Based out of São Paulo, Brazil and being the first heavy / thrash metal act to be recorded my a Muslim woman guitarist, Eden Seed just released their debut Age of Creation. The band seemingly don’t adhere to any set of rules as this debut is a pillar of heavy metal laced with a healthy dose of thrash and progressive elements that recalls many of metal’s most revered bands but sits comfortably in today’s landscape. Just behind this album’s release we had the chance to sit down with guitarist Gisele Marie Rocha and drummer Marcos Henrique with our set of Profile questions to get a better understanding of what they are all about. Their answers are astounding and deserve your attention so read on to see what they had to say. Don’t forget to support the band with some Bandcamp love via the embed contained within.
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
Gisele Marie Rocha – I studied music since my childhood. I started with classical piano and then classical guitar. After that, I started playing electric guitar and didn’t stop. Success is something that comes with time. I think there is a handful of consistency, faith, persistence and hard work on the road to success. Me and all the other musicians of EDEN SEED, we follow this path. There is always a new horizon to be conquered.
Marcos Henrique – It was definitely Rock Band. I played drums on the game and I was like: “Well, this is fun, guess I’m gonna do this for the rest of my life then.” That’s basically how it all started.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (If you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story.)
GMR – Well, I don’t have a story about it, because I’ve never debased myself or the band to be praised or to receive media approval. EDEN SEED is a very new band and, Alhamdulillah, we have not been through anything like that. However, I always have some interesting stories to tell about the confusion people make about the fact that I am a Muslim. Sometimes people think I’m an Arab because I’m Muslim, and that’s very funny because I’m definitely very different from an Arab woman. Some people think the other EDEN SEED musicians are muslim too, and this is something that makes me laugh sometimes since I’m the only muslim in the band.
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?
GMR – I like to think that Metal leads people to a higher level of culture and knowledge. In fact, headbangers are usually more demanding than other audiences I know. This reminds me about progressive rock fans. Some of them are radically demanding and this raises the quality of the style to really high levels. In many ways, metal fans also do this. The bad thing is, we see people inciting hatred, social exclusion, and having radical and fundamentalist behaviors in Metal. I think our society is letting itself be contaminated by a wave of radicalism and violence that does not benefit anyone, and only serves the obscure purposes of narrow groups of people.
MH – I went to a music festival a few days ago. They had good bands, the sound was good, they had giveaways, there was also some social action there, they were collecting old clothes for donation. And the best part of this festival was that it was all organized by one of the bands. That was amazing. They just released their new album, and they made an amazing party for that. This is one of many cool things happening in the underground scene. Now the bad thing: especially in Brazil, is that bands don’t really help each other. Although I just mentioned that amazing festival, we have in Brazil a really bad habit of always trying to come out on top, so people more often than not try to put others down, when they should be growing together.
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?
GMH – Well, I’m not sure if this is something good at all, because those passions by a cause, sometimes, may lead to violent attacks against other causes. But I want to believe that this is just a small part of the human development that, in my view, is still occurring and isn’t yet as advanced as mankind may think. So yes, this can be something progressive. EDEN SEED believes in a truly free world! I think the band itself is an exercise of faith in a free world. We have a heavy/thrash metal band, very eclectic in its musical design, and it’s a band whose members have different beliefs, thoughts, and backgrounds. Amidst them, there’s a woman, and she is a Muslim that wears niqab. This is the true exercise of our faith in a free world. Me, I defend peace, the right that all people have of being themselves, the protection of all life on the Planet, the environment, and the right to childhood.
MH- I think the most important thing for me right now is actually reminding people that we can do whatever we want. We don’t need to be stuck to a job we hate, we don’t need to believe in what the media wants us to believe, and we don’t need to buy what capitalism wants us to buy. I guess we can say that my biggest belief is that we can be free.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
GMH- Well, I came from a family that always had contact with art and culture in general. Particularly in heavy metal, I was 10 years old when I heard Black Sabbath’s first album at my cousin’s house, and I really fell in love with that deep, dense, strong music. This experience made me start playing electric guitars. I was studying classical guitar at that time and Black Sabbath changed everything for me. There was no bad reaction from my family. In fact, my dad went to a record store and bought the first Black Sabbath album for me after that, and this was not the only heavy metal album he gave me.
MH – I spent most of my life playing Guitar Hero, and what got me into metal was the final setlist of Guitar Hero 3. The list had Metallica, Iron Maiden and Slayer. And on top of that, when you finish the game, you unlock a secret song, Through The Fire And Flames by Dragonforce. So yeah, I got into metal through Guitar Hero, and I believe I was 12 years old at the time.
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?
GMH – This is a good point. All of us, music critics, audiences, musicians, we need to stop looking back to the past! We need to look forward! There are great metal bands popping up everywhere. Yes, we have the big old bands that came before, and they deserve the attention they have. But we must look forward to the future as well, pay more attention to new bands and to whatever is new. Those people deserve more space in the media, and they deserve more appreciation for their work and effort. We must also understand that everything has changed. Media channels and media itself has changed. Internet and global connection is a reality and we must learn how to deal with it.
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.
GMH – Wow, for God’s sake, no! Yes, we intend to invade all countries of the Earth with our music, this is true! We want to talk to people everywhere, get in touch with their culture, play music to as many people as possible. We want to have friends on every continent and this is important to us. This is possible because we now live in a connected world. Speaking for myself… I study music and play guitar for 6 hours a day, every day. Guitar is a great passion for me and it has always been this way. When I’m not talking – and I really like to talk – I’m playing guitar. I play music for a living and I dedicate myself completely to it. The other members of EDEN SEED, each has their own personal stories, hobbies and jobs, though. I like literature, and I like to cook, you know? Cooking is magical for me.
MH – Well, I’m thinking about world domination 24/7 hehe. Ok, now seriously: I would really like if people could look up to us (as a band and individuals) and believe that things are gonna work out eventually. We live in a tough society, I know that. I wish I could help someone to get through those tough times.
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)
GMH – Well, recently I’ve spent a lot of time listening to Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band, from The Beatles. I’m a big fan of Judas Priest and I like most of their albums, but I have a particular predilection for Jugulator. Black Label Society’s Order of The Black is another album that I love. I also love Lamb of God’s Resolution, but this is something that always changes. I listen to a lot of other things, such as Paco de Lucia, Haendel, and I really like to meet new bands and new sounds.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
GMH – Well, we’ve just released EDEN SEED’s first full length album, AGE OF CREATION, and we’re hoping to spend the next 12 months scheduling and playing lots of concerts, especially here in Brazil. EDEN SEED is a newborn band. We started in June 2016. But we’ll surely have many news coming in the next few months, and we’ll probably start working on a new release at the end of this period.
MH – The next 12 months will be INSANE. Mark my words.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
GMH – Eclectic.
Many thanks to Gisele, Marcos and Eden Seed for their time!