Friday, May 16, 2014

Interview with Scourge done by Patrick on 5-16-14

Metal Hails
Brazil's  Scourge  have  released their second  cd  through Greyhaze  Rec. and it  is vicious  death metal.IF you love brutal,old-school death metal  then  pick up a copy  of Scourge's  cd  Hate Metal
METAL Regards

Interview  with  Juarez Tavora   bassist for  Scourge    done  by   Patrick     

1.Hails Juarez when did you  first  get  into  metal? Who were some of the first bands you  listened to? Who  are  some of your  current  favorites?

I started listening to Heavy Metal with some friends from my street in the early 80s. The first bands I listened to were Iron Maiden, Slayer, Hellhammer, Venom and Sarcófago. Nowadays, I still listen to older Metal. I am a total fanatic for bands like Bathory, old Celtic Frost and Sarcófago. There are also some great news bands such as Fleshgod Apocalypse, Mortuary Drape, Uganga, Drowned, and Akerbeltz.

2.Juarez  you and the band  come out of  the Brazilian underground what is your  opinion  of the  Brazilian underground? 

In my opinion, Brazil is the country of Heavy Metal. Hundreds of great bands come from here, as well as hundreds of poseurs who are in Metal just as a trend. The Brazilian underground, however, is pretty strong and there are people who work very seriously so that Brazilian Metal can be more recognized. Having said that, internally, the Metal audiences need to buy more music, go to more shows, and pick up more merch. That’s the only way Brazilian bands will survive. 

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

Without a shadow of a doubt, Sarcofago, Vulcano, Olho Seco, Chakal, and Holocausto. Among the Brazilian bands that all should check out I can recommend Drowned, Pathologic Noise, Uganga, Spiritual Carnage, and Death Slam.

4.When did you  all get  the  idea to form Scourge ? How did you all come up with  the name of the band?

Soon after leaving Cirrhosis, I took it upon myself to create another band. So, Scourge was born 2 months after my departure from Cirrhosis. The first lineup for Scourge consisted of the guys who are now part of the band Krow. Guilherme, the guitar player for Krow and I were listening to Sarcofago’s The Laws of Scourge and that’s really where the idea for the band name came from.

5.What is  the  current line up? How would you  describe your  music to  the fans  who have  never heard the  band?

Scourge is: Juarez Tavora (Bass/Vocals), Pretho Souto (Guitars), Mauricio Goncalves (Guitar and Backing Vocals), and William Santos (Drums and Backing Vocals). We play HATE METAL pouring pure hatred in our songs. We play old-school Brazilian Metal, no trends!

6.Scourge  recently  released  the  second cd  "Hate Metal"  through  GreyHaze  Rec  how did you all come in contact with the label? How long did it  take to 

Cogumelo Records, who released our album here in Brazil, had made an agreement with Greyhaze Records. That’s how we got to be involved with Greyhaze. We’re really stoked to have our album be released by Greyhaze in North America. The songs in HATE METAL were written over the course of 6 months. The band changed line-ups many times and the deadline to deliver the CD was wearing thin. So we decided to keep the current line up. It was easy to write in that way. Each band member contributed on the lyrics and melodies. Once the songs were ready, we went straight into the studio to record.

7.Does  the  whole band work  on  music or does one or two  members  usually  write everything? Who  usually  writes  the  lyrics for the band? What are some  subjects you all write  about?

All songs were written by the whole band, both music and lyrics. We approach everyday subjects, but mostly we like to express our hatred for fads and posers who use metal simply as a fad or fashion. Heavy Metal is not a fad; it’s a way of life!

8.How   has the  response  been from  the  fans? What about  the  press?

We’re really impressed with the repercussion of our album. We didn’t think it would be this impactful. Everyone I meet are praising the songs and the musical direction we’ve taken. A lot of Metal mags here in Brazil are raving about it. Radio stations are playing our songs. We’re happy with this beginning but we’re conscious that we need to improve each day to evolve our music and our lyrics. 

9.Does  Scourge   play  live  very  often? Who are some bands you  have  shared the  stage  with?

We are always playing live. However, we don’t work with shitty promoters who just want to fuck with the bands here in Brazil. We have played with many here in our city (Uberlândia). We have played with bands like Spiritual Carnage from the city of Goiânia and with Drowned and Lustful from Belo Horizonte. All those gigs were great!

10.Are  their any tours  coming  up in  support  of  Hate Metal? If yes  where  are some  places  you   will be  playing?  Juarez  if you could  set up a dream tour who are some bands{past or  
present} you would  love to  share the  stage  with?

At the moment we’re not playing live because I broke my leg and I can’t move. Unfortunately, these types of things happen. In about 2 months we will resume our shows and we should start a tour throughout Brazil to promote HATE METAL. As far as a dream tour, that’s a tough question, but it would be amazing to have tour featuring Scourge, Sarcófago, Vulcano, and Bathory. If something like that happened I would actually stop playing (laughs). Oh, touring with Hellhammer would be awesome!

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

Our drummer plays in another band called Pilgrim. We’ve even played a gig together in the city of Araxa! It was brutal!

12.Juarez  you  handle  the  Bass for  the band  when did you  start  playing  the  bass?Are you self taght  or did you take lessons when  first  starting out? 

I started playing in the early 80s after I heard the Aces High maxi single from Iron Maiden. I became a fan of Steve Harris. But I really have never taken bass lessons. I just looked at people playing and tried to imitate them (laughs). Later I learned some musical notes. Only after listening to Death I started getting more in-depth in studying bass. I wanted to make a brutal sound with blast beats, but with the melody that exists in Death. Now with the Internet it’s much easier to study!

13.Who are some of your  influences/favorite  bass players? Do you  play any  other  instruments?

My biggest influences are Steve Harris, Lemmy, and Jaco Pastorius. I play guitar as well. Actually, I create all of Scourge’s tracks on guitar.

14.In your  opinion  what is the  best  thing  and  the worst  thing  about  the  underground scene ?And what does  the  term Metal Underground  mean to you?

The best thing about the underground is the friendships that we made. Friends in Metal are forever. The worst of the underground has to be the envy that some people feel when they see a fellow band growing with their own effort. Underground Metal is a style of music with littler mainstream support. It’s a type of music made to oppress and shock the society that has always oppressed us. 

15.Well  Juarez  we have  reached  the  end  of the  interview  is there anything  else you would  like to add before we stop  the  interview?

Scourge and I would like to thank you for this interview. Unity makes us stronger. Winners never quit and quitters never win. I’ll see you on the Hate Metal Tour. Metal Rules. 

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