Acest interviu a fost luat trupei Anthenora acum aproximativ 5 ani – 6 ani.
Q1:Hail. Say for the Romanian rockers a short history of your band.
A1: The five pieces-band, Anthenora, was born in 1990 as a classic heavy metal band under a deep influence of metal masters as Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Saxon. The monicker of the band has been inspired by Dante Alighieri’s “Divina Commedia”: it’s a part of the “Inferno” (ch. XXXII).
In 1992 and 1993 we released 2 demo tapes called “Bring me to hell” and “Heretical Symphonies”, recorded at the Dracma Studios of Turin.From 1995 the band played a great number of gigs in Italy either as original-songs-band or as Iron Maiden Tribute band, becoming one of the best italian maiden tribute band. In the last years the band has played all around Italy from north to south,increasing considerably the number of fans with powerful shows, opening also the gigs of Paul Di Anno (ex maiden singer), the italian power band Domine (www.domine.it) and kiko Loureiro (Angra’s guitarist).
The strong belief in the change of the band and the support of the estimators, led Anthenora to enter again in stuido. The new ep, called “The general’s awakening”, has been recorded at Remaster Studios Vicenza (Italy) on aprile 2002 and produced by Tony “mad” Fontò, leader of the well known italian metal band White Skull (www.whiteskull.it). In november 2002 and in april 2003, Anthenora have played with Nicko Mc Brain – The drummer of the “Beast”- on his Tour in Italy, playing with him on 7 gigs through the country.
Steeve Balocco, the bass player, plays also with Boroken Arrow, a band led by Nick Savio, White Skull’ s lead guitarist, and has recorded a song with the italian band Power Symphony” (www.powersymphony.com).
Q2:I’ve heard some of your songs in 1997. I don’t remember what songs. Do you continue with your style from the ’80?
A2: Really? Where? Were they tunes from “Demons”?Yes, of course we continue in our 80’ style. We’re musically born in the 80’, we lived in the 80’ and…….we’ll die in the 80’! ah.ah.ah. We try to keep the faith alive!! Don’t worry, I’m not crazy, I’m just jocking!!!!Speaking seriously, our style is strongly influenced from the 80’s.
Q3:What bands influenced you and your music?
A3: Each of us has been influenced by different bands, even if all of them came from the 80’.Stefano Pomero (guitar) is a child of Kai Hansen and Michael Weikath. He likes a lot bands such as Gamma Ray, Helloween, Rage and Grave Digger. He is virtually “born” in Germany!!
Gabriele Bruni (guitar) is the man that in the band is more openminded to the different kinds of metal music. He likes very much old bands such as Saxon, but also new bands like System of a down and all th enew metal scene. Luigi Bonansea (vocals) is a great fan of Iron Maiden, Helloween, Queensryche and Queen.Stefano Balocco (bass) and me, Fabio Smareglia (drums), are devoted to all the new wave of British heavy Metal (Iron Maiden, Saxon, Judas Priest first of all).
Q4:Describe your music in one word. Why do you think that word is suitable for you?
A4: Classic Heavy metal is the right word to describe our kind of music, cause we don’t use keyboards and we have a powerful, not to fast way of play metal.
Q5: You’re a top band. How do you stay there?
A5: Don’t exagerate! We’re only one of the millions of bands that play in the world of the “fucking steel”!
Q6: What metal style is most used in Italy?
A6: In the last years the Italian metal scene has been dominated by the so called Italian speed or symphonic metal. The great success of bands like Rhapsody, Domine, Labyrinth has created a path for a lot of bands playing power or speed metal. Our music is a little bit different, is more similar to the classic english or deutsch classic metal (Saxon , Judas Priest, Rage).
Q7: The new bands, to get a contract with a label, must renounce to a lot of things. Have you ever been asked to change something in your music? If so, what?
A7: We haven’t ever accepted compromises. But this does not mean that we have never changed. But we’ve changed just one thing in our music: we developed our music personality. In the past, if you heard our first works as “Heretical symphonies” and “Demon’s”, you could find in the songs a strong influence from Iron Maiden. Then, we grew up and we changed something in our sound and in our way of making music. Now, our songs have a strong Anthenora’s trademark.
Q8: What do you think about the new heavy metal bands? They have a more commercial style?
A8: Well, I don’t think that the new metal bands have a more commercial style. Simply they have a different style. I don’t like some new kind of metal as the so called “new-metal”, I prefer the classic way to play metal. But it’s only my personal position. Among Anthenora, for example, Gabriele Bruni likes very much the new metal scene.
Q9: Do you feel threaten by them?
A9: No. The music universe is wide enough for all!
Q10: Explain me your name, please. What does it mean?
A10: You Know, Anthenora is name taken from the most important work of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, The “Divina Commedia”. In this work, Anthenora is one of the circle of hell, a place of “Inferno” (hell), one of the three reign beyond life described by the italian writer Dante Alighieri.
We liked the sound of this name and so we have decide to use it for our band, not giving to this word a special meaning. The name Anthenora could you remind hell, but it’s only a word. We are not a satanic band as someone could think.
Q11: Do you have any distro’s in Romania? Where can we buy your cd’s?
A11: No, up to now, we have no distro in Romania, so to buy our cd’s the metal fanatics could contact us by mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or write us at the address Anthenora c/o Fabio Smareglia, C.so Piemonte 94/a, 12037 SALUZZO (Cn), Italy.
Q12: Can you tell me the line of your last album?
A12: Well, our last work is the ep called “The general’s awakening”. The cd includes 4 songs: Planet jail, Dark Horizon, The saviour and Gemini. The style is, as i said before, classic heavy metal with english and deutsch influences. The ep is the prologue to our next full length album that we’ll start to record the next September with Tony Fontò from White Skull as producer.The songs of the ep “The general’s awakening” could be downloaded from our website at http://www.anthenora.com.
Q13: How was it received by the Italian rockers?
A13: The ep has been received very well not only from the Italian fans, but also from the webzines and fanzine of Europe and North America as you can read on our website.
Q14: Where did you had your last gig? Was the atmosphere set on fire?
A14: Now we’re preparing the songs of our new full length album that will be called “The dark alliance” and so our last gig goes back to the last april on Rome during the tour we did with Iron Maiden’s drummer Nicko Mc Brain. In fact, after the experience did the last year on November, he came in Italy again to play with Anthenora some gigs trough our country on his Total Mc Brain damage. As you could think, it was a fantastic experience. Nicko is a great musician, but also a great man. We all have learnt a lot of things from him not only as musicians but also as men.
Q15: Thanks for this interview. Any last words?
A15: Yes, thanks a lot to Metal Silvae and to all the metal headbangers from Romania. We hope to see you soon dear “brothers in hell”!
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