INTERVIEW: Brazilian Metal Powerhouse Eminence

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hello guys, thank you for the interview!!  Everything is fine here!!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Burn It Again”?

Burn it Again is the fifth single from our album Dark Echoes, which was released on June 28th via Blood Blast Distribution. It was the second song we wrote during the pandemic. This song is one of the fastest on the album and is a protest against everything that is happening here in Brazil.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Yes, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and the new system being implemented in Brazil. The Brazilian people are dying of hunger and the poor are getting poorer every day. In addition to having to face the disease, we have to fight against the new system.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

All the images in this music video were from the recording of our new album Dark Echoes, made here in Brazil at Estudio M. Audio. We wanted to do something different from the other videos showing a little of how our recording was. The video was directed and edited by our bassist Davidson Mainart.

The single comes off your new album Dark Echoes – what’s the story behind the title?

We are living in a very difficult situation across the planet and especially here in Brazil. We wrote this album remotely, each one at home and then we gathered all the ideas and went into the studio. Seeing everything that was happening, we decided to name it Dark Echoes. The title came at the right time.

How was the recording and writing process?

It took 7 months of pre-production, each one at home and then we went to a studio to rehearse together. We spent 35 days rehearsing every day to enter the recording studio in the month of October.

During the whole pre-production process we sent the songs to the producer Tue Madsen (Meshuggah, Heaven Shall Burn, Behemoth) and we talked about which way to go with the songs. It was a tiring process but in the end we were very happy with the final result.

What role does Brazil play in your music?

We have a lot of Brazilian musicality in our songs, especially Groove. Our drummer Alexandre Oliveira is very percussive with influences from Brazilian music.

Most of our lyrics also talk about our reality here in Brazil, being Brazilian inspires us.

We are proud to be Brazilian, but we have several problems that we face every year like 

hunger, lack of jobs, corruption and the lack of a health service.

With the large reception your music has gotten – did you feel any pressure while putting this album together?

The pressure was so great because we were so excited to see our fans’ reaction to this album. It was written in a different way. We worked remotely and it was a different experience that showed us a new way of composing. We really liked the whole process.

How did the pandemic influence the writing on this album?

Anxiety, fear of the future and not knowing what to do for the next few months led us to think, to believe that things could get better. It was a very dark time and we put it all into our music.

What aspect of bigotry did you get to explore on this record?

We are against racism, homophobia and any social discrimination. We write in our lyrics that we have to change and help those in need, and that we can’t accept everything that’s happening on the planet.  People are dying slowly, mentally and physically.

Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We were inspired by our strong feelings against racism, violence and the new chaotic system in Brazil.

What else is happening next in Eminence’s world?

Maybe we will record a live stream at the end of the year playing the songs from the Dark Echoes album and hoping in the near future to be able to play again in the USA!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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