WHITE SKULL is a band that I interviewed way back when Battler Helm was a paper magazine. That’s how long this Italian band been going. Anders Ekdahl ©2017

I remember you from way back. I think we even did an interview when Battle Helm was just a paper fanzine. What is it that still make you want to do WHITE SKULL?
-Hello! We have a big passion for heavy metal and of course for our music….that´s why we are still around.

There are so many genres and sub-genres today that it is hard to keep track of them all. So what was it that made you pick the style you play?
-Back in the 90s there was Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. We were later associated with the Power epic metal because of how our songs sounded. I believe we just play what we like irregardless of the association of genre.

What influences you in creating your music? What is/has been the single greatest influence?
-We write songs based on the moods, ideas and inspiration of each band member. Everyone has different influences: Me from WASP, TWISTED SISTER and QUEENSRYCHE; Tony Mad IRON MAIDEN, SAXON and GRAVE DIGGER; Danilo Bar IRON MAIDEN, DREAM THEATER and MEGADEATH; Jo Raddi METALLICA, ANTHRAX and HARD ROCK; Alex Mantiero RAMSTEIN, BLACK SABBATH; Alexandros Muscio CRADLE OF FILTH, DIMMU BORGIR, SYMPHONY X and HANS ZIMMER.

Is WHITE SKULL a band with a message? How important is it to have a message as a band?
-Throughout our career we have been writing about historical events. We never really took positions on what has happened or is happening to the world we live in.
Will Of The Strong points the spotlight to those warriors (in this case women) that left a mark in history by showing the world the strong will and belief on values.
Therefore we can easly say that we don´t have a clear and specific message to the crowds but at the same time we draw the attention of the listener to facts and behaviours that showed high values, honor and courage.

Even no image is an image. Is image an important factor to the bands appearance?
-Indeed it is very important. Gives the band a character and a chance to stand out more.

How important is it to have an album cover that stands out to grab people’s attention in this day and age?
-The album cover has the intent to draw the attention of people that doesn´t know the band and also to please those that want a White Skull album in their collection of CDs. I can honestly say that we all have purchased albums just because the cover art was awesome. Therefore we can assure you that we have spent a large amount of time in creating the new cover art idea and have carefully selected the artist. Gaetano Di Falco met and exceeded our expectations delivering us a piece of art. We are really satisfied with the result.

What kind of respect do you get being that you have been around a while, released some really cool albums and toured? Do you get the respect you deserve?
-I think we are a symbol of persistence and perseverance. Our passion for the music we create never left the House of Skull. People do appreciate this attitude, to some it is inspiring. We do get respect … at this point we are aiming for some additional interest from the metal folks wheather they are fans or promoters.

How massive is it to get response from places you have never heard of?
-It´s touching. It gives us an idea of how far our music travels.

Is playing live still a great way to get new fans to discover you?
-Of course. It is a big window where we show who we are and what we can deliver.

What does the future have in its womb?
-You know we don´t have a crystal ball but we really hope that in the near future we will have the chance to play our music in new venues and new countries.
We have few more ideas for videos and possibly a live CD.

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