I don’t know how many of you out there remember a Brazilian band by the name of THE MIST. They released a couple of albums back in the 90s and now the debut from 89 “Phantasmagoria” has been rereleased. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
I remember you guys from back in the 90s.Then I heard nothing about you. What happened to you?
-The Mist continued working after I left. I lost touch with the rest of the band for a while and nowadays we meet on occasion. I was doing the vocals for Chakal and The Unabomber Files. Now I am working only with The Unabomber Files
You are now promoting a rerelease of one of your albums. What has lead up to this rerelease? Why now?
-I believe that Cogumelo Records noticed that now is a good moment and called us in to chat about it. We thought it was a nice idea.
When I first hear THE MIST on the “Gottverlassen” album I wasn’t too impressed. I thought you were too Sepultura – Roots in sound. In hindsight do you feel that you came onto the scene back then with the wrong kind of sound? What was it that made you sound the way you did?
-I have no idea. We are just four guys who got together a produced what the music that is out there. But having Sepultura as a reference doesn’t bother us. That means we were on the right path. My part relates to the vocals and the lyrics. I just screamed whatever piece of shit I was going through in my life. It was easy.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
-It depends on the musicians and the band with which I am dealing. I believe that each band has an aura. I believe that is part of the Mystics of Heavy Metal. In CHAKAL, a band that I had the privilege of participating in, I go for more somber themes. I like to step into the shoes of BLACK SABBATH and the bands that deal with themes of horror. In THE MIST, it coincided with my graduation from my university course in Philosophy. So I was reading a lot. It helped me to write. In THE MIST I wrote about what I was feeling and that was very good. The most important aspect of writing is believing in what you are doing, be it talking about romance or talking about werewolves.
I wasn’t too impressed with the cover artwork of your albums back then. How important is the cover artwork? What made you go for the choices you did?
-I didn’t participate in graphics Project for the album, although it was a democratic and unanimous decision. The only thing I insisted on was that there was an insert with the album lyrics in Portuguese. But I believe that album cover was really perfect for what we wanted to do at the time.
Did Sepultura open up the gateway for Brazilian bands to follow or has that gateway been closed by the choices Sepultura has made in sound? Why is it so hard for bands that don’t come from the US/Europe to break big?
-I can answer that Sepultura put Brazil on the map and with that many bands became known. As for Sepultura’s sound and the choices you say they made, I don’t really have an opinion. I have been listening to their new album, the same as I listen to all their albums. And, as always, they kick ass. They are totally destructive live, they always have been. They didn’t open a door, they kicked it open and brought the door down. What bands lack is the courage to follow their example. I’m talking about the new bands, of course.
Today the competition is harder. You got plenty of digital platforms for new talent to display their music. How do you do to really stand out in a world where everything but the music is blind to the listener?
-I’m completely incompetent in that subject. I only make music. That calms down the velociraptor that lives inside my head. Those platforms help, for sure, and I hope people continue to make as much music as possible. Nowadays you have to scream louder. More music and less stupidity! In the end, only a few survive. The market is reconfiguring itself. Let’s see what comes of it.
What is your local scene like? How important is a national scene for a band to be able to break out and make it international?
-I observe the local scene from a distance. Perhaps even a bit too distant, as far as I’m concerned. My city is centered very much in the Heavy Metal from the Eighties. It’s a characteristic of this scene. The majority of musicians that play in this area learned to play music in the Eighties. But the local scene in my scene urgently needs a renewal. The scene needs new blood.
Rock and metal has come a long way since the early 70s but still some people’s attitudes towards it seem to be left in the stone age. How is accepted is metal in
your area? Is it like in Finland where it seems to come with the mother’s milk?
-No, it is not like in Finland. You study music since your infancy. Here we don’t have that musical appreciation so early in life. As we have many who appreciate heavy music who are now parents, I believe there will be a very interesting generation in the future. As far as attitudes from the Stone Age, those exist worldwide.
What does the future hold for you?
-Death, of course!