EMQ’s With Victor Augusto

EMQ’s With Victor Augusto

What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

Hello everyone. I am Victor Augusto, the Brazilian reviewer of Ever Metal. I work in the Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller. When I was about to go to university, I realized that the way I was living was totally unhealthy. I had to wake up at 4 am to get a bus and cross the city to study, without safety and money, so I decided to try the military contest to have a regular life and job. The fact that my father is a pilot in the Air Force influenced me to choose Air Traffic Control as work and here I am. 15 years working on it.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I live in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. The Metal scene here is full of great and insane bands despite the fact the city is not so big. Most of the bands are new and have to work extremely hard to reach a good level of success, but they do great concerts to amuse us. The concerts are made by the bands. Sadly, we don’t have a lot of fans going to the concerts, but the few ones that go are amazing.

What is your favourite latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

“Quadra” from Sepultura is an incredible release. For me this is the best 2020 release so far, but I must mention the beautiful single “Saturnalia” from the Italian band Deathless legacy and “Amarre” from the Argentine band Granada. Both demanded a lot of work and study to understand the concept and write good reviews about them.

Who have been your greatest influences, in music or in life?

Andreas Kisser from Sepultura is the guy I want to meet someday. He is not only a great guitar player. He suffered a lot with Sepultura after Max Left the band and he, with all other members, struggled for a decade to keep Sepultura alive. He not only did it well, but he put Sepultura on an incredible level. He is a very polite person even when people bother him asking dumb polemical questions about the past. He shows a true passion for the music and for Sepultura. For me, he is an example in music. For my life, I have few close friends that are more important than my own family to help me be a better human.

What first got you into music?

My brother’s bullying (laugh). My older brother is a person that listen to one single song that he loves the entire day. It could be the best song in the world, but after 24 hours listening to the same music you can hate it (laugh). He showed me Rock and Heavy Metal when I was just 8 years old, even he tortured me listening to the same record all long day for a month. But if he didn’t do it, I would have never known what heavy metal is.

Which current bands or musicians would you like to see collaborate on a record?

Andreas Kisser in a Kamala album. They know each other and Kamala is a Thrash Metal band that is growing fast in Europe.

If you could go to any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I am not a festival guy. I am more the guy who has fun at smaller concerts. I have much more fun watching festivals on TV, drinking beer on sofa, but I believe Wacken Open Air is the dream of any metal head. I wish someday I could go to Wacken and enjoy the trip to visit the rest of Europe.

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

I have a doll that was the first doll my wife had when she was kid. This doll was left in a wet closet and is full of mould that I cannot clean. I use it to do funny movies to promote my radio guest slots. The doll always appears threatening if I can’t tune in to the radio show.

If you had one message for your Ever Metal readers, what would it be?

I would say you are reading the most passionate writers about music.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Despite the fact I miss Jeff Hanneman a lot, considering Slayer is my favourite band of all time, I would bring Ronnie James Dio back. I love his voice and everything he did in Heavy Metal. I miss him since he died.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

My answer will be restricted to the Brazilian industry that I know a lot. All the philosophy of “pay to play”. At least in Brazil, if you pay tons of money, you will have success in the music industry. For Heavy Metal, things are harder here, but the bands that get more space in the main magazines or media also pay the best promoters and they are not always the best bands. There are too many egos, too much money and other issues involved. So, to summarize, I wish that the bands who are the most passionate and write the best music were more successful. That is the most important thing.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It is hard. I have at least 20 albums that I can’t live without, but I will name the album that made me love Heavy Metal. It is not the band’s best album, they are not even my favourite band, but it was the album that appeared first in my life and made me love it. I am talking about Manowar – “The Triumph Of Steel”.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I am still the CD guy because it was what I had when I was kid, but I think you must listen to what is easier for you and good for the band. Digital streaming is the best option nowadays. Easy to hear on your cell phone and it gives some return for the band.

What’s the best gig that you have been to, and why?

