ONIRICIDE is an Italian band that deserves to be noticed by more metalheads. So check out this interview and then contact the band. ©2016 Anders Ekdahl
How different is it releasing an album compared to a demo where there were no real pressure?
-Good question. There are many differences between these two kinds of recording. Making an album is harder than making a demo, as our demo was recorded in one night. The album was recorded in separate sessions for all the instruments (drums, bass, guitars, keyboards) and vocals (lead and backing).
We studied a lot before entering the studio, as time in the studio was limited and it cost a lot of money. As it is our first album, we saved money to make this album but we have also some supporters from our crowdfunding campaign.
What response did you get on your first album? What was the weirdest response you got?
-At the moment, the album as not been released yet. On January 31st 2016 the crowdfunding campaign will be finished and then we will proceed to release the album, we think around mid February in occasion of the Infernal Metal Fest in Turin. We are very happy and surprised by the feedback that we received from countries like Japan and Chile. In our professional and fan network, we are receiving compliments about our work and we have a following of about 8,000 people on Twitter which is very encouraging.
When you release an album and you go out and play live and people know your songs, how weird is that? That people know what you have written on your own?
-We have not played live very often yet, but when we did, our fans sang Gipsy and the Cards with us. For us it was very exciting to see that people recognized and enjoyed one of our songs. The plan is now to start touring regularly and we are looking for a good booking agent.
Do you feel that you have to follow in the foot steps of the first album for a second when it comes to lyrics and art work for example?
-At the moment, we are focused on the release of our first album and the following tour. However, we already have several songs that have been written for the second album. We already know that the lyrics will be telling stories like on the first album, but the music will develop naturally without trying to copy the first album.
Do you feel like you are a part of a greater community because you play in a metal band?
-Playing in a metal band is fun and makes us feel good, and if people accept and support what we do and play, then they bring you in their community.
When you have found a sound how hard/easy is it to come up with aongs that fit into the sound?
-We were not looking for a particular sound, but the sound developed as new members came in the band until the present line up. So our sound is the result of each member’s styles and influences.
What influences/inspires you today?
-The main inspiration arrives from a lot of music from different styles that we listen to, for exemple metal, classical, movie soundtracks. All this music inspires us but we tried to develop our own style.
We hear about what state the record industry is in. Then we hear that cd sales are increasing. As a band that releases records do you notice the state the industry is in?
-As the album has not been released yet, we have no data to comment on this topic, but our following seems to be very strong and so we are hopeful.
What is your opinion on digital verses physical?
-We prefer physical albums compared to digital releases because the price of our physical album is quite cheap and you get all the graphics and lyrics in the booklet. Additionally, with the CD pre-order you get two instrumental digital bonus tracks not available on the album.
What lies in the future?
-We hope to find a booking agent immediately to organize our tour in France and Germany where our fans are asking for our live shows.