Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Brazil's death metal horde ColdBlood interview done by Patrick on 9-20-16

Here  is  a  new  interview  with  Brazil's  legendary  death  metal  band  Coldblood   who  talk  about the  bands  past  and  future  plans  as well  as the  brand  new  release  Indescribable  Physiognomy Of The Devil.Read  it  now  and  if you  are  a  fan  of  Brazilian  old-school  death metal  then  be sure  to  check this  band  out  today.

Interview   with  Markus  drums  and  Diego  guitarist  and  vocalist  of  Coldblood   done  by   Patrick
1. Hello      Markus   and   Diego   when  did you  first  meet  each  other? Please  introduce  yourselfs  to  the  readers?

 Diego Mercadante: In 2007 we did some tests for a local band together and from that moment on we always worked in the music scene playing practically in the same bands. In 2012 Markus invited me to join Coldblood and so things were getting in shape and here we are

2. Coldblood  formed  back  in  1992  what  gave you  all the  idea to  start this  band? How  did you  all  choose  the  name  of the  band?

 Markus Couttinho: We were young between 17, 18 and as fans we were influenced by bands as Venom, Possessed, Mercyful Fate, Blac Sabbath, Celtic Frost, Bathory. The idea of forming a band came after we discovered bands such as Death, Deicide, Morbid Ange, Master, Massacre, Bolt Thrower, Paradise Lost (Old), Benediction... The Death Metal played by these bands influenced us directly to create Coldblood.

3. How   would  you  say  Coldblood's  music   has  changed  over the   years? Who  are  some  bands  that  has  influenced  Coldblood's  musical  style?

Markus Couttinho: Our roots are based on Old School Death Metal, and we come from there, but we like to try some new and unusual things. It´s a way to put our identity.

4. Coldblood   is  getting  ready to release their  third  full-length  cd  "Indescribable Physiognomy  of The  Devil"  through the  labels  Satanath  Rec. and  Metallic Media how  did the band  come in  contact with  these  labels?

Markus Couttinho: We had already worked with Metalic Media in the “Chronology of Satanic Events" album in 2013 and it was through them that we met Satanath Rec. from Russia. They offered us a proposal to release the new album via a partnership between them, we found that was viable, and so it happened.

5. How  long  did  it take  to  write  the   music  for  "Indescribable Physiognomy  of The  Devil"  ?  Does  the  whole  band  work on  the  music  or  does  one  member  usually  write  everything?

Diego Mercadante:  When we got back from the first part of the ‘Chronology of Satanic Events’ tour in 2013, I started to record and save some ideas for the right time. We already have some material to develop. Both of us are the heart of the band, I show some riff sequences to Markus and then we develop the arrangements, structure and many times something changes along the way or appears spontaneously.

 6. Besides  the  upcoming  cd   does the  band  have  any  past  releases  still  available  for  the  readers? What  about  other  merchandise does the  band  have  any  left  and  if  yes   where  can  the  readers  buy  it?

Markus Couttinho: For this album, we wrote only 10 themes. What we have as bonus are the instrumental versions of the tracks "Indescribable Physiognomy of the Devil",  “Draco -l- Pneumathic Phenon" and "Metaphisical Evil". Our material is available on our official page on Facebook (facebook.com/coldblood.officialpage) or on our label’s websites: Satanhath Rec.(Russia), Metallic Media Rec.(USA), Distro Rock Prod. (Brasil), Mutillation Prods. (Brasil0 and Feed Bizare Rec.(Brasil)

7. Does  ColdBlood   get  to  play  "live"  very   often  or  do you  prefer working  in  the  studio? What   have  been  some  of   ColdBlood's   most  memorable  shows  over the  years?

 Markus Couttinho: We are a road band, we like to do shows and whenever we can, we are playing somewhere, but we like to be working at the studio too, we know that it is hard work and mentally tiring, but we like and learn a lot in each record we made. All shows are important to us....to 50, 100, 200, 1000 people, we always give our blood.
8. Are  their   any  shows  or tours  that the  readers should  watch  out  for.If   yes  where  will  the  band  be  playing?

Markus Couttinho:  Now, we are going to stay in South America and for the next year, we are negotiating a tour in Mexico to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the band and the 10th anniversary of the release of our first album, besides it will be a tour to promote the new album, for sure.

9. How  would  you  say the   underground  metal  scene  has  changed   over  the  years?

 Markus Couttinho:  Nowadays we have an ocean of bands and for you to be noticed and in order to have a recognized work, you have to show something more and work hard. Today, there are many labels, sites, bookings... a real industry and to survive you have to be really good, I mean, write relevant songs and present a good show. Because today almost anything is possible for a, even unknown, band because of the services I mentioned above.
10.Coldblood   comes  out  of  Brazil's  death   metal  scene  what  is  your   opinions   of  the  metal  scene  in  Brazil?

