Hail, welcome to Sick And Destroy. Before we start the interview, I would like you to introduce yourself to our readers. To begin with where are you from and a brief history about your band?
I’m Lucas Di Mascio, the frontman of Malacoda. I’m from Ontario, Canada. Originally Malacoda was a solo project I started, it was more alternative metal sounding. A llineup change later and our new ep is more akin to symphonic/power metal.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
I would say we are definitely gothic inspired, everybody tells me different things- we sound different to everyone in the band too. A lot of people compare us to King Diamond, which I find funny because we’ve never considered him an influence. My personal influences are Type O Negative, Iced Earth, Katatonia and lots more.
How many and which albums/demos has Malacoda released so far?
We have the self titled debut album which I think we are talking about reissuing with new artwork and stuff next year if the stars align and the new ep, Ritualis Aeterna.
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? of Malacoda and personal.
My favorite songs of our stuff are Lobotomy of the Heart and Cutting off the first album, and I Got a Letter off the new ep. I love too many songs to list here by other bands, I’d have to write a whole essay to get through that.
Do you feel that Malacoda’s music has changed over the years and how?
Definitely. Stylistically we’ve got more melodic elements, keyboards have become a thing now too. We have become more epic and over the top for sure, and I’m sure we will evolve again on the next release.
How much time does it take for Malacoda to record an album?
Depends really. I own a recording studio in Oakville, Ontario called Old Haunt. Always having it there means we can always be recording and working on stuff whenever we want. I am a bit of a perfectionist though. The EP took way longer than it should have due to external elements getting in the way.
Tell us something more about the latest EP ‘Ritualis Aeterna’.
The EP has a theme, lyrically it’s an exploration on horror and what that means to different people. Penny Dreadful is loosely based on the now cancelled TV show of the same name, and on the concept of horror as entertainment, Pandemonium is based on Paradise Lost and the idea of using horror as a weapon while also overcoming horror.
Whats next? Working on full-length album? If so, some details please.
We’ve got some administrative things to sort through in the new year, hopefully some gigs soon. We probably won’t work on new music til the summer to be honest, but who knows.
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
Working on that still, but I’ve been doing a lot of interviews. Rue Morgue, my favourite horror magazine featured us a while back. That was cool.
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
I really want to play Europe and South America since most of our fans are there. The states would be cool too but we would have to be picky with our gigs there!
Has Malacoda done any opening acts for other major heavy weight bands? If yes, then when and where?
Not yet but maybe soon!
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
It’s pretty dead to be honest. The music scene in Ontario in generally is pretty tame compared to the states and Europe. Lots of local bands but not much of a scene. There’s a few metal bands that are worth noting that are indie like we are but generally pretty small scene.
Any messages for the readers
I hope you enjoy the tunes and I will see you on the road!