Let us in on how Adrenicide
came into being?
Nuno : We were just a bunch of
friends that played metal in this one room we converted into a studio at the
back of Neil´s house. We had about 29 songs written around 2000 and we
always played that shit to our mates, so one of the guys said we should
release it. That was it – I came up with the name “Scarecrow” but Neil
changed the name to Adrenicide (which we
took from a song of an English band called “Head Of David”) and we never
looked back. Neil was sick and tired of Nu-Metal I was more than pissed off
with all the Emo fuckin´ scene, that was it for us. We felt the need to do
something about it. We´re two old school fuck-heads that just got stuck in
the 80´s and never fuckin´ came back. Getting signed or selling lots of
records and all that fuckin´ shit wasn´t something that we cared about - we
still don’t. For us it is all about being true to Metal and underground
music in general. Not just trying to follow any trends. We don’t try to look
like the 80´s bands as some people have said before - we are the 80´s mate,
we been there at the DRI mosh pits on their “Crossover” tour in London. At
Venom´s and others more back in the 80´s. So, what you see is what you get,
we haven´t borrowed our older brothers t-shirts or anything like that - we
are just us, as you see it. True to Metal ´til death!!!
Did the initial songs after
formation come along quickly and how much of it was material you had been
writing on your own in years past?
Nuno : We had a bunch of songs
before we even thought of forming Adrenicide, we just meet up got drunk
smoked some weed and wrote songs every
time we meet up in the
studio we now own. That was around 2000. Things haven´t changed much since,
we still write the same way, we still use the same fucked-up equipment and
we´re still as Spinal Tap as we can be.
How was your first recording
experience and how did it go? It was the plan right from formation that your
first demo was to be a full length record?
Nuno : No, not really we have
our own little studio and as always recorded lots of shit - as I said before
a friend of us told us we should just release that shit. And by then we had
something like 29 songs or so. I don’t see that as a demo, coz for us demos
are 4 songs there´s 21 tracks in there. But if people see it as a demo or a
full-length it´s up to them really. If I like a song I don’t really care if
it’s a demo or an album, but to be honest I do like demos much more than I
recorded albums. We never write an album in one go, we kind of write songs
and mix them sometimes as we go along, basically we take our time doin´
things – no fuckin´ rush. Let the Metal Flow!!!
There are not that many
crossover bands so how was the initial reaction to the release of
“Impropaganda” back in 2003? Was it hard finding musicians who were
interested in playing this style? I have the drumming position in mind here.
: When we´ve released “Impropaganda” back in 2003 people fuckin´ hated us
and the songs, as you know Crossover has never been a British thing so that
was a bad start for it all. The songs were from 2000 jams sessions and other
shit we had recorded. Yeah it was fucked-up people still don’t get what we
doing now even though we been having really good reviews on the biggest
magazines in England such as : Terrorizer and Zero Tolerance. We´ve always
had Blake helping us but he was very busy doing other shit but he finally
joined us full-time oct. 2008 so lets hope for the fuckin´ best now that hes
playing better than he ever did.
How did the first live show of
Adrenicide go? Do you guys play any covers live or in rehearsal? Do you
strive to be like your idols such as DRI when you play live? It must be a
fun atmosphere; do the fans chant the choruses?
Nuno : We haven´t played live
for 3 years I think. Me and Neil decided that until we can put up a show our
fans deserve we won’t play live, it’s just not worth to travel a bunch of
miles to play for 10 people and a hand full of mates of ours. People think
there´s a big scene going on here in England but that’s fuckin´ bullshit.
Nobody in our town apart from our mates know who we are or if there´s even a
Metal band in town by the name Adrenicide, its just fuckin´ hopeless -
unless you play Emo, Nu-Metal or Norwegian Black Metal, you´re fucked mate.
For now our fans have to be content with the music were putting out there,
so keep checking our myspace page for more news and see whats happening. As
far as cover songs go, we played and have recorded a bunch of them, from DRI
to Venom to Discharge, Tankard, even Terrorizer and Twisted Sister´s “I
What do you think of the album
“Black Metal” by Venom?
