Power From Hell are an unapologetically stripped down, straightforward and raw black metal trio. Essentially the brainchild of one man, however, Sodomic. (He’s the one that answered all the questions below.) Their sophomore LP, Sadismo is being reissued via Hell’s Headbangers and the newest album from the Brazilian powerhouse, Devil’s Whorehouse, is available now. Perfect time to sit down and share some discussion with the boys, eh?
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
I started playing guitar at age 13, my first band was age 15, I was 18 when I started the Power from hell, and age 20 recorded the album The true metal, everything that happened after that I did not expect, I don’t know how far the PFH can get, but has reached far beyond what I imagined, and I am already happy about it.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, debased and praised? If you don’t have a story please tell us any embarrassing story.
It’s funny, because I really have no history about it, for 10 years the PFH was just a project, where I recorded the albuns and some labels the world release, I did not care to release the albuns in getting shows ( my initial idea was to be like Bathory, just release albuns, so the first show happened in Colombia 10 years after the release of the true metal). So who liked the band was in charge of disclosing it to me, being the largest contributor of all the Fenriz of Darkthrone, who made sure to mention the PFH in several interviews that Darkthorne made for major metal magazines in Europe.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
I can speak based on the metal scene that I see in my country Brazil, as things change a lot from one country to another, in Brazil we have great bands but lack infrastructure, I think a strong metal scene is fully linked the economic situation of the country, so that the greatest bands of rock and roll and heavy metal or extreme metal always came from rich and developed countries. And one of the worst things that I see within the metal scene in my country, are the bands fighting each other, instead of helping, lack unity between the bands, and this fight just very difficult things here.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
If someone analyze the entire contents of PFH from the covers, photos, lyrics, etc … You’ll see that 95% of the band content is sexist and addresses some kind of thematic or sexual paraphilia, for many years the black metal became a sameness with equal covers and same contents, the PFH is far from being original (and I do not like that word and I do not want to be original) but came to the conclusion that sexual issues bothering on both sides, who have some kind of religion or faith and who says enjoy extreme metal and have no faith in no god. The PFH will continue attacking the morals and good customs hitting the pillar of Christianity that are sexual issues.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I was 11 when a friend of my father gave me the album “Who Made Who” of AC/DC, it was my first real contact with something truly rock and roll, shortly after school friend showed me an album Iron maiden, was the “Piece of mind” and it was love at first sight. My family has always reacted well, I never had problems with them.
What’s the stickiest you have ever been?
Well I think the worst period was in 2008 in Bolivia
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there? How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
I think that only heavy metal fans can help bands, if a person works in a magazine, in a webzine in a production company, a label, etc., if it is not a true metal fan it will not get to work or help any band, so the musician of view I hope that all metal especialiazada media look and pay more attention to the bands of the underground world to inves being only paying attention to dinosaurs (some dead) inside the metal.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult? Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
My goal is to continue making music and occasionally playing in some places of the world, meet people, living these experiences, if things get bigger, okay, okay great, but I do not do it my life goal . Parallel to music I work as a real estate agent.
Finally, when you’re not listening to, writing or playing metal, what are some of you favorite albums to listen to currently?
I’m always listening to Blues (I recorded three blues in the last 3 albums of PFH) I keep listening to the same things as before, old music, like the music of my country, Bossa Nova, listen to a lot Blues and Jazz, is basically WHAT I hear in my day to day.