Interview with Lorenzo Dehˇ, Time Machine (August 2, 2004)

1. Hi, first off I just want to congratulate you on your new album. To new fans could your please fill us in on the history behind it all?

Lorenzo - Thank you for your appreciation and many many many thanks to all our listeners worldwide, they've proven their loyalty once again and we trust they've enjoyed our new disc!!
It's the second episode of "The Nicolas Eymerich Inquisitor Trilogy", in simple words: past and present observed by different points of views. In "Evil" it was the Inquisitor watching things by the Man's point of view, in "Reviviscence" it is a very "human" Lucifer telling his part.

2. How has your new album been received by the media?

Lorenzo - In the best way possible so far, reviews are excellent and ratings always very high to top, average 8-10 out of 10, so to speak. It seems like releasing albums each 3 years brings good results!! I'm joking, of course!

3. I know artists are not happy to categorize their music, but how would you describe your music to an outsider?

Lorenzo - Aaargghhhh!! very hard question!
I would say... heavy rock, with a good dose of classic metal, a strong injection of progressive vibe, fairly technical, melodic, often dark, diverse. If that makes sense at all...

4. Where does your inspiration come from, both musically and lyrically? And what topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why?

Lorenzo - We normally choose a subject and try to visualize the situations arising from it, after that we try to describe them musically. As for the lyrics they go with the topic: we like to deal with subjects like politics, philosophy, history, religion and so on.
We use the topic we've chosen as a vehicle for expressing our ideas through metaphors, comparisons, etc., and we build the story around the subject by using other events as examples. We're not quite into dragons and swords sagas, we prefer taking history as starting point for our stories.

5. Who has produced and mixed the album, and are you pleased with the end result?

Lorenzo - The responsible ones for this new disgrace for the music world are myself and a raving mad guy called Max Lotti, but also our guitar monster Gianluca Ferro stuck his fingers into it...
Yes, we're happy with it 'cause it's a good starting point for further improvement and growth. Actually, we think we've just started doing things properly...

6. Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?

Lorenzo - The artwork is enormously important for our music, it's the first impact the listener has with our disc and it needs to carry some or most of the elements he will eventually find in the musical contents of the disc. The artwork has been designed by our Kobrah Agency mentally disturbed artist, nice guy, though his place should be a madhouse...

7. Do you have any touring plans?

Lorenzo - Nothing confirmed so far, there should be a couple of dates in France in October and ProgPowerFest next year in the USA, but only Gods knows - and maybe he doesn't either yet... but we're not obsessed by touring, if it happens, fine, differently we've got more time to work on the next album.

8. How do you feel about the co-operation with your label, and are you satisfied?

Lorenzo - Too early to say. We're on Massacre for Europe and Australia, Sensory in USA, Lucretia in Italy and NTS in France. Except for USA where the disc was released in April and is doing very well, for the rest of the world it's just coming out now (July/August) and we have no information about how it's doing so far. We shall be able to tell you more later on.

9. 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?

Lorenzo - It's good when it's used as a device in order to know about bands; it's a killing machine when people download the albums... no CD sales, no studio budget, no more albums.

10. How do you see the metal scene at the moment?

Lorenzo - In absolute decline except for a few exception which, by accident, are not really metal.

11. To finish things off - could you pls. make a all-time Top 5 or sort of the 5 most important albums in your opinion?

Lorenzo - One more difficult question... mmhhh... let me think... I personally would say (in no order):

  • Gordian Knot - Emergent
  • Queensr che - Operation: Mindcrime
  • Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe - S/t
  • Toto - VII
  • Dream Theater - Images And Words

but I would also state other colossal bands/artists like Rainbow, Black Sabbath, UZEB, Peter Gabriel, YES, Iron Maiden, etc.... not to mention classical music composers...

Thank you for your questions!! Take care!!! Lorenzo Deho' on behalf of Time Machine

Thanx to Lorenzo for taking the time to do this small intervierw, and again a thank you to Claus (Intromental) for setting up the interview.

Time Machine -  Reviviscence (Liber Secundus)

Album on Massacre Records.