Monday, August 19, 2019

Alcoholocaust Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Well, to start this, I will just say that I’m listening to Raven’s “Rock Until you Drop”, drinking some cheap booze, while answering the interview. This band, all over the years and with all the line-up changes, is just a bunch of headbangers that like to drink beer and listen to some old-school heavy metal. Alcoholocaust started as a project to fulfill my and Blasphemator’s will to play some kind of rock n´roll influenced thrash metal and drink some beers.  All over the years, we managed to get some drunkards whom shared our visions of heavy metal lifestyle and joined us into the ultimate speed thrash mayhem that is Alcoholocaust. Nowadays, the anti-sobriety death squad is me on guitars and the eternal fight against gravity, Blasphemator in screams and insults towards the holy cross, Speed Bastardo in the shredding melodies of Hell and beer tasting, Sordidus in bulldozing bass and self-destruction life code and Thrashminator behind the covering fog of darkness and apocalyptic rhythms of destruction.

2.In September you have your first full length coming out, musically how does it differ from your previous demos?
First of all, it was our first experience in a professional studio. Two of our previous demos (“Ensaio do Diabo” and “Bêbados de Merda”) where recorded in a deck-tape recorder in the middle of our raw rehearsal room, and the other (“Speed Degredo Metal”) was like the first recording in a start-up studio. We had never do it in a wannabe-professional way till this album because we never wanted it to be that way.
In this album, we re-recorded two old songs from one of each demo (“Patrulha do Thrash” from “Ensaio do Diabo” and “Anti-Gótico” from “Speed Degredo Metal”) just to listen to them properly recorded, and they sounded like more primitive towards the newer stuff. In the last couple of years, we started to rehearse more time together, drinking more beer than ever, and musically we went more towards black/thrash, besides getting drunker and more stupid.
In a small sense, other may think that it was evolution, but for us it was just like letting the gallons of beer run down through the strip.

3.This is also your first release since 2012, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
For us, the years between 2012 and 2017 were times of seclusion, alcoholic abusing and we were dealing with other anti-musical projects besides Alcoholocaust that kept our small livers occupied. Over 4 or 5 years we just did a couple of gigs a year and rehearsed the day before just to pretend that Alcohlocaust was still alive. Everyone was doing their own shit, but once we were together we partied like animals running off of a zoo, thrashed every shithole we played in and tried not to be arrested.

4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you have explored over the years with your music?
We started were all the bands of the revival of thrash metal of the mid 90’s have stopped. Lyrically, we often translated songs lyrics of bands like Gehennah, Infernö, Dekapitator or Cranium and adapted them to our own reality of being a band in the fucking mountains of our home country, being our lyrics the reflections of our own drunken experiences over the nights spent in the mountains listening to Bathory’s, Sodom’s and Kreator’s records. For those who understand Portuguese, our lyrics are self-explanatory, since we don’t try to write very complex ones.
In this album, since everyone contributed with his own ideas of self-destructing rites of death to the lyrics, and we all share an apocalyptic vision of the world, they regularly went into a darker form of nihilistic and alcoholic kind of message. We are all leading towards the end, which is inevitable, and we should do it listening to Heavy Metal while the bulldozing tornados of Satan’s wrath ravish the earth as we know it.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Alcoholocaust'?
The name cames after Infernö’s song “Alcoholocaust” from the “Downtown Hades”, and Driller Killer’s lyrics from the song of the same name explains the rest of it…

6.Can you tell us a little bit more about the artwork that is presented on the new album cover/
Hey man, now I’m listening to Raven’s “Wipep Out” and drinking some beers. The artwork was done by a Portuguese artist that’s is also an old-school heavy metal maniac behind the works of such covers as Ironsword’s and Decayed’s releases, two underground Portuguese legends.
All the concept comes out after the song titles and all the lyrics of the album. Well, pretend that the forces of Hell are released onto Earth, and the unholy forces of evil are leaded by drunk thrashers armed in bulldozers and beers towards the judgement day while soaking in piss and vomit, besided by speed metal tornados till the end of times. It would be just the “Necro Apocalipse Bestial”!

7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We played over this years with some rad underground, and a couple of them with not so underground, thrash bands, but I’ll have to enhance the two last gigs with this newer line-up, one night with Nocturnal and another as opening act to Possessed. We all got drunk like Hell, and some of us don’t even remember how the night ended. So, it was a typical Alcoholocaust’s “performance”…

8.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
I think we will have a 2-dates weakend (now its “Lightning to the Nations” of Diamond Head playing…) album-presentation shows in the end of November in Oporto and Lisbon, being the Oporto one at 22 NVB with Vai-te Foder (Crust/Grind, all time partners in crime), Dokuga (d-beat attack, releasing some new stuff next year) and Vectis (the Portuguese bastard son of “In Sign of Evil”…) as guests bands. I don’t know shit about the Lisbon one, but we will be there poser beating and raising Hell as always… No tours planned since we all have regular jobs and lifes. Not so exciting news towards band tours…

9.On a worldwide level how has the reaction been to your music by fans of black and thrash metal?
To be honest, I don’t care. It is not my problem. And if, it is my problem… I don’t care.
We just do what we like to ear, being it rip-off, tribute or whatever you may call it. It’s like self-defense against fresh fruit. It’s pointless. We will doing this way for years to come just cause we enjoy it this way.

10.What is going on with some of the other bands or musical projects these day that some of the band members are a part of?
The thing is that all of us are doing some new projects nowadays, and buried some from the past. The important here is that we share some afternoon’s together, drinking alcohol for about 2 hours and then play together for one hour. That’s our way of keeping the beer tankard running down the highway to Hell.

11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Who cares??? We will just keep playing our own kind of old school drunk rock n’rolling thrash metal till we drop.
Of course, dealing with our how way of playing instruments properly while drinking huge amounts of cheap brandy.

12.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?
The all-time influences of Alcoholocaust had been teutonic thrash metal like Kreator, Sodom, Violent Force, Living Death or Destruction, and of corpse Motörhead, Bathory and Venom.
Celtic Frost is pretty cool as well. Brazilian stuff like old Sepultura, Sarcófago, Ratos de Porão e Olho Seco, the likes of Discharge, GBH and the uk’82 sound, Tons of heavy metal, German thrash and punk/hardcore bands just to name a few.  All kinds of cheap booze. Leather and denim. Spikes all over your arm. Possessed. Lots of brandy like Portuguese Croft or Macieira. Our lack of ability to perform well.
Nowadays, I think the most influential bands or albuns, are the one’s done by Darkthrone, Nekromantheon, Deathhammer or the mighty Condor’s “Unstoppable Power”. Well, do never forget Judas Priest, Iron Maiden or Ramones in the equation.

13.Does Satanism or Occultism play any role in your music/
Is it another way of playing or living the rock n’roll way of life till death!?

14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Keep up your job supporting the underground. We will keep destroying our livers for Satan and sacrifice as long as the eternal night does not come by… Listen to all Motörhead albuns, everyone has a couple of cool rock n´roll songs. Worship Superchrist and Countess!

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