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Realized at: 25th, September 2016
 

"The only rule we follow is our inspiration. I mean: there isn’t a “standard” way we follow when we write music,(...)"

1. Some of your members comes from former tribute bands to IRON MAIDEN and BLACK SABBATH. Are these both bands the biggest  influences that have gone into the melting pot that is DEED?

Well, our influences come from all the bands that made great the NWOBHM and English hard rock: Sabbath, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Judas Priest, Praying Mantis, Angel Witch but also great icons like Metallica, Megadeth, Riot, Manowar, Manilla Road. All these bands are in our musical DNA.

2. Italy is on the rise when it comes to heavy metal oriented bands, and there are lots of bands gaining the attention of the underground. In which aspects the scene got better in the recent years?

Italy is a real fantastic scene for metal music: there are a lot of bands composing their own stuff, making really good shows and, this is the most important thing, supporting the other bands going to their gigs, making the scene bigger and stronger. In this regard, we take this opportunity to thank the Ministero del Metallo, no-profit association that aims to make big, strong and united the metal scene in our region, organizing festivals and events with local bands and from outside the region (and even from other nations!), very often free entry.

3. When listening to the new single, the evolution in musical direction is prominent, with the band now focussing more on both the melody and intensity compared to the previous EP. Was this a conscious shift on the band’s part?

The new single, Sun, our first ballad, focuses above all on melody, making the listener melt into the atmosphere of a real and tormented love. We can’t call it a “shift”: our music and songwriting are a strong union between heavy metal tempos and good melodies (can not exist a good heavy metal song without a good melody imho), moreover our musical roots lie in these two aspects.  

4. Could you explain the meaning and significance behind the album artwork? Do these esoterical elements have any sort of connection with your lyrics and concept?  

Well…simple: we just want to evoke Lucifer! [he laughs]. Yes the cover artwork, made by our friend Elisabetta Giulivi, represent parts of the lyrics of the songs (you can clearly see the beer glass for example), but it’s up to you to connect every object to the corresponding song! We can’t tell you all about it, otherwise then we should kill you! [he laughs]

5. “Deed” is pretty well produced – in which studio did you record it? And who took care of the mixing and mastering?
 

It was recorded at the Cave of Rock studios in Marmore, a place near Terni, where 3 of us live. The recording process took 6 months…a really long time, due to our work commitments and the limited time available to each of us within the week, considering other unexpected events, like the research of a new drummer: Riccardo Pucci played every song on the EP, ‘cause our first drummer Alessio left the band just before we went into the studio. Then we were lucky to find in Mattia a good drummer and a great person! As regard mixing, mastering (and an enourmous dose of patience!), everything has been done by our friend Valerio “Ciak” Conti, owner of the studio.  

6. According to your sound and to the production, can we say you are a 1990s revivalist heavy metal band?

Mmm…I really don’t know how to answer: we haven’t found a real “studio sound” direction yet. We’ll see during the studio sessions for the upcoming album.

7. We can find one coversong in this release, That is "Necropolis" covering Manilla Road. Is that a way to show your metal roots and to pay tribute to your influences?
 

Yes, it is! We tought “Well…we play this song from our birth [as band]…why don’t we put it on the EP?”. So here it is: a fantastic song by a band that deserved more visibility in the metal scene. Fabio, our guitarist, had also the opportunity to meet the band at the Metal Days Festival, giving them our CD…well: after few months they shared our cover of Necroplis on their official fan page! Such a great honor!

8. The EP is out there since November 2014. After these months, could you advance something regarding new compositions? I guess you are actually preparing a full length debut?  

Since “Deed” we composed new tracks (as Sun for example) that will form our first full length, we hope it will be ready for the first months of 2017. We already have 5 new songs, some of which we play live since long time. Currently the composition phase is in full activity and we are considering which songs and what ideas hold or discard, so it is still early to talk about the debut album, but we can assure you, based on the songs ready, you will not be bored for sure and there will be for all tastes!

9. What rules and canons do you follow when writing music? How much is this process free and artistic? Or maybe a more technical and academic approach prevails?

The only rule we follow is our inspiration. I mean: there isn’t a “standard” way we follow when we write music, sometimes ideas come when you are alone at home, other times a song is born during the rehearsal (for example Without Glory).

At first place we put the melody, a riff or a vocal line; we then usually arrange and develop it together, or, if the song is already written, put in it some of our personal style: we like so much this type of teamwork! 

10. Have you as a band developed an aesthetic that is uniquely yours? How much time and effort do you spend on the band to get everything to look and sound the right way?  

Everybody knows how aesthetic is important in rock and heavy metal, and so it is important for us. The first times we had no kind of style in this regard, but now we are veering toward a style of leather and ankle boots ... and I must say that we feel much more at ease on stage in this way, and even more "united" . Every time the audience highly appreciates this our new aesthetic. Anyway, we are still working on it, trying to find something that identify our music but also our personality.

11. You've been playing a huge amount of shows and festivals. How much fun is it to hear crowd’s reactions of what your performance is?

Good question. 2015 has been a real good year for us, we played  about 30 shows (a good result for a little underground band like we are) throughout Italy and met a lot of nice people and bands, It been a very educational and gratifying experience: many were the appreciations and the incitements to go on, and we also terminated in whole our merchandise of t-shirts and CDs. We could not have asked for better!!

12. Thanks for your patience bro, that’s my last question for now. Do you have few more words for our readers?  

Listen to underground music, go to live concerts and buy the bands’ merchandise, support the underground scene: don’t let it die! Thanks to The pain Fucktory for this interview!
Cheers!!

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