Lúcio Nunes: After releasing our second album “Katharsis” a lot of things happened. We worked hard on a music vídeo for the track “Final Day” with Bonita Produções (São Paulo, Brasil). Its screenplay was written by the director Theo Grahl and it is highly inspired by Guy Ritchie's language (“Snatch” - 2000, “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” - 1998). The plot has some twits and a surprising end. Basically, it involves card games, a dodger and a lot of blood... Besides that, we released a play through vídeo with myself and Lucas Aldi performing the song “Overcome” and another one for the song “Hostile” is on its way.
2.In February you had released a new album, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Lúcio Nunes: I would say that its core is an aggressive Thrash Metal. “Katharsis” was born under a very dynamic atmosphere. We were very open minded while composing its songs during our rehearsals. It contains influences of every single one of us and it has no pretensions to sound like anything. The main difference between this record and our debut album “Pray For The Dead” is the composition process. On the first CD we brought the songs 90% complete to the rehearsals and on “Katharsis” we had only some few riffs completed. We worked a lot together in every single song of our latest release.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Lúcio Nunes: For this record we wrote the lyrics and worked on every other aspect of the album to connect the project to the central thematic “Katharsis”. This is a very interesting topic that opened many possibilities to approach the subject under different prisms. This term can be interpreted as a renewal after a tragedy. We push the listener into a inner reflection about our society, religion and politics.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Slasher'?
Lúcio Nunes: Slasher is a subgenre of horror films that usually contains a lot of blood and gore. Typically it involves a psychopath killer murdering people with a chainsaw, knife, scythe and whatever pleases the murderer while tearing some bodies.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Lúcio Nunes: It’s hard to tell the best concert we ever performed. I highlight “Katharsis” release party in our hometown as one of the greatests. We had a lot of fans and friends going crazy that night and it was simply amazing. I would describe our stage performance as an intense experience that will certainly award the metalheads with a torticollis from headbanging all night long. =)
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Lúcio Nunes: We are currently touring in some cities here in Brasil and our very first European tour is foreseen for 2015. We are going to announce some details about it soon, like countries, support band and things like that.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
Lúcio Nunes: We are not focused on signing off a contract with a label, although it would be great having one in our team. We are dedicating our time to work on our booking, European tour, promotion and new stuff to our fans. We will keep on working hard, let’s see what the future will bring...
8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of thrash metal?
Lúcio Nunes: The feedback is very positive. All the reviews we got so far from the media are great. We received messages from people all over the globe telling how bad they like our stuff and this is amazing. The reviews we received from Brazilian media are highlighting this record as one of the bests of this year (Roadie Crew magazine, Hell Divine magazine, Whiplash.net, etc) and we can’t be happier!
9.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Lúcio Nunes: I believe that we will keep on trying new stuff in our songs. This is something that worked really nice on “Katharsis”. That atmosphere we created during our rehearsals allowed us to try whatever we wanted to. So, I would say that we are going to keep our agressive and intense Metal adding some new characteristics that doesn't necessarily comes off the Metal genre.
10.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?
Lúcio Nunes: The main influences of our songs is Thrash Metal and its masters (Sepultura, Slayer, Testament, Exodus, etc). However, this is not the only genre we listen to and we have a huge musical diversity. Every musician in the band have peculiar influences that goes from Death Metal to Thrash Metal, from Progressive to Alternative Metal to Rock N’ Roll and the list goes on and on. Lately I’m listening to Tool, Pain Of Salvation, The Hellacopters, Lamb of God and this list is surely going to be different if I reply this interview in another day.
11. What are some of your non musical interests?
Lúcio Nunes: Humm... the only thing that came to my mind when I read that was beer. Some very good and handcrafted beers are always something interesting and gives me a massive dose of creativity for new songs. =D
12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Lúcio Nunes: I would like to thank you very much for the opportunity and thanks to all of our fans that supported us through these years. For those reading this interview that never listened to our songs before, check out our official website www.slasher.com.br