Ignazio, you are a young band from Italy with a couple of demos in
circulation and not many might know your background so if you
could fill us in on the history behind it all?
Ignazio - First of all I wish to thank You
Kenn and all at PowerMetal.dk for your support…
A big hail to all the Danish Metal Heads.
Fuoco Fatuo was born in 1999, when I (bass) and Giangabriele
(guitars) met for the first time at school. We play some time
together, and decided to write some serious song. After a some
time Angelo (voices) came in, and then Giuseppe (keys). We started
writing “Tenebra’s Dream” in the early 2001, and published
it in 2002.”Of Light and Dark” is from 2003 – 04. Now we are
in the studio to record “Nemesis: the Elegy of Sin”, our new
How has your demos been
received by the media?
- I must admit I really didn’t
expect all the great words spent on our two pieces of work.
”Tenebra’s Dream” first, and “Of Light and Dark” later,
both received a lot of great reviews from each zine we sent it to…
I know artists don¹t like
to put a label on their music - but a spaceship from outer space
has just landed in your backyard, and is demanding an answer - so
how would you describe your music to an alien from another galaxy?
- Fuoco Fatuo plays METAL. Our
backgrounds are various and different, and this explains the
reason why you can find Power, Progressive, or Classic Metal in
each song…, but we play Metal without fake labels that could
confuse the audience.
If your music was an
emotion, which one would it be?
- Probably melancholy… or maybe
wrath… what a hard question…
Who and what inspires you
when you write a song? Walk us through the creation of a song?
- Usually we play something on our
own and later we try it all together, so our influences may differ
a lot… It depends by our spirit at the moment… I write most of
my bass lines when I’m home, then I write the lyrics… I like
talking about my experiences and my emotions, and I always try to
create a kind of symbiosis between music and lyrics.
To what subjects do your
lyrics refer to, and who writes them? And what inspires you when
you write your lyrics?
- As I told before are my emotions
to guide me… I write the most of lyrics, and sometimes together
with Angelo or Giangabriele. When I write the concept of
“Tenebra’s Dream” I was inspired by all the emotions
regarding the dualism of Man…. It is a thing I feel very strong
about and I still love to talk about that in my lyrics.
Who has produced and mixed
the demos, and are you pleased with the end result, and what could
have been done better?
- Both our works are produced by
ourselves in our studios, the “Maze of Steel” studios... I
think they are quite good, but in general the production of
“Tenebra’s Dream" isn't clear enough. ”Of Light…”
is better, as you can hear…. We bought a lot of new instruments
before starting the recordings. The result is really satisfying.
Who has done the artwork?
And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
- Giuseppe loves graphic software,
so both our covers have been realised by him… I think covers
isn’t so important. Of course the package must be good,
but too many times people care
too much about the outside, forgetting that the most important
thing is the music.
Do you have any touring
plans, or is it only possible to play shows locally?
- We played a lot here in
, after publishing “Of Light…”. Now we are really busy with
the new record. We’ll think about live shows after publishing it.
Let’s speculate – you
have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice – who
would be your ideal touring partners?
- Oh… just three names, but
should be many more… Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Nevermore…
dreaming is good…ah, ah, ah…
What kind of wishes and
expectations do you have for a record label and management?
- The most important thing is the
promotion. Bands want to be promoted at the best, and I think is a
right thing… Without the right promotions a label is not a label!
The internet is a very
important source for many metal fans – how do you use the
internet and how important is it for you and other bands?
- It was and still is very
important for the underground bands… We have the opportunity to
contact a lot of people only by a click… In the past everything
about the underground were a lot more difficult.
And how do you feel about
the progressive metal scene in general at the moment?
is very good, but sometimes there are no differences
between the bands.
Which song do you consider
to be the best one you have ever written?
- “Arkanangel”… is a song of
the new album I wrote on my own… it is my spirit of music!
Which song do you wish you
had written and why?
- Oh shit… all by Iron Maiden and
Nevermore… but one in particular: “Alexander the Great”!
Name an album, person or
event that has had a huge influence on your life … and why?
- “Powerslave” by Iron Maiden...
Changed my way of living and seeing music. It is THE HEAVY METAL.
Which music do you
personally listen to at home?
- METAL, METAL and METAL... all the
rest means nothing to me… (Maybe I’m a little close
Vinyl has had a small
comeback lately – do you still prefer “the old sound” or are
you a CD/DVD kind of guy?
- Vinyl or CD, that’s the
Last question - do you have
any famous last words for our readers?
- Hi Power Metal Readers… Support metal and only what
give you real emotions.
Feel free to visit our site www.fuocofatuo.it,
download our songs and contact us for our works.
See ya! METAL RULES ON !!!!
huge thanks to Ignazio and Fuoco Fatuo, and all the best of luck
in the future to them.