Afterlife In Darkness by Murillo Hortolan
Formed in 1998, Depressed represents the search of founding members Giovani Venttura (vocals) and Rodrigo Jardim (guitars) for an aggressive and authentic-sounding Death Metal. After recording the demo “Diabolical Servants of the Cross” in 1999, the band ceased its activities in 2000, but returning with full power in 2012 and later releasing its debut album “Afterlife In Darkness” through the Swedish label Black Lion Records. Murillo Hortolan (guitars) joined the band in 2014 and has worked on new songs with Giovani Venttura for the more powerful and soon to be released “Beyond the Putrid Fiction” album.
Old school death metal, with great influence of bands like Deicide, Monstrosity, Sinister and so on, mainly their 90s material. Our songs have some kind of identity that makes the listener know that it’s Depressed playing. We experimented a lot of different things in our upcoming album, but it’s always based on the 90s death metal song structure, and it always sounds like Depressed.
Our latest release is our debut ‘Afterlife In Darkness’, and a lot of its songs were already recorded in the 1999 demo. Those songs were put together during rehearsals, starting from guitarists riff ideas, and then Giovani would put vocals on them. The new songs made for the album also followed the same process. These last two years we put together a lot of new songs for our upcoming “Beyond the Putrid Fiction” and these songs were written in a more meticulous way, with Murillo, Giovani and Douglas (guitars) coming with song ideas that would be discussed note by note until we got the best out of it. Both Murillo and Giovani wrote lyrics for those songs. You can hear the first single off “Beyond”, entitled Descending Into Madness on our label’s first compilation album “Afterlife In Darkness I”.
We do get inspiration out of politics, religion, and all sort of things, but we do not have a fixation for any specific theme. We like to depict anger, frustration, fury, and so on in our riffs and lyrics, no matter where it comes from. The idea of a God and religion in general always annoyed Giovani, so he wrote a lot about it on the first record, but he feels like he’s written enough about it too, so you shouldn’t see any recurring theme or inspirational source in our songs.
We don’t focus on one specific theme, but we do try to write about the things that make us mad and angry, the things that push our aggressive sound further. “Afterlife” has a few songs about anti-Christianity since religion and the faith in anything spiritual always felt wrong and stupid to us, especially for Giovani who wrote all the lyrics, but it has a few songs about Brazil’s politics and social problems too. Our upcoming album deals with lies, putridity and everything beyond. Corruption, Christianity, treason, hate crimes, and all the kinds of bad things that cover the face of the planet is covered by Giovani and Murillo’s lyrics. We went for because his work seemed obscure enough to represent our lyrics. The band had been into the darkness (since it ceased activities for 12 years) and then it had a life after that, so the cover portrays 5 souls coming out of the darkness. Rafael had drawn a different one before the cover you see on the album, but it wasn’t quite right, so he drew the one you see, but in shades of grey. Giovani asked for it to have colour, in shades of red or orange, and so it was born.
We don’t like the extremely brutal, technical, progressive and so on sub-genres of death metal that saturated the industry in the last decade. It did push the boundaries of music and paved the way to a lot of great bands to go further with their own music and art, but it also came to a point that nothing sounds inventive anymore. Maybe because of that, we are seeing a “revival” of old school death metal with such good new acts playing it with the visceral feeling of 90s riffs, adding the latest technologies of recording and song production to it, and so, making amazing new albums.
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