy  thrash/heavy  metal. 

Interview with  Blackened  done by Patrick

1. Metal Hails when did you all first meet? Was it long before you formed the band “Blackened"? How   did you all come up with the name for the band?

Jão (Vocals/Bass) met Marcelo (Drums) by a friend, Jão was looking for someone to join the band, so he started playing with him in the band. Ulisses (Guitars) was playing in another band, Porrada, when he met us, and a few months later, after a lot of arguments and disagreements he left that band, past 2 weeks he joined Blackened, and João (Guitars) played in the place of Ulisses when he left Porrada (the other band) but after a while, he was kicked out of the band, and after Fernando (ex-guitarist) left the band, we called João to join the band.

2. What is the current line-up of Blackened? For  the  readers  who  have  never  heard  Blackend's  music  how  would  you  describe  it?

Jão – Vocals/Bass
Marcelo – Drums
Ulisses – Guitars
João – Guitars
We play a thrash that remembers the old school bay area bands, like Exodus, Vio-lence, Metallica and Testament, but we also sound like the new school bands, like Lost Society, Municipal Waste and Violator.

3. Blackened  is  getting  ready  to  release  their  new MCD  "Underground  Attack"   through  the   label  Witches  Brew. How did you come up with this label?

We sent an e-mail to them, with our release and the EP songs, and they were very interested to release us, they liked very much our thrash, we are so happy with this, and we are very grateful for what they are doing for us!

4. Does  the  whole  band  work  on  the  music  for  the  new songs  or does  one  member   usually  write  everything?

The whole band works on the songs, we always make new songs together.

5. Who  usually   writes  the  lyrics  for the   band  what  are  some topics/subjects  you   all  write   about?

Jão and Ulisses usually write the lyrics, the topics usually is critics to religion, our government, corruption and greed. Now we are writing about other subjects, like death, pain, struggles, thrashing, life and war.

6. Does  Blackened   ever  play  "live"  where  have  been  some  places  you   have  played?  Are their  any  shows  or tours  coming  up  this  year for  the   "Underground  Attack"  release?

Yeah, we play live since 2012, and we are in tour releasing the EP since last year. We played in Curitiba/PR, São José/SC, Ponta Grossa/PR, Porto Belo/SC, Erechim/RS and São Paulo/SP. We are finishing the tour, and after it, we’ll stop playing live to start the full length recording and start to schedule new dates after releasing the new CD.

7. Who  are  some  bands  you   have  shared  the  stage  with? If  you   could  play  a show or tour  with  any  bands{past  or  present}  who  are some  bands you  would  like to  share  the  stage  with?

We have been playing mainly with the bands of our town, we are very close and we try to do things always together, organizing shows, playing in other town. Well, we are very happy to share stage with these bands, but if we could choose, it would be Violator, Farscape, Torture Squad, bands from Brazil that we respect and like very much.

8. Blackened   comes out of the Brazilian Metal scene? Blackened plays  a  heavy metal  style  but  do  you  like  or  listen  to  death  or  black  metal?

We came from the Brazilian metal scene that is not always recognized, but that is growing a lot in recent years, with bands trying to go to outside of Brazil, just like us. Actually we hear almost everything, almost all kinds of music, from Rap to thrash, death and black metal. We try to take as much as more influence we can from anything we like and try to put it on our songs.

9. Who are your   all-time favorite Brazilian metal bands?  Are  their  any  new  bands  you  feel  the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

Violator, Farscape, Torture Squad, Sepultura, Whipstriker, Mutilator, Ratos de Porão, and many others. I think you should check out bands that are growing a lot and that are helping us a lot, like Poison Beer, Evil Exorcist, Murdeath, Rot Remains, SOS Chaos, Fatal, Radioactive Murder, Antichrist Hooligans, Skombrus, Satanic Conjuration, really good bands you guys should check out!!

10. In  your   opinions  what  is the  best  and  worst  thing  about  the  underground  scene  today? And what does Underground metal mean to you?

Here in Brazil, sometimes, the Underground scene is not that valorized, some people don’t even like kids to play metal and have their own bands playing (we call these kids babybangers hahaha), so it’s very difficult to start playing, but we were lucky, because we came up and a lot of people helped us. And I think that’s what the underground means, despite all the difficulties, there’s union, people helping each other and the Do It Yourself thing.

11. Do  any  of  the  members  of  Blackened   currently   play  in  other  bands  or  solo-projects? If yes please tell the readers about them.

Only the drummer, Martelo, that also plays in Murdeath.

12.Thank  you  for  taking  the  time  to  fill  out  this  interview  do  you  have  any  final  comments  for  the   readers?

We thank you very much for doing this interview with us. Check out our facebook page ( to contact us, or check out Witches Brew’s webshop to get our EP ‘’Underground Attack’’!! Thanks a lot and keep thrashin!!
Answered by Martelo and Jão

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