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?
Hi to everyone who will read this interview, we thank you in advance for your patience! So, we are Algol and we come from Padua (Italy). We play death metal music, we can say, since 2000 and in particular we took inspiration for many years from the Swedish death of the ‘90s.Then our sound evolved somehow, also because the band members has changed… things always change, for better or for worse, but we hope we’ve taken the right direction! We produced a demo in 2004, than a self-produced EP in 2007; we partecipated in many musical events, compilations, concerts and festivals, especially in the North Italy, having the opportunity to play with bands like Infernal Poetry and White Skull, but also Master, Detonation and Allen West’s (ex-Obituary) Southwicked. Than in 2011 we registered the full length album “Complex Shapes” and finally our last effort “Mindfr@mes” has been released in November 2016.
How would you describe your music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
Our music is difficult to describe, well, the genre is melodic death metal but this classification is quite restrictive and means everything and nothing at the same time because everyone of us has a different musical background. This influences a lot our sound : it varies from fast old- school thrash metal riffs to much more modern and melodic parts. We can say it’s a melting pot of many styles and genres! I think there are some bands that in a certain way have influenced Algol’s sound, for example Dark Tranquillity, In Flames and Arch Enemy, but since when I joined the band (precisely in 2012, after the recording of the previous album Complex Shapes) I tend to propose my guitar playing style and my musical tastes, which are a bit more oriented towards American bands such as Nevermore, Lamb of God and Machine Head.
How many and which albums/demos has Algol released so far?
Well, Mindfr@mes (2016) is our most recent effort and our third full-length album! It’s incredible how much time has passed from the first demo, “Through time and space” that has been released in 2000. I just can’t realize because Mindfr@mes is the first album in which I’ve played as a member of the band (and for Giorgia it’s the same). Then in 2002 “The wisdom lost” has been the first album and it has been self-produced. In 2012 then has been released our second album “Complex Shapes” under the label Punishment18, that is the label who published also Mindfr@mes.
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? of Algol and personal.
Wow difficult question! It’s quite impossible to choose among our own songs, because each one reminds us a different feeling and it becomes a part of ourselves. But we’ll do it for you LOL. So, my favorite Algol song is maybe Falling Down, because it is the first one I’ve composed. In general a song I like particularly is Born, by Nevermore. Simply spectacular!
Do you feel that Algol’s music has changed over the years and how?
Yes, our music has changed over the years due to the lineup changes. Starting with a sound that reminds of north-european bands (Dark Tranquillity, In Flames and Arch Enemy) our music has become something different, with influences from american bands (Nevermore, Lamb of God and Machine Head. However, nowadays it’s really not simple to create something completely new because there are tons of good bands and good musicians out there and the notes are only seven! Ok, I’m joking, we really hope that our music sounds different from other bands’ and that our sound is someway recognizable.
How much time does it take for Algol to record an album?
Too much! Seriously, we are not professional musicians so unfortunately we can’t put all our time (and finances) in music. We have some good stuff ready to be used in other albums yet, but we need to spend quite a big amount of time together in order to mix our ideas and create something original. We can say time is the key to make good music, because inspiration is something that doesn’t come when you’re in a hurry or too stressed.
Tell us something more about the latest album ‘Mind Fr@mes’.
First of all I can say that I really enjoy every note of the songs of Mind Fr@mes. It’s an album with a heterogeneous structure. Some songs are fast and violent, other ones a little quiter but emotionally strong so it is not simple to synthesize in few sentences the feelings they arise in me… Mindfr@mes reflects the line up changes that we have faced during the last year, so it contains the personal imprint of every member. Giorgia Alfonsi (who has replaced the previous keyboard player Raffaele Bevegnù) has successfully inserted her keyboard parts in all the work done before. In this album we have tried to make a much heavier sound without forgetting the melody. Ah! I was forgetting to mention that there are also some guests playing in Mindfr@mes, check them out! They have been of great help to us and we want to thank them for the beautiful contribution to this album.
Whats next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
Now we are focused on preparing the live shows that will accompany the promotion of MindFr@mes, but I never stop composing new stuff. It’s very premature to speak of a forth album yet (even if the idea sounds good), however you will hear more about us soon, I suppose.
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?
Yes, now we’ re spending time together organizing the promotion, the live shows and in general all the stuff a band normally does when it comes the funny part. I said “funny” because it really is. First you work hard to compose and produce an album, then you can enjoy the musician’s life and go on stage!
Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
We’d like to play in Germany one day.. obviously also the other nations are welcome if they want us to play there! But in particular I’ve mentioned Germany because the metal (end also extreme metal) scene is very active there and many people appreciate death metal, at least more than in Italy.
Has Algol done any opening acts for other major heavy weight bands? If yes, then when and where?
Yes, it happened not so many times actually, but Algol in 2011 has played in Switzerland with Master, or another time has been the opening act for Necrodeath, a really great Italian band of the “extreme” panorama. Algol has also done a mini-tour in Italy with Detonation. It would be cool if in the future we’ ll have other similar opportunities; we’ll be honored to play side-to-side with such bands again too.
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
Unfortunately we came to the conclusion that Italy is definitely the wrong place for rock and metal bands who want to perform and promote their music. Most Italian people listen to other musical genres, that don’t require clubs and pubs to be provided even with a basic live equipment. So there aren’t many places where you can organize a gig, and this means that a metal musician in our Country has to struggle if he wants to perform live. But what doesn’ t kill you makes you stronger, so that in Italy there are lots of quality bands with a very personal style such as Sadist and Novembre, of which I’m great fan!
Any messages for the readers?
Thank you very much for your support! If you want to follow us, or continue to follow us, you can visit our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/algol.official/.
Last but not least, thank you Sick And Destroy magazine for this interview, and for giving some space to many underground metal bands, Music needs this to survive!