NecropsY RooM, hailing from the deepest abyss of Brazilian underground. The band NecropsY RooM performs a death thrash metal with unique personality. Ebby Sasi got in touch with Mr. Murilo Ramos, the bass player of the band, a year ago. Get an insight about the band history through Murilo's words.
What are the happenings within NecropsY RooM lately?
"Lately NecropsY RooM stopped doing concerts to mark a new phase for compositions! Now with a new drummer (Junao), which is very virtuous and competent, we will give another look to our songs and we will surely surprise those who are already accustomed with our old songs. The recordings are scheduled for late January and early February. We will bring a professional, Marcelo Moreira, who has done a great job of production. He is the drummer and producer of the band Almah (Edu Falaschi's current band, the former lead singer of Angra). After all, there is a surprise to our new work! We are confident that we will be very pleasing to fans of heavy metal music!"
I can imagine it wasn't easy to get metal albums in your country when you grew up, since life wasn't easy because Brazil is the largest country in Latin America, the people in the 70's have lived under a dictatorship in Brazil. During this dictatorship there was not a lot of freedom. During that period there was a problem in finding good instruments, the market were very closed so metal heads were used to buy instruments from abroad. The dictatorship ended in 1985, at the moment the bands were starting to release their releases.
"Over the years, since I started to listen to heavy music, the difficulty in getting albums of metal bands has decreased gradually! With the introduction of internet, it has made everything much easier, so now I'm responding to an interview made by a person who lives more than 14,000 kilometres away from me! Without the internet, my work would probably not come to India.
About the last dictatorship, we realize that appeared strong brands/trademarks and some still remains this day! It really was necessary to leave the country to have access to all of this and other things too! The bands actually had to leave Brazil to try something abroad! Nowadays, the access to good equipm ent is much larger, but the Brazilians stillkeep the same thought from the dictatorship time! Brazilians think that the good things only come from the outside, which devalues the bands and equipment here! We have great people working here who are on a par with foreigners.
The metal scene in Brazil currently is in a new phase that shows promise! Many new bands come out every year and the professionalization has become increasingly present."
NecropsY RooM play death thrash metal. When I think of Brazilian metal the bands that come to mind are Sacrofago, Krisiun, old Sepultura, Korzuz, etc. And the band has shared stages with Deicide, Cannibal Corpse, Iron Maiden, Michael Angelo, Sodom, Nuclear Assault, etc. Are you influenced by these legendary acts?
"Certainly, it has happened. Each one of these great names has influenced all Brazilian bands that have emerged over the years! The influence is not restricted to the sound that these bands has, but also the trajectory of their career! The growth, the shows, the recognition and all the work of these bands have given us valuable lessons, especially bands like Krisiun and Sepultura! The latter has done a magnificent job showing the world that Brazil could do quality metal! Krisiun already proved that they make music with extremely high quality sound and impress musicians around the world. I can't forget to comment about humility of these two bands that have always treated NecropsY RooM with great attention and respect! In one of the works that Andreas Kisser (Sepultura's guitarist) did here, I did an interview filmed by Under Metal team and he was very helpful. Today we are very proud to say that we have members of Krisiun as friends.
In my case, specifically, I must say that I realized many dreams when I had contact with these people! I started playing bass listening to Iron Maiden and I had the honor to say it personally to Steve Harris, who was also extremely polite and attentive! On stage, my biggest influence has always been Alex Webster ofC annibal Corpse, who also gave me the honor to meet him! I presented him with a shirt and a CD NecropsY RooM, and calmly, he looked around the CD, read the names of the songs, the name of the members and lyrics, giving his opinion and even more! I was speechless by the attention he gave me!"
NecropsY RooM are over nearly one decade in the underground metal scene but the band are just one album old.
"In fact NecropsY RooM will record the 5th album next month! We have in our records the albums: "Just is That?", "Vultures of Strength", "Bloody Room" and "NecropsY RooM". Among all these albums, the only official album was the last, "NecropsY RooM", recorded in 2009! "Feel The Devil Inside" is a phrase we used to promote one of the songs on this album, the song "Evil Inside". Our main focus now is recording the new CD and, if possible, recording, a live DVD!"
You've changed labels since your last release, from Alvo to Iscool. What motivated the change?
