SINPHOBIA

This Italian band are a blank to me. In an effort to correct that I had to interview them to find out more about SINPHOBIA. So read what they have to say. Anders Ekdahl ©2016

How important is the band’s name in giving out the right kind of vibe?
-The band’s name becomes fundamental when you have a message to deliver. As a band we aim to encourage people to take life fully in their hands and live it without any fear. In fact the word “Sinphobia” combines two words which are “Phobia” (“Fear”) and “Sin”, the latter incorporating a double meaning, “without” (“sine” in Latin) and “with” (originating from Greek).

What was it that made you want to do the band?
-It all started with the need of letting things out, emotions, feelings and thoughts. Music is by far the best catalyst to express what you have inside.

What is your definition of the metal you play?
-Musically speaking Sinphobia can easily be described as a mix of modern American Death Metal and old school European Thrash Metal but they do it adding their own style, made of pure energy, groove, contamination from other genres and moreover bonecrushing live performances.

How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
-Our first album is a puzzle built after several years of work and made of the experiences and the different members who have succeeded themselves in the band. Now the whole thing is slightly different, we are working on new stuff and it will definitely sound more organic because it will have a shorter gestation. The backbone of every song are usually guitar riffs, then we add drums, bass and, last but not least, vocal parts. Of course this is not a pattern we do follow every time because every song has his own history and you never know how and when inspiration will hit you. For sure the key point of the band are rehearsals, everything we compose is played, arranged and tested in our rehearsal room, in this way each one of us participates actively to the writing process and the material comes from a synergy we manage to create while we play together.

Where do you find your inspiration to create?
-Inevitably we put what happens us every day in what we do. Our music depicts what we live, the objectives we pursue, our victories, our losses, our courage and moreover our fears. Not by chance our motto is “Assault Your Fears!”, a quite simple message which deals with fear that, in all its forms, is the biggest limitation to mankind and needs to be overcome. People need to fully take their life in their hands in order to become masters of their own existence.

How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
-These days everything is strongly connected to images, due to this the graphic side and the the way a band looks is not a thing you can take for granted. This must be emphasized when you have a message you want to deliver to your audience. We work hard to give our a music an accurate visual representation, in order to give a 360° experience to those who buy our album or come to our shows.

Do you find that there is a greater freedom in working with digital than working with physical?
-Working with digital and entrust your work to the net allows you to reach those who appreciate your music pretty much everywhere. The ether also gives you the opportunity to have your music listened by new people all around the globe and that’s great to enrich your fan base and plan tours abroad.

Are there any limitations to digital? Can you do everything you like?
-With digital you have pretty much endless opportunities but you lose the valour of owning a cd, with booklet and all that stuff which goes beyond the music but is fundamental to express the ideas the band conceived. Physical Cds may seem old fashioned but there are still people who like to hold in their hand the hard work of a band.

Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-You know, in Italy there’s a great metal scene but it’s always suffocated by mainstream music, less and less people buy cds and live clubs and places to play are getting fewer and fewer, you are kind of forced to look beyond the border and wish to go abroad playing. We don’t want to put limitations to where our music can go and
travel but for sure Germany and Northern countries are milestones for a band like ours.

What does the future hold?
-We are currently working on our second album which we hope to record and release as soon as possible. In the meantime we are striving to play in many shows as possible in Italy and abroad. We are also booking a new tour to carry our music around Europe. In July we are playing at Fosch Fest, one of the most important Italian metal festivals. Recently we won the W:O:A: Italian Metal Battle and this summer we are playing on the WET stage at Wacken Open Air.

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