Interview with
Pathosray (November 17th 2007)


”Pathosray” is your debut album, and quite an impressive one. How has the response been on the album and what kind of expectations do you have for it?

The Band – We would like to thank you very much for these words! Even if “Pathosray” has just been released, it’s obtaining great responses, strating from the reviews and arriving at people that write us every day. We’re very happy to know that now our music is spreading all around the world. We expect the album would take us playing in new places and let us become much known, also in view of our next releases.

If you should choose one song on the new album, which represents the essence of Pathosray, which one would that is…Personally I would pick ‘Emerald City’, a song, which I feel captures the essence of Pathosray pretty well.

Ivan – Great! I used to say the same thing! Emerald city was born long time ago, and this is why it has all our true influences. I think one of our strenghts is trying to create a specific kind of atmospheres, full of emotions, and this song is the right example. By the way, I’d like to thank you for havin’ underlined this aspect…

If you had to describe your music to a complete musical ignorant – what would you tell him? In my review I draw references to great bands like Fates Warning, Dream Theater, Nevermore, Evergrey and Symphony X and calls your music progressive power metal…

Marco – In my opinion it’s hard to label our music in the right way. Apart from the bands you’ve just named, and where we’ve surely got inspiration, I can say that in “Pathosray” you can also find a lot of 70’s influences, strarting from italian progressive rock and arriving at typical rock&roll sounds.

How important is the lyrically side of Pathosray – and what has inspired you on this album?

Ivan – The lyrical side has a lot of importance for us. We’re carrying the main theme of the album since from the beginning. Most of the lyrics deals about real situations and feelings, that I didn’t want to change during these years, in order to keep them as natural as possible.

One of the main theme is the relationship between nature and man, and how much he’s inert in front of its strenght.

Tell us a bit about the album art work, Mattias Norén is one of my favorite cover work artists, and I really like the dark and atmospheric cover he has created for your album.

Fabio – Mattias is also one of our fav cover designer and he has created the most impressive artworks in the market. It’s true, our artwork has a dark taste and infact it exalts the relationship between the littleness of human being and the greatness of nature, as Ivan said before. 

Gianpaolo – The image of the dead body on the river, near the man bent down to the water, means for us to leave behind any period of life, and its following mutation. We would like everyone who don’t know exactly this interpretation, to feel free to give its own meaning.

The production is very good, you recorded it in Italy, but decided to get mixed in Denmark, and let Tommy Hansen handle that aspect of things, why and wasn’t that a rather expensive decision to take?

Fabio – As you’ve just said, we recorded here in Italy, at the Angel’s wings studio, with Nico Odorico and Mattia Sartori. Together with our label, the american Sensory Records, and our managers Intromental Management, we decided on Tommy to mix and master the final product, cause we knew he could give it the right sound and touch we were looking for. The label gave us the full support, so it was simple for us…

I label you as ‘the best kept secret in metal for years’, but where do you feel you fit into the scene today? And where to you fit into the Italian metal scene?

The band – Maybe it’s to soon to say that at the moment, even if we appreciate your words…

We’re coming from a small area that grows up every day more, thanks to bands as Elvenking, Raintime, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Tystnaden and so on…and we hope we could also give this process our help.

Any story behind your name Pathosray and why did you chose to call the band that?

Ivan – the meaning behind this name is a sort of emotional stream, and perfectly synthetize the music we’re writing and playing…then, anyway, it sounded good ahaha!

Fabio – I also think it’s progressive as well! Ahaha! 

What do you consider to be the biggest accomplishment for you and Pathosray?

Gianpaolo – We would like most of people to listen our music, obtaining always new good appreciations.

Marco – We would also like our trademark becoming always much recognizable, trying not to be compared to anyone else. 

What are the strengths and where can Pathosray improve?

Ivan – I think that our strenght is the ability of meeting both metal fans tastes and those who’s listening to other kinds of music, thanks to the contrast between heavy riffs and romantic and melodic moments.

Alessio – Another point of strenght is also the speed we arrange the songs with, due to the feeling between the whole members of the band.

Fabio – One thing we’re trying to improve for the next album is the impact and the immediacy of our new songs.

What immediately tasks lay ahead of you, any touring plans?

The Band – We were just confirmed as guests at next ProgPower USA in Atlanta! Then, our management is working as well to organize a tour around Europe and some other important gig. Meanwhile, you can find us around Italy, promoting the album from the beginning of 2008.

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life … and why?

Marco – Russel Allen, simply the best! Apart from his incredible talent, he’s a great stage animal!

Alessio – Angra’s Temple of shadows, and italian progrock band Area, for giving me a lot of inspiration during these years.

Ivan – Garden Wall’s Chimica, a melting pot of power, sensations and melodies, that signed my songwriting…then also Milke Oldfield, simply a genius...

Gianpaolo – Tony Banks, for the inspiration: few notes, put in the right way, and great emotions..

Fabio – My childhood’s music teacher, Pasquale Di Maio. When I saw him playing for the first time, I understood music would have been my life... 

Give me your shot at some albums you’d rip for your iPod if you were to be sent to the ISS space station tonight…

Alessio – Be (Pain of Salvation)

Gianpaolo - Fear of a Blank Planet (Porcupine Tree)

Ivan – Tubular Bells (Mike Oldfield)

Marco – Paradise Lost (Symphony X), In Search of Truth (Evergrey)

Fabio – The Perfect Element (Pain of Salvation)

Which album(s) have put a big smile on your face and has made you bang your head in the past year?

Alessio – I can say Angra’s Aurora Consurgens… 

Fabio – Yeah, I would say the same thing..

I thank you very much for participating in this interview and sharing this information and your thoughts with us - these last lines are entirely for you. Any final words you would like to round off with?

The band –  We would like to thank and all its readers, we hope to play soon in Denmark and we also hope you would appreciate our album!

Interviewed by Kenn Jensen.


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