27 MARZO 2019
DOMANDE A CURA DI MELISSA GHEZZO
Welcome to Insane Voices Labyrinth! How did the band come to life?
Hi, Melissa. It all started in 2004 when some friends and I formed a highschool band. We didn't know how to play any instruments but we wanted to create a powerful sound in the style of Death/Kreator and that was enough since we practiced really hard and began to play our own songs in just a matter of months. Basically it's all about loving what you are doing. If you love music there is a chance to create your own art someday hahaha. Of course, in the following years my vision about music changed dramatically but the leading vibe remained the same.
What experience led you to form the band?
I am an introvert. I think that allows you to grow as an artist since an introvert will always express himself better through art. Metal music was my favorite thing (still is) so that led me to form my own band.
How did your life affect the composition of the songs?
All my life's experiences (especially the negative ones) led me to create music. Music also helped me to better understand myself so I think my band is my own therapy haha. For example 'Into the Further' is the most personal song I wrote since it's about a close person who died. Those things affect you and that negative energy needs to go away somehow through music.
What topics are your first EP “Autopsy of Hope”?
'Autopsy of Hope' is mostly about strong states of mind such as depression ('Dream Destroyer', 'Autopsy of Hope'), but it also has a social/political vibe. For example the first song, 'Blind' is about the curtain society tends to pull over the weak minds so they can be manipulated easier. That's a frequent subject in metal.
Have you managed to combine death metal with classical music, how did this happen?
Well, classical music started everything. Even if sometimes they don't come right in your face the classical influences are everywhere, especially in technical death metal. For example Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor (II) is pure death metal. If you just add some distortion and blast beats it sounds like the most aggressive brutal death metal band. Of course it also depends on your vision. I personally like classical music a lot. I never planned to make the songs sound like that, it came naturally.
There have been many line-up changes. Have there been times when this has impacted negatively?
Well.. I always wanted a band like Metallica, Gojira, Iron Maiden or Dream Theater, where the componence stays united through the years but being an underground band makes that really hard to happen. First of all it's hard to play technical so you can't just find the first drummer who comes in your way and play this genre together. Second of all, good musicians have different tastes and you also need to form a connection with the other band mates, otherwise you are not a real band. So this impacted the band in both a negative and a positive way. The negative one is that we released only 2 materials and had less than 100 concerts in our existence. The positive one is that waiting pacientelly to find the right musicians allowed me to sound exactly how I wanted from the beginning. Long story short: less music, higher quality, but also less exposure.
“Neural Correlates of Hate”, last album... How was this album worked?
Releasing this album was a real pain in the ass to be honest because I mostly recorded it myself. So I composed 90% of the music, Andrei Calmuc wrote 95% of the lyrics, then I recorded the bass and guitars from my home studio in Bucharest, Romain Goulon added the drums from his studio in France, Christian Muenzner added 2 solos from his home studio in Germany, Calin Paraschiv added one guest solo from his home studio in Cluj Napoca, Andrei Calmuc recorded the vocals from (guess what) his home studio in Brasov and then we sent everything to Jocke Skog in Sweden who did a really nice work and reamped, mixed and mastered everything. That was insane and a lot of time consuming. After the music was released Adrian from Loud Rage Music helped us a lot with creating the CD's/Online Promotion and finally everything was ready.
How do you define your nation's metal scene?
In the past there were more metal bands but most of them vanished I think because of the economical situation and because comparing to 2000 now we have more big shows but less small underground shows in our country. Since social media exploded people don't show up to small concerts in large numbers as they used to but the good part is that we have more big shows/festivals and the Romanian bands who still exist have more ways of promoting themselves online, more ways of properly recording their music so I think you have to adapt in order to survive. All in all I think there are some great bands in our country and we have our small and strong metal scene which grows day by day.