Thrashing hell from Paraguay! \m/
Hi! Please introduce UNDER ASSAULT to the readers.
UNDER ASSAULT is a thrash metal band from Asuncion Paraguay active from 2011, with Marcelo Nightlord and Esteban Centurion on guitars, Willians Destructor as screams/bass and Bruno Hunter on drums.
Tell us more about your latest EP “Possessed By Steel”.
“Possessed By Steel” (ep) was recorded and mixed at Palmeras Records in Asuncion Paraguay by Rolando Lopez (Khyron, Evilforce) in the first months of this year, with two new songs, released and distributed by Witches Brew in vinyl 7 inch. The artwork was made by Camilo Ramirez (Slayground, 220 Volts) and the concept of both songs is basically inspired about epic battle in medieval times (Possessed By Steel) and serial killers (Necrobutcher).
How is it easy to live and survive in Paraguay? Is there strong metal scene or just attempts to have some strong scene?
In Paraguay it is very strong the metal scene, many good bands with excellent productions, some had the experience to play in other countries of South America and send their music all around in the world. This has helped our metal scene grow.
When did you start writing music – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
We started to write music when we were all in high school, our principal influences were (until now) the old classic metal bands like DARK ANGEL, METALLICA, SLAYER, AGENT STEEL, POSSESSED, EXODUS, DESTRUCTOR (from Cleveland), RAZOR, TANKARD, ANGEL DUST, EXUMER, KREATOR, DESTRUCTION, CYCLONE (Belgium), CELTIC FROST, MESSIAH, SEPULTURA, SARCOFAGO, IRON MAIDEN, GRIM REAPER, SAXON, HOLOCAUST and many more…
What are your main impulses to write metal music?
Basically that the music and the lyrics fit in place.
How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in?
The scene in Asunciуn has grown a lot in recent times, many bands have released excellent materials, the Asuncena scene has become strong stronghold thanks to the quality of emerging bands and above all, the public headbanger who supports them.
When it comes to be musician, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a musician?
Our criteria for quality consists in ensuring that the sound we want to give is adjusted to the quality that we want to give both in the studio and in live performances, the main challenges would be that the new compositions are to the liking of headbangers and the main ambition would be to do a Europe tour someday.
What do you usually start with when working on a new song or lyrics?
First comes the first riff and from that, we work on an idea for the lyrics.
Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, gathering altogether in general?
The main source of inspiration are the stories of wars, their consequences, devastation, serial killers, medieval battles, it takes a brief time to assimilate in terms of historical content, in such a way, to give meaning to what we are going to express.
As more and more people are producing and releasing music, there has been an exponential growth in promotion agencies. What’s your perspective on the promo system? In how far do you feel it is possibly undermining musical freedom?
We find it good, when the promotion agencies commit to the band to make them known is excellent, as long as they have a common agreement between both.
Metal scene have changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could – or should – be new forms and formats for music? And, should we save old-school spirit or just go forward together with musical ‘evolution’ (‘degradation’)?
The spirit of the old school has always remained strong over time, existing technologies have helped a lot to promote underground bands that keep alive the sound and classic tradition of the 80s without falling into fashions.
Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are killing music. What’s your view on this topic?
In the world there are millions of bands that throw material daily, maybe it is saturated, but it would not kill music at all.
Please recommend two bands to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
Massive Power of Chile and Slayground of Paraguay
What are your plans for near future?
Prepare the second lp and continue thrash metal with the authentic headbangers who support us. Thank you Sick And Destroy Zine for space and Witches Brew for trusting us. Keep thrashing !!