Interviews: Rage In My Eyes

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Heavy Metal/Power Metal band, Rage In My Eyes from Brazil. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

In 2018 we decided to change the name of the band, after working under the name Scelerata for approximately 16 years. We discussed several names, most of which were already taken. Rage In My Eyes popped up and we all liked it for a few reasons. First of all, it reflects our angry lyrics. In addition, the acronym R.I.M.E. also sounds pretty cool and, like the album title, refers to coldness. Also, the first and last letters R and S, are the letters from our home state, Rio Grande do Sul (RS), Brazil, which is the southernmost state, that gets pretty cold in the winter. Since we are incorporating regionalist elements into our music, we thought it would be a perfect fit.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

Simply because we love Heavy Metal. It wouldn’t make sense to put so much energy into any other genre. This is what we grew up to, this is what we’ve been preparing ourselves for decades to do and this is what we are good at because we study the genre, musically and historically.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

We first got to know each other thanks to Heavy Metal and Rock n’ Roll, that’s for sure. We weren’t childhood friends, but you can say that we knew each other prior to forming the band.

4. Each band member favourite band?

That’s a hard question, but the band that I most listened to in my life is probably Metallica. I’m also a huge fan of Rush, Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Pantera, Helloween, Blind Guardian, Gamma Ray, Sepultura, Beatles, Angra and many more.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Anything can be inspiring, but to me, what really inspires me to write is whatever pisses me off or depresses me. It has to be a genuine feeling, otherwise, it turns out to be fake music.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was a few days after opening for Iron Maiden, in October 2019, in our hometown of Porto Alegre, Brazil. After that we got into “planning mode”, then Covid came along and ruined all the plans that we had made.

7. Where would you like to act?

I dream of playing the Rock in Rio festival. I got heavily into music watching Rock in Rio 2 live on TV, so it would mean a lot to me, personally, to play in that stage. 

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

There are so many musicians that I admire greatly. We had the opportunity of being Paul Di’Anno’s (former Iron Maiden) backing band for five years, so that was huge. We also opened for bands like Iron Maiden, Deep Purple, Dream Theater, Kamelot, Edguy, Gamma Ray, Angra, Viper, Shaman. We had artists such as Roy Z. (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford), Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth, former Angra) and Rafael Bittencourt (Angra) perform on our shows, and Andi Deris (Helloween) and Edu Falaschi (former Angra) record on our albums. But looking ahead, I would love to have the chance of doing something with Hansi Kursch of Blind Guardian. 

9. Whom not?

I am always open for collaborations with great musicians.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Personally, I have never experienced stage fright. I guess that the most important thing to avoid is to be well prepared. Practice a lot, and by a lot, I mean A LOT. Repeat the songs dozens of times in your practice room. You have to feel confident, feel like it’s impossible for you to mess up. I guess the keyword here is REPETITION. I would also try to gain experience by playing for close friends and family before facing a larger audience.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

In my particular case, Metallica, without a doubt. The home videos that they put out in the early 90’s, A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica parts 1 & 2, changed my life. After watching those videos, I knew what I wanted to do with my life.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Nothing unusual, just regular stuff, like pictures, autographs, merch, stuff like that. We do have one fan from Poland that keeps surprising me by digging online the oldest demos that we have ever done. There is some stuff that I didn’t even remember that we’ve done, that he just sent over to us. Pretty flattering and overwhelming.

13. What do you think of your fans?

I absolutely love them. We put so much energy and love into what we do, that it feels so good to see people connecting with it. We are very thankful to our fans out there that purchase our albums and our merch, that share our music, comment and like our stuff on social media. That really helps us keep doing what we do.

14. What do you think of our site?

I think it’s absolutely fantastic! We appreciate you guys so much, for promoting heavy music. We all know there is no space for Heavy Metal on mainstream media, so it’s absolutely paramount that we have channels like Breathing The Core to help spread the metal word out there! Thank you so much for doing what you do!

15. Something add?

Follow us on social media! We’re everywhere, so you can go ahead and follow us on YouTube, Bandcamp, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Spotify, Deezer, etc…. Share our stuff, comment on our videos, give us a thumbs up, ask your local promoter to have us at your hometown. And, most importantly, METAL ON!

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