 Markus Couttinho: I like the Brazilian and South American scene very much. There are excellent bands here. I have been watching what is happening here. We have big events happening, not only in Brazil but also in our neighbor countries as well. Not only big events or international ones, but in undergrounds events and bars too
11. Who  are  your  all-time  favorite  Brazilian bands? And  are  their  any  new  bands you  feel  the  readers  should  watch  out  for?

  Markus Couttinho: I do not have a favorite, but I can recommend the following bands: Headhunter D.C., Krisiun, Ocultan, Escarnium, Mystifier, Amen Corner, Mysteriis, Grave Desecrator, Disgrace and Terror, Oligarquia, Nervo Chaos, Malefactor, Cauterization, Doomsday Ceremony,  Creptum, Vulturine, The Unhaligast, Lápide, Velho, Castifas, Amazarak, and the classics... Sarcófago, Mutilator, Chakal, Korzus, Sepultura, Witchhammer, Holocausto, Dorsal Atlântica, Azul Limão,  Taurus.....

 12. Other  then  bands  are  their  any  good  labels and  distro's  you  feel the  readers  should  check  out  soon?

 Markus Couttinho:  Distro Rock Rec. Mutilation Productions, Feed Bizarre Rec., Criminal Rec., Hammer of Damnation, Shinigami Rec., Cogumelo Rec., and others….

13. Markus  you  handle  the  drums  in  Coldblood   at  what  age did you  become  interested  in  playing the  drums?  Are  you  self-taught  or  did you take  lessons  when  first  starting  out?

Markus Couttinho:  I started to get interested in drums at 12, under the influence of my uncle who listened to Heavy Metal in 1985, in the same year as the first Rock n Rio. I saw him doing air drums and that made me to get interested in drums. He also had albums such as "Piece of Mind", “The Number of the Beast" and “Powerslave” from Iron Maiden, “Back in Black” and “Jailbreak” from AC/DC and “1984” from Van Halen. I learned to play by myself, never had a teacher and through the years I´ve been developing my techniques and personal style. It´s a learning process for the entire life.

14. Who  are  some  of your  influences and  favorite  drummers? Besides  the drums  do  you  currently   play  any  other   instruments?

Markus Couttinho: I use to say that my teachers are Bill Ward, Clive Burr, Tommy Aldridge, Kirk Arrington, Kim Ruzz, Mikkey Dee, Abaddon, Pete Sandoval,  DD Crazy e Iggor Cavalera Pete Sandoval e . I also play a little guitar, but nothing virtuous, just to write riffs and songs to my Black Metal projects and DSBM.

15. Diego  you   take  care  of  the  guitars  for  the  band  when  did you  start  playing the  guitars? Are  you  self-taught  or did you take  lessons  when  first  starting out?

  Diego Mercadante:  When I started to play I had some lessons for a while, but during my musical journey, I was meeting other guitar players who were very good and gave me tips. But I learned a lot of things by watching videos of the bands I liked

16. Who  are some  of your  influences and  favorite  guitar  players? And  besides  the guitars  do  you  currently   play  any  other   instruments?

 Diego Mercadante: Tray Azagoth, Dimebag Darrel, Andy LaRocque, Jon Nödtveidt, Nergal, Moyses Kolesne for sure. It´s hard because I like really like many guitar players and I try to get what they have of special and that can be useful for my musical essence. I play a little drums and keyboards but not enough to take it seriously.

17. Besides  the  guitars   Diego   you  also  take  care  of the  vocals  when  did you start  growling? And  do  you  do  anything  special  to  keep  your  voice  and  throat  healthy? Who   are  some  of your  favorite  vocalists?

Diego Mercadante:  In 2012 when I joined Coldblood, I had never done a guttural voice. I was so focused on learning and Markus gave me credibility for knowing me for a long time, what was important. Everyone develops a different style and, in my case, quitting cigarettes and avoiding ice drinks helped me a lot. I also did some classes with one of the best coaches in Rio de Janeiro, Luiz Syren. He helped me to improve my technique and to avoid some bad paths that could be prejudicial to me with time. Well, without any doubts, Glen Benton, Steve Tucker, Georger Fisher, Nergal, Jon Nödtveidt, Phil Anselmo and Alex Camargo

18.Thank  you   Markus   and   Diego    for  taking  the  time  to  fill  this  interview  out.Do  either  of you  have  any  final  comments  for  the  readers?

Markus Couttinho: Thanks for the interview and a big hello to our fans and supporters. Listen to our new album; we will see you on the road.

Diego Mercadante: Be Damned!