Sepultura. Angra. Sarcófago. Vulcano.
Though the heavy metal legacy of Brazil has long been secured, the nation is hardly resting on its laurels. In fact, there is an entire generation of hungry up-and-coming shredders and pummellers bursting up from beneath the remains to carve their own names into the eardrums of greater metaldom.
Surprised? I have to admit it wasn’t on my radar, either. And then a month or so ago Sao Paulo-based metal journalist/Reverbera publicist/photographer/tireless scene advocate Jéssica Marinho (Instagram) reached out to ask if she could send along some prime cuts of fresh Brazilian metal. Sure. I expected a trickle. What I got was a cascade of diverse, vital, intense music from bands which, as Marinho confidently promised, are poised to “grow and conquer.”
It seemed like as good a time as any for a guided tour and Marinho was game, so without further ado…
1. Goat Necropsy
Ready for a tasty death slam splatter platter?
Of course you are — or will be after sampling the appetizer below.
Formed by W.Johann and Vic Ferreira in November 2019, Goat Necropsy has been, Marinho says, “gaining notoriety around the world for [embracing the] DIY [ethos] — producing, directing and recording all their own material, from the videos to the Bloody and Fresh EP.”
“The public is not obliged to listen to your sound, nobody is,” Ferreira adds. “But we guarantee that we are unlike anything you’ve been hearing — an anvil crushing a skull, a pointy mouth that breaks all teeth!”
2. The DamNNation
Damn! is right!
Marinho described DamNNation as “three insane girls making metal without labels, aware and consistent with themes about depression, injustice and politics” — and the debut EP Parasite (out this month) sure as hell lives up to that promise!
“First of all because we don’t stick on stereotypes,” guitarist/vocalist Renata Petrelli tells Decibel. “We want to do something different. We put all our efforts, anger and mixed feelings on our music, to sound most truly for you and most important that you can identify yourself.”
3. Coyote BadTrip
Marinho calls the socially conscious crossover of Coyote BadTrip “a lot of thrash metal with strong notes of punk and hardcore, working on the theme of the government’s neglect of drug addicts with purposefully acid lyrics.”
Indeed, the acclaimed Ascensão e Queda delivers sonic fire and personal fury in equal measure as the ultra slick, powerful official clip for the track “Guerra Divina” below ably demonstrates.
Taking a Yngwie-esque left turn, this project by singer Rod Marenna (Marenna) and guitarist Alex Meister (ex-Pleasure Maker) is pure anthemic hard rock/glam/hair heaven.
“With the most intense vibrations, joining their experiences of over 25 years dedicated to this style,” Marinho says of the band’s Out of Reach, “Marenna-Meister promotes an exciting union between melodic and striking vocals, powerful riffs and guitar solos with tons of energy to be heard at full volume.
“We are a trip to the 80s with an exclusive and original seasoning,” Marenna adds. “The album brings the maturity of the work of two musicians who have always been dedicated to this heavy metal style. Musicians who decided to join forces and knowledge in favor of this style that we love so much, for the public that has been in need of this sound since the market change. An energetic and vibrant sound that will bring you back to the atmosphere of the golden age of Rock, added to modern elements to be heard at full volume!”
5. Xaninho Discos
Xaninho Discos, Marinho says, is a small underground label bringing the alternative, rock, metal scenes in Brazil to the next level and punching above its weight as it introduces acts such as Vazio, the aforementioned DamNNation, and Manger Cadavre? to the world.
“We believe in the market cycle within any music scene, be it metal, punk, hardcore, etcetera,” label CEO Icaro Lima (Kaká) says. “We believe that the bands of today have tools that bands of the eighties and nineties did not have — and did not have the same opportunity and even so many achieved their goals. New bands have a lot more resources and the technology in favor for their sound to reverberate in the world, and even though many of them stop, we as a label have a fundamental role to join forces and make them prosper where they deserve and so we believe in partnerships. We are working hard to offer everyone our best, if there is an opportunity to listen to new bands.”