Argentina’s The Evil Dead play an eclectic and extremely addicting mix of classic heavy metal, modern day speed metal and black n roll. The band started in 2006 and have one demo, one EP and, as of this past January, their second full length Earth Inferno was released. This album finds the band with even more beautifully executed NWOBHM harmonies and structures, a tighter grip on the speed metal resurgence and a larger focus on black metal this time out with an exceptional vocal performance that would make Jon Nodtveidt proud. All of which make for an outstanding sophomore effort that while it may remind you of the glory days in metal it is by no means a carbon copy, instead the band takes all of their influences and comes away with something that will find an audience with metal fans from all across the spectrum. We recently had the opportunity to ask Michel Regueiro (guitarist) our set of Profile questions so read on to see what he had to say.
How did you first get into playing music and have you achieved the level of success that you always hoped to achieve?
Started when I was 12 years old, our parents got us a guitar after much begging on our side and thus we started taking lessons with my brother Alejandro. I wanted to be Dave Murray or Malcolm Young so badly in those days, those guys were my first big influences who would soon be joined by James Hetfield, Dave Mustaine, Jon Nodveidt, Quorthon and many others. After a year and a half my older brother quit the guitar and I continued learning by myself and eventually teaching my little brother how to play it. I started my first band when I was 14 and played in tons of small bands that went nowhere but were good for experience and learning to play the bass and drums too. Played in some black metal bands in my teens and in 2006 I started The Evil Dead with my brothers and some friends. No, fuck no we haven’t reached the success we’ve always hoped for but its nice to be a little more recognized nowadays.
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.
Besides having to “buy in” for some shows/tours early in our career (which we stopped doing back in 2009) I used to sleep around with a certain older lady (not THAT old though) at the start of the band who throughout her connections got us many gigs and into the scene. Funny thing is that her son was my age, he never seemed too fond of me as I recall ….
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?
Some of the greatest right now are bands like Ranger, Antichrist, Raptor, ´77, Enforcer, Dragonauta and many other great bands getting the recognition they deserve and also metal being so widespread and accessible nowadays all around the world. The worst are shit like lamb of god, sabaton, slipknot and mastodon being the next generation of stadium headliners when the old glories of the past go away. I cringe at the thought of that .
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? (This question is especially appropriate for you since your music is quite an outlet for your physical and emotional pains).
Fuck all of that I don’t give two shits about this politically correct brave new world we live on.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
My older brother Alejandro did, I was 10 or 11 and he pushed Metallica on me heavily. I have very vivid memories of reading the Master of Puppets booklet and remembering the lyrics but not really understanding the music, music meant nothing to me back then until my brother taped the AC/DC show No Bull and my life did a complete 180 turn. After that everything clicked and I became a complete heavy metal freak. My family comes from the classical music scene so they weren’t very happy about all this and at times very much against it, but after some years and realizing that this wasn’t “just a phase” they became supportive and acknowledged that it wasn’t all noise haha.
What’s the stickiest you have ever been?
Try playing Club V in Buenos Aires during January. No kidding you lose two kilos in sweat every time. Also our lawyer´s flat during the summer season is a sticky ass humid hellhole not fit for human habitation but where else are we going to drink huh?
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 would say do some research on the bands you are about to feature, review or interview. Read interviews the bands have already done before so you can come up with more interesting questions for the artist and the readers alike as you will receive better answers. Also don’t just feature the same ol´ acts that the big labels pay to have on the front cover all the time, there are millions of super talented bands and small labels out there that work their asses off and actually really need the promotion.
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.
The most over the top band that would rise to world domination was always the BIG goal, as for the others invading, burning and pillaging entire continents is the way to go. Of course the cult is the key to keeping the territories under the rule of our Iron Fist in check. Yes our hobbies include daydreaming, binge drinking, video games and classic movies, playing music, working shitty odd jobs, eating pasta, ice hockey, Arrested Development, reading, traveling, bar hopping, crashing fancy attire parties and many more.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
As of late :
AC/DC – Powerage
AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
Ranger – Speed and Violence
Bathory – Blood Fire Death
Bathory – Hammerheart
Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks toMichel for his time!