Please tell us a few words about the new release, about the music on it as a whole or a few words on each track in part. How are you happy with the final release?
“With The Sole Acquiescence To Lead Us” may be a good title for an album. The most important thing in it is, we finally could mix a good performance with a reasonable budget. In our previous releases there was always something that went wrong, bad technical performances, or we were suffering money problems that led to a bad sound anyway. Nothing of this happened this time, we were prepared enough from all the points of view. Obviously it’ s not a perfect album, but we can definitely say it’ s good after all. There’ s something else to add: some songs have been written between 2008 – 2010, we have been playing them for more than ten years, so there was a further reason for this release: to get rid of it because we really couldn’t take it anymore ahah.
Seriously, we’ re quite satisfied, of course: something that lasted so long and you worked so hard on for, in the end you are happy simply because you see you’ ve done it. To be sure it’ s good is an added value
How would you describe/label the music on it? Does it sounds like anything we might have heard before?
All our releases so far show a balance of 80s heavy and thrash metal. But it’ s different for “Acquiescence”. Most songs (seven) have been written by Nazario. He’ s more rooted in extreme metal, sometimes you can notice some more black or melodic death metal oriented riff. Thrash metal has probably been dropped away a bit. A proper description for this album might be a bit more modern classic metal, but we’ re not sure about. We hope we could push our musical identity a bit further. Make it a bit more precise, or recognisable.
About the influences, surely there’s a lot that may have been heard before but I can say nothing specific because the main writer for this album is Nazario, as said before. and his musical influences are different from Steve’ s ones (Metal Church, Slayer, Warlord, Morbid Saint): SOAD, Godsmack and stuff like this.
Where was it recorded and how much time did it take you to record it? Any interesting stories from the recording/producing the material?
Several months, generally since autumn 2019 till summer 2020. We could have taken less time, but the lockdown stopped everything for at least two months. When we could get back to it, Steve still had to record vocals, another tough part of the recording sessions. And this time it has been even more difficult because the lockdown left us all frazzled. But in the end, luckily this didn’ t give too many worries or problems as it was supposed to be.
On the other side, we have to say nothing would have changed. The lockdown simply forced us to postpone everything for some time, nothing more or less.
“Acquiescence” has been recorded by Brendan Paolini. Brendan is rhythm guitarist and former bassist for Nightland (symphonic metal from Pesaro; by the way, give those guys a chance! https://it-it.facebook.com/Nightland; https://nightland.bandcamp.com) and has his own studio. He helped us not only with recordings, because he dealt with mix and mastering as well and he did a very good job!
What can you tell us about the cover artwork? Is there a link between the artwork and the lyrics? What are the topics of your lyrics?
Steve wrote all the lyrics and the title reflects a part of them. There are basically two ways of analysing lyrics. The first way is a “descriptive” one, and deals with a life based on passiveness, to live your life being subjected to all the shit without reacting. The other way is more “propositional”, to live actively, to know what’s happening around you and in the world (politics, economics and so on) to be able to change what’ s wrong, even if this means to make mistakes. This album could have been titled “With The Sole Sedition To Lead Us”, but Steve chose “Acquiescence” just because he liked this word more.
The cover has been created by Ludovico Cioffi, singer and guitarist in Nightland along with Brendan. We passed Ludovico all the stuff, music, lyrics, because we had absolutely no idea to suggest. So he listened to the music, read the lyrics and came up with what you can see. We love the dark colours and the esoteric images, but we don’t know what they mean. It’ s all inside Ludovico’ s mind. We didn’ t asked him, because we think he has done a great job (as Brendan did for the music) and that’s enough for us.
To cut it short: most credits for this album go the guys in Nightland.
What do you expect to gain through this release? What are the band's aims at the moment?
We are focusing on getting some reviews, some interviews to promote our album. Nothing more.
We’d like to be more dynamic, but we think there’ s no way for a band like us. Music was agonising long before the covid, and this pandemic will probably give the death blow, we are afraid. Just think we played our last gig in July 2016.
Is there a special format the material is released in? Or is it released in multiple formats? How many copies were pressed?
We are thinking of creating a bandcamp page, but currently only physical format is available (but if you like a pre – listening of our album, go here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-pPiF_nUGA ) We have pressed 50 copies for the reviews and for those good “mad” followers that still buy physical copies. Obviously, that’ s a consequence of the previous answer.
Where and how will you promote this new release?
Reviews and interviews through the webzine. It’ s cheaper besides all, and that’s not something to understimate ahah.
Where can we order it from?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for all.
Album on the youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-pPiF_nUGA
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