November last year the Brazilian
black/death/thrash metal cult band Vulcano visited the Little
Devil in Tilburg. Vulcano is an extreme metal band from Santos, São
Paulo, Brazil. Founded in 1981, it is one of the first Brazilian heavy
metal bands with reference to their influence on the Latin American
black metal scene. Vulcano not only kick-started musical blasphemy in
Brazil, but throughout the whole of Latin America, furthermore the band
is noted as an influence on Sepultura. Marco had the
privilege to help them around in
Tilburg and was in the
opportunity to do a short but sweet interview.
It was a real honor help you around
with the snare-drum and have a face to face interview and drink some
Hey man! I want to thank you for
hospitality, and fun night!
Vulcano is one of the most
influential extreme metal acts from the Brazilian continent, can you
tell me something about the Brazilian metal scene?
I think it's totally different. In the
80s you had a scene and nowadays you have another scene. The main
difference is that in the 80s everyone would be headbanging, going to
the shows, pay for the shows and buy merchandise. Nowadays? It's not
like it was, totally different. The headbanger goes to the show but
doesn't enter the venue, only stays outside, talking and drinking. I
think nowadays we have a lot of many cool bands, but in the past with a
few bands there were more people to see. Nowadays you have many bands
but fewer people to see. A lot of bands but no fans. You have them on
the internet but at the shows you have just a few people. Very sad!
Are there any other active bands?
We have great bands that tour the
country, outside the country too, releasing albums in-between 2/3 years.
We have a good relationship with these bands. Always mixed together on
tour outside our state Saint Paul. We played some weeks ago in the
street of Federal where we have the Capital of our country, Brazilia
How were the 90's in Brazil? Here
it was really shit, if it’s about the more traditional kind of metal!
In Brazil it's the same shit
(laughing) In the 90's Vulcano stopped. The band stopped in 1990, after
the release of the 'Red Race' album. Because I think the scene at the
time was totally fancy, not real. Just like Sepultura, I don't like the
groovy stuff. It's not my cup of tea. I like classic 80's heavy metal
like Stress, Taurus, Attomica, Korzus and Antharas.
We had Rock in Rio a few months ago
and a lot of people came to the festival to see the bands from outside
Brazil. This year we had some cool bands from the underground Brazilian
scene playing like Claustrophobia and Nervosa. So it was the first time
more Brazilian bands came on this festival. Actually the most Brazilian
media give the most attention to the mainstream and not the underground
and especially to bands who come from the USA and so on.
How is it to be 62 and still play
I really don't have this perception
about how old I am, and that I am still involved in the metal scene and
especially creating songs for the underground. For me there is no age
dimension when you are inside heavy metal no matter how extreme it is.
What I mean is that no matter how old you are, your passion for heavy
metal in all its aspects is the motivation.
If you look back at your first
release ‘Bloody Vengeance’ (1986) is there anything you would have done
differently if you had the chance?
I really can’t explain...I don't know,
I like to play to do heavy metal... It's really just the style of
What inspired you to make more extreme metal back in the days?
considering your first demo sounded a lot less extreme
Actually back in the early 80's I
wanted to compose heavy and dense songs like Black Sabbath and fast and
raw songs like Motorhead, but it was almost impossible to achieve that
because there was no knowledge, no skill, no equipment available. Our
first demo ‘Devil on my Roof’ features as close as we could get to it,
the live album also got some of that, but it wasn’t until ‘Bloody
Vengeance’ till we got it right!
Do you consider Vulcano to be an
influential band to the Brazillian scene?
I consider Vulcano to be an extremely
important band for the Brazilian scene, maybe not so influential, but
certainly important, because Vulcano is imbued with attitude and "do it
yourself" and because of that we are alive 40 years later. Anyway, a
great example to look at!
Thanks for the interview! The last
words are yours!
Hey Marco, it was a great night and it
was also cold. Vulcano is very grateful for your commitment and also
your friend Niels to lend us the snare drum that saved our show! And
finally I understood Igor's joke (In Ruins) about "Popcorn"
Furthermore, I want to thank the
readers for patience to arrive until here and the opportunity to speak
some words about my band Vulcano. If you guys think this interview is
interesting but too short, look for more info’s about us at our Bandcamp
band page, our official website or facebook Metalics Cheers!
Patchman Marco for Metal-Experience.com
and Headbangers Zine
Zhema Rodero — Guitars (1981–present)
Arthur Von Barbarian — Drums
Luiz Carlos — Vocals (1997–1999,
Ivan Pellicciotti The Darkest - Bass
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