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Subliminal Poison Talks Imagery, Rio and Being an Independent Metal Band

Subliminal Poison is a female-fronted death metal band from Brazil that found a way to revamp the good old death metal in grand style. The act defines itself as "fresh borderline death metal" and I'm sure you can take that sound in the moment you push play. I recently talked with the guys from Subliminal Poison as they discussed music, aesthetics, social media, and upcoming band plans soon to be brought to a close. If you haven't heard of these guys yet, be sure they'll catch you very soon.

While reading your bio I spotted the lack of a drummer. Did you have a session member or did you program the drums of your current work?

Actually, we're lacking a drummer and another guitar player. So far we've programmed the drums and we've been searching for session members who hopefully will be completing our line up for good.

Erika, your vocals are astonishing! Not everyone believes girls can scream that way. How did it all begin for you? What is the response you get? Do people get shocked?

Thanks! It pretty much began when me and Pedro realized our music demanded that level of intensity and aggressiveness vocal-wise. It was just the two of us back then, we were sort of overwhelmed by a tough search for other musicians, and as soon as we realized what kind of vocals our music asked for, I thought “what the fuck, I’ll do it!” and started experimenting with my voice. Thankfully I had a very good and open minded vocal coach who always encouraged me to try that stuff out! Reactions so far have been mostly “OMG!”, but there’s also a parcel of people who don’t even mention it. I mean, after Angela Gossow it shouldn’t be that much of a shock anymore… at least for the death metallers out there!

Besides making great material for the death metal ears, Subliminal Poison sure knows how to catch the eyes of their audience as well. What are the ideas behind your pictures and image work in general?

Well, this is kinda tough to put in words... but yeah, as we write our songs this whole image thing starts bubbling in our heads, so when it's time for making visual material we just jolt everything onto the table and it's born!

What role does the visual part play in your band?

We're fortunate to have people who have experience in photography and visual arts in the band. For this reason it's always been natural for us to conceive both music and image altogether.

Your unique style can also be seen in social medias such as Instagram and Tumblr. Why have you chosen these medias for promoting your music?

There are loads of metalheads in there! Plus, those medias are dominated by visual appeal and it relates to what we just said about this part of our work. However, for us Tumblr and Instagram work differently - Tumblr offers us the possibility of having our images reblogged endlessly whereas Instagram is the big buzz concerning photography at the moment. It's been very fun!

We hear a lot about the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. What does that mean to the metal community? How do you spend that holiday? Of course Rio is a huge city, but does it feel like there is really “enough space” for that much diversity?

There's definitely enough space, even though the city gets pretty much occupied by the Carnaval atmosphere during those days. It's up to us to find our own hideaway and focus on our thing. This year we'll be very busy writing and putting songs together.

What’s the biggest challenge for you as an independent band? Are you in the hunt for a record deal?

The biggest challenge is to function as an enterprise counting only on ourselves to perform all kinds of tasks. We don't think this is the right moment to do that hunt. Instead, we're gathering material and working on getting our work spread a little bit!

David, you joined the band later on. Can you describe what it felt like to join a two-people band? How has the band changed since then?

Well, I've got no problem with the lack of members. In fact, if we can't find someone with the same ideals we have it's better not to have all members. I don't really know how things were before I got in so I can only talk about the moment I got in until now. Change? The band didn't change. Things around it that are changing.When you less expect you'll be encircled by us.

People seem eager to hear more from you guys, and I must say I’m with them! What are the plans for future releases?

As we said, during the Carnaval we'll be putting some stuff together and you can expect to hear it very shortly. Stay tuned!

Thank you for the interview! This final space is yours for any final words and comments you might want to add. Best of luck to Subliminal Poison!

Thank you very much! Please support our work - we assure you there's plenty of good stuff to come! By the way, be sure to check on our Facebook page and take part in the giveaway starting this month! Cheers!

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Marie and metal have been in a loving relationship ever since her childhood. Hard rock and glam were what first got her into headbanging, but nowadays she's openly proud to support every other subgenre. According to her late childhood mind, she'd definitely wear the shoes of a groupie when she'd be a grown-up - actually, she found a more downbeat way of bonding love and metal: writing about all things metal and photographing local bands. Pure passion!

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