Do you notice that there is an anticipation for you to release an album? Have you built a large enough following for people to eagerly await a new album?
-The ones who already followed us knew that we would have released an album. It had been a while since we were working on it and we couldn’t wait to publish it. Fortunately, Eagle Booking and Sliptrick Records noticed us: thanks to them we could get more visibility and create more interest.
Is it important for you that a new album picks up where the previous left off? How important is continuity?
-In fact this is our first album. We have released an EP (“Dehumanized Society”, which is online), but it was some years ago, when we used to play with another lineup and it does not totally reflect us. With this first work we begin what we hope will be a long career: surely it’s a starting point to improving and deepening our music.
Was it hard for you to come up with a sound for this album that you all could agree on?
-We all agreed that the sound should be spontaneous and it should faithfully reflect our way of playing music. We didn’t care to get a too modern sound, because we didn’t want it to become too “fake”. It simply had to reproduce our way of being, and that’s what the guys from Death Lab Studios did.
How important are the lyrics to you? What kind of topics do you deal with?
– must be inherent to what we play. Although we give more importance to the instrumental part, lyrics must help to create a personal and original atmosphere. In this album, we deal with the Greek “Logos”: universal law regulating everything and reason which leads men and the universe. “Logos” means also “listen and tell”, and that’s what we did in this work: relate the Logos with the human behaviors.
How important is the cover art work for you? How much do you decide in choosing art work?
-The artwork is totally essential to the work done. We needed something abstract, engaging and new; something that allowed the listener to interpret the topics in his own way. As soon as we noticed the Gina Liberiou’s paintings on glass we understood that we needed something like that.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? Are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans?
-Having a label is still important, probably even more than before. Now that everyone can upload its own music and publicizing it alone, it’s important to have someone who give you a boost. The label gives value and more visibility to the band, and it’s crucial to an emerging band like us.
I guess that today’s music climate makes it harder for a band to sell mega platinum. How do you tackle the fact that downloading has changed how people consume music?
-Exactly, people nowadays literally “consume” music. There’s too much stuff and it’s easily available: with all that at hand, it’s difficult to find the one that makes the difference. People are surrounded by thousands of bands and struggling to keep concentration; they get tired quickly and they are used to receiving something new every day. It wouldn’t be a bad thing if people downloaded music and they then supported the band. The problem is that then usually all of this ends in the forgetting.
Does nationality matter today when it comes to breaking big. Does nationality play a part in if or not you will make it big internationally?
-Surely Italy is not a country where metal finds its best place. It actually has a large underground scene, although it does not carry a huge following. Despite this, several charismatics bands have been able to break through… we hope to be one of these!
I use Spotify and Deezer but only as compliment to buying CDS (it’s easier to just have your phone or pad when you’re out) but I fear that soon music as we know it will be dead and buried. What are your worries as a band?
-We do not regret that people listen to us on Spotify and similar: it’s important for us to be visible and accessible to all. The only thing that worries us is that there’s nothing after listening on Spotify. We like people to come and see us playing live, follow us, and keep in touch with us. Music should be heard, shared and lived.
What does the future hold for you?
– We are working to publicize our music: we’ll play live, make videos and compose new stuff. It’s all uphill from here!