I totally fell in love with Rhapsody the first time I heard them. So bloody brillitant. From there I’ve been looking for Italian symphonic metal bands and I’ve found a new one in WINTERBREED.©2016 Anders Ekdahl

. Could you please introduce us to the band?
-We are Winterbreed, a symphonic metal band from Vicenza, Italy. Our project started in 2014 from an idea of Mattia (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Martina (drums) and was completed with the joining of Lucrezia (lead vocals), Filippo (bass guitar) and Enrico (rhythm guitar), who gave their contribution to define our style in music: symphonic metal with death, doom and progressive metal elements. Actually, we like to combine elements which may seem completely different from each other, but which finally fit perfectly with our idea of music and our songs.

What has been the greatest catalyst in forming your sound?
-What most influenced our music and our style was of course the love for metal music and in particular for symphonic metal, especially for its completeness in sound. We took inspiration from symphonic metal icons of our Italian reality, and we tried to shape a personal style, which is a combination of our different personalities. But we also wanted to share our passion for music with the world, and this helped us creating and promoting our project.

How hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Recording new songs is very hard, but the most difficult process is composing. All the songs are created to have a strong emotional content and impression and it’s always hard to convert feelings in music in the best way. But it’s also hard because the songs always need a continuous revision: they are never completely finished. They are all written by our guitar player Mattia, but we all give our personal contribution to the instrumental part. Recording is the final, but still complicated part: it’s very expensive and it needs a lot of time and concentration. We went through it last summer, when we recorded our first EP, and it was very stressful, but above all a positive experience

Has digital made it easier to get your music released?
-Yes, of course! Through digital every artist can share his music with the whole world, instantly. And it’s also useful at the moment of selling your music, because you aren’t bound to shipping taxes and all the problems related to the postal service.

If you release your music digitally is there a risk that you release songs too soon, before you are ready compared to releasing them on cd?
– No, there isn’t. We always release songs after having recorded and mastered them, and of course after having made an accurate revision of all of their parts.

What kind of responses have you had to your recorded music?
-Our project is relatively recent, but we can say that we have generally had a positive response during our first year of activity. The public at our gigs always seemed to be engaged by our music and also our EP has received positive reviews so far. We keep receiving positive feedbacks from our fans, even abroad, and this is what pushes us to continue on this way.

We live in a world were there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-The most surprising contact has been from Japanese and Canadian fans, who listened to our EP on the internet and bought it. We got to know of fans from all over the world and every time we receive an appreciation from a foreign fan, it’s always a sursprise and a pleasure for us: we still aren’t used to it. Even being contacted from you has been a big surprise!

Do you feel like you are a part of a greater conmunity playing in a metal band?
-Yes, we do. We believe music, and in this case metal, is a big family able to gather people from very distant parts of the world. We experienced it by playing with other bands from our North Italian reality: we played live many times and it’s always been a pleasure to share the stage with nice people and great musicians. We think that reciprocal support is fundamental when you play in a band, and we are really satisfied with the cooperation and the brotherhood that we established with the bands we played with so far.

What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
We think that playing live music is not only fundamental for musicians, but also the most beautiful and exciting part of making music. The direct contact created between the band and the public through the music is something beyond words: only at that moment you can show and offer to others what you are and what you have inside. Playing live is also a big trial, a way to put yourself to the test and an experience that enriches you in the deep.

What plans do you have for the future?
-We have many plans for the future: first of all, we want to spread our music worldwide, as we are trying to do now. We are also thinking about a more ambitious project: a full-length album, which could be the best way to sum up all the changes and the improvements that we are dealing with currently, both in style and sound (Lucrezia is our new singer by the way) . One of our dreams is also to get in contact with a record label who can support and promote our music.

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