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September 21, 2017

Interview CROHM


Good day dear Crohm band! How are you guys doing these days?

Sergio:
Not bad thanks! If you consider that we are fifty! (Ah- ah-ah!)

First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.

Sergio:
We are CROHM , a metal band from Aosta, an autonomous region on the Alps, in northern Italy. We are: Sergio Fiorani ( vocals), Claudio “Zac” Zanchetta (lead and acoustic guitars), Riccardo Taraglio (bass), Diego Zambon (rythm guitar), Fabio Cannatà (drums).

I’d like to know about the formation of the band. How did you guys meet and all. Also, is there any special story behind the band title?

Sergio:
The band formed in 1985. The original line-up was constituted by Zac, Ric and me (Sergio). We were already friends and Heavy Metal fans and we decided to form a band, to dream and to have fun.
Behind the name of the band there is the cimmerian god Crom, the god of Conan the Barbarian, with the addiction of a “H” to create the acronym of “Heavy Metal”. We liked the idea that the god Crom gave men only strength and courage. After this only men can forge their destiny.

I expect a long reply for this one. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of all your previous releases?

Sergio:
In the previous works and in the new album “Humanity” the foundamental theme is man with his contradictions. The observation and the reflection on the good and the evil that is inside each of us, and how this dualism of the human soul can lead to peaks of extraordinary nobility, but also lead to deep abysses of cruelty. A real disconnection of personality that affects our lives.

Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?

Sergio:
I do not know if there is a special reason but I think music is a way to communicate thoughts and emotions. It’s a way to reflect on the meaning of life doing something that at the same time delights you.

How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?

Diego:
To write music means to comunicate emotions and thoughts. When we write something, the purpose is to transform in music all the sensations that the world inspire to us. We speak each other, we assimilate and then we write, all together or alone at home.
Zac:
We always work together, jamming first of all. Listen one each other and build. If one of us has a well built idea or a good schema, we can work it out, so that a pair of our songs came out in only 3 hours while jamming.

Your latest album ‘Humanity’ was released on March 21 via Sliptrick records. How was the experience working on the studio? Any funny or even sad happenings during the studio work?

Zac:
While recording in studio, every minute is as nervous and exciting as you know. This is our role and game, ok? So we play the best we can! We celebrate our work anytime.
You guys are still underground/underrated, although your music has been appreciated by the critics worldwide. What, according to you, is the reason behind it?
Sergio:
We thank all those who are appreciating us and payng attention to us, including of course you of “Seek & Destroy”. The reasons for which we are still underground are probably more than one. First of all the long break of 25 years (from 1989 to 2014). Then the large amount of existing bands (much better than us! Ah ah ah!) that propose themselves to the public makes harder to emerge. Finally to not be able to spend our time only in music.

Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?

Diego:
I play guitar from many years, almost 9 i think. I grow up with Iron Maiden, Metallica and Megadeth, and I started to play guitar with Master of Puppets, Phantom of the Opera and Holy Wars, because i think that the better is to play what you love, even if you can’t literally play it for his technical difficulty. I have another music project with my brother and some friends, that I hope to bring somewhere in the live music world.

Tell us about your favorite bands, from whom you gain inspiration. Are you having any favorite artist/band that has emerged from metal/rock soil?

Sergio:
Also if we all love metal, each of us likes different styles. Everyone has got different bands from which he draws inspiration. Our music is the result of different influences. For what I am concerned, between the emerging bands that deserve much there are the Swiss Appearance Of Nothing.

How is the metal scene going in your country?

Diego:
In Italy the heavy metal scene is rich but still remains underground, because of the attractiveness that hip hop and dance music have on young people. In fact, most of the metal bands from our country are composed by old and experienced men like us.
ZAC
A pair of us did play abroad, France and Switzerland. Actually, “Crohm 2.0” only played once in Switzerland while we were recording our new CD.

Tell us, if you have played abroad.

Diego:
We recently played in Switzerland, at the Manoir Pub. Great experience and great welcome from the people.

Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?

Sergio:
Yes, we are working on a music video of “Alien” which is the opening track of our new album “Humanity”. This song talks about the temptations of our dark side, the temptations to which we are subjected every day. The dark side is represented by an alien presence that lives in our souls and that whispers persuasive words.

Rapid fire section. Just for fun. So just chill, and just type the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear:

* Religion – Sergio: Religion: the opium of peoples;
* Tommy – “Can you hear me?”;
* Deep Purple – milestones;
* Cash – the real curse of God;
* National socialism – one of the great shames of humanity.

Thanks a lot for your time! It’s really nice to know more about you. Would you like to say anything to your fans and our readers?

Sergio:
Stay Metal and listen “Humanity”! Thank you all!

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