Nuno : Well, mate what can I
really tell you it´s Venom, it´s Cronos, it’s the sound and songs. one word
– masterpiece… one of my favourite bands and albums ever (Hell
Yeah my metal brother! - Dale).
Do you think pro-tools and
digital recording has had a negative effect on metal albums? Do you miss the
raunchy analog recordings of yesteryear? Do you think bands today try too
hard to have everything perfectly polished sounding and suck out the
Nuno : I don’t really know
about what other bands look for in their sound - I can only tell you that we
will never record any fuckin´ album with pro-tools that’s for fags who are
scared to show their playing. We even leave little mistakes in our songs
just to make it more real and give it that raw feeling the 80´s albums used
to have and completely have lost. We love the sound on Venom´s “Black Metal”
or Kreator´s “Pleasure to Kill” - I don’t know, it just doesn’t feel right
for us this whole 90´s, 00´s sound. If you come see us playing you will ear
the same sound as on the albums, no more, no less – just pure rawness mate!
But then again that’s just mine and the band´s personal opinion on how a
band should sound like.
Tell us a little about the
Adrenicide lyrics? What do they usually deal with and what
are a few of the best songs lyric-wise from Adrenicide? I hope you know I
can not get your fucking choruses out of my head you dirty bastards!
Nuno : Our lyrics vary lots,
they range from party songs, violence to political songs to serial killers
and so on…I mean everything we write we are proud of even if its sounds
stupid to anybody else. Choruses are very important to us, I think it’s the
Punk thing within us (Specially Neil) we spend lots of time working on
choruses and pre-chorus. It’s important that the kids can remember our shit,
we think. Unfortunately
not everybody thinks that way about our music. The one thing I can say is
that the Ramones and the Sex Pistols played a hand full of chords sometimes
even just two chords from beginning to end and still you can´t deny the fact
that everybody on earth will remember a song or more they recorded. I mean,
I´m not a great fan of their music but it´s catchy that’s for sure. Only now
some bands are starting to realize this fact – you don’t need to be a great
musician, but rather be a good song writer, that’s Adrenicide´s goal.
Unfortunately I have only been
able to get my grubby claws on your “Drunk with Power” album (scratch that a
new promo arrived in the post today – thanks mate!). But since then you have
released 2 more albums by the names of “Raging Full On” and “Natural Born
Thrashers”. Tell me about what I can expect from these 2 albums?!
Nuno : Just expect
Crossover/Thrash played from the heart that’s all. Though I like the new
album “Natural Born Thrashers” a lot I think all the others are as good. We
are not trying to be Malmsteens or anything like that. We just want to play
Metal. Recently I´ve read a review on us that said we bring nothing new to
the metal scene, well that’s maybe true but we couldn’t care less we know
that we are different from most bands around at the moment. I think we have
lots of bits that are catchy and memorable enough - while other bands are
only trying to prove that they can play fast solos and a thousand note
riffs. We´re not trying to outdo anybody, we just want to play music. I
think Metal was never meant to be perfectly played or sound over-produced,
simply to be catchy and rebellious,
so I hope people think our music as that same feel to it.
Please give a few words that
come to mind when you think of the following words: a) Canada b) Metal c)
Mosh pits d) Internet e) Porn movies f) Denim & Patches g) Recording
costs h) Best British food?
Nuno : (a) Annihilator/Voivod/Razor
(b) New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (c) DRI (d) probably “You Tube” (e)
Tommy Lee & Pam Anderson (f) Saxon, Kreator, Venom, Judas Priest (g) Tough
shit, but its all in the name of Metal music (h) there´s no best British
food…but we all like Chinese food.
Nearly all Adrenicide releases
so far have been self-released on Thrashard records. Did you plan to release
your own records right from the start or was it from lack of label interest?
Has handling the recording and pressing costs in-house been difficult or is
it all working out rather smoothly?
