Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
The band was formed during the summer of 2004 and from the very beginning we wanted to create music that would combine different styles: since our ability at the time was kinda limited, the first songs were a mix of swedish doom metal and psychedelic rock. Over time we slowly went from this doom/psychedelic direction to a thrash metal sound and finally to a more death metal/ progressive rock combination. Since 2004 we changed a lot of members: still standing from the beginnng are Francesco De Meo,drums and screaming vocals and Francesco Dragoni, bass and clean vocals; in 2005 joined Mario de Vito, guitars and growl and we played as a 3 piece for a few years,except for a few months when we had a keyboard player. This last year Alessandro Nespoli, guitars and backing vocals, joined us and he's been a great addition to our team.
How would you describe your style? Which bands influenced your music?
Our style's definitely something not very common since it combines styles so different from each other. Our first influence is definitely Opeth and it's probably the most noticeble when listening to our songs. Other influences are a lot of classic progressive rock bands such as Pink Floyd, Genesis, PFM, Yes, Rush, new progressive rock bands such as Pain Of Salvation and Porcupine Tree, death metal bands such as Death, Cynic, Atheist ,more melodic death metal bands like Amon Amarth and some thrash metal, mostly Megadeth and Sodom.
Why should a metalhead buy your demos/albums?
Our demos are almost like a journey through a lot of different feelings and emotions, it's not something that can be understood without putting your mind into it, but I think it could be a rewarding experience, not only musically speaking, for anyone that's willing to put the effort to understand everything.
What have you released so far and how were your releases received by the public/media?
We have released two demos: Ambivalence in 2008 and Fehu in 2010. Ambivalence was well received by both public and media, with a lot of positive reviews despite its flaws. Fehu was just released last month so we havent' been reviewed much yet, but the public reaction has been incredibly good so far.
Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
Playing a lot live is what every band should aim to, regardless of what they play. In these 6 years we have played a lot live, from really small gigs to somewhat biggers shows and festivals and a few music contests.One of these was especially reward: we got second over 30 or so bands and we even got to beat a few pop bands! It's kinda hard everywhere, but can you imagine something like this in southern Italy, where no one gives a damn about metal and rock music in general? That was great!
Still we haven't been able to play as much as we would have wanted, but things are improving since we've been in contact with a few people who could bring us out of our country.
What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
We are really hard workers and we always do everything to ensure that our shows will always be the best we can offer. Modesty aside, I think we have something unique and personal, not because we think we are better than others, but for the combination of so many different factors.
What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We're trying to play as many shows as we can outside of our region, we already have stuff planned for this winter, to promote our new demo. We also intend to re-record our first demo, Ambivalence, since the bad production and immature arrangements didn't do the song justice. After this, we'll start working on new songs.
Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
You can listen to our songs, check out live shots and some old live videos on our myspace page, www.myspace.com/bifrostband. If you want to buy our cds you can contact us on our myspace or on our facebook page www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Bifrost.