[interview] IMMINENT ATTACK: “Our goal in every show is to entertain the crowd, with both visual and audio elements, we don’t want you to merely listen to our songs, we want to give you a show to remember”

Whether its the enormous energy that this genre provides or the ease in which seriousness and fun go hand in hand in political messages or party songs and positive attitude, there’s something in Crossover that appeals to young and old alike! IMMINENT ATTACK is a fine example of a band that lives well with the duality of emboding the best of hardcore and thrash into a single unit and, in addition, they’ll be playing inside Portuguese borders this year, so we’ll make way for Dinho (vocals) and see what he has to tell us…

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[GR]: What’s happening boys? Let’s begin by introducing and unveiling the names behind IMMINENT ATTACK!

Dinho: Hello everyone, thank you for getting in touch, we were very honored by this conversation which I’m sure will be the first of many!!! The current line-up consists on: Dinho Guimaraes (cocals), Erick Veles (guitar), Rafael Augusto Lopes (guitar), Ivan Skully (bass) and Andrew A.lien (drums).

This year you celebrate the band’s tenth anniversary! Do you feel the weight of those years on your shoulders? Were those ten years a walk in the park or a painfully difficult decade?

Dinho: Ten years for an independent band is a long time… We had several obstacles on our way, many doors closed in our faces, but that never discouraged us, we always took those kind of things as part of a learning process and it seems we are now reaping the fruits in recent years… The same ones who closed the doors before, now call us to play in their events… But I can answer you with certainty that we still have a difficult career, here in Brazil it’s very hard to make a living from Art, whatever that Art may be.

You released your “Couch Potato” EP, earlier last year, was that your way of celebrating the band’s anniversary or was it something you already had planned?

Dinho: Actually, we wanted to celebrate our 10th year as a band with our first international tour, but that was not possible… The EP kind of took us by surprise, we had won a contest held by Shinigami Records and we were supposed to record some songs to be released in a split with two other bands, however, we thought the songs came out almost too good to just have them on the split and Tauil Entertainment invited us to release them on a 7” vinyl… We couldn’t say no to that invitation, right? Eheheh…

How did the Brazilian underground received the EP? I know that your album, “Deliver Us From Ourselves”, had good reviews and was mentioned several times as one of the best releases at the time. Judging by the feedback you got on the EP, do you feel like you’ve honored that kind of attention?

Dinho: So far everything’s going great, we got many good reviews on the release… But I think the best award we got for it was the fact that it only took a couple of shows to sold out every single copy we had! You can still find some copies around, but only in a few stores…

You also had a few reactions and interest from both fans and press outside Brazil, right? You’ve been able to spread your music and energy around many different places in the world…

Dinho: We are still taking baby steps outside Brazil… We had a few contacts, yes, but nothing really solid. We even sent some things to fans in Europe, USA and Japan, but those were only a few copies. We are talking into releasing our next album through a label in Europe, that way things get a little easy to promote everything in the Old Continent.

I know that you have an European Tour scheduled to 2015! Can you say which countries is it going to cross? Do have any Portuguese dates scheduled?

Dinho: I really must apologize for the time I took to answer this interview, because we were negotiating the whole tour and know we can confirm everything, eheheh… We’ll be landing by the end of April and we’ll play in 7 countries: Portugal, Spain, France, Holland, Belgium, Poland and Germany! The tour starts in Portugal, however, we still don’t know in which cities we’ll play! Everything is still in our manager’s hands!!

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What are your expectations for that tour? And goals? What do you want to achieve by crossing the ocean and playing your crossover/thrash to the European crowds?

Dinho: Total anxiety ahah!!! The big goal is to spread our music around to the biggest number of people possible, not to mention that Europe is a cradle for great bands, excellent venues, responsible promotores, etc.! Being able to play there and learn with the Europeans is just awesome for us!!!

Besides the many compliments on your album, your live performances are also frequently mentioned. But, from your point of view, what are your best attributes on stage? What makes you a band to look after and see live?

