ELEVENTH HOUR is a term used to describe something that was finished just in time for a deadline. This band don’t have to worry about being a hurried product. Aldo Turini , Guitaris &Producer answered my questions. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
As you might not be that known to most people a short introduction might be in order.
A.T. : In 2014 I decided to form a group, The Eleventh Hour, to give life to some songs I had written in the past. After working for 2 years on our first record “Memory of A Lifetime Journey” we debuted our album. I composed the music, Alessandro del Vecchio wrote the lyrics and Giuseppe Carella arranged the Orchestral parts.
How does your latest recording compare to the previous ones?
A.T : “ Memory Of A Lifetime Journey “ is our first album, I believe that we made an exceptional recording, and the final outcome is great. We achieved an amazing result with a high quality sound, especially thanks to the mixing and mastering by Alessandro del Vecchio.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound you all could agree on?
A.T : The mixing phase wasn’t easy, especially because I made some decisions that affected the final outcome, for example, I decided to enhance the orchestral parts instead of the electric guitars.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
A.T. : Lyrics are essential, the main theme of the record is the journey to find yourself and your faith, represented in its different forms, illustrated in the tracks Jerusalem and Requiem from a Prison. Most of the tracks talk about the journey toward your family, your roots and your mother land, a journey through your memories and nostalgia.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
A.T : If you want to do your job in the most professional way you should take care of every detail, and in my opinion the cover is an important part because it visually describes the lyrical subject of the album. The cover also makes a difference when you decide to go into a shop and choose an album of an unknown band.
Where outside of your country have you had success?
A.T. : We’ve had positive feedback from Brazil, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain and Germany…gradually our music is reaching everyone, songs like “Back to you” and “Sleeping in my Dreams” are especially appreciated by a larger audience compare to diehard metal lovers.
Is it harder today to get noticed both nationally and internationally than it was 10 or 20 years ago? Is the competition tougher today?
A.T. : It’s a brand new world compared to 10-20 years ago, the way we listen to music has changed and so has the way we produce it. The sounds and the way to promote an album has also changed. When I was a teenager I used to buy Metal magazines like HM or Metal Shock and bought CDs from Music Shops. Nowadays it’s much less common to find Magazines and CD’s, and sales have decreased, it’s turned into a digital world, where every CD purchase or music download is done on the Internet, using networks like Itunes, or Marketplaces like Amazon or Ebay. But I believe that if you are a good band, and are able to make some good music, sooner or later you will gain recognition.
What is your local scene like? What status does your band have in the national scene?
A.T. : In Italy Metal music is not the most popular genre, other types are preferred. Nevertheless, there are a lot of people that love and listen to Rock and Metal music and there many talented musicians. Our record is having great success and positive feedbacks and we are really happy about that.
What is the general population’s opinion on playing music? Is being a musician a respectable choice?
A.T. : I believe there nothing better than playing an instrument and writing a song, you don’t have to be a professional in order to express something about yourself through the notes. Everybody has something to tell, and whoever is able to do it through music is expressing their emotions and feelings and in my opinion they have something more. Music is a universal language that everybody can understand.
What does the future hold for you?
A.T. : I will keep writing music full of feeling that comes from my heart, and try to encompass many different genres, avoiding anything imposed by the music business. Our record has been especially appreciated due to the fact that it doesn’t reflect only one genre but includes AOR, Power, Folk and Progressive sounds, as well as some Celtic and Symphonic. When I wrote the songs I tried to mix all of these influences together, yet still maintain the original roots that distinguish the tracks.