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BLACK PANTERA

Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
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"Review Afropunk festival"

This is TRULY the year of the Black Panther, OK?!?!

Get ready to put all your senses to work as your favorite Brazilian rockers Black Pantera- formerly Project Black Pantera– explode back onto the scene with the release of their latest project ‘Agressão’.

The 11-track ode to aggression is the complete package as the AP Paris alums roar through each track with a cadenced musicality; surpassing the bounds of language, and throttling listeners with each shift in tone and electronic riff, so no matter what’s being said… the message is loud and clear. With some tracks paying homage to heavy metal formula, and others incorporating innovative renditions of an old template- they make the artform itself their own- playing with rhythm, pace, and vocal texture, painting a musical picture worth a thousand screams.

By the end of ‘Agressão’ you’re as exhausted as you are tingling with anticipation, and we can’t wait to see what else they have in store as we rev up for their performance at this upcoming Brooklyn Fest. - Afropunk.com


"Antihero"

ANTIHERO: How would you describe Project Black Pantera‘s sound?

Charles Gama: It’s difficult to describe the sound of the Black Pantera because we are a mixture of everything that we grew up listening to as punk, metal, and diverse styles we are a mixture of all that.

ANTIHERO: How would you define the meaning of “Project Black Pantera“? How did you come to the conclusion on naming the band that?

Charles Gama: The name Black Pantera represents so much strength that we really find the best possible name – we are 2 blacks and a mulatto playing heavy music – the name demanded to be strong besides representing the struggle of the oppressed within the music there is also prejudice. But the name goes beyond just the black’s fight – it goes on all the causes we fight daily.

ANTIHERO: Describe the songwriting process for your latest release?

Charles Gama: Chaene da Gama (Bass) and myself compose all the songs, and the process is calm for us. The people get a theme which is necessary if we speak of violence, social difference, and we write about them. It does not take more than 2 hours for a new song.

ANTIHERO: Describe the recording process? Where was it recorded, who produced and mixed it? In what ways does your latest release differ from your first release in 2015?

Charles Gama: The recording process is as simple as composing. We already have all the songs done and rehearsed, all we have to do is get in the studio and put all the ideas out. We recorded in Studio 106 of our friend and producer Ricardo Barbosa that makes the whole process since recording the mix and final mastering. Our new album is very reminiscent of the first, the difference being that we are more mature and more confident. The first was a little scary because we did not really think we would get so far, but the positive response was incredible. The new work comes full of more groove and music, faster but keeping the spirit of the first with the same punk and metal footprint.

ANTIHERO: Do you feel it’s important to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to your song writing?

Charles Gama: With certainty, and very important. I need people to understand their music, and to do so to different opinions and different points of view, so it is important to listen and talk with people so that the comfort zone is good for everyone.

ANTIHERO: What bands and/or musician influenced you the most as a band?

Charles Gama: The most obvious bands present in our sound are Rage Against The Machine, Bad Brains, Chevelle, Metallica, and Living Color.
ANTIHERO: What subjects inspire your songwriting (Politics and/or Social issues)?

Charles Gama: Politics, Social Differences, Violence, and Prejudice are a good part of the theme of our songs.

ANTIHERO: What are some of the high and low points of your career?

Charles Gama: I believe that there are ups and downs in everything you do as a band, the high point and the respect that people get from the shows that are great. And of course, you go on tour and play in several places that you never imagined playing, are several good points besides the pleasure itself. The low points are mostly about the fact that you can play for 1000 people and then the next day for 10 people. Also, the difficulty in getting support in the media that does not collaborate with rock n roll.

ANTIHERO: In which ways do you think that the band has matured musically between the time the band was formed to the present day?

Charles Gama: With certainty, the evolution of each of us is visible because when we started we did not have much idea of what it would be or what each wanted in the band. Now we have the same musical vision and understanding when it comes to playing and composing.

ANTIHERO: What is your opinion of online music streaming sites such as Spotify, Pandora and Google Play Music?

Charles Gama: I believe that technological evolution benefits a lot if you know how to propagate these tools. I’m still a fan of the CD, but nowadays [the streaming sites] are the fastest tools to reach new fans. It has not changed practically anything, but there are good points – you can take your music to far places through the internet. Everything is very fast, but the record companies are discouraged by the rock, pop, and hip hop that dominate the scene. Support on streaming platforms, and making videos, after all are fast tools to spread your sound.

ANTIHERO: Who are your top 5 bands that have influenced you the most?

