RAZGATE is a thrash band with a raw sound that appeals to me in more ways than one. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

When you release a new recording does it feel like you have to start a new a couple step back because so much time has passed and so many new bands have entered the scene since the last album or do you just pick up where the last one left?
Giacomo Burgassi: we don’t really care about the other bands or albums. We just want to do our music as best as we can. There’s always evolution but we work on our style and our sound, day by day

Do you have an aesthetic that you keep true to from recording to recording (i.e. stylistical same art work, lyrical theme etc.)?
Giacomo Burgassi: In every album there’s a main theme and the artwork takes inspiration from that. In “Feral Evolution” is the “control” as you can see in the cover!

How hard is it to come up with lyrics to the songs? When do you know that you have the right lyrics?
Giacomo Burgassi: For me it’s very natural: I always want to say something and my songs are perfect for this! When I find the right words for my vision, here the lyrics. I think that the sound of every word is very important in the song, I try to find them very carefully.

I am old school. I like really cool album covers but from what I’ve gathered some bands tend to spend less on art work because people don’t buy records, they download songs. What are your feelings on this?
Giacomo Burgassi: Oh well, the style of Edoardo Natalini is essential for our music and our graphics. We actually care about the album cover. It’s not just a picture or a photo, it’s what you see first and what catch you first.

Do you ever feel that you get misinterpreted because of the music you play? *
Giacomo Burgassi: Absolutely not!

I get the feeling that fans that are true to a band, is a lost thing with the easy access to music these days. Do you feel that this is a bad thing or are there any positive aspects of it at all?
-Giacomo Burgassi: I’m an old school motherfucker, so I love seek and discover new bands by myself hearing their albums or watch them live! But the easy access to music today may help in many cases.

Back in the days you had to trade tapes if you wanted to hear new unheard of bands. Today you are just a click away from discovering new acts. Do you feel that this development in some ways will do more harm than good in the long run, that it will eventually kill off music as we know it?
Giacomo Burgassi: As I said before, today everyone is famous potentially. There are thousand and thousand new bands out there that can rise or fall and you can heard them everywhere on internet. This the new course of music and the world: everything appears and disappears very quickly. It’s hard to stay afloat!

I get the impression that today’s touring scene is most made up of festivals or multiple band line-ups. Is it harder/tougher to tour today?
Giacomo Burgassi: It’s harder! So many bands want to play live on tour in right places with right guests: there’s competition!

If you were to decide how would the stage show look like?
Giacomo Burgassi: Nothing too big or too weird…I want to hear the crowd roars!! I think my stage would be in the middle of the arena with lights, fire, flames form hell, explosions! Boom!

What does the future hold?
Giacomo Burgassi: We’re working on the new album, we’re very excited about this! But our priority is to play live, we love to see some crazy action in the mosh pit!!! So we keep on thrashing!

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