1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Well, after the recording we started focusing on rehearsals and promotions for our album. As soon as Cogumelo released our album here in Brazil, invitations for gigs started to appear and we played in many cities. Our focus now is to play as much as possible and show our work, propagating hatred throughout Brazil.
2.You have a new album coming out at the end of May, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the new recording and also how does it differ from the album you had released in 2011?
HATE METAL is more in-your-face than the first album. It is more brutal and old-school. We took the essence of the Metal from the state of Minas Gerais and put it in the songs of the new CD without losing the rawness of the first album.
3.When i listened to the album I could hear a lot of the old 80's underground Brazilian metal sound in your music but done in a more brutal manner, do you feel your home country has a great history when it comes to underground metal?
R:Com toda certeza o BRASIL fez e ainda faz historia no metal mundial!O BRASIL nao é somente o pais do futebol é o pais do heavy metal! bandas como SARDÓFAGO,VULCANO,CHAKAL sao grandes sao otimas e fazem o som com raça e perseverança o BRASIL influenciou o mundo fazendo o metal direto sem firulas metal saindo das profundesas do estomago!
Without any doubt, Brazil made and still makes history in worldwide Metal. Brazil is not only the country of soccer but it is also the country of Heavy Metal. Bands like Sarcofago, Vulcano, and Chakal are great and make their music with guts and perseverance. Brazil has influenced the world making a no-frills Metal born from the pit of the stomach.
4.On a one of the tracks you had Wagner Antichrist of Sarcofago doing some vocals, where you honored to have this metal legend participate on the new album?
Wagner is a great friend. I’ve known him since we were kids. He is an icon of worldwide Metal. One day he came to our rehearsal and I asked him if he’d be into participating in our CD. He accepted and we super stoked. On top of that, he helped a lot, giving advice in the album’s production. We had other guests such as M. Joker (Ex-Sarcofago/Uganga), Fernando Lima (Drowned), and Rodrigo de Carya (Lustful). All of them helped our work become better!
5.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
Our lyrics cover themes like hatred and lust, war, false freeloading people, but most of all the problems with the fads that exist in Metal. We want to pass the message that Metal is not a fad, it’s a way of life, where only the strong survive. Scourge lives and breathes Metal 24 hours a day.
6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Scourge'/
Scourge means to flog. We took the name from the song The Laws of Scourge by Sarcófago. We wanted a name that would draw parallels with the bands agenda. In other words, we want to flog all falseness that exists in the underground. We want to flog all those bastard falses who think Metal is fashion.
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
When we play live, we play with blood in our eyes. We want to scream from our lungs what we feel. We have played many great shows. All of them have been perfect with insane crowds headbanging non-stop. That fuels us to continue disseminating hatred throughout Brazil and the world.
8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We expect to play throughout Brazil to divulge our album to the max. We’re looking at shows outside our country as well. We want to show the world the Hate Metal from Brazil.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of death and black metal?
We’re very happy with the feedback on our new album. A lot of people from all over the world has been talking about our music, praising our album!
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Our future depends entirely o working hard; playing in many places and writing new songs. In other words, we have to show our face to the world. We’re already writing new songs which are much more brutal than the ones we have now. We make the music we like and feel good playing. Everything comes from the pit of the stomach. This is the Metal from the state of Minas Gerais.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
We listen to everything, from traditional Heavy Metal all the way to old-school Black Metal! We dig bands such as Bathory, Venom, Hellhammer, Sarcofago, Death, AC/DC, Black Sabbath (Masters). We like the old shit since few bands from the new generation show originality. Most bands just copy each other.
12.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music?
Well, I don’t believe in god, therefore I can’t really believe in Satanás. I respect other people’s beliefs. Satanism, Occultism, all that stuff is already a fad. People don’t really have the knowledge to talk about this stuff and write about things they don’t understand. To me, Satanism is nothing more than little comic book horror stories. Few bands really study the subject and write about it correctly. I could care less about religious people or Satanists, for that matter.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Outside of music I like to fish, camp and cook. I love my family. I like simple things from everyday life.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Scourge says thank you for the opportunity to show a bit o four work. Metal is union and that makes a difference. Thanks to all headbangers worldwide. Metal will never die. Winner never quit and quitters never win.