Brazilian band Invisible Control emerged kicking and screaming out of the pandemic with an electrifying, ferocious technical death metal sound that they describe as “heavy, technical and versatile.”
The quintet hail from states across the Northeast region of Brazil with Daniela Serafim (vocals) from Alagoas, Wagner Campos (drums) and Marco Melo (guitar) from Pernambuco, and Dennys Parente (guitar) and Marcos Café (bass) from Rio Grande do Norte.
The band already existed in an instrumental project formed by Wagner and Marco but 2020 was the year they decided to make things more official. As Daniela tells us: “They decided to invite musicians who had the same musical purpose and feeling to compose the rest of the band. As the members were active in other bands, and already showed their musical work, Wagner, along with Alcides (our producer) invited the other members and since then, we are producing a lot together.”
The last year or so has seen Invisible Control craft their own sound, on which Daniela told us: “Well, we always seek to spend both in the instrumental, as in our lyrics, the feel. Our real intention is that the fans and listeners of our music feel the sound in a way that makes sense to them. We always talk about introspective and everyday experiences, which unfortunately many times we need to suffocate. But when they hear our sound, we want people to see themselves in it and extract with us.”
Out first taste of this was the band’s second single Cold Blood, which opens with stabs of guitar that continue under crushing opening drums. A delicious little guitar lick jumps in and drops into more laid-back guitars and rolling drums, which pick up pace as vicious screamed vocals take over.
It develops into a darker chorus of guttural screams and intense drums supported by more melodic guitars and gothic synth sounds. A blistering solo segues into another vicious verse before a huge chorus. The second chorus ends on huge screamed vocals supported by screeching guitars that develop into another solo. Delicious instrumentals feed into menacing vocals over intense drums and guitars as it builds towards a final blast of the big chorus.
On the track, Daniela said: “Wow! The reception was incredible, we received a lot of praise and positive reviews while on this job, and we left a taste of what is to come!
“This song brings an incredible instrumental dynamic, where we use many elements to make it as complete as possible. The riffs and solos also bring a lot of feeling, besides the lyrics addressing a very current theme, where people insist on believing in false promises, let themselves be manipulated and result in a ‘Dead Future.’ It’s very much worth checking out!” You can do exactly that in the video here:
That follows on from the band’s huge debut single Killing Another One Of Us (or Killing Others Of Us), which opens up with big chunky guitars and crashing cymbals. A fast-paced lick creeps in alongside heavy bass drum and drops into Daniela’s gruff vocals over driving drums and guitars. The lick creeps in again as the intensity builds towards an awesome guitar solo, which drops into huge drums and savagely heavy vocals with big gothic synth sounds joining in.
Another guitar solo links into a vicious blast of vocals that intensify with crushing drums, before stabbing guitars build towards another screeching guitar solo. It ends in typically intense fashion with Daniela’s huge vocals supported by big atmospheric instrumentals then heavy guitars and vocals. Check it out in the video here:
The Invisible Control sound draws a wide range of inspirations from various bands, including one of Brazil’s finest exports. From Daniela’s standpoint: “Once I started singing I had a lot of influence from ETHS and vocalist Candice Clot, the band The Agonist with Alissa White Gluz on vocals, as well as the band Arch Enemy, in which I have total influence. Angela Gossow and Alissa White Gluz are great women who represent a lot of metal and do an amazing job and inspire me daily.
“I’m a fan of Nergal of the band Behemoth, I love the way he expresses himself and puts emotion in the songs. Not to mention, my great master Max Cavalera, from where I could get a lot of inspiration, be it in Sepultura, Soulfly, Nailbomb or Cavalera Conspiracy.”
And on what inspires them to write music, Daniela explains: “I always look for themes of my daily life. What I am feeling in the period in which I am writing contributes a lot to my lyrics, and they all have a theme of some situation that I have passed or someone close to me has experienced. Sometimes, some situations make me very thoughtful and automatically millions of ideas arise in my mind and I put them in text form and then turn them into music.
“I write a lot about feeling, and how I put myself in certain situations, which I cannot control. But I feel the need to address in my lyrics such important but often forgotten themes, such as mental disorders, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and also about all forms of alienation and manipulation.”
We’ve featured a few great new Brazilian bands recently but this is only the seventh band we’ve interviewed from the country. So we took the opportunity to ask Daniela for her thoughts on the current scene in the country.
Daniela told us: “Currently I see Brazilian bands working hard, creating materials, promoting themselves, and many are getting a good space on the world scene. Especially during the pandemic, the bands did not stop, produced a lot and knew how to use in a very intelligent way the tool that we have in our favour, the internet.
“Making metal in Brazil is still complicated, especially for bands from the Northeast of the country, as is our case. Support for bands is very scarce, so what we can do is by our own resources, generate material and always work to be noticed. But many Brazilian bands support each other, and this has been very important.”
There’s much more to come from Invisible Control beginning with their debut album, which they managed to record this year despite having to remain distanced from each other. As Daniela says: “It was very fulfilling for us. Because we had to do everything from a distance, most of the songs on our CD we haven’t had the opportunity to rehearse with all the members together. But I hope we get it soon. We finished recording recently and decided release it in 2022. This work is very special, because it was also mixed and mastered by Martín Furia (current guitarist of the band Destruction).”
You can also see the band in action as they take part in the Fora Genocida Metal Fest II event, which will stream live on the Pandemmy and Canal Bloody Mary YouTube channels on 29 October, alongside another of our featured Brazilian bands The Damnation. They’re also looking forward to getting back up on stage playing gigs to show the world their debut album. And, also in early 2022, Invisible Control will be part of a collective tribute to Black Sabbath, which sounds interesting!
And Daniela adds: “This album will bring many surprises, because it comes from a context in which I believe that people will identify a lot – mainly being a band emerged in the midst of the pandemic. Each song has its own story, but they are interconnected, but become very different in terms of each other’s sound. Now, I’d like to thank you for the opportunity to talk a little bit about Invisible Control and your future plans in this interview. And wish you all a lot of health, and soon we will be able to meet face to face on the stages of the world!”