EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW:. With the brazilian metallers SYMPTOMEN

11:40 by Musicologo go go

NEROCROMO MUSIC and Heart Of Steel Records launched in the digital market the debut album "Men against Men" and the second album titled "Into The Future" of true metallers SYMPTOMEN!
We have talked with Iago Pedroso (guitars and vocals) about the story of the band, below the interview!

1. Hi guys, tell us when you formed SYMPTOMEN?
Hi! The band was formed in may 2011 in Tatuí-SP, Brazil
The members is Iago Pedroso (guitars/vocals), Tiago Floyd (guitars), Manassés Procópio (Bass guitar) and Ricardo Menezes (Drums)

2. What is the genre of your sound?
Well, I guess our sound is a Heavy Metal composed of some Thrash riffs with a little Hard Rock influences; and that's what 90% of our reviewers says. So I would just call it Heavy Metal, not "traditional", not "Hard'n'Heavy"... just Heavy Metal.

3. What is the source of inspiration for the lyrics? Who writes them?
The lyrics are basically written by me (Iago Pedroso), with a few exceptions. We've got a lot of personal issues, political and social stuff. 

4. Do you think that English is the universal language now?
Yes, I think so. The large majority of countries have the English as official or secondary language, though in Brazil it isn't, and here the people who speak english is the large minority.

5. What are the reasons by which you decide to give your band the name "SYMPTOMEN"?  
It's a junction of "Symptoms" with "Men". Though it's inspired in "Symptom of the Universe" from Black Sabbath, that talks about love. I believe the Men's biggest "symptoms" would be hate and greed. And that's what the song "Symptom Men" from our first album talks about.

6. Your album, now in the digital market, will be promoted in international media, what are your expectations? 
We expect that our albuns (Men Against Men and Into the Future) can reach a larger audience from all around the world. We also expect opportunities to be playing live in other countries. Whatever it is, just so that we can show our work to an audience that is interested.

7. How did you decide to sign the record deal with italian's HEART OF STEEL RECORDS? 
Well, our manager (Eduardo Bonadía) has received the proposal, we read, we liked, and signed; that simple! Since then, Heart of Steel has been very generous and respectful with us, doing a very nice label and press work.

8. To promote the record are you planning a live tour?
Yes, We are playing here in Brazil since the album was released, and we are totally open to international proposals!

9. Have you played in some important festivals in the past?
No. So far we've only played in bars and festivals, in which the biggest public was approximately one thousand people.

10. I would like to have your own point of view about the poor sales of the CD's, it's caused by the internet? technological development? 
or it's changed the mentality of the fans?
I think it's the sum of it all. But it is important to remember that we are living in the moment when more people consume music in history. Though back in the day people bought more, today people are connected with the music they like almost all day long, in music players and smartphones; that's something technology has benefited musicians. The money the fans save not buying CDs, they can go to shows and really help and make the band you like exist. Of course that the CD sales are still important, but we gotta face the reality and try to adapt ourselves to new times. There are still fans that buy, and like buying, I think there always will be. People who like to have the band's official stuff, but sometimes we think the people who are downloading it free is villains, when actually they could never have reached that material if not this way.

11. You're certainly not a international mainstream, pop band, how do you judge the underground music scene? and in Brazil?
Well. I think the underground should be very similar all around the world: Many bands, poor structure, lack of investment, few fans. That was always this way... But there's something here that really bothers me, though I'm sure it would happens all around the world as well: Bands that sounds really bad alive, and got some production that turns them in a perfect band, and worse than that is to see people that like them. The mainstream is really hard to reach, so the bands create their false virtuous works that convince people and even reviewers. Today in the underground, image is everything, worths more than the music. We are really proud of having won a live contest with 9 other bands proving people and ourselves that we really do what we sale.

12. tell us a few funny anecdotes, in the past?
In 2012 when our former drummer Luiz left the band, Ricardo Menezes was the first person who I asked to join us. In the first time he said that he was not interested, he haven't ever heard any of our songs, but he was too busy with the other two bands he was playing with. Then he appointed another drummer for us that really doesn't play anything. A month later, with no drummer, we hired Menezes only to record our first album. He accepted. Then he really loved the songs and the way the band works. Since then he was never asked to join the band again, he just stayed and said: I'll never leave!

In our first days we played in a festival that has delayed about 3 hours. So we start drinking beer to spend time. None of us got drunk. But when we was finally playing Tiago Floyd could not contain himself and had to leave in the middle of the show to go to the bathroom and then, while we and the audience was waiting him to come back, we played "Twist and Should". The crowd laugh a lot.

In the launching show of our 2° album, in the sound check I fell off the stage cause it had a black curtain and I thought the stage would not end in it. Lucky I didn't let to be curious in showtime.

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