TENEBRA ARCANA is a cool Italian black metal band that is just about to start their journey. Anders Ekdahl ©2018
A band name says more than thousand words, or does it? How important is a band name to get people interested in your music?
– for us the name of the band is very important, for the impact, but we consider important also the logo and the message of the band. In our case we decided to use a simpler font and simpler logo to present the band. We decided to use also italian language (in part) in our lyric to increase the impact in particolar in our country.
When you finish a recording and then sit back and relax, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you glad it is finished? Does the anxiety grow, not knowing if everybody will like it?
-no way.. about feelings, the only ones we know are melancoly, sadness, pain and depression.
What is it like to be in a studio recording your music? What kind of feelings and thoughts race through your heads?
-it was a strong emotion to express our feelings and to make something concrete after 1 year of nights in realshrooms and a lot of ideas writing at home
Today I get a feeling that the promotion of a band lands a lot on the bands themselves so how does one promote oneself the best possible way in order to reach as many as possible?
-we started about one years ago to play live in our country, to promote our project during metal shows, and we try to use also the web to sponsorize our music but we think that the show is the most important moment to spread our message and our music. We respect every kind of project , also studio project but we prefer to play live and to deal with other bands, to support also other bands during shows.
Today we have all these different sub-genres in metal. How important is that you can be tagged in one of these? Why isn’t metal enough as a tag?
-we try to be ourselves , we don’t like rules, schemes or dogmas, but everybody know that we have precise references in music specially in extreme metal
What importance is there in being part of local/national/international scene? Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of something bigger? I know it does to me knowing that in some slight way I was a part of the Swedish death metal scene in the 90s.
– the band started only one years ago so we think that is not the moment to thalk about been part of a possible international scene. Now we know that a lot of italian people appreciate our music, and internet help us to increase the number of new followers or fans. In general we appreciate that people don’t stop to play extreme music like black metaL or something similar so if there is an international scene is only a good thing.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band?
-For the artwork of Luna (our first release), we asked to a graphic designer, to commute our ideas, our lyric in drawings. You can see a part of them in our bandcamp page, the rest in the artwork of the cd. For us is very important the artwork in a cd.
How important is having a label to back you up today when you can just release your music on any sort of platform online? With the ability to upload your music as soon as you’ve written it the freedom to create has become greater but are there any negative consequences to music being too readily available to fans now that every Tom, John and Harry can upload their stuff?
– having a contract with a label would be very important for us becouse would help the project to spread more and more. I think that this argomenti s very complex, but we can explane something.
In part we have already answered in the last question: we think that our project is not only a music project so people can appreciate more if they have phisical disc where you can read our lyrics/message or watching drawings inside it .We think that the main problem of the web is not the possibility to upload everything in a free way, the main problemi is that everybody (good bands as much as bad bands) can have, if they want, the same visibility so you can be easily surrounded by bad music, or something recorded in half an our with a smartphone. the real life of a true band is very differend from this. Recording a release involve a lot of ideas and time, we think that the web has reduced overall the quality of the offer and , everything seem to be too easy and too shallow. About us, We like to buy a lot of release of underground or mainstream metal bands yet, we hope people don’t lose this kind of behavior. An mp3 can’t never replace a physical disc or a live show. I think it can be difficult to understand by young people, we hope that at least in extreme music this kind of “old” mentality can remain also in the future. It’s not a metter of money, a music project is not a couple of mp3 in the web.
What is a gig with you like? What kind of shows do you prefer to play?
– We are a young band so we try to play live everytime we can . In general we prefer to play in metal clubs or in locations that can appreciate this kind of music/project.
What lies in the future?
– you will see