Hail Pier! 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?
Pier Gonella: Hello and thanks a lot for this interview! I’m a guitar player from Italy (Genova, in the north). I’ve been playng from 2003 to 2008 with power metal band Labyrinth, than I entered thrash band Necrodeath and founded melodic metal band Mastercastle. I released worldwide over 30 album till now (with Necrodeath, Mastercastle, Labyrinth, Vanexa, Verde Lauro, Athlantis, MusicArt and many other projects) and I live teaching guitar in my music school and recording studio called MusicArt (www.musicart.eu).
How would you describe MASTERCASTLE’s music? And what bands have influenced you the most?
Pier Gonella: I feel Mastercastle music just as melodic metal band, characterizez by powerfull voice of Giorgia Gueglio, hes First 3 album have more classical influences, and last are more modern, with a little bit of stoner and alternative. The main trademark is the voice of Giorgia Gueglio and her catchy melodies , and heavy guitar riffs.
How many and which albums/demos has MASTERCASTLE released so far?
Giorgia Gueglio: We rleased 5 albums till now, and the 6th, called “Wine of Heaven”, will be released on 19 may 2017.
Which ones happens to be your favourite songs? Of MASTERCASTLE and personal.
Pier Gonella: You know, it’s hard to answer because any album is great for us. The best seller is “Last Desire”, it was printed again 2 times with many bonus tracks. In my opinion the last one “Wine of Heaven” is the more modern album with the best prodution; “On Fire” album also has some really melodic choruses.
Do you feel that MASTERCASTLE’s music has changed over the years and how?
Pier Gonella: Of course. In First album, “The Phoenix” (2009) neoclassical influences were very clear and dominant, connecting music to neoclassical/power metal. The voice of Giorgia Gueglio was the only trademark for Mastercastle own style. In the following albums the harmony and feeling between band members was consolidated and all influences were gradually mixed more better. In the upcoling album there are some “stoner” and “alternative metal” influences also, in my taste.
How much time does it take for MASTERCASTLE to record an album?
Giorgia Gueglio: Usually the recording process takes few mounths, 3-4. The writing process takes about one year.
Tell us something more about the latest album ‘Wine Of Heaven’.
Giorgia Gueglio: “Wine of heaven” sounds different than previous releases: there is more atmosphere, expecially in keyboards sounds, and all the lyrics come out from sensations, disillusions and hope. The nectar of the Gods is inside ourselves, it’
s the strength that comes out when everything seems lost.
Pier Gonella: We tried a new way composing and recording “Wine of -Heaven”. Usually a band write all songs, make a “pre-production”, a sort of demo tape with all songs, and than record all tracks in definitive way. Sometime it happends that some songs or takes sounds more instinctively than the final master. Fortunally we can work in our studio”MusicArt”, so we wrote about 15tracks with definitive sound and than we choosen the best 9 for final mix. I think the album sounds more real , in particular for my guitar solos parts. Computers and recording technology have a great impact and I often hear albums with very cold and fake sounds, we made our best to preserve out instinct and personality.
Whats next? Working on any new album? If so, some details please.
Giorgia Gueglio: We just finished Wine of Heaven and We are actually working on a new videoclip of the track “Space of Variation”. We just released a lyric video of the opening track “Drink of Me”
Any tours, gigs for promotion of latest album?Any future plans for playing in Europe or USA?
Giorgia Gueglio: At the moments we have a couple of gigs planned in Italy, than we will see what happends after the new album release.
What do you feel about the Metal Scene there in your country?
Pier Gonella: I think it’s the same of the rest of the world. There are many talented bands but in general a large number of bands competing with each other for make gigs and albums. It’s great because today is more easy to form a band and make music, but sometime the real energy inside the bands is lost
Any messages for the readers?
Pier Gonella: Thanks so much for reading this interviews, check out our websites www.mastercastle.net and our facebook!