Please state your name and what you do in the band?
Hello! I’m Richard Meiz and I am the drummer.
Good day Genus Ordinis Dei! How are you guys doing these days?
Just relaxing after the Easter Holidays… you know… barbecue… beer… and planning some stuff for the next things coming for the band!
First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.
I am Richard Meiz, and I am the drummer. Nick K on vox and guitars, Tommy Mastermind on guitars and Steven F.Olda on bass.
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?
We all born and raised in the same town, Crema (Italy) and we used to play in different bands before actually start Genus Ordinis Dei. We also shared the stage sometimes…
At the very beginning we used to be named G.O.D. but it was too hard to be found on the web as we will never be more famous than God (lol), so we decided to use the original title of our first release (Which was Genus Ordinis Dei – The Middle).
I expect a long reply for this one. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of all your previous releases?
On our first release “The Middle” we explain the second act of our main trilogy “Genus Ordinis Dei”, and it is a reinterpretation of a biblical story from the fall of Lucifer to his march on the paradise. Of course we will write the first and the third chapter one day…
The EP is like a spin-off, continued with Great Olden Dynasty in which we talk about some historical characters and how they are all bond together to form an actual dynasty among the eras.
Every album is -and will be- related to the others to form a full story that we want to tell.
Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?
We are basically nerds… so we love intricate stories and stuff like that. About the music, we always loved this kind of music and it’s how we grew up as a band, so it’s been a natural evolution.
How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album?
First of all there is the composition. We are not the kind of band who just go and rehearse randomly until something comes out. We need to have the clear idea of a song since the beginning, and we have to arrange the orchestra and everything.
On recordings there is always the difficulty of finding the right sound, but we managed some cool stuff on Great Olden Dynasty and we are happy about it!
About “Great Olden Dynasty”. How was the experience working on the studio? Any funny or even sad happenings during the studio work?
It’s been only funny because we did something that only a few band can do nowadays. We spent an entire month together on the seaside where there was the studio and it’s been amazing. On the very last day of the recordings we’ve been informed by Lacuna Coil about the opportunity of joining their EU/UK tour and it’s been another occasion to party!
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?
Because we’ve had the occasion to be featured worldwide with our label and also we’ve had a lot of exposure with the tour we did with Lacuna Coil.
Plus, we think we have something to say in our albums and that our music is pretty original!
Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?
We always studied music and we’ve always been “Nerd” enough to be always in search of perfection… we are still looking for it…
We basically decided to be musician since the very first day, and I think that if you want to do that professionally you must think this way and dedicate your entire life to music.
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?
Of course! We are big fans of Lamb Of God, Gojira, Dark Tranquillity, Insomnium, Periphery and Dimmu Borgir. Of course we find some inspiration also in music that is not necessarily metal..for example classical music, or more “ambient” stuff.
How is the metal scene going in your country?
We have some big realities like Lacuna Coil, Rhapsody Of Fire, Fleshgod Apocalypse. But also some emerging bands that are going great, like Destrage and DGM.. but metal is not popular here.. you find difficulties in finding gigs and sell records…
Tell us, if you have played abroad.
Yes, We’ve toured around Europe in small venues since 2013, but in late 2016 we joined the Lacuna Coil’s Delirium World Tour for an endurance of 31 gigs around EU and UK! And it’s been amazing to play in such great venues.
Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?
We already released the videos of our first two singles “Halls Of Human Delights” and “Cold Water”. Something else is coming soon 😉
Rapid fire section. Just for fun. So just chill, and just type the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear:
* Fog – Northern Italy!
* Death – “Remember the death is not the end, but only a transition” from a spoken in the Dream Theater album “Metropolis pt.II – Scenes From A Memory” (My favorite band ever)
* United – States Of America, where we want to play so bad!!!
* Filters of … – Instagram…because nowadays we have to work so bad on socials! LOL
* Jimmy – Page from Led Zeppelin. First rockstar I used to listen to.
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?
Thank you so much for this super cool interview and to all the readers who took some times to read this! We really can’t wait to play for you all soon!