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Meet Brazil’s Burning Brains the Band

By Elle Mitros

BB2One of the benefits of working for a music website is getting to meet ~ either in person or via email ~ musicians from all over the world.  We love our US bands, but it’s really cool to hear what’s going on overseas, too, so when Burning Brains the Band, originally formed in 2005, introduced themselves via email, we got a taste (well, a listen) of some of the hard rock/metal scene in Brazil.

Some people say that love is the international language, or food, or a smile (yeah, way too sappy) ~ I’m more inclined to agree with those who think that music played with true passion pretty much translates in every corner of the planet, and Burning Brains are, without question, passionate about their music.  As lead singer/founding member/songwriter Antonio Augusto Cesar Junior (aka Jr. Thunder) shared, I love my band and my songs, they are all my life,” and after listening to some of their tracks, it’s easy to hear why. It’s also a no-brainer (no pun intended…honest!) to see why, as Jr. Thunder explained with a charming mixture of pride and humble appreciation, “We’ve developed a following of loyal fans in our country and we are anxious to share our music with the world…We’ve had the honor of being selected as the opening act for concerts in Brazil with headline acts like Angra and Dr. Sin. [We’ve been] featured on Cultura TV, Cultura Radio, and the Heavy Weight Radio Program. We headlined shows at Ná Figueredo Cultural Space and the Acorde Festival, and we’re number 1  on the ReverbNation Rock charts for Belem, PA, Brazil.

Back to the music itself. Burning Brain’s press kit lists Dokken, Keel, Wasp, AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest as influences, but for me it’s also easy to picture the band ~ Antonio, Alcyete Caracciolo (lyricist and co-writer ~ and Antonio’s wife), and Nelson Torres (all instruments) ~ growing up on Motorhead, Dio, Maiden, and other heavy-hitters that are staples in any true hard rock/metal lover’s permanent collection.  This band has all the elements that make for a great balls-to-the-wall, take no prisoners, rock-out-with-your-cock out, badass sound, and whether they’re recording or playing live, they bring it…hard…even with their ballads.  When Antonio explained that “Burning Brains has always striven to blend classic rock and roll music with heavy metal and occasionally romantic ballads,” all I could say was, “Well, mission accomplished, job well done!”

Antonio Augusto Cesar Junior (aka Jr. Thunder)

Antonio Augusto Cesar Junior (aka Jr. Thunder)

There’s definitely a unique artistic sensibility coursing through the veins of this group, too, so although they perform the hell out of their songs, complete with good ol’ fashioned mighty rock vocals, killer guitar work, and unbridled energy streaming out of every pore, they’re constantly experimenting with ways to broaden their sound and express different sides of their music. Take, for example, the videos (see full listing below) commissioned by the band; they are not your run-of-the-mill rock offerings.  Antonio and his bandmates hired Ken and Geri Long at Longshot Productions in Canada to “…create a series of unique and sometimes shocking conceptual videos to help promote our new recordings; with great success.” They’re no strangers to changes in line-up and collaborators over the years, either, in pursuit of that perfect combination of talents that would define Burning Brains the Band.  Says Antonio, “Like most new bands, we’ve had different talented musicians that represented our band as it evolved.

That progression will continue, too, as the band gears up to launch its debut CD, Amazon’s on Fire, a labor of love for which they are still looking for a producer. “The new material and rewritten earlier work is currently being recorded, engineered and produced in Nelson’s studio. There will undoubtedly be new musicians that form the live performance Burning Brains line-up but for now, the concentration is on getting enough material prepared to launch our first CD, something we’ve worked toward for years. So stay tuned and experience the ongoing evolution of our band and our music.

If I were you, I’d do just that…check out the links below (or better yet, start by watching the band live and leaving a Comment) and then stay tuned for Amazon’s on Fire and more news about these Brazilian rockers…

Burning BrainsBurning Brains on YouTube

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Burning Brains on Vimeo 











  1. The music is awesome. It is heartfelt and rocking. Wishing you all the best. Keep it up.


    • Really thank you my grea friend Tulio. You are very welcome to join my band as drummer place.

  3. Brazil’s Burning Brains-Awesome band! much success!

  4. A great website with some great music, good luck in your venture you deserve it!!

  5. Amazing talent!

  6. Your band sounds great with that old School traditional hard rock sound!
    Keep up the good work!

  7. Keep on making the great music guys! Thunder on!
    Holman Autry Band

  8. Awesome Rockin’ Dudes!

  9. nice and great music i saw your web and listen your band songs
    best regarsds nomanq ayyum

  10. no dout you guys kick A$$!!!

