Deceivers' Greg Talks New Music and Band Input


Metal hardcore outfit the Deceivers are currently hard at work writing and recording for their new album with touring in the works. Frontman vocalist Greg discusses the new material, touring, and some in-depth details about the band.


1. Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Deceivers, and how long the band has been together.

Greg: I’m Greg, vocalist of Deceivers. The band exists for more than 20 years, walking independent since that.

2. Tell us the brief history of your band.

Greg: The New Era of metal core is here! - As said by a reviewer about Deceivers powerful and original way to write heavy and aggressive music describes how the band is building an impressive career since DECEIVERS - emerging from Brazil's capital city - formed in 1994.

Sometime ago during a TV show interview with Hatebreed, frontman Jamey Jasta was questioned about which bands they know from Brazil. He answered: Sepultura and DECEIVERS. The band has shared the stage with many national and international touring bands, including Sepultura, Madball, Krisiun, Violator, Angra, Hirax, Rage, Ratos de Porão and many others.

DECEIVERS recorded their first demo Redrum in 1997. With the new demo in hand, the band started a tireless tour schedule along with the demos distribution superior to 4,000 copies through the whole world. The band entered the studio in August 1999 to record their debut album Third Machine. The debut was received very well by the public and reviewed positively in several websites and magazines including Metal Hammer, Aardshock and Rock Brigade.

Deceivers contributed to a number of national and international compilations as well as New Metal from Trip Magazine with distribution superior to 120,000 copies alongside well known artists Krisiun, Stuck Mojo, Iced Earth, Nevermore and Shelter.

By late 2003, the band entered the studio to record Everbreathe. Looking for the best to be done Everbreathe album was mastered in New Jersey at West West Side Studios by Alan Douches (Hatebreed, Sepultura, Sick of it All, Thrice). Unlike their past album, Everbreathe is a more concise hybrid of metal and hardcore. It definitely marks an improvement in the bands style and sound.

As soon as the new album production completed the band decided to move to Los Angeles to promote Everbreathe promo material to the utmost. Along with new album in early 2005 DECEIVERS just finished a video for Everbreathe which is already on MTV schedule among others shows and specialized websites. Everbreathe was released in Brazil by 53HC Records, and in UK and Europe by Fury76 Records (Dead by Wednesday, Runt, The Dischargers).

In January 2010 the band entered  “Refinaria Studio” to record EP Paralytic.  Mastering was handled by world-famous Sterling Sound, by the hands of Justin Shturtz (Slipknot, Fall Out Boy, Bjork, Evanescence, My Chemical Romance) mastering wiz, who gives this record his usual seal of excellence.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Greg: We’re based in Brazil’s capital. I believe that the finest Brazilian bands are born here, we have bands from hardcore to death metal as well. We have an indie scene with tons of great bands in Brazil, but we suffer with a small shy market with not many labels or places to play. The scene is moved by kids like us supporting concerts and other bands. I can recommend Mais que Palavras, DFC, Totem, Death Slam, Optical Faze, Raimundos, Crushed Bones among others, are band’s involved in city’s scene!

4. What type of band are you?

Greg: We an indie band which mix hardcore, from old to new, with crossover and metal.

5. Why did you want to name the band Deceivers? What does it symbolize and represent for the band?

Greg: I believe the name came from a feeling… we were teenagers when we started the band. Actually Brazil is the land of the lie, with corruption, terrible politics and government, violence with no punishment, and a kind of “make up” imposed by the media and government that makes everything seems to be normal and acceptable. The World Cup here can be considered a symbol of this deceiving!
 
6. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

Greg: Everyone in the band have many different influences, we are very into art and music (metal or not) as well. I like music from Tracy Chapman to Obituary, from Thrice to Vader, from Immortal to Sick of it All, from Tim Maia to System of a Down. I’m into movies and books also… I love everything what comes from the heart.

7. What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Greg: We talk about feelings and impressions taken from the real life. I believe that a lyric can express this feeling in many ways, even more direct or sometimes more subtle! There’s no rule on this process, but obey mind and heart is the key.

8. Do you write your own songs? (Discuss the songwriting process in detail.)

Greg: For sure! We are often looking for a better and natural way to do it. Also we try to compose with the whole band so the ideas can flow faster and more interesting. The lyrics obey music mood and ideas taken on the moment which the new song is being created.  

9. What's new in the recording of your music?

Greg: At this time we will work with Ben Schiegel and Tony Gammalo, American Metal Experts from Spider Studios (Chimaira, Walls of Jericho, Switched) to get some new material out there sooner or later.

10. What are your dreams and goals?

Greg: Bring Deceivers’ music and message to international and national levels more than ever! We are also planning a American tour to divulge and spread the new album.

11. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?

Greg: This is an awesome question. We do our work from the heart and inspiration is a mark of our music, so we believe that media may be interested in the band looking for this approach. We know about many bands looking for market and industry only as a business, and this is not our flag.

12. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

Greg: Every info and merch are at: http://www.facebook.com/deceiversband 

We have an YouTube channel with latest videos and cool stuff:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbNY1VvkKjWLXfA0BGHloZA

Listen at: https://soundcloud.com/deceiversband

13. What plans do you have for the near future as a band?

Greg: Release the new album and start tour with it. We love to play live and to stay with the crowd and scene!

14. What is it you?d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Greg: The impact of it.

15. Any final words of wisdom?

Greg: Visit our Facebook and like our profile to stay tuned! And be sure that we're looking forward to meet people in North America! Thanks a lot Natalie for the support! Keep doing this great job!

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