NervosaFemale thrash metal power trio from Sao Paulo, Brasil, formed by Fernanda Lira (bass and vocals), Prika Amaral (guitar and backing vocals) and Pitchu Ferraz (drums).
Even having been part of groups of different styles before, like death metal and crossover, all members see in the compositions of Nervosa the same passion: thrash metal. With strong influences from this genre’s classic school bands, the girls in the band seek to bring up what is best in heavy music.
Prika Amaral started the band in February 2010, and in July 2011 Fernanda Lira took over the bass and vocals of NERVOSA, and only then, finally with the full team, the band started working as a professional band – writing, recording, doing shows.
In March 2012 the band released their first video for the song “Masked Betrayer”, which reached the incredible mark for a new band of 20,000 views in just one week, which led them to receive an honorable mention YouTube, ranking 17th place most viewed music video of the week and the 55th most watched in March of that year.
Because of the reputation earned through their hard work, NERVOSA in the following months accomplished a great achievement: the deal with the Austrian label Napalm Records, which has in its roster names like Cavalera Conspiracy, WASP, Grave Digger, Moonspell, Huntress, among many others.
In 2012, the first record of the band, a demo with three tracks, was released in Brazil on CD independently, under the title ’2012′ in August, and abroad via Napalm Records on vinyl in turquoise color, and via Nuclear Blast in clear version, both under the title ‘Time Of Death’, which cover art was designed by artist Andrei Bouzikov, who has worked with several bands before, such as Municipal Waste.
Nervosa ends the year of 2012 with a very positive balance of more than 50 shows made across the country, among them, sharing the stage with bands like Exodus, Raven, Grave, Samael (in Roça n Roll Festival), Exumer and Artillery, among others.
After a period of changing drummers, the girl who took over the drumsticks and came to join forces with the band in February 2013 was the competent Pitchu Ferraz, who carries a long 20-year career in the instrument.
The year of 2013 began with renewed energy, and the band continued promoting their EP nationwide, with shows in several states, and even with a tour around North and Northeast of Brazil, and sharing the stage with other major names, such as Korzus, Ratos de Porão and even Destruction, Exciter, Blaze Bayley, Kreator, DRI and Benediction.
In 2014, the girls finished recording their first full length, entitled Victim of Yourself, which featured 12 tracks and which cover was again signed by the artist Andrei Bouzikov, and which booklet was produced by the Brazilian artist Rafael Romanelli.
The album was released in March that year via Napalm Records in Europe and North America and by other labels and distributors in South America, Japan and Russia. In addition to the traditional format on CD, it was also launched four versions on vinyl in black, blue, red and transparent colors, with distribution by Napalm Records and also by Nuclear Blast.
Two videos were also released along the album promotion: ‘Death!’, which was recorded in an abandoned cemetery, reaching the record of views from all the videos of the band, and ‘Into Moshpit’, a compilation of live videos that demonstrates all the energy in the live show of the girls.
These two singles, added to other tracks on the album, made ‘Victim of Yourself’ reach great metal audience response, as well as highlight and good ratings in major magazines in this segment around the world, such as the European Metal Hammer, Rock Hard , Terrorizer and Bass Guitar, the American Revolver and Guitar World and even the Japanese Burrrn!, besides Brazil’s Roadie Crew, Bass Player, Guitar Player and Modern Drummer.
The good reception of the album was essential to result in a long and intense tour, which lasted for the years of 2014 and 2015. To promote the record, the band played in 17 of the Brazilian states, went through seven countries in Latin America and made a successful tour in Europe, with 51 shows in 60 days, passing through a total of 16 countries on the continent, including presentations on some of the major European summer festivals like Summerbreeze, Brutal Assault, Metal Days, Obscene Extreme, among others.
The band is currently doing the last shows of the tour ‘Victim of Yourself’ and finishing the writing of their new album, to be released in mid-2016.
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