Hail, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
Hi there! This is Castor bassist of Torture Squad, first of all it’s a great pleasure for me doing this interview!
We are from São Paulo/Brazil .
In october, 2000 we made our first tour overseas. We played 7 concerts only in Germany being the supporting band for Grin from Stuttgart.
After that, we started touring Brazil every year and since 2006, we started touring europe and south america too.
In 2009 we our first great tour in Europe supporting Exodus, Overkill and Gama Bomb and in 2012 with toured with Artillery & Gama Bomb once again .
We also had already made three shows at Wacken Open Air in the years of 2007, 2008, 2012 and some other european fests as well along these years.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
Castor: We play aggressive metal.
Our influences goes from Blues, Progressive Rock, Jazz to Thrash, Death , Heavy and Black Metal.
I grew up listening to Iron Maiden, Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Rush, Kiss, Metallica, Morbid Angel,AC/DC, Slayer, ZZ Top, etc…
How many and which albums/demos has Torture Squad released so far?
Castor: The first released of Torture Squad was the demo tape entitled “A soul in hell” featuring four tracks on it and in october, 1993. We had some troubles in release our debut album due some people who had cheated us, rip offs …. Anyway , we could overcome those troubles and finally we put out our first full length album entitled Shivering in 1998. Soon after that we released the following albums, Asylum of shadows (1999), The Unholy Spell ( 2001), Pandemonium (2003), Death, Chaos and Torture Alive CD & DVD (2005), Chaos Corporation – EP ( 2006), Hellbound ( 2008), Aequilibrium ( 2010), Esquadrão de Tortura ( 2013), Coup D’ État Live CD & DVD (2015), Possessed by Horror (2015), Return of Evil – EP (2016) and the new album Far Beyond Existence (2017).
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs of Torture Squad and personal.
Castor: Blood Sacrifíce from the latest album Far Beyond Existence
Do you feel that Torture Squad’s music has changed over the years and how?
Castor: Actually, I think we always bring something new on each album we put out. I mean, we we keep our roots but naturally we put something different on it. Sometimes it can sound a little different due some changes in the line up through our career or sometimes we want to try out something new in our songs. You can feel it in our albums for sure.
How much time does it take for Torture Squad to record an album?
Castor: It depends on, two weeks mostly.
Tell us something more about the latest album “Far Beyond Existence”.
Castor: The drums was recorded at Orra Meu Studios and the guitar bass and vocals at Loyd Factory Studios in São Paulo city.
The producers were Wagner Meirinho and Tiago Assolini same guys we worked on the previously EP “ Return of Evil”.
Far beyond existence is sounding raw, aggressive and dense! I do love how it sounds!
We have some participations in the album like David Ingram (Benediction, Bolt Thrower, Hail of bullets) sharing vocals with May Undeaf Puertas on “Hate”, Edu Lane (Nervochaos) narrative on “Cursed by Disease”, Luiz Louzada (Vulcano, Chemical Disaster) sharing vocals with May Undead on “ You must proclaim”, Alex Camargo ( Krisiun) Vocals on “Just got paid” ZZ Top tribute, Marcelo Schevano (Carto Bomba, Golpe de Estado, Casa das Máquinas) hammond on “Torture in Progress” and Fernanda Lira (Nervosa) vocals on “Divine Step” Coroner tribute.
Castor: We have a brand new song already done. We always thinking up new songs in fact. Unfortunately it’s too early to give some details of a new album because the latest album Far beyond existence just came out and we are focusing right now to promote it as much as possible all around.
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
Castor: We are touring right now in Brazil and going to do a South American tour in March/ April to play 25 gigs in Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Chile. Probably we will do some gigs in Mexico in May/June and Europe in August/ September.
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
Castor: Europe is being booked from August,10 to September, 1st and we are planning USA for 2019.
Has Torture Squad done any opening acts for other major heavy weight bands? If yes, then when and where?
In 2009 we toured Europe with Exodus, Overkill,Gama Bomb and in 2012 with Artillery & Gama Bomb. We also did three shows at Wacken Open Air in the years of 2007, 2008, 2012 and some other european fests as well.
We had played also in Brazil with Anthrax, Sepultura, Annihilator, Dimmu Borgir, Disaster, Kreator, Krisiun, Hypocrisy, Napalm Death, Cancer.
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
Castor: The brazilian metal scene is very strong! We have many great bands , great audiences.
Since 2016, we started touring Brazil in the same way is made in Europe and in the States, playing like 5 to 7 days in a row with backline, road crew, crossing the whole country in a month! And and this is getting better! Many brazilian bands are touring here in this way nowadays.
Any messages for the readers?
Castor: Keep always supporting Metal and be strong in what you believe!
THE TORTURE NEVER STOPS!