Something nice and heavy and dark for you, from, the lovely country of Brazil. Rex Mendax answers our questions…
We are from Novo Hamburgo, Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul.
How did you meet?
We have been friends for over twenty years and have always played together in various bands and projects.
How long have you been playing as a band?
I’ve been playing in a band since 1994. The other guys since 1999. This project has existed since 2010, but only now I put it on active.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
It’s just a name that I thought was cool to put on the project. I think it fit perfectly into a black metal music project. It is basically what our music represents: requiems for Satan.
What are your influences?
There are several such as: Emperor, Dark Funeral, Cannibal Corpse, Marduk, Deicide, Venom, Anathema, Krisium, Carcass, Exciter, Metallica, Darkthrone, Satyricon, Slayer, Morbid Angel, Iron Maiden, Paradise Lost, Dimmu Borgir, Windir, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Dead Can Dance. Basically everything that is rock n’ roll and metal.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
In general, our music is black metal with various influences. We work hard to give each song its own identity. For sure you will be able to listen to the entire record and know exactly which song is playing. At first, it may seem that the EP was not cohesive, but that impression comes from listening to the sounds carefully and realizing that we leave our mark on each one. I would definitely hate it if the songs were similar to each other.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
I am fascinated by everything that is hidden. So, I am not just stuck with classical Satanism. I’m a history teacher, so I keep reading!
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
This project was not designed for live shows. Which doesn’t mean that we won’t be doing any shows in the future. And when we do, it will have to be something very special.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
In the other bands I played I never did anything very “abnormal”. But I’ve seen a lot of crazy things from other bands, like huge plaster saints being thrown from the stage in the middle of the audience and Bibles being burned in the middle of the audience (which burned the hair of many people).
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
I have a Yamaha RBX 170 passive bass that I use with a Boss EQ-20 Advanced, but when recording I used an active 4-string Jazz Bass Fender connected directly to the table. I used a Meteoro MB 800 kit (Meteoro 400W head, 410BS 4×10 ”box + 5” tweeter; 115BS 1×15 ”), but I sold it.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
At the moment I’m focused on promoting the album. Soon there will be another lyric and also a video clip. This project is not a way of life for me, so I do everything at my own pace. This allows me to do everything with great satisfaction. And this is also the reason why I already have four new songs for the next record.
What are your plans for the next 6 months or so?
As I said, focus on promoting the record. And due to the Coronavirus pandemic I had to cancel all my plans for the next few months. In fact, all my plans for this year.
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