Here is a new interview with Portugal's Decayed that have been releasing music since the early 1990's and their newest cd "Into The Depths Of Hell" was just released by "Hell Prod." and is a great mix of old-school Black metal with touches of death metal for all the fanatics into this style.
Interview with J.A guitarist for Decayed done by Patrick
1.Hello J.A. how are things in Portugal going? When did you first discover metal music?Who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your current favourites?
JA - Hello Patrick and everyone reading this. Things in Portugal could be a lot better. I discovered Metal music back in 1980 but it wasn't till 1986 that I really started listening to it all day long. I discovered all those amazing bands through radio shows that we had back then. I don't remember the first bands I listened to, but the usual back then: AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Slayer, Venom, Bathory... My favourite band since 1986 has been Venom, the gods of Metal! I mainly listen to the releases done in the 80's, those were the days.
2.You formed Decayed in 1990 when did you get the idea to form this band?How did you come up with the name of the band?
JA - The idea came in an afternoon of booze with a friend who wanted to start a band with me. He bought a guitar in June 1990 and we immediately started composing some songs. In September we got a drummer and a bass player (both our friends), started rehearsing with me on vocals and then in October we got a proper vocalist (also a friend). The name of the band I took from the Venom song "Senile Decay".
3.What is the current line-up of Decayed? For the readers who may have never heard your band's music how would you best describe it?
JA - Now we have 2 different line ups. For studio we are myself on guitars and vocals, Vulturius on vocals and bass, Tormentor on drums. But live we have been playing with Nocturnus Horrendus on drums. I describe our music as old school Black Metal in the vein of Venom and Bathory.
4.Decayed is signed to the label Hell Prod.how did you come in contact with this label?
JA - We have been friends for many years and they had already released a tape of ours back in 2000. I wanted to release the album as soon as possible and they were the only ones who could do that.
5.The new cd "Into The Depths Of Hell" was recently released how long did it take the band to write and record the songs on the new cd? Does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member usually write everything?
JA - This new CD has songs written since 2009 to 2014. On this album I decided to use old songs that never made it to an album but that I thought of as good songs. The actual recording started in March 2014 and ended in February 2015. Usually it's me that writes all the material. And since I started to compose at home alone (lack of rehearsals) all the songs have been composed by me.
6.Who usually takes care of the lyrics for the band. Where do you all draw inspiration for the lyrics?
JA - I also write most of the lyrics. It's been some years that I asked someone to write for Decayed. I take my inspiration from life in general, the lack of honour in these days. I also take some inspiration from books that I read or some movies that I watch.
7.Besides the new cd "Into The Depths Of Hell" does the band currently have any other merchandise available for the readers?Where can the fans find your releases/merch?
JA - We have an extensive list of material available, too many to list here. If some Metalhead is interested just send me an e-mail and I'll send the available merchandising. You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
8.Does Decayed play "live" shows very often or do you prefer the studio?What have been some of your most memorable shows to date?
JA - We used to be a very active band live, but since 2010 we haven't played that much live. Usually, 2 or 3 gigs each year since 2011. I don't think we can compare the feeling of playing live with the work in studio, it's like compare fire and watter. I enjoy both very much, as much as I enjoy rehearsals. This is the unholy trinity of a band: rehearsals, live and studio and I enjoy them all. Live you can feed on the energy of those going berserk with the sonic blasphemy. In studio one can experiment a lot and I enjoy that. As for memorable shows, we had quite a few in our 25 years so I really can't recall a special one.
9.Are their any tours planned for this year? If yes where are some places you all will play?
JA - So far we only have a gig at the Under The Black Sun in Germany (04/07). We're trying to put together a gig in Lisbon (Portugal) to celebrate these 25 years and then in January 2016 we'll be playing at a fest in Portugal in Mangualde.
10. Decayed comes out of Portugal's metal scene what is your opinion of the metal scene in Portugal?
JA - I couldn't care less about the scene in Portugal. Far too many backstabbers and thieves! I do appreciate the music of some bands and I am friends with some of the musicians who are part of this scene, but I had far to many disappointments to be bothered with what's going on.
11.Who are some of your all-time favorite Portugese bands? Are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
JA - My favourite Portuguese band has always been Brain Dead. They were a Thrash Metal band but sadly they only released 2 demos. V12 are also one of my all time fave. You should check Inquisitor if you're into old school Thrash. Perpretator is also cool in that vein. In these days and age, with a PC you can find out more than I can tell you here.
12.Besides Decayed you are also the sole member of Hoth which you formed in 1988. What gave you the idea to form this band? How did you come up with the name for this band/project? Has it always been a one man band or have you searched for other members to join?
JA - When I started to think about Hoth I wanted to combine some sort of dark Metal with keyboards, something that wasn't that common back then. The name I took from Tolkien's works. It has always been a one man band, but on the last album (out now!!!) I invited Marco (who also did the lead guitars on the 2 last Decayed albums) to help me out on leads.
13.You are getting ready to release the new cd "The Black Goddess Returns" through Iron Blood And Death rec. how did you come in contact with this label?
JA - The CD is already out! They had released a compilation CD of Decayed a couple of years ago and I thought of contacting them to see if they were interested and they loved the album, so here it is for you to bang your head!
14.J.A you have been in the metalk scene since the mid 1980's were you ever a tape-trader ?did you ever do a fanzine or a web-zine? If yes please tell the readers about them?
JA - Yes I was a very active tape trader back then, I traded tapes with people from all over the world. I worked for a zine called Nuclear Mosh which at some point I think was the biggest zine in Portugal. They dealt with all sorts of Metal and beyond. I also did a zine on my own with the guys of Decayed, back in 1993 called Impious. This one was more focused on the darker side of Metal and we only did one issue. After that I also worked for the final issue of one Lost Kingdom that was mainly Death and Black Metal.
15.What do you feel is the best and worst thing about the underground metal scene today?And what does the term underground metal mean to you?
JA - The best thing is that there are still good bands releasing good music. Also now, with the internet it's a lot easier to resolve any problem in a question of seconds. The worst is that any ass-hole with a computer can writte whatever he wants about anything and everything without the least basic knowledge of what he is writing about. Underground means to me: we like what we do and we do what we like! Bow to no one!
16.Besides working om music what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
JA - Reading, watching movies, hanging out with some friends, drink a few beers, listen to Music... that's basically it.
17.Thank you J.A for taking the time to fill out this interview do you have any final words for the readers?
JA - Thank you Patrick for the support towards Decayed, I apreciate that Metal Brother! If anyone is interested in Decayed or any of my projects, feel free to contact me. All the best and Keep It Metal!