Brazilian trio The Damnnation offer up a fast-paced, energetic blast of heavy, thrashy metal that is chocked full of big riffs and whiplash-inducing rhythms. They provide another taste of awesome Brazilian metal that we’ve been sadly lacking until recent months on the site.
The São Paulo three-piece of Renata Petrelli (guitar and vocals), Aline Dutchi (bass and backing vocals) and Leonora Mölka (drums) formed last year with a focus on creating what Renata describes to us as “thrash and not that much with a guttural voice.”
Our latest taste of this is new single Apocalypse, which was released a couple of weeks ago. It opens up with pounding drums and guitars then a cool high-pitched guitar over unrelenting drums. Renata’s gruff vocals jump in over the top, ending on a cry of “justice will arise,” which sees the pace and intensity increase.
That drops into a more melodic chorus, which ends on stabbing guitars and crashing cymbals, which feed into another breakneck verse. A second chorus drops into a cool little guitar bridge section, then the speed increases leading into a huge guitar solo. That gives way to increasingly heavy repeats of the chorus supported by little guitar licks to bring the track to a big ending. Give it a listen below:
That follows on from debut single World’s Curse, which opens up with delicious low-tuned sweeping guitars over rolling drums then pounding bass drum comes in under the guitar. It all drops out bar a little bass solo, then a cool section of stabbing higher guitars drops into fast palm-muted guitars and heavy drums under Renata’s gruff vocals.
A cool darting guitar riff comes in under big atmospheric cried vocals alongside big crashing cymbals coming in. A little guitar lick bridges into another heavy verse and a second chorus gives way to a cool guitar solo. Everything bar the bass drops out under big cries of the chorus vocals, which continue as the guitar riff and pounding drums return. Check it out in the video here:
We had a chat with frontwoman Renata to find out more about the band. Read on below…
GR: Who are The Damnnation?
RP: “The Damnnation is a 3 piece metal band formed last year, after me and the drummer left our previous band. We decided to do a more ‘thrash and not that much with a guttural voice’ band. I already had a lot of songs done (around 30) to work on, so was pretty easy to put it on table to the girls.”
GR: You sent us Apocalypse to have a listen to – sounds awesome! What should people be expecting from the song?
RP: “This song is pretty old, actually! But of course it had some changes when we recorded it, especially on drums that Cynthia put some really cool thrash influences on it. The lyric came just after we formed the band. I was passing through some disgusting problems about people (not surprised) and I had to put it out.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
RP: “Hard to say! But I will try! Is mainly thrash metal, but you also gonna see some stoner, grunge influences and some melodic solos too.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
RP: “I would say is more the daily life, some politics, injustice, depression.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
RP: “For me: Megadeth, Alice in Chains, Black Sabbath, Lamb of God, Testament, Kreator, Metallica, Gamma Ray, Hammerfall.”
GR: You’re only the 3rd Brazilian band we’ve spoken to on the site. What are your thoughts on the Brasilian rock/metal scene?
RP: “Well we had a time that rock and metal were more supported as something mainstream. Not that much nowadays, unfortunately. BUT the underground scene is growing a lot, showing a lot of really good bands, waking up some attention worldwide, which is good because one or other band is making the Brazilian metal scene known again.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
RP: “Due to covid we are focused on composing and marketing promotion – videos, interviews, and some singles releasing in the following months. As things get back to normal, we will reschedule some gigs we should have had.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
RP: “We have been receiving a good feedback that is encouraging us to do what we do by passion. Follow us to know more about us and some good news!”