Video Interview With Venomous

Video Interview With Venomous
By Victor Augusto

In February of 2021, I was lucky enough to discover another brilliant Brazilian band to review. More than just loving their music on a first listen, I was astonished just how many details the EP “Tribus” offered, despite only having just four tracks on it. The lyrical subjects, the cover art and the music were so rich that I spent way more time than usual to analyse and try to describe them. 

Today, more than a year after that, I am glad that I had the chance to talk with vocalist Thiago Pereira and the Guitarist Ivan Landgraf to understand more about what they put into Venomous’s music. 

Tribus EP Cover

I hope you enjoy this Brazilian Melodic Death Metal band as much as I’ve enjoyed discovering them.

Video interview with Venomous

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgjCuAOQgCE

Video edit by Victor Augusto
Live video of ‘Eerie Land’ and ‘Unity’ recorded by Venomous.
Images of the band taken by the Venomous official video of ‘Eerie Land’ and ‘Unity’.
Background music: Venomous – ‘Eerie Land’, Venomous – ‘Unity’ and Venomous – ‘Duality’

LINKS:

Venomous Promo Pic

Tribus EP review

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Victor’s Top 10 Releases of 2021

Victor’s Top 10 Releases Of 2021
by Victor Augusto

It’s that time of year again, where we reminisce about the days gone by, and the music we have heard. Here are Victor’s picks of the best, along with some special mentions. Have a run through his countdown to find out what his number 1 album of the year is.

10 – Gojira – “Fortitude”

Gojira - Fortitude Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/GojiraMusic

09 – Exodus – “Persona Non Grata”

Exodus – "Persona Non Grata" Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/exodusattack

08 – Hate – “Rugia”

Hate – "Rugia" Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/HATEOFFICIAL

07 – Gravehuffer – “NecroEclosion”

Gravehuffer – "NecroEclosion" Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/gravehuffer

06 – Venomous – “Tribus”

Venomous – "Tribus" EP Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/venomousoficial/

05 – Infrared – “From the Black Swamp”

Infrared - "From the Black Swamp" Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/infraredmetal

04 – Sepultura – “SepulQuarta”

Sepultura – "SepulQuarta" Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/sepultura

03 – The Crown – “Royal Destroyer”

The Crown - "Royal Destroyer" Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/thecrownofficial

02 – At The Gates – “The Nightmare Of Being”

02 – At The Gates - "The Nightmare Of Being" Album Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/AtTheGatesOfficial

01 – 1914 – “Where Fear And Weapons Meet”

Where Fear And Weapons Meet Album  Cover Art

https://www.facebook.com/1914band

Special mentions to:
Raphael Olmos – “Make Riff, Not War”
Crypta – “Echoes Of The Soul”
Nervosa – “Perpetual Chaos”

Read Victor’s reviews for some of these great albums here:

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Venomous – Tribus EP

Tribus EP Cover Art

Venomous – Tribus EP
Brutal Records
Release Date: 19/02/2021
Running Time: 21:38
Review by Victor Augusto
9/10

Is this a review of a Melodic Death Metal band?!? No, no, no, my friends. It would be so unfair to call this Brazilian band just by that genre, at least for us, the ever-amazing readers of Ever Metal. I hope you are all good and safe today as we have a paradoxical EP to talk about. Paradoxical due to the complexity of the compositions whilst being catchy at the same time. I can say that in front of us are an intriguing band musically and thematically. Of course, the melody and Death Metal are very present in their music, but Venomous are a blend of many things that are hard to explain.

First, it is obvious that Venomous are honouring the old days of Brazilian Power Metal band Angra, from the “Holy Land” album, released in 1996. Sometimes we can hear structures that sounds like Angra being played by a Death Metal band. There is also the Piano! Those who are fans of the master conductor Andre Matos, know how he put incredible classical piano in Angra’s music (also in Shaman and his solo band). Even the solos reminded me of the structures and beautiful work between Kiko Loureiro (yes, Kiko from Megadeth) and Rafael Bittencourt, from the 90’s. This is just one, very important, element apparent from Venomous. So let me summarize and talk about the songs to enlighten the readers who, like myself, have never heard of this amazing Brazilian group before (…bad Victor).

“And the hope only dies if we stop believing”. This lyric is from the opening track ‘Eerie Land’ and it carries a positive message amongst all the chaos illustrated. The piano intro that appears is typical of the regional music played in the northeast of Brazil, similar to Baião*, but arranged into Heavy Metal. It brings the sensation of those whose lives are surrounded by beautiful nature, but also cursed by the corruption and killing that has occurred due to political desires to exploit these lands. A Brazilian picture of suffering, but with a message to stay strong.

When I looked at the name of the others three songs; ‘Trinity’, ‘Duality’ and ‘Unity’; I thought that there must be some theory about the numbers three, two and one. I used all of my efforts to try and understand it and here is what I suspect could be the mystery surrounding it or what it could, maybe, be related to.

‘Trinity’ – “No Religion, nor politics. Cause races and cultures are all the same”. Universe, Sun and our planet are the three things that I saw as trinity, within the lyrics. All the energy that comes from them reflect on us because we are supposed to have no fight or division amongst ourselves, as politics and religion used to, and still, do. Our source of power and faith are out there on these three elements!

‘Duality’ – “We walk around oblivious and tamed”. Titans and Satan’s, in the lyrics, could be connected to what make people oblivious and tamed. The duality that, mentally or physically, enslaves all of us. The lovely dancing percussion right after the independent guitar riffs at the beginning of this song, alongside the melodies, are so beautiful and taken from Brazilian musicality.

‘Unity’ – “And together we’ll see better days”. In the end, we must all act and stay united to become a powerful unity. The two previous songs navigate throughout issues of humanity to show how we can overcome them and it ends with this song. The darkest atmosphere of the EP is present here. It is, probably, the most Death Metal track and what a delightful way to finish, with all the heaviness fading out, resting on just beautiful sequences of notes from the piano.

If you are thinking that I am mad with this analysis (by the way, I agree with you), you must look to the EP cover. Maybe it is just art, but maybe it has some subliminal messages too. Broken chains, a snake swallowing itself and three (Tribus) different stages of our planet. The beginning (birth), the world as we know nowadays and then the breaking of it in two parts, after so many disgraces. Have a look and tell us what you think?

Among all these ups and downs of the thematic, the band has used elements of typical Melodic Death Metal with Metalcore breakdowns. The already mentioned “Angra and Baião elements” just increase the complexity of the band. The sonority is heavy and dense, also very remarkable and catchy. If I could mention any highlight, it would probably be the way that Venomous have united so many different elements to create superb music.

This is the first time I have heard Venomous and I have immediately become a fan of them. “Tribus” perpetuates the legends that started the Heavy Metal Scene in Brazil, but also shows unique identity for the band.

Amazing EP! Parabéns!

‘Eerie Land’ (Official Video)

*Baião is a very popular and famous genre of music from the northeast side of Brazil. This area has a unique culture, not only in music, but also with their way of life and how the population handle all the issues in those states.

Here is a video entitled “Luiz Gonzaga – Baião” so that you can understand and learn about this music.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Eerie Land
02. Trinity
03. Duality
04. Unity

LINE-UP:
Thiago Pereira – Vocals
Gui Calegari – Guitars
Ivan Landgraf – Guitars
Renato Castro – Bass
Lucas Prado – Drums

LINKS:

Venomous Promo Pic

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