Charles Gama: The 5 bands that influenced me the most are Bad Brains, Faith No More, Korn, Chevelle, and Jimi Hendrix.

PROJECT BLACK PANTERAANTIHERO: What is your favorite song to perform live?
Charles Gama: My favorite music at the time of the show is without any doubt “Godzilla“, which has a brutal energy live!

ANTIHERO: Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to sit down and chatting with us. Is there anything else you would like to say?

Charles Gama: Thank you for wanting to do this chat with us, we just want to thank you immensely for the affection, and I want to leave the message that we are always here! Whoever wants to enjoy our sound it’s easy to just enter Project Black Pantera and you will find everything of the band and more! - Scott Martin


"Metal Temple"

Since the arrival of Crossover in the middle of the 80s (and for those who still don't know, it's just playing Hardcore music with the feeling and technique from Thrash Metal), many bands arose and are still arising from the depths of the underground scene worldwide, and the style is still gaining many mutations. And gathering a strong and heavy way into Crossover, and using some modern aggressive tunes on the instruments, comes the Brazilian trio PROJECT BLACK PANTERA, from Uberaba (Minas Gerais), vomiting their musical fury on the first work, "Project Black Pantera".

Their musical work is an explicit way of playing Crossover, along with some modern tunes that we know from works of SEPULTURA in "Chaos A.D." era (especially on the guitar tunes), with some influences from RATOS DE PORÃO, and even some Groove from Funk is presented on bass guitar some times (as we hear clearly on "Ratatatá"). Aggressive, nasty and abrasive, but done with quality is the final result when the album is heard. But beware with your ears.

The trio joined forces with Ricardo Barbosa who did the production of the album, all recorded, mixed and mastered (by Ricardo) in 106 Studio. The sound quality is abrasive, vigorous, nasty and heavy, but with a clear insight. All the musical instruments can be heard clearly, but the musical impact is extremely brutal.

The album is very good from its beginning to its very end, but as their best songs, we can name "Boto Pra Fuder" (a nasty and aggressive song, with very good riffs and hooking chorus. This is their most anthemic song), "Ratatatá" (a more groove and funk orientated song. Even with abrasive guitars and raw aggressiveness, their funk elements in the same vein from INFECTIOUS GROOVE is clear, and really tasteful), "Rede Social" (another Hardcore/Crossover song full of groove/funk influences, done with excellent guitars and drums), the rude and raw "Abre a Roda e Senta o Pé" (done with filthy guitars and vocals), the furious and fast "Execução na Av. 38" (using the traditional Hardcore speed to create an impacting song, full of good rhythmical changes), the slam dancing incite called "Manifestação", and the destructive "Escravos". And as bonus songs, an English version for "Manifestação" called "Manifestation" (only the lyrics are different, the rest is the same) and a Rap/Electronic version for "Execução na Av. 38".

Prepare your ears and souls for this nasty and savage attack, because this band "bota pra fuder" with full force! - Marcos Garcia


Discography

             Distributor http://www.tratore.com.br/um_artista.php?id=19804#principalhttp://

First album            PROJECT BLACK PANTERA  http://http//www.tratore.com.br/um_cd.php?id=7894

Second album
       PREFACIO       http://http//www.tratore.com.br/um_cd.php?id=11175

Third album           
AGRESSAO      http://http//www.tratore.com.br/um_cd.php?id=12094


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Bio

In 2014, after a childhood spent between the samba of Carnival and rock music that their parents were listening to, Charles (electric guitar) and Chaene da Gama (bass guitar),  set up their own metal group : The black Pantera project, with reference to the Black Panthers movement of the 1960s.

They are very soon joined by drummer Rodrigo Augusto and are chaining concerts in their Minas Gerais region, southeast of the country, which saw born in the 1980s most famous of Brazilian metal bands : Sepultura.

Unlike their elders, Black Pantera writes their texts exclusively in Portuguese and embodies the new Black Power Brazilian.

Since April 2014 and November of 2015 they released their first album that received excellent reviews from all parts of Brazil even outside the country.

The band also opened shows of national and international expressions bands like O Rappa, System of a Down among others.

In 2016, they were invited by north American festival Afropunk in the edition of Paris, and in 2017 the band was invited of the  Download festival also in Paris, receiving several compliments critics.

They released in November 2017 their second album titled "Aggressao" along with it release their fourth clip that is the song that opens the album called Prefacio.

In August 2018, they are invited by the Brooklyn festival Afropunk and are about to begin a usa tour with 10 dates. 

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