|Interview done by Burt Wolf with Alex Zeriab, guitarist for SCARS!
Interview done May 14th, 2006.
SCARS HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1991. COULD YOU GIVE SOME OF HISTORY OF THE BAND
UP TO THIS POINT? HOW DID YOU GET TOGETHER? ANY PREVIOUS BANDS MEMBERS WERE
Well, as you said, SCARS had it's official kick off in 1991, in Sao Paulo/SP, Brazil & is currently composed by
Regis Frederico on vocals, Alex Zeraib & Eduardo Boccomino on guitars, Andre Sterzza on bass & Patrick
Leung on drums, all of whom had already been members of this very band. Along it's history SCARS has
already played with ANTHRAX, KREATOR, RATA BLANCA, DESTRUCTION, KRISIUN, VULCANO,
among others. It has got a back pack with over 500 concerts in it, done mostly in Brazil up to 1998, year when
the band split up. In April 2004 the band got together for rehearsals & recordings.
WHY WAS THE NAME SCARS CHOSEN AS THE BANDS NAME?
This came particularly from DARK ANGEL's masterpiece "LEAVE SCARS". But the idea around it is that we've
all got scars, be them physical or spiritual. And they are not all bad, we've got good scars, like Thrash Metal
which is one of my many scars. Which are yours?
WHY DID THE BAND SPLIT UP IN 1998 & WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO GET THE BAND BACK
TOGETHER IN 2004?
Brazil was going through a lack of identity phase as far as music & Metal go & due to the country wide cultural
aspect of following the American market & waiting for the new trend to come up, Metal started losing space, like
radio, concert houses, media, the press... For some idiotic reason, Pop music discovered distortion on their
guitars & some even more idiotic Metal bands thought they could be or already were Pop & started losing it. So
the whole scenario here from around 1998 to 2003 was really not helping, especially Thrash Metal & some more
underground Metal branches. 2004 was a year where underground came up again & many bands started
appearing & re-appearing. That's where we came in. So all over Brazil there's now a movement of consolidation
where bands are launching albums & doing shows. With all this, Brazil is undergoing a very rich phase right
now. There are also many international first line concerts every two weeks here, which motivates the scenario.
But to make a long story short, I met Eduardo at a DESTRUCTION concert they put out to 200 VIP's & by the
time we met, we had already been thrashing & moshing & remembering deeply the old times. So we actually
settled we would come back & from there we got to Regis who most excitedly accepted it & so on till today.
YOU GUYS MIX TOGETHER ELEMENTS OF DEATH METAL & THRASH METAL TO CREATE YOUR
SOUND. HOW WOULD YOU BEST DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE & SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO
HASN'T HEARD YOU GUYS?
I would first go for the Bay Area reference. Then I would cite some of our main references as FORBIDDEN,
VIO-LENCE, EXODUS, POSSESSED, DARK ANGEL, SLAYER, KREATOR, DESTRUCTION & also, if I
may, SEPULTURA, SACRED REICH, TANKARD, DEATH ANGEL, OVERKILL, NUCLEAR ASSAULT,
ANTHRAX, M.O.D., METALLICA, BIOHAZARD, ASSASSIN, VENOM, NAPALM DEATH, DEATH,
TESTAMENT, IRON MAIDEN & on & on & on. Then I would have the guy blend all that & try to picture it.
Honestly, I'd rather take the guy for one of our gigs & after the show as him, "So, what is it like?"
YOUR NEWEST RELEASE "NETHER HELL" CAME OUT LAST YEAR. HOW WELL HAS THIS CD
BEEN DOING FOR YOU GUYS? WHAT HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN LIKE TO IT?
For a little EP, it's making quite a bit of noise. The sound could have been better, though. We'll seek to avoid &
be very well prepared for the next studio session. The artwork & concept came out outstanding, as far as I see
it. It feels like a scary comic book. The literal Hell. People bought into the idea. Everything we wanted to put
across with this CD has been seen as we saw it. It's been very fulfilling to us. We're eager to get our next CD
WHAT IS SOME OF THE LYRICAL
CONTENT IN YOUR SONGS? WHO
DOES MOST OF THE LYRICAL WRITING?
All themes in the EP "THE NETHER HELL"
are of Dante's Hell, the first of 3 parts of the
Divine Comedy, from 1310. The Nether Hell is
the lowest part of Hell, whose main punishment
is to be frozen, thus deprived from movement.
It's also what Satan calls his home. It also talks
of the schizophrenic similarity between good &
evil. Of the infernal reality of the 20th & 21st
centuries. Of the truth that tomorrow shall be
worse than today. Of the cruel fast that we're
subjected to confuse, selfish & cruel leaders.
