Interview with Decayed done by Patrick posted on 6-14-18
1.Hails how is life in Portugal these days? Please introduce yourself to the readers?
JA - Life in Portugal is bearable, like most places. I am J. A. of the Portuguese Decayed. We are an old school Black Metal band. I play guitar and do some vocals and well.
2.When did you first start listening to underground metal and who were some of the first bands you listened to? Who are some of your current favorite bands?
JA - Shit! Tha was ages ago... I started listening to the Underground when I started working for a zine called Nuclear Mosh. That was in 89 I think. Can't remember the first bands I listened to though. I don't follow the scene anymore. Got disgusted by all the bull shit! But I do enjoy Desaster, Martelo Negro, Flagelador just to name a few.
3.you all started Decayed back in 1991 when did you first get the idea to start this band?
JA - Actually, I see it as 1990 when it was called Decay. I wasn't pleased with the name so I added the "ed" but the songs remained the same. The idea came when working for the zine I mentioned. One of the collaborators wanted to start a band, I had stoped Alastor cause I couldn't find musicians, so we decided to start a band and by June we were working on some riffs. It was all very fast, by September we had a full line up.
4.Who would you say Decayed's biggest influences and how do you feel the bands music has changed over the years?
JA - The biggest influence has always been Venom. Without them, I believe this band would sound different. It's impossible not to change in 28 years. I changed as a person so my music and lyrics also changed. Many musicians came and went, they also changed the overall sound of the band. But we kept true to our ideals.
5.Of Fire And Evil is Decayed newest full length how long did it take the band to write the music for the new release?
JA - It took us a couple of months. But I had already most of the album written down. I usually start working on some riffs way before the album needs to be recorded.
6.Besides the newest release are any of the band's previous releases still available for the readers to buy?Beside physical releaplanned ses does the band have any other merchandise available for the readers to purchase if yes where can the readers purchase it?
JA - Yup. I have a ton of available merchandise, just send me an email to: chroan#sapo.pt
7. Decayed have been active since the early 90's has the band played live over the years?If yes what have been some of Decayed most memorable shows and tours? And who are some bands you have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with?
JA - Yes we played a lot live. We did our first show with just 3 months of rehearsals. We did some amazing shows. Unfortunately we only did a tour back in 2000, thanx to Drakkar Productions from France. But now and then, someone invites us to do some show in Europe. The show we did in London was great. Lots of booze. The last show we did in UTBS was memorable due to fucking heat! The guys of Sathanas were amazing, we spent a great weekend in Germany with them.
8.Are their any tours or shows planned in support of Of Fire And Evil?
JA - We have a show in Lisbon on the 22nd of September with Primordial and Aura. We had to cancel 3 shows due to work problems. But we expect to do some shows still this year here in Portugal to promote the new album.
9.What does black metal mean to you?
JA - VENOM!!!
10.Decayed comes out of Portugal's old-school black metal scene what is your opinion of Portugal's black metal scene over the years?
JA - I really don't care. I left the scene years ago due to all the bullshit and backstabbing!
11.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming out of the Portugal scene?And are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
JA - Brain Dead is my favorite Portuguese band... before they changed, just like Thormenthor. Reballion was also very good. Check out Martelo Negro and Necro Bode. More heavy, Midnight Priest. Grinding madness check out Grog.
12.As mentioned earlier in the interview Decayed was started back in the 90's.Did you read a lot of fanzines back in the 80's and 90's? If yes what were some of your favorite fanzines to read?
JA - I did a lot of reading back then. I bought a lot and others got in trade. Tales Of The Macabre is a name that stuck, just like Slayer Mag. There were tons back then, Ancient Ceremonies from Portugal was good.
13.Tape-trading was also a big back in the 80's and 90's did you ever do a lot of tape trading? What were some of your favorite bands and demo's you traded for back in the day?
JA - That's how I met most of the bands that still play on my stereo these days. I used to trade tapes with people from all over the world. I always recorded them all the great bands we had in Portugal. The demos of Merciless from Sweden. Pandemonium from Poland. Scypozoa from somewhere, I can't remember... that was a life time ago...
14.When you need to take a break from working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?
JA - Watch movies, that's how I rest nowadays. Mainly horror movies, new and oldies, sci-fi also is a most, Marvel releases and DC...
15.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
JA - A big thank you for the support! To the readers; feel free to contact me. Keep Metal alive \m/
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