Interview with Francesco Chelini, Shining Fury (January 8th, 2006)

Hi, first off all thanks for doing this interview with us at  

Please give us a short introduction of Shining Fury…
Francesco - Shining Fury is a power metal band from Italy . It was formed in 2001 by drummer Ross Lukather in order to create fast and melodic songs. After the release of the debut album "Last Sunrise", as a result of musical divergences Ross split up from the old guitars and bass players. After few weeks he founded the right people to complete de definitive Shining Fury new line-up: Andrea Bartoletti (Bass), Francesco Tonazzini (Guitar) and Federico Accardo (Guitar). Last summer Shining Fury entered FP recording studios to record their second strike! New album is called "Another Life" and will be released on 16th of January by Metal Blade Records.  

Congratulations with your new album “Another life”, can you describe in a few words the biggest difference between your debut album “Last Sunrise” and the new one.
Francesco - The biggest differences are the lack of keyboards and the guitar playing. However now the sound of Shining Fury is more powerful and heavy.

How has “Another life” been received by the media?
Francesco - It's early to talk about it...the release date of "Another Life" is the 16th of this month. We are very pleased of the final result and I hope people enjoy it.

How would you describe your music to an outsider?
Francesco - Uhm...I think Modern Heavy Metal would fit.

Who and what inspire you when you write a song? Walk us through the creation of a song?
Francesco - Sometimes I write music when I'm excited or when I'm sad...but I usually inspired by movies or by books.

Which subjects do your lyrics refer to, and who writes them? And what inspires you when you write your lyrics?
Francesco - The lyrics are written by Francesco Neretti - the singer. They are very obscure and difficult and generally speaks about real true-life stories or own experiences.

Who has produced and mixed the album? Are you pleased with the result?
Francesco - "Another Life" is mixed and mastered my Achim Kohler. We are very pleased of the result. Achim is great producer and he has done a beautiful work.  

Who has done the artwork? And how important do you feel it is to have a great cover?
Francesco - The cover artwork is done by Jan Meininghaus; he also has done a lot of works for Metal Blade Records. I think the cover artwork is really important if you want throw out an exact message to the people.

Let’s speculate – you have been granted a free slot on a tour of your own choice – who would be your ideal touring partners?
Francesco - I don't know...there are a lot of great metal bands...I think Brainstorm could a great band to tour together.  

Do you have any touring plans?
Francesco - No tour confirmed yet.  

How did you get the contract with Metal Blade and how do you feel about the co-operation with your label?
Francesco - I don't know really. I joined the band one year after the release of the debut album. I know that Ross met Michael of Metal Blade back in 1998 during the European tour with Labyrinth. Metal Blade is a big Label, the guys are all very friendly and they are doing a good job for us.

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?
Francesco - Of course today it is the best way to promote a band.  

And how do you feel about the Italian metal scene in general at the moment?
Francesco - The metal scene here in Italy is not big...but there are a lot of great bands like Rhapsody, Lacuna Coil Labytinth, Extrema and Vision Divine. Unfortunately these bands are most appreciated in foreign countries than here in Italy . I hope that one day the Italian scene will be strong as the German.  

Which song do you consider to be the best one you have ever written?
Francesco - I think "Colours and Experience" is the best one I have written in this album. 

When did you start playing and how old were you when you became interested in metal?
Francesco - I started play guitar seven years ago and I immediately fall in love with Heavy Metal and Death Metal Music.

Name an album, person or event that has had a huge influence on your life … and why?
Francesco - I think that my guitar teacher is the person that made me love guitar and music. He totally influenced my life since the first time I met him.

Which music do you listen to at home?
Francesco - I usually listen to melodic - death stuff like Soilwork and Children of Bodom, even if I like musicians like Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel

Last question - do you have any famous last words for our readers?
Francesco - First of all I would like to thank you for this interview. I hope you enjoy the album and come check me out on and

Jørgen Ditlev

Shining Fury - Another Life

Album out on Metal Blade Records.

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