With a balance between aggressive sound, rough and rough vocals and instrumental variety, the new thrash metal band Válvera continues to promote the album “Cycle Of Disaster”, released in 2020 on the label Brutal Records. With a great production, the band launches the music video for the track “The Damn Colony”, which had an exclusive preview on the Metal Hammer Portugal website.
Based on one of the worst episodes in Brazilian history, the song tells about the Hospital Colônia de Barbacena, the psychiatric hospital founded in 1903. With a capacity of 200 beds, the hospital housed an average of 5,000 thousand patients and became known for the genocide that occurred between the 60s and 80s. Official estimates report over 60,000 deaths occurred inside the wards due to medical malpractice and torture over the years. Italian Psychiatrist Franco Basaglia compared the place to a Nazi concentration camp.
“We chose this song precisely because it is a delicate theme and very little publicized in our country, and also because it is one of the best songs on the album. The hospital was designed to contain the undesirable. About 70% of the inmates had no diagnosis of mental illness. There were sent ‘unpleasant and uncomfortable people’, such as political opponents, prostitutes, homosexuals, beggars, among other marginalized groups in society. As artists, we have an obligation to speak, to be the voice of the people, to ask questions so that episodes like this will never be repeated”, comments the band in an interview with Metal Hammer Portugal. .
Válvera uses the “ambient” or “atmospheric” Thrash riff, a melodic phrase line concluding abruptly in a prolonged resolution to center each riff and create a mesmerizing effect on the listener. Lyrics are mainly fantastic, focusing on the history of which addresses various catastrophes that happened in Brazil and its people. Deliberate songwriting with simple implements and intents clarifies into immersive and sensual sound.
The album “Cycle Of Disaster” received excellent reviews in media around the world, being listed as one of the best releases of 2020
Label: Brutal Records
Glauber Barreto – Voz e Guitarra
Rodrigo Torres – Guitarra
Leandro Peixoto – Bateria
Gabriel Prado – Baixo
Genre: New Thrash Metal
Production and recording: Dual Noise (Rogerio Wecko)
Mastering and mixing: Dual Noise (Rogerio Wecko)
Artwork: Glauber Barreto
Direction / Photography: Plinio Scambora
Art Direction / Production: Raquel Tejada
Assistant Production: Aline Lopes e Rennan Carlos
Set Producer: Matheus Sabino
Making Of still: Fabrício Silva
Make Up Artist: Fabricia Rodrigues
Photo: Jéssica Marinho