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  • Søndag Interview

    Søndag Interview


    If there was a degree in hard rock, then metal should be the 101 paper. Some of the best rock songs seem to come from musicians with metal orgins. SØNDAG, hailing from Piacenza, Italy reinforce this theory with their debut self titled EP. Having formed from the ashes of death metal band EDEMA, these guys know how produce down-tuned heavy music steeped in melody and ambient guitars. Giovanni Versari tops things off with the mastering – he did the same on the latest MUSE album. Here’s guitarist Marcello Lega to fill you on the rest of the story…

    NZR: SØNDAG has come out with a bang with this debut EP, love your work! How proud are you of the result?

    Marcello: Thanks! We are very proud of it. It was recorded and produced entirely by our singer and bass guitar player Riccardo Demarosi in our home town Piacenza and mastered by Giovanni Versari in Milan. Because of that, we had the chance to cure every single detail, leaving the sonorities of the EP raw and dirty. We love this first product and we hope the next ones could only be better!

    NZR: So how did an Italian band end up with a Danish name?

    Marcello: I’ve loveed Denmark since I was a kid. Their Culture, landscapes and language have always charmed me so I decided to pay tribute to them by naming our band with a Danish word that literally means “Sunday”.

    NZR: I find it hard to pick a favourite track but I think it’s ‘Keychain’ for me with it’s layers of groove, melody and ambient guitar. It actually reminds me of SHIHAD ‘Stations’ a litle. I also really like the driving rhythm of ‘Lies’. Do you have a favourite?

    Marcello: It’s hard to say.. personally I think it’s ‘Lies’ because of the unconventional structure of the song and its heavy riffing and melodies.

    NZR: I see the songs were mastered by Giovanni Versari… as in the guy who did the MUSE ‘Drones’ album? How’d you come to work with him?

    Marcello:: Yes Giovanni mastered ‘Drones’ and we decided to work with him because of his awesome mastering skills. We’re really happy with the mastering, he did a great job!

    NZR: It’s great to hear a 8-string being used in rock music. MESHUGGAH will be proud I’m sure haha!. Were you aiming to get a really heavy low end sound in this music?

    Marcello: Hahaha! Well, I’ve tried since the beginning of this band to give a singular characterisation to the band’s sound. One day I stepped into a music shop few meters from my house and looked at this 8-string beast, a few moments later it was mine! This personal interest in low end sounds combined with the will of making something different from 8-string guitars common use – like extreme metal, djent, etc – became the basic idea of SØNDAG.

    NZR: Where do you draw inspiration for the lyrics of your music?

    Marcello: We get inspired by everyday feelings, remembrances about the past and thoughts about an imaginary future. There is no logical thread that bounds the different lyrics since every song describe a different story and situation.

    NZR: Did you track any other songs which didn’t make the EP?

    Marcello: At the moment, no unfortunately. But we already have a 45 minutes live set which will become our next album as soon as we start to record it.

    NZR: You guys have quite a diverse musical background. Riccardo has done thrash and progressive/acoustic music with WICKED MINDS, almost everyone in SØNDAG was in EDEMA playing death metal for quite a few years… what’s it like writing rock music together now, and do you find that having a metal music background contributes to writing more powerful rock music?

    Marcello: I love music because it’s such a huge world. Our different Backgrounds allow us to be open minded when we compose stuff and this is a good thing. By the way, I’m certain that our heavy backgrounds will always return in different shapes.

    NZR: Did the other SØNDAG members play in bands between when EDEMA stopped and SØNDAG was formed?

    Marcello: Yes, Riccardo Lovotti played into WICKED MINDS sometimes and he still plays in VISCERA///. Riccardo Demarosi was the only one who hasn’t played in EDEMA, he has another band called SAYNO. I also played TRYPTAMIN until 2015, and Marco has just paused his musical activity.

    NZR: With TRYPTAMIN you were doing heavy alternative rock music too. In this band you have a completely different line-up, so is SØNDAG something totally new or are you aiming to continue where TRYPTAMIN left off in a way?

    Marcello: No, this project is totally different from TRYPTAMIN and aims to cover way more different sonorities.

    NZR: What happened to your TRYPTAMIN and what are the other guys doing now?

    Marcello: They all still play in different awesome projects.

    NZR: What’s the plan from here, what do you hope to achieve with SØNDAG this year?

    Marcello: We really hope to play as much as we can worldwide, because we believe music still shows it’s real nature live, not on social networks haha. Until the end of 2016 we want to record our first full length and meanwhile we will look to find a Label who will help us spread our new material. Thanks a lot Dave for your interview which I’ve enjoyed a lot, your commitment in the music scene really kicks ass. And for you all guys, we really hope you will enjoy our music.

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  • Omega Diatribe Interview

    Omega Diatribe Interview

    Grego Hajer and Kevin Talley

    A metal band that explores atmosphere, psychedelia and the universe… well that pretty much ticks all the boxes for me!

    Hungary based OMEGA DIATRIBE blend 7-string heaviness and groove (inspired by the likes of MESHUGGAH, MACHINE HEAD, SLIPKNOT and SOULFLY) with melody and psychedelic themes that add an extra dimension to the music.

