Greetings and welcome to Extreminal webzine. First of all, would you
please present your band and it's members to our readers? How did you started to
play slashing thrash metal? Who or what were your main influences?
William: Greetings Extreminal followers , the formation of Deathraiser is
Thiago (Vocals / Guitar), William (drums), Ramon (Guitars), Junior (Bass), the
band was formed in 2006 under the name Mercilless, started the band in the
pretense of playing the true Thrash Metal influenced by bands Slayer, Kreator,
Sepultura (Old) Metallica (Old), Vio-lence, Demolition Hammer among others,
believe to be our main influences.
The former name of your band was MERCILLESS. Why did you change it and
decide to call your band DEATHRAISER instead? Who was the namer?
We decided to option for change because we had seen several "Merciless" the
world, for there were many comparisons, and also by discontent, just moving to
Deathraiser, we saw that it would be a cool name in accordance with our "new"
sound proposal, sounding more aggressive. The name was chosen by me and Thiago,
taken from the band's music Attomica Brazilian.
Let's talk about your debut album "Violent Aggression". Where did you
recorded it? Are you completely satisfied with the final result? Before the
creation of this album, did you recorded any bootleg demos and/or do you have
any unreleased material?
Well, we recorded the "Violent Aggression" in a studio well known here in
Brazil, DaTribo Studio, where we spent several major bands, was produced by
Ciero Experienced producer (Krisiun, Claustrophobia, Mystic, etc..), We chose
this studio for professionalism exists because we can get a very satisfactory
result, and like much of the final process for this record there remained
unreleased material, and also did not do a pre-production, but the Brazilian
version that will still leave, the bonus will be our first demo "Possessed By
How did you get in contact with Xtreem music? Are you happy with your mutual
work? Xtreem Music is a very active label on the scene, did you get any bad or
good reviews from any magazines/webzines?
This contact was when we recorded our first demo, and put some songs on
myspace, it was then that Dave Rotten's Xtreem Music, contacted interested in
releasing some material from the band, the EP would be a start, but eventually
turned into a Full Length, back and forth many positive things happened with
this partnership, we are having very positive reviews of the album in various
parts of the world, in magazines, websites, zines.
Do you like other bands from the roster of Xtreem music? Which one is the
favorite of band members in general? If there would be any possibility for
releasing a split album with them who would you choose?
Of course, the Xtreem has a cast of good bands with different styles, like
the Omission, Avulsed, Breathless and others, if we would do a split with
Avulsed, haha it would be unusual and different.
Isn't it difficult for you, as a Brazilian band, to work with a label based
in Spain? Are there any good Brazilian metal labels? Did you specially prefered
working with an European label? If yes, why?
We see no difficulty working with a label out of Brazil, it is clear that
here in Brazil if certain things would be faster to solve, nothing more
detrimental to the band, we have many great label here in Brazil, but this
partnership Deathraiser / Xtreem was something very natural, as we had no
contact with any label to launch Brazilian, close to the Xtreem, but of course
we would like to have our cd released here in Brazil, and this has just been
closed to Kill Again records, for Deathraiser will be very important to have
these partnerships because it will be great for the band.
Do you have materials prepared for the second album? If yes, when will you
release it? And we would like to know about your lyrical concept for the first
album, and for the upcoming releases, will it change directions? Or continue
with same mentality?
We are beginning the process of composition for the second album, but we
have nothing concrete, we expect it to be released in 2013, the lyrical concept
of the first album was very based on the context of criticism about an
apocalyptic future, with some cliches of the style also and other matters, but
of course the second we want something more evolved without being too utopian,
and it may be that the concept of the second album to be something more serious,
talking over things real feelings about the shit in this world, that is more
critical -social than the first.
8. How often do you play live? Have you played anywhere outside Brazil? Do you
have any tour schedule prepared?
William: Lately we've played in some places here in Brazil, having a great
reception from the public, has not played outside of Brazil, at the moment is
something that we seek this year could make a tour outside or even in Brazil, we
are planning a tour for July this year in South America, hopefully we will this
How is the metal scene in the area? Are there many thrash bands and fans? Is
there any metal gigs/festivals happening? At the lastest concert videos of yours
I have seen, your audience seemed very fanatic and they really thrashed around
quiet a bit. Do you have a fan base like that at your hometown? It seems to be
like that but what are your thoughts about this?
The scene in Brazil, long walks on the rise, is rising very bands, both in
our city as elsewhere, our region is growing a lot, grown a lot the number of
festivals and concerts, and it ends up reflecting in several other places in
Brazil, where our friends also organize festivals to promote the union of the
scene, our city we have many friends who enjoy the band and accompanies the
shows, we think it very important to the band and the local scene, because we
feel that we are increasingly united in favor of metal.
What do you think is the reason why there has been a big interest in
oldschool speed/thrash sound lately in the scene? Do you like any new thrash
metal bands? Are there any bands that you have been a die-hard fan of?
In my view, this interest in oldschool Thrash is perhaps the quality of some
bands to make a cool sound, to show that thrash is not stopped, I see that more
and more bands try to professionalize, and raising the flag of thrash metal his
country, like many bands of the thrash metal scene today, and we feel that it is
getting stronger, not merely something of the moment, like to many bands, both
here and outside of Brazil is difficult to say but I will indicate some Violator,
Farscape, Braindeath, Vodkaos, Facinora, Acid Speech among other hahaha.
Which thrash scene is your favorite? European (German etc.), American (Bay
Area etc.) or Brazilian one?
It has many good bands today, here in Brazil is my favorite Violator and
Farscape, the South American is Strike Master, Tungsteno, in europe like
Suicidal Angels, Dr.Living dead among other things, like the U.S. Fueled by Fire
, Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust and more.
How far do you want to go/reach with this band? What are your future plans
with DEATHRAISER? World tours, new albums, being kings of the underground
scene or being a legendary thrash metal band?
Our assumption is always be active in the scene, being faithful to what we
enjoy and doing what we like, we have no pretensions of being famous or
something, we want to produce in this environment that is underground, doing
shows, tours, organizing events, however that there will be difficulties
breaking the walls.
Do you have any closing words to our readers? Thanks for the interview.
First wanted to thank you Cenk for this great interview at all Turkey's
thrasher, and everyone who enjoys the Deathraiser, we hope to meet you someday
in a concert of the band! Keeping Thrash!