Don’t mess with my head. I don’t want anything subliminal entering my mind unless it is SUBLIMINAL FEAR. They are welcome to invade my mind any day of the week. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
Carmine: Hello there! It’s a pleasure to be here and talk with you all about our project. When we chosen the name of the band we wanted to introduce very strong thematics, talking about the fears that you can’t see and that you don’t know from where they arrived. Subliminal fears are eradicated in the society and now this name fits so good in the new sound’s evolution of the band. We talk about futuristic stories but always with a actual refer and it’s interesting for us to explore the subconscious in our society now, thinking about the humanity’s future.
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
Carmine: Subliminal Fear was formed in 2002 and when we started this project we played a melodic death metal with thrash and metal-core influences. In the first two albums you can listen this for sure. In the past, there are been also many changes in our line-up and this didn’t help to make grow us like band. Domenico and me, the main writers of the songs, split from the band for some years and the second album is been released in a strange situation and without stability. Fortunately we back after some years to work together. About that first line-up, the founder members remained are Alessio, Domenico and me. When we started to talk about a new album and I back in the band, we felt many things were changed with new musical experiences and also many new influences that we wanted to include in our music.
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
Carmine: Yeah, I know what you wanna mean! I think out sound’s evolution is been a natural process. With “Escape from Leviathan” we started like a new life for the band with many new elements and influences. We needed to develop our sound in something personal and we worked hard on this. In the end our sound has grown because we has grown like musicians and we need to evolve all is around us too. Sound now is modern and with many new elements and it’s exactly what we wanted to do. We worked very hard in our studio for two years and half and you can hear the result of this in “Escape from Leviathan”. The electronic parts and synths have become a very important element in our new sound. Our buddy Botys Beezart that has coproduced this album with us, he has arranged them perfectly. He is really a talented musician and we thank him for to be part of this project like the sixth member of the band. The new members didn’t have part in writing the new material but they are very important now, in preparing live shows and to finalize our work in the best way.
When you are in a band does it feel like you are a part of a worldwide movement?
Carmine: I don’t know if we are a part of a worldwide music movement, really! It must not to be said from ourself. It would be great for us if others will say it and we will be proud to be in it. I’m sure that we will touch it with experiences, meeting people in music and other musicians. We are proud of our work on the last album and I hope also who listened it feel our passion and all energy we spent to work on it.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
Carmine: It’s so much important. Our mind is been always to create a strong link between music and lyric concept. The artwork of the album nad its cover can be like a glue for them. For this reason we called Anton Seth Sito to realize the cover artwork of Escape from Leviathan. All his works are great and we loved the cover realized for us from first moment. It’s obscure and very futuristic like we wanted.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
Carmine: I trying inspirations from many things, real life and specially sci-fi movies or books. Lyrics are so much important for our music and always I wanna put inside my personal visions or different points of view. Concurrently with the music style, we changed also the topics of our lyrics. That you will find in the songs it’s not exactly a story but many stories all linked between them. “Escape from Leviathan” is a metaphor of the escape from our society. It has imagined like a primordial and evolved creature was born to devour and to scare us. The concept talks about a society that guides us and control us with new technologies or fake ideologies. Humans are not conscious for evil they do each other and also about society and machines that control them subconsciously. There are also some references about humanity’s impossibility to govern itself. For inspiration I used also of course famous sci-fi movies but also my personal thoughts about the present society.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Carmine: I think yes. We like to think about all positive aspects of actual music business. You can reach many people now and to arrive where you didn’t before. I can understand also all musicians about economic problematics it brings now for them. The streaming platforms and the digital music changed music business totally, it would never back like in 70s or 80s.
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
Carmine: of course digital, we are without hopes eheh!
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experience with you like?
Carmine: Finally, we have a good line-up and all pieces are in the right places to have a good and continuative live experience. We are working in studio to prepare all songs of the last album and we can’t wait to propose “live” Escape From Leviathan to people. We have first shows in Italy in these days… we are very excited and ready to compare us in a big event.
What lies in the future?
Carmine: Our first goal is to promote “Escape from Leviathan” so much we can with live gigs in our country and in Europe too. We are trying to come in some festivals next year. Soon we will start to talk about new material too and it will be the continue of this album, for the lyric concept and for sound evolution. So be tuned on our page www.facebook.com/subliminalfear. We will not disappoint you!