"We worked for a time with Alvo, but we think the work has not achieved what was expected! With Iscool Records we had more freedom to opine on the songs and merchandising! The things flowed better! For the next job, it seems that more changes may arise."
Murilo, you have another musical incarnation with Heaven's Guardian. Do you play bass for them as well?
"Yes, in Heaven's Guardian I also play bass! The works with Heaven's Guardian are similar to NecropsY RooM! We will also record soon with another great producer, Tito Falaschi! My choice for the bass as main instrument happened a sa result of the direct influence of people like Steve Harris and Alex Webster! Also, I came from a family where all are musicians and nobody plays bass... I really like to play other things! My first instrument was the acoustic guitar, then bass. When I started playing with NecropsY RooM, I was interested in learning other instruments like drums, electric guitar and piano/keyboard, which I am currently studying. I've ventured trying to play the cello and even got something, but I don't have the instruments at home or in the studio. This hinders the learning."
Your bass work on the album is absolutely incredible. Especially on "Modus Faciendi" and "Death Hall". Those are my favorites. How much do you practice in a day?
"Thanks a lot, man! On behalf of the band, we thank you for having these two songs as your favorite ones of the album!. When I started playing, years ago, I practiced a lot, every day! I spent hours and hours on exercising and tried to play the music of the bands that influenced me (and still do). After so long, I don't feel much need to spend hours and hours playing, But I try to keep an exercise routine so that I don't rust. Moreover, I have many other occupations that take me a long time! This prevents me from being so dedicated to music!"
I have heard that you are a teacher of Biology subject. Tell us about some of the things that inspire you musically and outside of music. What sort of things do you enjoy when not working with your bands? What about other members of the band? Wesley Amorin, Moises, Pedro and Jander...
"Oh, it was precisely this that I mentioned in my previous question. Besides music, I also work as a teacher and teach in specialized courses in some cities in the state where I live. I am Graduated in Biological Science, which can be seen in the lyrics of "Cancer", "Abstinence", "Passive Suicide" and others that I wrote for NecropsY RooM. In these letters there are many terms of this area. In addition to graduate in Biological Science, I specialized in three other areas; "Education", "Methods and Techniques of Teaching" and "Forensic Skill". One of my dreams and goals is to become a Federal Criminalist Expert. So I tried to specialize in Forensic Skills. When I am not working with bands or music, I dedicate my time to study the subjects I teach or work-related areas of the Experts in Forensic Skills.
On the other members, each one has his occupations outside the band. Our vocalist, Wesley Amorin, works as a web designer. Moises Henique (Moyz) works in a telecommunication company. The current drummer, Junao Cananeia, is the only one who works just with music. In addition to the drummer work, he works as a drum teacher in an institute of music in his hometown. Jander already works as a tattooist and his work is recognized in Brazil and other countries. He is now considered one of the biggest names of the tattoo art from Brazil!"
What are your favourite authors? Do they have a big influence on NecropsY RooM's lyrical themes?
"There are many that I can say as favorite ones. Besides those already mentioned (SteveHarris and Alex Webster), I can say the names of various nationalities, including out of metal. I can mention Jaco Pastorius, Victor Wooten, Billy Sheehan, Martin Dresdan, Abraham Laboriel, Flea, Geddy Lee, and many others. Certainly, they all influenced me in my compositions."
Talking of Krisiun, are you satisfied with latest Krisiun album "The Great Execution"? It's one of the greatest albums of the year.
"When speaking of Krisiun, you do not have much to say, just that the sound is very competent and they always left the job very well done. Certainly I was pleased with the last album. In their case, every job only tends to improve. I do know them personally. We have the honor of calling them friends. After so many years, we played with them on several shows and it is always very gratifying to meet them again. What else congratulated us over the years in relation to Krisiun has been the attitude they had and still have. Years ago one of them was wearing a shirt from NecropsY RooM in photo shots for the dissemination of a new job. The photos ran the world, the internet and also at major metal magazines. In addition, they although mentioned NecropsY RooM in the acknowledge list of the CD that they recorded that year. This was more than a proof of friendship and respect. We are eternally grateful to them."
Let me conclude this interview here. I am really honored to be contact with you, Murilo Ramos. I look very much forward to the new album. Cheers!
"The honor is mine to participate in this interview. I am very happy to know that there are people like you, who value our work and help to promote the metal in the world. It is because of people like you that metal remains strong and will continue."
Composed by Ebby Sasi