Gothic metal band from Sardinia, have you ever listened to some band out of there? In any case – read an interview with Lightless Moor!
Hi! Tell me about Lightless Moor. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hi! I called the band “Lightless Moor” because I was looking for an image that could express ourselves and our music. A moor is a wild and poor land that allows a little number of species to live in and the light is always very feeble and cold.
This image recalls some Sardinian areas, the land where we live, and the vision of human being we have. They are so similar. Nature is powerful and fights hard to get back what we took from her for progress and money. Humans can be insensitive and arid as well, but they can decide to risk and show their intimate essence and their authentic emotions. Humans can choose to turn off the light and not to redeem themselves. This image represents the atmosphere of our music and lyrics.
“Hymn for the Fallen” album was released couple months ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We are very proud of our creature. It sounds exactly like we wanted. Everytime we listen to it we feel the same emotions. It marks a very important step in our growth and we are very satisfied of our work. We can’t wait to collect our new ideas for the next one!
Tell me more about “Hymn for the Fallen”? Album ideas etc.
As the title says, the album is an hymn that wants to give voice to every to every creature and every person who is a “fallen”, who has been forgotten and oppressed. Our aim is to bring to consciousness their broken stories and so let them climb out of the abyss of their condition to rebuild their lives with renewed strength and hope.
The Fallen are the animals that are tortured, or slaughtered with no morals to feed us, people struggling with eating disorders like anorexia, people that go insane, women raped and killed, children abused by their parents, people that face the death of their loved ones.
It has been recorded and mixed at RealSound Studio in Parma and producted by Wahomi Corvi, Carlo Bellotti and ourselves. The mastering has been done at Fascination Street Studios by Tony Lindgren and it was released on 9th June via Wormholedeath-Dreamcelleleven.
The artwork is exquisitely created by Phobos Anomaly Design, who has also created the artwork of our previous album.
Michele left the band two years ago, then you have found Giuseppe as a replacement. So, two questions in one – whats happened that Michele left the band? And – do you feel Giuseppe will be part of the band for a long time, and did he brought some new ideas into your music when you created last album?
Michele decided to leave the band because of personal reasons and it was a friendly split. Giuseppe is now an important part of the band, since he joined our LM family he put all his energy into our project and immediately brought his ideas in the composition of the songs of this new album.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Music and lyrics come from the deep of ourselves. We write down songs to express ourselves, our emotions and feelings. As for the lyrics, I give voice to what I care, what I struggle in my own life, what I see with my eyes and I want to tell to the others.
One of the leitmotifs of our work is the struggle of opposites that characterize our life: birth and death, love and hate are some of them.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Lightless Moor’s sound?
It is not simple to define our music in one genre. We started our carrer could identify ourselves in “Modern Gothic Doom Metal” with dark and power influences and electronic sounds. Our path led us to mature musically (and also as people) and our style has evolved and become more complex, thanks also to the introduction of clean male vocals and a modern female singing style alongside the male growl and the female opera-style singing.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
It’s always important for us to receive feedbacks on our works, but we did not stop, and we have already started to compose new songs. We are also planning live gigs to promote the album while we continue to promote songs and official videos on our social networks.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Everyone in the band has a different musical background.
I listen mainly to Gothic Rock and Metal but the others of the band listens to Doom, Death, Symphonic, Power, Folk and even Classical Music. Everyone of us put their own influences in LM music. Then, when we work on a song our efforts are focused to find its coherence and its completeness.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Everyone of us has some great artist that inspired him most. I love a lot of female fronted bands, but if I have to choose, I’d like to make a duet with ICS Vortex, Borknagar and Arcturus voice. I really like his voice!
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
We are very active on social networks. We share our music there and on our website. You can listen to our music on Spotify and Soundcloud as well. Our label (Wormholedeath-Dreamcelleleven) spreads our music through its channels and so does our management (AlphaOmega).
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
I love animals and nature, I love to spend my time walking with my dog. I’m a psychologist and I love my job, so I like to read and keep me updated on what’s new in my field.
Were you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
They have had to surrender!
I’m joking! Our relatives have never hindered our choice, they leave us free to take this step and support us in our efforts. Obviously they’re proud of the results achieved and without their support it would certainly have been all more difficult
How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
It is not easy being a musician in Sardinia. We are a small island in the Mediterranean Sea and travel costs are really high. It is very hard to plan gigs in Europe and even more outside. You have to invest your resources and it is not always possible. Our land is our Mother but it is also our jailer. It is a pity because there are many other great bands here and the metal scene is very active.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thanks to you and thanks for your time! A big hug to everyone who support us, LM are very grateful to everyone! We hope to see you on stage!