VENEMOUS   THRASH METAL FROM MEXICO Band Questions answer by RICH CABALLERO    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Hello metal maniacs! We are Venemous from the very depths of Mexico City, and we play thrash metal. Venemous is: Andy Slaughter – Lead Vocals and guitar. Rich Caballero – Guitars Omar Caballero – Drums Octavio Marquez – Bass and Vocals   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? The idea of Venemous came from the word Venomous which means secreting venom or capable of injecting venom; And it’s simple we want to inject and spread our music into people all around the world.     Where and how was the band founded? The band was founded in Mexico City on 2012, Andy and Omar were close friends during school as well as Richie and Omar are cousins, so we´ve always had a special chemistry going on and shared the same passion for heavy metal and musical career aspirations.   Have you played in other bands before? Not before but we´ve had other bands since the birth of Venemous. Richie played lead guitars for the heavy metal act Voltax. Andy played rhythm guitars for the thrash metal band Ancesthor. Octavio was bassist for the death metal band Surgery. All great bands and friends from Mexico City.   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? We´ve always been close to each other, since we were children we have played together, fought together and listen to heavy metal together and that`s the reason we fit so perfectly in the band. The last to join the crew was Octavio but we were already friends by the time we needed him.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them? The lyrics in our first album Ceremony are about thrashing, slaying and being blaspheme, we were young and full of energy, we simply wanted to destroy everything we could. However, if we talk about the lyrics in Rise in Glory, I would say they are deeper, we were in a personal and musical transition and we basically wrote the album seeking for a brilliant future in our careers. Andy is the one who writes the lyrics for the songs.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Each member in the band has different inspirations, I would say it´s all about emotions and how you translate that music in your brain and soul. But just to mention a few, Slayer, Kreator, Judas Priest, Demolition Hammer. We are fast, transcendent and cursed as fuck.   Why should people listen to our music? People should listen to our music because they don´t want to be posers.   In 2013, your first album Ceremony appeared, how long did the work take? For Ceremony, we were young and inexpert, however it was one of the most satisfying experiences in our careers, recording sessions took about 3 weeks and 1 other week to mix and master the album. Although it was hard to accomplish the making of Ceremony and give the first great step, it was all worth it.       I think the cover artwork is very successful. Who drew it? It was drawn by the Mexican artist, Edgar Guerrero.   Miguel Angel a famous musician and producer from Mexico has produced and mixed the album. How did you get in touch with him and how did you work together? The owner of the label knew Miguel Angel and his studio, his Dad used to play in an old school death metal band called Foeticide, so they had already gained some reputation in the metal community in Mexico. We went to see the studio and agreed to work with him in our first album.     How proud were you when you first held the album in your hands? It´s like having a baby you know, you put all your effort, heart and mind in something which has already given you hope. I remember we were about to open for Destruction the day the album was finally out, the owner of the label brought us the album to the backstage, so we were like “Oh man, this is a good day”.   What is your favorite song on it today and how satisfied are you with the album today? For me, Richie, my favorite songs on the album would be: Architecture of Pain, Ceremony or Black Mass. We´ve always thought people has to evolve and grow every day in order to reach higher states of transcendence. Nowadays I like the album but is not as satisfying in terms of song writing, recording and production as it was back in 2013.   In 2016 dei ep appeared in Presence of Evil. what can you tell me about it? In Presence of Evil was the bridge we needed to get to the sound of Rise in Glory, we were trying to make better and even more melodic riffs, different lines in every instrument and to reach a solid and mature voice that could fit in our songs. Actually, that’s the reason why two songs of the Ep were included in Rise in Glory.              In 2017, your last album Rise in Glory was released. How did the work on the album go? We were decided to make a huge impact with Rise in Glory, as I said previously we were going through some internal and personal changes so we wanted to reflect the courage and the determination we were feeling. We worked with a young and ambitious producer called Rafael Alonso, and I think it was pretty much the work we were expecting to do.       Also, this album has a very nice cover artwork of when was this drawn? It was drawn in 2017 by Edgar Guerrero, the same artist who drew Ceremony and In Presence Of Evil.   Are you already working on new songs and what are the plans for the third album? We are writing new songs already, we expect to make this one greater, our goal is that every new album has to be the highest step in our career, there are plans on working with a big renamed producer under the worldwide metal scene to help us reach the sound we have always desired. We like the idea of being more professional every day and work for a better-quality composition in our songs.   Have you been under contract with Under Fire Records of mexico under contract since your work? Yes, we´ve worked with Under Fire Records since our first demo in 2012.   