  11. Cheers to you my Brazilian friends. All the best

  12. hi Burning Brains!!! We are fan of your songs, that a fucking amazing heavy sound!!!
    Wish you more success!
    God bless you
    Your reverbnation friend Lard Of Death

  13. Wicked! :)

  14. Great band,Great music. Keep going

  15. Usually I am not a big fan of this kind of music.
    BUT: there is something strange in the music of Buring Brains. I really like this heavy sound!!!! Keep on rocking guys!

  16. Love the sound great band

  17. I have so much respect for what you are doing. This tragedy of the burning and wholesale destruction of the Amazon has disturbed me for years and is one of the reasons I called my band Jamazon Cloud. Much love goes out to you. Great music! PEACE Chris

  18. Love this band!

  19. Hi there! =) Great site, great music! Was pleased to meet you ) Greetings from D.I. brutal second death metal band from Saint Petersburg Ru! Keep it good metal quallity! May be sometimes you’d like to visit us? \m/

  20. Outstanding music !!!

  21. Great work, guys! Keep it coming.

  22. The Burning Brains are a hard rock sensation out of Brazil and we’re excited to play their music on our radio show, The Basement Tapes Show with Nick Thomas and Bootsy Hambone on KKID 92.9FM in mid-Missouri, and our show replays on every Wednesday and Thursday night at 7pm CST. Keep on rockin’!!!!!!!! We love you guys..!! Nick & Bootsy

  23. que vcs continuem assim com uma otma banda e sucesso

  24. otma banda que faça muito sucesso

  25. Keep rockin

  26. Cool Stuff , great i dig !! :)

  27. Great tunes guys. Sat and listened to the whole stack. Keep rocking. Never stop.
    Tunkas’ila iya. (God bless)

  28. Great sounding music guys!!

  29. Your website nice, with attractive color logo, may you be successful with your music

  30. Really excellent stuff!! Production, musicianship, the whole enchilada!! Well done!! Greg

  31. You guys rock,love your music

  32. very legit music keep it up

  33. nice work, cool to hear a metal/rock band take on some tough subjects.

  34. These guys rock! Check them out!



  36. Very nice!!!

  37. You Guys Are Superb.Well by God’s Grace soon you will make it to the next level.Kudos guys!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. Love the music! hopefully we see you soon in the states. Stay metal my friends \m/ Deadman’s Gambit

  39. Nice work!!! ROCK ON!!

  40. Thanks for listening to us on Soundcloud.
    My Life’s Sun is a beautiful song!
    Great music!

  41. Rock On!

  42. Hard Rock for a hard cause! Keep on!

  43. I’ve been a fan of Burning Brains the Band for some time and they continue to impress. Fan, follow and support these great musicians!

  44. very cool site

  45. I like your sound a lot. Keep crankin’ out the tunes!

  46. Thanks for finding us,, and good luck with your music!

  47. Cool website, great music!

  48. Solid classic hard rock!

  49. I really admire your music, wish to play some similar heavy stuff in recent future, just awesome!!

  50. Congrats for all your effort, you deserve the best, great work, keep rocking !

  51. loved … look like a new and stylish judas prist….:)

  52. awesome band !!!

  53. The site is simply but well-arranged(easy to navigate). Text about band is comprehensive. The music burn out negative thoughts from brains during listening…

  54. Musicas Muito Boas .. Artista paul borges em Cleveland ohio, U.S.A.

  55. Great sud-amrecian heavy ! thanks for your music guys , saludos desde argentina.
    que viva el metal sudaka!

  56. You Guys are Amazing, Keep Rocking Hard… Hope to See you in Canada Soon!

  57. Wish you the Best!


  59. I wish you the best with your music. Eddie Ray

  60. Great rockin music. Wish you much success!

  61. Rock on!

  62. Great, rockin’ metal! I really like Antonio’s ‘Lemmy-esque’ look. (And I assure you, any comparison with the great Lemmy Kilmister is a compliment of the highest order!)

  63. Great stuff guys!!

    ROCK On;)

  64. Friends, you are great!Good luck to you and new creative opening in music! Help you God !!!

  65. This band are fantastic , this is real music

  66. Muy buena banda, excelentes musicos y vocalista!

  67. Shout out from MadSic, great looking site! Best of luck to you, and have a \m/ad Sic weekend!

  68. Great band – great sound and great bucnch of people. Hope they make it to Texas one day.

  69. Rock n Roll at its finest. Keep it up!

  70. This band is awesome! Be sure to listen!

  71. Your website looks great! Thank you for putting your original music on XPOrAdio and sharing it with the world!

    • I feel the THUNDER!

    • great music