14th, October 2013
by Brian Canzanella)
is an American harmonic black thrash project of
multi-instrumentalist and conservatory trained 8-string
classical guitarist Brian Canzanella. Featuring special
guest Alex Fewell (Forced Asphyxiation, Scaphism) on drums
and lyrics by British author Ian Hough.
Hey Brian, how are you doing?? First of all let´s start
talking about band´s formation. When did you first time got
involved in metal and why reason decided to found this solo
been into metal for for over twenty years, and I've been
playing it for about fifteen years. I had been writing a
bunch of material over the past five years and when I moved
to Boston in 2011, I met some guys that helped bring this
material to life.
How would you characterize the development of your band
during this period of existence? What are your greatest
achievements and downfalls?
development of the band was pretty quiet until we decided to
launch a crowdsourcing campaign to help raise funds for the
debut album. I think that helped start get VRAWSCHE's name
out there. And interestingly enough, I think that was
definitely one of the bands greatest achievements. We raised
over $6,000 to put toward the release. Going from
essentially no presence... to releasing an album could be
seen as a downfall; you lose a lot of potential for earning
fans when you don't play live; no one knows who you are,
even in the local community.
What stands behind the Black VRAWSCHE name? Is there any
special meaning behind it? Who has the idea to use that name
for the band?
real meaning. It was a word I made up as a kid... just
thought it sounded cool.
You have just released your debut album “Entrance”,
everything on it seems to be impeccable, could you please
tell us more deeply about the people who was involved on the
cover artwork and the engineering & mastering process?
The cover and booklet artwork was done by Seth Siro Anton,
he's the singer and bass player for Septicflesh. He happens
to also do all of Septicflesh's artwork, as well as many
other well-known metal bands (Exodus, Nile, Kamelot). As
soon as I saw his work for the first time, I knew that he
had to do it. I was very lucky we were able to work
together, he's an incredible artist. We recorded most of the
album at a studio in Boston called The Record Company, and
it was engineered (and produced!) by a very talented
musician and engineer Dan Gonzalez. The mastering was done
by another well-known figure in the metal world, Jens
Bogren. He's worked with some of my favorite bands in metal:
Enslaved, Ihsahn, Kreator, Opeth... and I knew he would be
able to help get the sound I was looking for, and he did!
Talking about the music, I can find a solid thrash metal
basis with several black metal elements, filled with alot of
rythmic elements: How coiuld you describe your composititons
think your description is accurate. The lyrics, written by
my good friend Ian Hough, have a very anti-religious/nature
based theme throughout, and I think that, along with the
vocals really give it that black metal vibe. A lot of the
guitars are very rhythmically driving, like much of the
thrash metal I grew up listening to. Really, the
compositions come from my influences as a classical
guitarist as well as just years of listening to all sorts of
Although I'm really cautious when it comes to a "one
man band", I must admit that, in your case, I was
really amazed by the final outcome. Why did you decide to
play all the instruments, instead of forming a regular line
up? Is it a matter of total control of your music?
must clarify that it wasn't truly a one man band. We had a
talented, kick-ass death metal drummer, Alex Fewell
(Scaphism, Forced Asphyxiation) record the drums. I think it
was definitely backwards in my case. While I could have
taken time to find guys to fill out the band, the songs were
already written and ready to go, I didn't want to wait.
Being a one-man-band means that you can't play live. Is this
something you're missing?
I'd like to bring these tracks to the stage, and have been
looking for the right people to join the band to make this
Pick a song from the album, that you feel to be the most
interesting lyrically, musically or having a good story
about it and tell me about it.
form was always one of my favorite areas of music theory,
and it shows in Osatan. An anagram for sonata, it also
happens to be in sonata form. One of the main riffs is based
on a diminished fifth/augmented fourth interval, also known
as 'diabolus in musica.'
Are there any certain religious or philosophical beliefs
within the band
an atheist, so no, not really any religious beliefs. My
philosophical beliefs for the band, and life, are simple: 1.
don't be a jerk, 2. be awesome at what you do.
I have read you have a profound musical education. Do you
think that musical education is important, when creating, or
playing metal music?
and no, I don't think formal education it's required at all.
If you're good at what you do, and/or people like what you
produce, then you have a case where it's not that important.
Philosophically speaking though, people should never stop
What would you consider the hardest part about playing in an
are thousands of awesome bands out there, so many go
unnoticed... trying to get the music out there to fans that
would enjoy it is probably the hardest part.
Well, that would be all for the moment...thanks very much
for your time. If you have anything to add in the end to
conclude this interview.
you for all your support!