You also work with BeristainEntertainment, how have you got in touch with him since then, and how is working together? He´s also the manager of a great Mexican progressive metal band called Agora, which we admire by the way, we sent him our material and met the next day to talk about business, I think is great to work with him because we share common goals and the same desires of being in constant growth.     What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? For me, Richie, it was Iron Maiden in 2009, I was so amazed for the image they transmit to the audience and also for all the myths behind their music, I mean Eddie fighting whoever demon is on his way, the energy in the crowd, all the guitar solos, I mean when you are young this is like the most powerful and evil music you can listen to.   In 2017, did you play a tour in Europe since you came to the concerts? Yes, we did a tour in Europe along Transmetal in November, 2017.   What were your impressions of Europe and what were the highlights on this tour? Our first impressions were that people in the old continent are more devoted to support bands by buying merchandise even before the show and even before listening to the band. In Mexico, and Latin America as well as in the United States people only buy merch if they liked the music after the show which is not bad but we were truly impressed and grateful for that because that money sometimes made the difference between having a good or a bad dinner that night.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? There were three special concerts on that tour, sold out shows and by the way, parties were also great, if I’m correct the dates were in Sokolov Cz, Jagstfeld DE and Varnsdorf Cz.   Have already resulted in friendship? We co-headlined the shows with Transmetal, unfortunately there was no other opening band with which we could have the time to interact more time or at least for making a friendship. We basically played the shows and moved to the next city.   Which band would you like to play live with and why? I would say Kreator and Slayer because they´ve been such and an inspiration for this project.   With what do you earn your money except with the music? All members in the band have jobs except for me because I`m still a college student. Unfortunately, it´s difficult for a band to see enough money at least to not worry for the daily living until maybe the first 10 years.   How important are social media for you as a band? Social media is a doubled-edged weapon because by simply making a click people can discover bunch of bands, good music and stuff as well as to find out local shows going on, however it´s important to emphasize that it also makes people lazier, they don’t mind to go to a show because maybe they can see a live concert in YouTube or stream all the discography and not necessarily go to a record store and buy the records.   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? We want to achieve musical transcendence, achieve value and worth to the project by putting our hearts and souls into it and if it is good enough we want and we`ll have worldwide recognition.   What do you think about the Mexico Metal scene in general? Mexico is giving birth to some bands that can make it to the higher leagues, however there`s still a long way to go to finally say that Mexico has a Metal scene; promoters, audience and bands in general have to make a reflection of their roll in it.   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Just to mention a few, Agora, Voltax, S7N, Tulkas, Cathleen, Ancesthor, Jet Jaguar. PERSONAL QUESTIONS!   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? We were all born and raised in Mexico City, It was nice, there were never huge problems enough to become serial killers.   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown? More like a good student, good grades, obviously rebellion came but never been like the clown or mean kid.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? They are not metal fans so it was a huge react for them, by the time, they had to accept the fact we were never giving up rock n roll.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? Hopefully, is the idea. (lol)   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? I like cities because I was raised in one. But I would like to live in a more peaceful place by the age of 30, maybe near a lagoon.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? Not at all, not even spectator hahaha.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you? I can cook.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues)? Good vibes in general, friends and family are like “Wow you are a rockstar”, “Go, fight for your dreams”.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? Just guys with no plans or even sufficient intelligence to accomplish they dreams and that´s why they have to evacuate their own mental garbage state.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? Great power needs a big responsibility.   Which question would you like to have answered and why? Do you like interviews with so many questions?   What would you personally like to do in your life? For me, besides being a thrash metal guitar player my biggest dream is to be a famous musical producer.   Your top 10 all time album faves The Number of The Beast – Iron Maiden Master of Puppets – Metallica Reign in Blood – Slayer Love Gun – Kiss The World; The Flesh: The Devil – In Solitude Defenders of the Faith – Judas Priest High Voltage - AC/DC Arise – Sepultura Origin of Symmetry – Muse Deadwing – Porcupine Tree   The closing word is yours? Thanks to haschis-metal-corner for giving us this interview and space, follow your dreams and breed Heavy metal !
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