In the build-up to Emalyth‘s next installation of their annual Arts Expo, with this one sub-titled Infiniti, UnScene‘s Zain Domo took an interest in pursuing some of the band’s for a little chit-chat and sought out a home for it here at M4A. This is one of a series of interviews we were only too happy to indulge. Conversation between Zain Domo, and Edu, the drummer for Brazil’s NervoChaos who have traveled from South America (via a few tour dates in Asia) to grace our shores.
When an international band decides to land their asses on South African soil, one doesn’t need to ask many questions. It’s kinda like a hip hop music video where swarms of people just end up throwing dollar bills at the booty, screaming “TAKE MY MONEY!!!”. But Brazil’s NervoChaos are much more than just your average urban warriors.
Established in the spring of 1996, this South American metal band are as close to the concrete of their underground scene as they are one of the cornerstones of the Brazillian extreme metal fraternity. Boasting an aggressive fusion of thrash and death metal as well as a host of other extreme influences, NervoChaos have managed to carve out a unique history in their two-decades-long stint as well as sharing the stage with international heavyweights such as Venom, Kreator, Belphegor, Cannibal Corpse and Biohazard, to name but a few. They also just came off a mammoth international tour, but I finally caught up with the guys from across the Atlantic to find out what exactly brings them to our shores and what they have in store for their South African fans.
Zain: South African metal heads are eagerly awaiting your arrival and subsequent Southern African tour alongside Boargazm. How was this relationship between the two bands started and has it opened the door to future South Africa/Brazil underground relations?
Edu (drummer): It all started last year in Northern Europe when we did six shows together with Boargazm. We developed a good relationship with those guys and seemed natural to evolve into a cooperation between both parts. We’ll do this Southern African tour with them and later this year they’ll do a Brazilian tour with us. We’re really looking forward to tour South Africa.
Zain: In your twenty years, you guys have no doubt experienced all the ups and downs associated with the life as a D.I.Y metal band. But what was one of the greatest highs you’ve experienced?
Edu: You’re right, it has been a great adventure those twenty years, with lots of great experiences – mainly good ones – but of course there are some hard times as well. I think our last tour (2015) can be considered one of our highest moments. We toured worldwide for the first time, doing 132 gigs in one year.
Zain: I’m sure many of us are uncertain what your (or any international band) view of the SA underground culture and lifestyle is; this is “Africa” after all. What do you expect to find when you land and what do you wish to leave behind at the end of your tour?
Edu: Well, we don’t know much about the SA underground culture, but we’re really looking forward to it. We want to check out more and know more about it. The way we see it, headbangers are headbangers anywhere in the world… of course there are different cultural aspects, but at the end of the day, we’re all connected by the music and by this lifestyle. I think it should be very similar to what we see around South America, with a lot of passion for it. We hope people enjoy it as much as we will and we hope to return always to SA for more touring.
Zain: The Emalyth Arts Expo is an annual event showcasing some of the best local metal acts in South Africa as well as a host of other activities and underground interests. How excited are you to be able to be a part of it this year?
Edu: We’re very excited to be part of it and it’s a great opportunity for us to know/see SA bands and learn more about the local scene. It’s an honor for us to be part of this in our first SA tour.
Zain: Folks at the Arts Expo are looking forward to hearing what you guys sound like and also get a first hand taste of some South America metal. What kind of sound makes up the NervoChaos beast and what can South African fans expect from your live performances?
Edu: We’ll deliver old school Death/Thrash Metal and we’ll cover the whole band career in our show, so people will get a chance to experience some old school METAL from Brazil. We always give 120% in all our shows and in SA it won’t be different. Pazuzu is coming!
Zain: Do you have any last words for South Africa?
Edu: Yes, indeed. I can guarantee that we’re extremely excited about touring SA for the first time! We hope to see you all at the shows! For passion, not fashion!
Well there you have it. 2015 was a huge year for South African metal with a host of international acts vying to lift the lift on our dark continent, but with NervoChaos valiantly finding the time to squeeze SA into their plans and many other international acts still to visit later this year, 2016 is looking to be another blockbuster notch in the SA underground history books. Pazuzu is coming… are you ready?
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