Dinho: We take our live performances as they were the last ones of our lives, we want everybody at the show to have as much fun as we do! !!!

Let’s talk about the way you sound: why thrash/crossover? What led you to this particular genre? Sao Paulo is known for having a quite strong hardcore scene, did this influenced you in any way?

Dinho: Actually we did not choose this style, it was Crossover that chose us! Since the beginning of Imminent Attack, all members liked different styles of metal, but when we got together, we did this mixture of rhythms that eventually form the sound of the band. I always listen to plenty of punk rock, hardcore and thrash metal, at least in my case as a vocalist this mix influenced a lot. Speaking of Sao Paulo, the Hard Core scene without any doubt works pretty fine, but I can say with all my heart that is in the interior cities of Brazil that things really get on fire! Perhaps it’s because Sao Paulo is such a big city and have shows almost every night which makes the guys from the farther cities go so insane with the shows.

In Thrash, when it comes to the message, we can find both serious and activist approaches as well as a more festive and fun side of the scene. What is the approach you prefer and which one do you seek to include in your songs?

Dinho: For our album, we had both sides. We have songs in there that were written at the beginning of the band when we were a lot more fun, and less responsible, and there are songs that were written a couple of days before starting recordings it made the album to come out with these songs so different from each other…

Which of these two sides we’ll be able to find the next IMMINENT ATTACK album? When will we start hearing about it?

Dinho: This next album is being written with songs addressing various topics, but with a more serious approach than the “Deliver” record. We’ve already started recording and I believe that it will be ready in the first semestre.

And to anyone who want to listen and/or grab a hold of some of your available releases? Where and who should they bribe first? Where to look?

Dinho: We are in almost all the social networks of the Internet, and a simple google search brings you back to us. But we use Facebook more. If you want to purchase anything just send an email to: kabeloduro@gmail.com.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/imminentattack
Press office: www. http://metalmedia.com.br/imminentattack
Bandcamp: http://imminentattack.bandcamp.com/

Friends, thank you for your kindness and your time! Anything else you want to add to what has already been said, this is your space!

Dinho: Thank very much for the opportunity to speak to you and to the European public! We look forward to meet you guys soon! Big hug, we’ll see you in 2015!!!!! Long live Gourmet Roadkill!!!! Tks Mammoth Maniax

TOMBS & BLACK ANVIL announce co-headlining European tour

TOMBS and BLACK ANVIL are teaming up to go on the road for a co-headlining European tour this next April. The tour will off on April 9th in Berlin and will end on April 26th in Dresden. Included in this two week tour, theu’ve scheduled a stop at the renowned Roadburn Festival in Tilburg (Netherlands).

Check ou the full list of dates below:

April 09 Berlin, DE Casiopeia
April 10 Kassel, DE K19
April 11 Tilburg, Netherlands Roadburn Festival
April 12 Manchester, UK Roadhouse
April 13 Glasgow, UK Audio
April 14 Bristol, UK The Fleece
April 15 London, UK Boston Music Room
April 16 Antwerpen, BE Kavka
April 18 Paris, FR Doomed Gatherings
April 20 Munich, DE Feierwerk
April 21 Wiesbaden, DE Schlachthof
April 22 Prague, CZ 007
April 23 Budapest, HU Durer Kert
April 24 Vienna, AU Viper Room
April 25 Winterthur, CH Gaswerk
April 26 Dresden, DE Chemiefabrik

TOMBS & BLACK ANVIL announce co-headlining European tour

AIRBOURNE sign to Spinefarm Records

Formed in Australia back in 2003, the unswerving champions of the Hard Rock cause AIRBOURNE have now signed a worlwide deal with Spinefarm Records! With brothers Joel & Ryan O’Keeffe at the helm, the band has spent the last ten years building their status as one of the most hard working bands in the Hard Rock scene and this year will likely see the release of their fourth album.

