ALLTHENIKO is yet another cool Italian band that you ought to check out. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-First of all I’d like to thank you for the space offered and greetings to all readers!
The band ALLTHENIKO exists since 2002, from the beginning our main purpose for it was to create original songs to be released, but we had no idea that ALLTHENIKO would last so long. We have now come to our 6th official album entitled “ITALIAN HISTORY VI”!

How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-Getting your own sound should be a natural fact, every band has its own history, ALLTHENIKO has existed for 15 years! That already determines an original sound, but there has been much work behind it!
I think that nowadays you’re used to have a low level of attention for listening, so a lot of bands take refuge in standard sound and the result is that there are thousands of good bands with a single plugin that makes them sound all the same, but fortunately it’s not the case of ALLTHENIKO!

I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-As you know, recording is not hard any more, but the harder is to have good ideas, believe in them and carry them out. “ITALIAN HISTORY VI” is an essential album with no frills, raw in some respects, so that listeners do not have any distractions, that’s what we wanted. For “ITALIAN HISTORY VI” we have done everything by ourselves, from its creation and production to the artwork and videoclip.

Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-Who tells that you have to release singles to get to the top? To the top of what? we don’t make pop music!
I believe that who thinks to make music to compete should change profession!
As regards our last work “ITALIAN HISTORY VI” we focused on content and message to be spread, so it would have been impossible to put all into a single song!

I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-Unfortunately I can’t foresee the future, I can tell you that I make music because I like it and so I think I’ll continue to do it!
What I find out of question is the fact that music has a future! Music existed before cds, before vinyls and before the phonograph, and it can also exist without physical means. Nobody can kill music, because it is a form of art and so it is part of human beings!

What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-Coherence and spontaneity are surely what is reflected in our cds, it’s what we want to be noticed and what happens!
This makes us proud of our artistic path!
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Exactly because there are no distances, the contact is not surprising but quite normal. What makes everything special is what is left behind: if music has given you emotions or just made you move your head, then all makes sense!

Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-Absolutely Yes, not because we play in a band, but because we are proud of being metalheads!
Do you know what music has brought that we would otherwise missed? of course ITALIAN HISTORY VI!

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Certainly Yes! and a quality following, the real contact is the direct one and the bond created during live shows is unique!
Today more than ever there are mutual esteem and respect between those who play and those who follow, and that’s only possible at concerts!

What plans do you have for the future?
-I hope in the future to talk with you again after you’ve listened to “ITALIAN HISTORY VI”, hehe!
Greetings from ALLTHENIKO to all readers and fans of heavy metal! true metal will never die!

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