Interview with guitarist/vocalist Daniel Botti from Node (May 14th 2006)

- Hi, first off all I just want to congratulate you on your new album “As God Kills”
Great!! Thanks a lot!

- Are you satisfied with it?
Yes, of course! We’re absolutely satisfied with the album. Both the production- and songs-wise.

- How did you get your name, NODE?
Mhm... To be honest, I joined the band in 1997 and it was already with this strange name. NODE means "point of junction" and I know is frequently used in a lot of fields of the science (as biology, computers, anatomy etc... etc...). I think that, in our case, it could mean "band”!!

- I was in for a big surprise when I heard the intro to the first tack on “As God Kills”… The track I’m talking about is “Shotgun Blast Propaganda”… first I thought it was Dolly Parton I was listening to… and then suddenly you burst into pure Thrash Metal…
Who came up with that splendid idea?

Eheheh... the song that open the album is taken from a movie of S. Kubrick: "Full Metal Jacket". The song is called "Hello Vietnam " and written by Tom Hall. During the three weeks in the Pelle’s studio we were confined in a little apartment with 5 DVD. One of them was "Full Metal Jacket": we decided together to put something of the soundtrack in the album 'cause it was very close to the lyrics and approach of the album.

- In what words would you describe the music and moods of NODE for someone that has not heard you yet?
I think I can tell him... Node is a thrash metal band. They play a sort of violent and direct music but they never forget the dynamics. Furthermore, Node wants to try something different on every album. We don’t like to write and play "the same album" every year. We like to change the way about the sound and the approach... so, "Sweatshops" was a death-metal-oriented album, "Das Kapital" was an album with more melodies, more arrangements, more variety and in a few words an experimental-thrash-album. The last one "As God Kills" is our "evil-album". "As God Kills" is the more aggressive and violent: no compromise, no pauses, no reflections, no sweet-solos... just anger.

- Where do you see the main difference between your first albums and your new album?
As I said before, I think this is the fastest and most violent Node album. We have followed the way of the title track of "Das Kapital". This song is short, fast and violent. The new album ”As God Kills” follows this line. The songs are shorter than on "Das Kapital" and the structures of the songs are more simple. In the same time the album is obscure, negative, claustrophobic and full of madness...

- Do you feel that your sound will evolve in some different direction, in the future, or will you still follow the same path?
We have never followed the same path. I think we will evolve our sound for the next album too. We don' t write music thinking about a way to follow. When we start to play the new material, we have no an idea about the final result. We like to prove and... see what happens!

- How long do you need to practice to feel comfortable with your songs before you record them?
Strange question! I don' t know... sometimes we finish to write a song one week before the entering the studio. Sometimes the song is ready three months before the entering... I don' t know... Anyway, we don't need to practice a lot: just play what we know we are able to play! And we know our limits very
well! Hehehe...

- Any plans to go on tour? If so, when and where?
We have some gigs in Italy to do: 27 of May in Milan (Transilvania Live), 30 of June in Verona, 14 or 15 of July in Rimini... but you can see all the details on or in the website We are planning also some gigs out of Italy and this is our main goal right now. But it' s not so easy. We' d like to play in Germany, in Holland, in Denmark, in Sweden, in France.... everywhere!! So, if you have the chance to let us play somewhere in your country, just drop us a line!!

- Let's speculate - you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice - who would be your ideal touring partners?
Hey... there are a lot of bands! Ok, I start to dream... Mhm... Slayer, Kreator, Testament, Metallica, Megadeth, Machine Head, Fear Factory, In Flames, Meshuggah and Pink Floyd.... Is it enough?

- What are you doing besides NODE, job wise as well as hobbies?
We are all workers. Gary works in a handles factory, Klaus is a painter, Marco is a cooker and I am trying to finish the University... I' m a fired worker...

- What albums or bands do you believe have had the greatest impact on the history of Metal?
Mhm... good question Peter ! I think there are a lot of  bands/albums that have influenced the history of metal. I think about the first albums of Iron Maiden and Metallica... I think about Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth and Testament... I think about Helloween, Kreator, Sodom and Destruction... All these bands (and I forget a lot of other bands) are fundamental for the metal history. In my personal experience I think about Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets and ..And Justice for all (Metallica); I think about Cowboys from Hell and Vulgar Display of Power (Pantera); Human and Symbolic (Death); Reign in Blood (Slayer); Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction (Megadeth); Cause of Death and World Demise (Obituary); Beneath the Remains and Arise (Sepultura)... For the last ten years I think about Fear Factory, Meshuggah, At The Gates, Entombed, In Flames... They are other fundamental bands too. As you for sure understand I am oriented to the death/thrash metal scene (and all the other guys in Node). Anyway, we like also some classic metal bands.

- What albums have you been listening to lately? Any recent releases catching your ear?
Mhm... I' m really good impressed with the last cd of Node! Hehehehe... it' s a joke.
Seriously, at the moment I' m listening to "Still At Arms Length" of a Swedish band called The Provenance. I think they are amazing! Now they are on Peaceville but they were under Scarlet like us. Another really good album is "The Sickness Within" of HateSphere. Great band, good album!

- Thank you very much for participating in this interview and sharing this information and your thoughts with us!
Oh... no! Thanks a lot to you, Peter! Was a pleasure for me to answer to your question promoting our new album and my band!
Thanks to you all at Powermetal.Dk !!!

- “As God Kills” is one of a hell of a great Thrash Metal release… I really mean that.
Thanks man. Good to hear that from you.

- So, finally - any words of wisdom or funny facts about the nearest future you want to share with the readers?
Wisdom? What' s wisdom? I' m too young to be wise!
We' d like to play in Denmark. We are trying to find some gigs in your country. If you want to let us play over there, just drop us a line at or contact us at !! Hope to see you soon on stage or in the crowd.

- Wish you all the best,
Thank you again for the interview!


Daniel & NODE ( - -

Node - As God Kills

Album available on Massacre Records.

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