Enterro is one of the newer black metal bands out of Brazil that I encounter, and features members of “country-core” band Matanza, making me curious as to the quality of the music that they are able to write. Fortunately they do not disappoint, with their brand new album The Bell of Leprous. We talk to the band to find out more.
Still born! Arrived about 3 weeks from the factory but is being great, so far. The CD came the way we wanted and we are really proud of it.
The band was formed back in 2006 with 2 members (China and Donida) from the countrycore band, Matanza. What was it that led to their interest in forming a band playing black metal?
Extreme Metal is something you live all your days with, in your brain. To be part on a BM band is a unique experience to a musician who is under the Sign of the Black Mark (sic)… You simply need it!
Aside from China and Donida, how did the current lineup come about, also featuring Kafer from Darkest Hate Warfront?
We are long time friends and were not difficult to put this band together. We have different styles and not the same background so the work is to combine the influences of each other and make the sound richer.
Enterro’s mean roughly translates to “burial” in Portuguese. Is there any significance of the band’s name to the band’s music, and how did the band decide upon using Enterro as the band’s name?
ENTERRO is a colloquial form to burial. It carries a extreme negative energy so it became much appropriated.
The band’s new album, The Bell of Leprous provides listeners with a nice balance between the various extreme metal sub-genres, with influences from Norwegian black metal down to death metal present. What were some of the influences in mind when writing the music for the new album?
Each one in the band has a different playing style and we structure the writing over it. We don’t try to play BM as expected at the same time we don’t expand time with experimentations and things like that … When it flows naturally and sounds good, we do it.
On songs like Arguments for Ignorants, there are even some thrash metal styled riffing included, reminding listeners of riffs from a Slayer album. What was the songwriting process like, and how does the band decide what goes where?
We come up with a lot of ideas into the studio and we try to figure what sounds like Enterro and no one else. There a lot of Black Metal riffs that you repeat and repeat, copy and paste from any other bands but is not the way to make your own music. It’s a very slow process, indeed.
There are also numerous sound samples that are present on the album such as on B11. What is the significance of these sound samples, and how did the decision to include them come about?
This “sound samples” are used to illustrate the idea that stupidity and nonsense of war is something really close to us all. The great humanity’s mistakes should not be forgotten as incredibly fast as it goes and that’s why I think we are already doomed.
China and Donida, being in Matanza as well, how is playing and writing the music for The Bell of Leprous a different experience from writing songs for Matanza?
It’s very different but we expand a lot of energy to play what we call “country” in Matanza. It’s fast and hard to play, a very distant stuff from Randy Travis calm down style.
The Bell of Leprous also features a pretty raw production quality, but sees each instrument sounding out clearly despite the chaos present in the music. What was the recording process like, and who did the band approach with regards to the mixing and mastering of the album?
The album was recorded and mixed by the band drummer Perazzo, at the studio he works already… The recording process was very quick because we finished all arrangements and rehearsed a lot before.
The album title, The Bell of Leprous, is a reference to the bell that leper would carry to warn others of his approach. What is the significance behind the album title?
The leper in 13th century was someone that represents the ugliness of a penitent soul and who people used to fear and hate, at the same time. We feel as hatred as that leper, without hope, with no place to go, not allowed, not wanted…
Also, how did the band come to settle on the lyrical theme and concept behind the album? Where does the band draw up the hatred for mankind?
The point is: What is the worst problem of the world? The society demands, the church dogmas, alienation, war? We think that there’s only one and it’s mankind. Everything will be wrong because men is unable to live in peace. People could become into rocks…
The Bell of Leprous would be the band’s first release under Hollehammer. How did this collaboration come about?
We forced him to it! hahaha …Marcelo is a old friend, he did the (great!) artwork to both ENTERRO albuns, so he was the right guy to help us.
Nihil and Donida mentioned in another interview that black metal is not only simply music, but a state of mind as well. What exactly does this state of mind refer to, and what are some of the band members’ spiritual beliefs (if any)?
Every kind of extreme music expresses extreme feelings but I think that there’s no other “sub-genre” able to distilling negativity like BM. We don’t believe in anything, no god, no satan, no fucking shit… We trust in Nothingness…
We have come to the end of the interview, thank you for taking the time off to answer our questions!
Thank you for this opportunity. This is our first Asian interview! Hail Singapura!!!
Album Review: Enterro – The Bell of Leprous