Nuno : I can happily tell you
this one thing mate - fuck record labels. They only show up when you´ve done
all the hard work. It´s all easy money for them, fuck that! We are not
saying that we wont make some sort of deal with any label out there, but if
we do so - it will be our way (always with Thrashard Records involved on any
such deal), otherwise, fuck off! We own all the rights for our fuckin´
music, art, lyrics and so on… not many bands can say that. We have been
releasing albums since 2003 through our record label and we never did need
help apart from the good support of webzines and fanzines all over the
world. There are really good bands I happen to like a lot and although they
are signed by well known record labels you cannot find their albums in shops
anywhere. What is the point of being stuck to a contract then? Mate we will
never sell-out, count on that. We will make music and will be releasing
albums as long as we can play and headbang. Its hard
work finding pressing and printing companies, artists do do artwork, and all
the rest that comes with it – it´s all really expensive but we´ve learned a
bit with each release – now we understand better how the whole thing works,
then we did 6 years
ago. You can do it as good as any-fuckin´-one I think. Just believe in what
you do and do it for your-fuckin´-self.
Most bands bitch and get very
mad when there are delays from their label. So when your label has delays do
you look in the mirror and give yourself the finger? Does it take up a lot
of your time to do promos, trades etc…? Do you plan to sign any other bands
Nuno : Delays it’s something
that always happens, a lot of bands they just want to get signed and then
the labels do nothing for them at all, that’s fucked up and that’s why we
decided to start our own label (Thrashard Records) and yes it does take us a
lot of time, really lots of time and hard work but we knew that when we
started this band and also when we started the label. It’s a job mate!! We will
sign other bands of course that’s the plan at least. Let’s see what happens
in the future.
What do you do in your spare
time away from the band? What are some of your fave ‘zines, novels & movies?
Best demo you have heard this past year? What was it like growing up in the
Nuno : We like all kinds of
zines that review good old school bands, so there´s not really one we like
most. Movies? All 80´s movies in general I guess -The Thing, Scarface, Dawn
of The Dead, Cobra, Spinal Tap and lots of other shit, specially horror…The
best demo I´ve personally heard? There´s a few like : Drencroms a Crossover
band from the USA, Shock Troopers from Italy, - the album from Merciless
Death really kicked my fuckin´ass mate!! Also I´ve heard a band from Japan
called “Fastkill” they are really fuckin´ good too. Slough? Well Slough is
just a small town outside London and is nothing but a fuckin´ shit-whole
full of fuckin´ Emos and Nu-metal freaks, yeah whatever!!! I cannot say much
about Slough as I´ve only lived here for the last 6 years. I´ve lived in
Cricklewood/London before I came here, before that Lisbon/Portugal where I´m
You guys have been pumping out
an album a year in the last few years. Would this be something you planned
or it just works out this way? Knowing this I assume you guys have been
working on new material. Can you tell us anything about how that is going?
Nuno : We don´t ever plan
anything at all (we never fuckin´ did, I don´t think we ever will), we´re
just a bunch of guys that love Metal music, so recording, rehearsing and
writing songs is a never ending job for us. I mean, we rehearse pretty much
every-fuckin´-day so there´s always lots of songs and riffs flying around.
And as long as we have shit written we will release an album a year. As for
new songs we have already a bunch of shit written but
not sure what songs will end up on the album, we have not decided that so
far. There may be some titles like: “Thrash It Out”, “Ignite The Fight” and
“1000 Paths To Hell”. So, yeah, you can expect an album coming out in 2009
though there is
not a date set for this release yet. It will be simply titled “Kill” that’s
all I can tell you for the time being.
For you what are 10 albums
that define great cross-over and metal?
Nuno : That’s a really hard
one mate, we love all kinds of Metal not just Crossover but some of the
albums I personally warship are: D.R.I. – Crossover, Cryptic Slaughter –
Convicted, Ratos De Porao – Brasil, S.O.D – Speak English Or Die, Venom –
Black Metal, Kreator – Terrible Certainty, Sodom – Persecution Mania, Saxon
– Rock The Nations (This is a really underrated album in my opinion –
Dale), Exumer – Possessed By Fire , Deathrow – Rising From The Sea ,
Tankard – The Morning After, Judas Priest – British Steel, Voivod – War and
Pain, and many many more…
Okay my metal brother that is
all I have at this time. Thank you for your time in filling this out. Please
send a few shout outs to your metal comrades!
Nuno forgot to fill out this
last part. But that is okay as I think he already said everything that
needed to be said. I want to thank Nuno for this great interview, he filled
it out very quickly and that is extremely appreciated. Cheers mate!