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.
How has your new album been received by the media?
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!
I know artists are not happy to categorize their music, but how
would you describe your music to an outsider?
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...
Where does your inspiration come from, both musically and lyrically?
And what topics do you deal with in your lyrics and why?
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.
Who has produced and mixed the album, and are you pleased with 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...
Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to
have a great cover?
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...
Do you have any touring plans?
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.
How do you feel about the co-operation with your label, and are you
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.
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
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.
How do you see the metal scene at the moment?
absolute decline except for a few exception which, by accident, are
not really metal.
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):
Knot - Emergent
- Queensr che
- Operation: Mindcrime
Bruford Wakeman Howe - S/t
Theater - Images And Words
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
Lorenzo for taking the time to do this small intervierw, and again a
thank you to Claus (Intromental) for setting up the interview.