Here’s a few words from the band:

We’re pumped up to have signed on the dotted line to the world’s toughest and truest hard rock label, Spinefarm. We have worked with some of the guys on this team in the past, and we’re extremely confident about having each other’s back in the trenches for many hard rockin’ years to come. We’re chompin’ at the bit to get ROCKIN’ and KICKIN’ ARSE in 2015 & beyond

AIRBOURNE sign to Spinefarm Records

CLAUSTROFOBIA (Brazil) touring Europe in April

After two previous visits to this side of the Atlantic, back in 2007 and 2009, Brazilian thrash-death metal band CLAUSTROFOBIA is back for another tour in old Europe! They’re already confirmed to play in Portugal at the 18th edition of SWR Barroselas Metalfest and within the next days the full schedule will be revealed.

CLAUSTROFOBIA (Brazil) touring Europe in April 2

[video] RANGER – Defcon 1 (lyric video)

Speed metal merchants RANGER will release their Spinefarm Records debut “Where Evil Dwells” on March 13 and they’re sharing the lyric video for, ‘Defcon 1’, the opening track from the record.

Check it out below:

About the band, this is what our inbox had to say:

A true product of the Finnish underground, RANGER is a four-piece unit founded in 2008. Skyrocketing in success and popularity ever since the release of their label debut “Knights Of Darkness” 12” EP (Ektro) in 2013, within the two years after, they have already laid waste to the stages of basically every Finnish major festival. Their rabidly energetic shows have wreaked havoc in a manner unprecedented in Finland, whipping punk and metal audiences alike into riotous thrashing frenzy, leaving behind mangled armies of euphoric fans drenched in sweat, parched with thirst and smiling like morons.

After a couple of demos and EP releases (and a compilation comprised of the aforementioned), “Where Evil Dwells” is RANGER’S debut full-length album, proving that their frenzied output is every bit as effective in larger portions as well as it is on EP’s.

 RANGER – Defcon 1 (lyric video)

SONIC PROPHECY sign with Maple Metal Records

Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, power metallers SONIC PROPHECY have signed a worldwide deal with Maple Metal Records to release their second full-length album “Apocalyptic Promenade” on March 24th.  As part of the deal, Maple Metal Records will re-release Sonic Prophecy’s debut album “A Divine Act of War” from 2011 in Europe, UK, Asia and worldwide.

You can listen to an album teaser streaming in the player below:

“Apocalyptic Promenade” was produced by Matt Hepworth and Sonic Prophecy members Shane Provstgaard and Darrin Goodman, at Studio Nu, and mastered at Mastermind Productions by Trevor Sadler (Rush, Nine Inch Nails, Triumph).

The cover art was designed by the renowned artist Aldo Requena ‘Valgorth’ of Hammerblaze Studios, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

SONIC PROPHECY sign with Maple Metal Records

ANTI-FLAG signs to Spinefarm Records and releases “American Spring” in May

ANTI-FLAG signs to Spinefarm Records and releases American Spring in May

Spinefarm Records announced the signing of Pittsburgh’s punk rock iconoclasts ANTI-FLAG! The band will release “American Spring”, its Spinefarm debut and its tenth album overall, this May.

“American Spring”, produced by AWOLNATION’s Kenny Carkeet, Jim Kaufman (Funeral for a Friend, Skindred, Helmet) and Anti-Flag, features a cameo from fellow punk legend Tim Armstrong of Rancid who appears on the song ‘Brandenburg Gate’, while Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello is featured on ‘Without End’.

The band released a statement following their signing:

We are excited to announce that our tenth full-length record will be released on Spinefarm Records this spring,” the band stated. “There is no shortage of fodder for a new record of commentary on the social and political climate in 2015: Endless wars, the new Jim Crow and American injustice, corprotocracy, environmental coup d’état, the surveillance state, loss, grief, and anxiety. We hope that these songs can grant us solace in a seemingly hopeless era.

It has been frustrating to see much punk rock music —and music in general— quiet in the face of so many atrocities that are taking place around the world. This record is not quiet. If you are disillusioned with the status quo, these songs are for you. The American Spring is now.