It is already October 1 and time for cover nr #10? How time flies! For this month we decided to turn our headbanging heads towards South America and pay some damn homage to the genre we all know as thrash metal. There are hordes of amazing insane and violent bands from this continent, and time era for that matter, but there's one that probably comes to mind first of all to most people.
Sepultura is a band with a lot of different musical periods, but on 'Beneath The Remains' and 'Arise' we can all agree that it was thrash they were playing. And they were definitely playing it much better than most other bands during those years. Their music also contained that somewhat dystopic nerve, which was a bit more present compared to other contemporary bands. Maybe it had to do with the conditions in their homecountry. Only speculations. But we definitely think growing up in Belo Horizonte and Brazil have shaped their music, language and attitude.
'Arise' is a record that, at least I, often fall back on when I get tired of all the boring new bands trying to mimic the sound of 90's, as if it were something to strive for? Triggered drums revolution exploded, I found punk and my interest in thrash/metal/hard rock waned and disappeared for a few years. Thrash, as you know, is an subgenre of heavy metal characterized by its furious tempo and overall aggression, closely related to hardcore punk. And it's no secret that punk and hardcore music has been a great influence on Max Cavalera and Sepultura. You can often see him wearing shirts and patches with Discharge, G.B.H, Bad Brains, Doom...and so on. If you look really carefully you can also see that he's wearing a t-shirt with the band that we did a cover of last month in the official music video for Arise. Fate?
For the October cover we also talked about recording a song of Venom, Slayer, Onslaught and even Metallica (Kill 'em all). But all suggestions was rejected immediately, mainly because they have already been recorded, abused and used by millions of other bands before.
We'll admit that it was not all that easy for us learning Arise. However, it was no problem for Henke, since it's in his backyard that we play. But one thing is for sure, I do know now why I'm playing in punk bands and not thrash and (technical) metal. It sounds raw and intense, but damn that fucking hassle!
It's obvious that this project is reaching its end. It was apparent in the rehearsal room and the studio. Even as we sit here and write this story behind. A lack of commitment and that burning passion that we had on our very first cover. Quite honestly, it felt more like a necessary evil. Get us right, we've all had a hard and stressful month, and the fatigue takes its toll. But It's not noticeable to the end result. We gave everything, as we always do because once it comes, we are like programmed unstoppable robots. Haha.
This time we also want to extend a special thanks to the Kenko at Communichaos Media Clay Station for on a very few days short notice nailing the mixing/mastering. If it were not for him had this cover never come up in time.