FORCEPS is Brazilian Death Metal. That alone is enough for me to get my heart pumping a bit extra. An interview with a Brazilian death metal band is like the thing that stops my heart. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-Not hard at all. It was one conversation with our old drummer Hugo on the very beginning ,11 years ago, in my room, one of the first rehearsals and we wanted a strong name, with one word, and that would work in both English and Portuguese. He came up with FORCEPS and we immediately liked it, the ambiguous meaning and the brutality of the tool also made a lot of sense with the sound we wanted to do.
As I am sure of we are quite a few that are rather new to you guys could you give us a short introduction to the band?
-FORCEPS is a 4 piece Death Metal band based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Influenced by elements of other sub-genres like Grindcore, Slam and Technical Death Metal. We talk about a catastrophic vision of the future in a world ravaged by human action. A critique of humanity’s relation with itself and with the planet in today’s world. The first single was released in 2007, followed by a three-track demo entitled “CORPOREALITY” in 2010, then our first EP in 2012 entitled “HUMANICIDE “, and now we are releasing our first Full-lenght album entitled “MASTERING EXTINCTION” this year. During those years we had the absolute honor to play shows alongside Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Hatebreed, Krisiun and other incredible bands.
We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Human atrocities. Which came to be an endless inspiration.
What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-Brazil is a huge country, and like any other huge country it varies a lot. Some major cities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba, Belo Horizonte, Brasília and Porto Alegre all have big metal scenes but we are all suffering from a major economical depression right now in Brazil, and that influences a lot on people not affording to go to shows anymore. I think its very important to have a local scene to develop more bands and more people into your music and that makes the wheel turn, but I guess you can still exist as a band only on the digital/virtual world but that is not what we want, we like to feel and experience things live for ourselves.
Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Particularly, no. I don’t feel part of any movement or anything special nor bigger. I just feel good and I enjoy a lot to be with my friends creating the type of music that I enjoy the most. Metal for me is the type of music that moves me the most, the best concerts, the best people, and I connect with that.
When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-An album cover that transmits a message connected with the music, that strikes creativity in people’s heads, that makes them wonder, and that are visually stunning.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-I think its the natural evolution of everything. Different medias always co-existed, it has been like that since always, the important thing is that an artist needs to be where the fans are. The market and the industries around it always change, money changes hands, and everything will change again in time due to the evolution and this is normal and its how it has ever been. It’s like saying LP’s killed music, than Cassettes killed music, than CD’s killed again.. and that’s not true. Music still exists, it still thrives all around the world, maybe even more now as technology made it easier and more affordable to record an album, and artists old an new, are still releasing new albums and new music.
What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-Specifically about Rio de Janeiro, where we live, it’s a city that has at least 5 or 6 metal shows a week, normally more on the weekends but some times during the week too. I see that the scene is increasing slowly in time, with some ups and downs.
When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-It’s definitely not a party ( for us the band ), its total commitment, and we are always very focused on doing our best performance and making people enjoy what they are paying for. We want to make our best to pass along our message and play an amazing show, everything around it is also thought in the same way. We have a very strong theme and that is also part of the show. We cannot talk about human atrocities with a smile on our faces.
What would you like to see the future bring?
-A lot of Death Metal for us all.