Andre & Alex & have a mission report of the
hell that has settled on Earth. An example is
"Return To The Killing Grounds", which
describes what a child sees going back home,
finding it's been bombed, family murdered &
lives the atrocities of war.
CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE COVER ART CONCEPT & WHO DID IT?
I read Dante's Hell in English some years ago & freaked out with the whole thing to such a proportion that I
started collecting everything about it. When I had compiled all of Dore's pictures, I gave them all to our art
producer, Alexandre Ache, who laid out the whole thing. Then I found a sentence that would best describe the
pictures & placed it at the bottom of the lyrics of each song with the CANTO's number. The CD came out really
educational, allow me to say. And from my behalf, I was very happy that the band accepted my ideas & to on his
Hell for our CD, it's a way I can leave in history another tribute to Dante's memory, but this time recorded in
through it. This is my cue to say that our next album is NOT going to give sequence to the trilogy. The Nether
Hell is unique.
HAS THERE BEEN ANY LABELS SHOWING INTERESTS IN SCARS?
We've signed up with ENCORE RECORDS for the distribution of the EP. But for the next album we're still on
the look out.
IS THERE ANY NEWER MATERIAL IN THE WORKS OR ANOTHER ALBUM AVAILABLE?
Not really. We're going on studio late this year to launch a new album early 2007. We're currently on tour for
"THE NETHER HELL" & working on new songs, which add up to 7 already.
DOES SCARS PLAY OUT A LOT? WHERE ARE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU'VE PLAYED? WHO
ARE SOME OF THE BANDS YOU'VE DONE SHOWS WITH?
We already done a zillion shows all within Brazil. Most of them were done up to '98 & we did really well.
Recently, we've been doing opening acts for main bands such as ANTHRAX, DESTRUCTION, KRISIUN, to
name a few. We played in the past with KREATOR, ATTOMICA, SARCOFAGO, etc...
HOW DO YOU FEEL THE BAND HAS PROGRESSED SINCE YOUR START BACK IN THE EARLY
We've progressed into deeper rooted Metal. We tried going into slower stuff in the late 90's, but that just didn't
work. Now we seek riffs that take us back to early 80's, but shaped for 2006. We can't overlook the
technological benefits of our time & not bring them to our aid. So we look into modernizing the quality of the
sound of Metal, but not so much Metal itself.
WHAT DO THE MEMBERS OF THE BAND DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE BAND?
HOBBIES, JOBS, ETC...?
I have a language school, with teachers & everything. Regis runs a mid sized company of marketing. Edu &
Andre work at administrative & technology offices & Patrick is finishing up his engineering college & also works
at an office. All in Sao Paulo/SP.
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE SOME
OF THE BANDS YOU HAVE CURRENTLY BEEN LISTENING TO?
As far as playing goes, we just play Metal. Eduardo is the lead guitarist in the Official Brazilian METALLICA
Tribute. Patrick has another band called REDSIGHT, which is also Metal. Now for stuff I've been listening to
recently: DIO ("THE LAST IN LINE" & "HOLY DIVER"), PRIMUS ("THE ANTI-POP"), MOTORHEAD
("INFERNO"), SOULFLY ("THE DARK AGES") MACHINE HEAD, CELTIC FROST, SLAYER ("HELL
AWAITS") & the eternal "TWISTED INTO FORM" from FORBIDDEN. We used to play "Through Eyes Of
Glass" from them.
WHAT IS ONE THING
YOU THINK PEOPLE
SURPRISED TO FIND
OUT ABOUT YOU?
How much each one of us
in the band are first &
foremost, fans. We love
Metal. We breathe & bleed
Metal in our everyday life.
Secondly we are musicians,
but firstly headbangers.
WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE SOME MISCONCEPTIONS OF LIFE IN BRAZIL?
Brazil is being more & more exposed world wide through politics, sports, music, arts in general & those
misconceptions of Brazil have pretty much died out. I feel. In short, we're more than just an Amazon & Rio De
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE NEXT FROM SCARS?
Upcoming from SCARS will be our full length album.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU DO NOW THAT IT IS
I went to Burger King for breakfast (if you consider a double bacon whopper breakfast), & I'll have dinner with
my mum afterwards for today is mother's day. I got her a gift & everything.
THANX A LOT FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DO THIS INTERVIEW. IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE
YOU'D LIKE TO ADD FEEL FREE.
Thank you Burt for the opportunity & let's hope to see you soon in your homeland backstage with us. CHEERS!