Another hard question. Probably the Heaven and Hell concert. The reason is that I am such a fan of Dio, and I paid a lot of money to see this concert. Many problems happened that day, but I could see it. The day was May 16th of 2009. Exactly one year before Dio’s death. The concert was perfect and for me it is my fav one.

What do you get up to when you’re not writing?

Work, drink, brew and watch something related to aviation or Formula 1. Nowadays, I write reviews or record spoken reviews/interviews for radio around the world and this is the biggest part of my life. I do love it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If you like to have a good chat and hear good heavy metal music, you are totally invited to my house anytime. I brew at home and I can do awesome hamburgers (huge). Considering I am from Brazil, I wish to have dinner with my reviewer’ friends of Ever Metal, someday. I love them!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Ahhh. I don’t know. I don’t have these in Brazil, but if it is good, I will eat it!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I am so proud to support Heavy Metal around the world on Ever Metal. Music is a huge part of my life since I was 8 years old and I love the way all reviewers/photographers work on Ever Metal. It is like my second family in a country miles away from mine. Thanks people. I love you!

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Legacy of Kain – Paralelo XI

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Legacy of Kain – Paralelo XI
Release Date: 16/05/2019
Running Time: 45:23
Review by Victor Augusto

One of the memories I want to keep in my mind while I still have my sanity is the day I heard this album for the first time. How I felt that day? First, let me tell you some things about the band. I reviewed their previous album “I.N.V.E.R.S.O.” (2017) when the band was relatively new, and they used Portuguese lyrics and sung about political and human issues. The music itself was more oriented to Metalcore although they already had the Groove and Thrash, but now things have changed for the Brazilian Band Legacy of Kain.
The album title is a reference to a massacre that slaughtered a Brazilian Indian tribe (“Cinta Larga” tribe), in 1963, by people who were interested in their territory. As usual in Brazil, they were strongly motivated by political greed and money. This chapter in their history is so shameful that is hard to find details about the days of killing even with the few survivors from this tribe. The band didn’t record a concept album, but the main idea is get the feeling and hate from this genocide and put it inside the music.
The sound of happy kids playing in the intro song ‘The Nightmare’ comes with calm and clean notes that open the great track ‘This Pain Is For Me And You’. It all turns into a dense vibe when guitarist Karim Serri strikes your speakers with visceral and killer riffs followed by the strong drum beats of Tiago Rodrigues. Markos Franzmann deep voice completes the team and he makes heavy vocals parts with different tempos.
The furious Thrash comes with fast songs like ‘Worse Days Will Come’ and ‘The Throne’ showing the idea of what is coming. Tracks like ‘Indigenous Pride’ start to enter deep into the bloodshed that the tribe suffered, same as in ‘Split In Half’, but this one begins with a short depressive intro and also has Fernanda Lira (Nervosa) as a special guest.
Fernanda’s screams are like Chuck Schuldiner in style and it is a good contrast with Markos. She increases the anger of the lyrical theme. ‘The Genocide’ is a kind of intro of typical Indigenous music that suddenly changes to a sound of airplanes, shotguns and terror screams. Of course there are many others killer songs like ‘The Promises You Made’ and ‘Disease’ that don’t flee from the main subject, but talk about it in a different way.
The answer to the question I made before is: Amazed!!! Yes, amazed is how I felt when I heard this album for the first time. This album is like a multi chaptered movie where the soundtrack is enough to bring the feeling of anger and sadness from those who survived this tragic episode. Somehow the band made a political protest about problems that still happen nowadays. It shows how the battle between politics and people can bring pain for us all. “Paralelo XI” shows a more powerful and experienced band that is going to amaze all of you.
01. The Nightmare
02. This Pain Is For Me And You
03. Worse Days Will Come
04. The Throne
05. Indigenous Pride
06. Split in Half (Feat. Fernanda Lira)
07. Beneath The Mud
08. The Genocide
09. Paralelo XI
10. Silent Ground
11. The Promises You Made
12. This Means War
13. Disease
Markos Franzmann- Vocals
Karim Serri – Guitars
Tiago Rodrigues – Drums
João Lavinas – Bass

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