Italy’s VISCERA aren’t about the subtleties. This is much more like a hammer to the head. But if that is your thing then whom am I to judge. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
Could you please introduce the band to us?
Hey there. We are Viscera///, born in 2000 as a death-grind outfit and evolved through the years into what we are: a bunch of pointless people playing metal mixed with psychedelic and sometimes noisey stuff.
When you form how easy is it to pick up a thread as to where your sound is going??
-We don’t follow a specific praxis. We like to consider ourselves a rehersal-room band; basically riffs come from the guitar, but final arrangements are developed by the whole pack in long sessions.
How do you explain the meaning of the band name?
-Actually it used to fit with our primal “gore” period and we decided not to switch moniker. The slashes were added later because of complains by omonymous bands.
How important is image to the band? What impression do you want the fans to get of the band?
Ugh…Viscera/// is not really a very “exposed” band, maybe due to our laziness or extreme ugliness. Our approach to appearance is almost fully expressed by graphic design.
I am a huge fan of LP art work. How important is it to have the right art work for your album?
That’s like part 2 of the previous answer. Well, we spend a lot of time and care on it, because the result must perfectly fit with the concepts of music. We use to work with close friends who are also professionals, just for better participation, you know.
How do you avoid being affected by the hype likes on youtube and facebook can create on social media?
-It’s nearly impossible to avoid it and most of all try to tolerate it. I don’t know what I despise the most: shitty bands building fake career with it or people believing them. Bummer.
When you play in a metal band does it feel like you are a part of massive community?
-Maybe at the beginning, but in the last years we never felt so lonely before. There are bands and people we give mutual respect to, but I can’t call it a scene.
How important is it to be signed to label today? What can they do that you cannot do on your own?
-A label is useful only when it knows how to deal with music and proper promotion. All the rest is opening a facebook page with a random name with “records” at ehe end.
How much of a touring band are you guys? How hard is it to get gigs outside of your borders?
-We use to tour as much as we can in and out our borders, fighting against job permissions and everyday shit. And, following your question, it’s not that difficult to book a tour outside Italy. Italy itself is a terrible place for touring.
What will the future bring?
-On may 10th we’ll release a collaboration album with German ambient masters N. and Meinein via ConSouling Sounds.
In the meanwhile third album is on its way and of course massive tours announcements.