Hi! Give a brief history of LEVANIA, music style, and the members.
(Fade: We are Levania! Levania was founded in 2008. Of the original members it’s remained only me(bass player) and Still. We started as Symphonic Gothic Band. The first two full length were in this direction. The last ones is quite different. After an interval were me and Still recorded one new Wave album, we started to use the electronic instead of the symphony. The result is the last two works. Now our sound is like Metal Core.
Give in more detail, some information about “Episode 0” and how well it sells?
Richie: Episode 0 is not a real album or ep. It is a prequel or a special episode of a story. It is a bridge from “the day I left apart” and an eventual future album. Fortunately, it sells on every digital store… Itunes, or amazon…
LEVANIA has signed with Sliptrick records, tell more about that?
Fade: The first two albums were under WORMHOLE DEATH, but, after that experience, we were looking for something new. To try a different way of working than we used to do. Finally, we find Sliptrick. Our experience with Sliptrick is a very good experience.
What is the difference between your latest and the very first records?
Elena: there are a lot of difference. First of all our premiere was in symphonic metal, with all the clichés of the genre, like angel and demon duets, epic suite, etc. Although our past gives us a good time, that music doesn’t fit our soul, now. we need some stronger sound, some syncopated beat so, we make our new music. Our sound now is much more like metalcore. We like mashup symphonic line with synth, and electronic stuff
What inspires LEVANIA music and lyric writing? What does LEVANIA lyrics talk about?
Still: My frustration inspires my music, despite I’m a quite happy person. After my first scripture, of the first Idea of a song, every guy in the band gives his personal effort.
Elena: Our song tells a story. Our last story was about injustice and mental illness. We began from a people who suffer because of a brutal assault and then seeks revenge.
In Episode 0, however, We tell of the most obvious problem of our age: the lack of respect for the school and for education, the spread of populism and littleness
Do you play live often? Do you like abroad gigs?
Elena: We play enough, ehehhe. We would like to play much more, but in Italy, it is increasingly difficult; there is always less space for underground music, and also, we like much more play abroad, than in the homeland. Our last abroad gig was at from fest, a wonderfull little fest in Czech Republic. We love it and love the organization too
How often do the band practice and work on new material?
ALL: we practice very often, in our home, like every day. We do rehearsal twice a month, because of the distance. We are from different parts of our region.
How did the band come up with the name LEVANIA and tell what does it mean for you?
Elena: at the beginning Levania came from our old drummer. Now we join our force With Valerio on the drum. Passing years, Time after time, Levania for us start meaning happiness, relax, like some kind of escape from normal routine.
What does the band plan on doing in the near time?
The band is working on new materials and another album coming out, expected for the next year, and looking for new live dates…
Any message to Sick and Destroy readers.
We’ are very happy to be there, happy for the interview, Happy to be here for Sick&Destroy READERS! tHANK YOU