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  • We Hunt Buffalo Interview

    We Hunt Buffalo Interview

    September 25, 2015 will be a treat for lovers of fuzzed out psychedelic rock worldwide as WE HUNT BUFFALO unleash their new album Living Ghosts.

    Recording with Jesse Gander (BISON, JAPANDROIDS, ANCIIENTS) the Vancouver based trio have captured a sound that is epic on all levels and created with vinyl front of mind.

    Ryan Forsythe (vocals / guitar) gives us a rundown on what will undoubtedly be one of the top releases in its genre this year…

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  • Tryptamin Interview

    Tryptamin Interview

    The Internet is the world’s biggest record store and I spend many a night using it to discover new bands that like to mix heavy music and atmosphere. Every now and then I’ll uncover musical gems and TRYPTAMIN’s debut album ‘Monday Hangover’ is one of them. Based in Piacenza, Italy, TRYPTAMIN play an eclectic mix of “indie-alternative-post-progressive-electronic-heavy-shoegaze-newwave-pop-rock” with a pinch of ambient thrown in for good measure. Their track ‘Driver’ first caught my attention and ‘Water On The Sun’ sealed the deal, I had to get this album! Pietro Beltrami (vocals / keys / piano / beats) and Marcello Lega (guitar) are here to spread the word of their music to those of us at the opposite end of the globe… Read More…

  • I Killed The Prom Queen Interview

    I Killed The Prom Queen Interview

    Aussie Metalcore heavyweights I KILLED THE PROM QUEEN are back with them comes ‘Beloved’ their heaviest cut of metal to date! Like it’s predecessor ‘Music For The Recently Deceased’ the new album was recorded at Sweden’s Studio Friedman, the birthplace of many a Melodic Death Metal masterpiece over the years. Founding member Jona Weinhofen fills us in on his favourite tracks, the guest appearance by SOILWORK’s Bjorn “Speed” Strid, and just about everything else you’d want to know including when the band might be heading to New Zealand next… Read More…

  • Gardenjia Interview

    Gardenjia Interview

    Discovering GARDENJIA was a total “eureka moment” for this metal listener. All those months searching for a band that combined atmosphere with a heavy, melodic, and modern metal sound had finally paid off! Hailing from Puglia in Southern Italy, this band has been around since 2011 and has so far released an EP called ‘Ievads’ and more recently their debut album ‘Epo’ in May this year. Both recordings breathe new life into the modern metal scene and take the listener on a journey of ascension to a higher plane of audial existence. Raffaele Galasso (vocals / guitar / bass / synths) is here to tell us more about the GARDENJIA story so far… Read More…

  • DevilDriver Interview 2013

    DevilDriver Interview 2013

    Six studio albums in and Californian metallers DEVILDRIVER are showing no signs of slowing down – unless it’s to add a little extra groove of course. The band’s new album ‘Winter Kills’ strikes that perfect balance of the heavy and melodic with interesting lyrical topics such as metaphysics adding another dimension to the music. NZRock speaks to frontman Dez Fafara about the new album and exciting news that DEVILDRIVER will be heading down-under for the Soundwave Festival in 2014. Read More…

  • Karnivool Interview 2013

    Karnivool Interview 2013

    KARNIVOOL’s 2009 album ‘Sound Awake’ was so popular it had them touring the globe for three years afterwards with appearances at festivals such as the Big Day Out, Download and SXSW.

    In 2013 they’re back with ‘Asymmetry’ an album crafted over two years in the band’s Perth studio and produced by Nick DiDia (MASTODON / RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE / STONE TEMPLE PILOTS) at Byron Bay’s Studios 301.

    Darker, more experimental, and in places heavier than the band’s previous works ‘Asymmetry’ is a recording that’s sure to see these prog rockers touring the world for at least another three years! Read More…

  • Head Like A Hole Interview 2013

    Head Like A Hole Interview 2013

    Ahhh memories…. listening to HLAH reminds me of a youth spent cruising the streets of New Plymouth in a mate’s old Datsun ute complete with plastic skull blu-tacked to the dashboard and tracks like ‘Hootenanny’ distorting the one remaining speaker.

    It was great news for New Zealand rock n roll when HEAD LIKE A HOLE announced they were reuniting in 2009. Since then they’ve done a sixth album ‘Blood Will Out’, supported the likes of ALICE COOPER, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and AEROSMITH, and recently released the first music video from their ‘MONSTA’ trilogy.

    August 2013 sees HLAH hitting the road for six shows around NZ on the aptly named MONSTA X tour. Frontman Booga Beazley is here to tell us what’s going on in the world of HLAH and provide a little band history too… Read More…

  • Killing Joke Interview

    Killing Joke Interview

    For over three decades KILLING JOKE have been unleashing their distinctive yet ever evolving style of rock music. Finally they have New Zealand in their sights. The band’s show in Auckland on Thursday 13 June 2013 will be their first ever show in New Zealand. NZRock caught up with frontman Jaz. Our first question will probably come as no surprise!… Read More…