Good day Edward! How are you guys doing these days?
Good morning to you all! We are good and very excited about the upcoming release of this album Zeitgeist.
First of all, please introduce your band and band members to our readers.
it’s my first solo album, but I used a band composed of great musicians and I’m very happy. The first member I introduce is the great singer Giacomo Voli from Rhapsody Of Fire!
For me it is a real honor that he decided to sing and interpret my songs. At least three years ago I had those songs sung by him in my mind.
We have Luca Basile from Elegy Of Madness at keyboards and orchestrations, a great musician, multi-instrumentalist and most importantly a great friend and great person. We practically grew up together with the promise that sooner or later we would give life to a project and finally here we are.
Francesco Paolo Caputo, he too from Elegy Of Madness, is the drummer of this project. I played as a session man in the band Elegy Of Madness and I thought that his playing was perfect for my album. it’s a real war machine!
Particular attention also goes to special guests. Virginia Pavone who sang on ballad Tywysoges in duet with Giacomo and is one of the best singers I’ve ever listened to. Salvatore Mr. Jack is the special guest on the song Rebellion. We’ve been in touch for years and I thought it was perfect for playing keyboards on that track. He has also been promoting his solo album called Long Road where I had the honor to play.
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 are all friends for years, and at the same time knowing the level of skills of each component I would say that I could not choose better! The name of the band is just my name. Edward is my second birth name. It’s the same name of Iron Maiden mascot, my favorite band of all time, so I had to take advantage of the luck to call me that ahahah.
I expect a long reply for this one. Can you please tell us about the concept and lyrical themes of all your previous releases?
Before this I have an album with my power metal band Soul of Steel entitled Journey To Infinity. Was released in 2013 and is a concept album. A dreamlike journey of a man chasing a goddess through many earthly and otherworldly difficulties.
It’s been a bit ‘of years and I’m not the author of the lyrics, so I remember very little of the topics covered in each song. But I want instead to anticipate all the themes addressed in each song of the imminent Zeitgeist.
Tempus Fugit: Short cinematic intro with an adventurous atmosphere.
Legend – The Omega Man: Power metal open track inspired by the novel by Richard Matheson “I am a legend”. A man left completely alone is forced to fight against creatures that try to eliminate him being the last one left of his kind. The protagonist will understand, after having fought alone with all his strength, that in this new world he is the intruder.
The Sleep Of Reason: Taking inspiration from the title of the picture of Goya “the sleep of reason generates monsters” the song explains the ability we have to put ourselves in a position to improve our lives with our strength, preventing our minds from creating those monsters that prevent the achievement of our goals.
Replicants: First instrumental song of the album. The title is inspired by the famous Ridley Scott film Blade Runner.
Ghost Of The Ruins: The longest song on the album, inspired by a dream. A man wanders through a gloomy forest, hearing himself called by a voice that echoes in his head. He arrives near some ruins where he appears a monstrous and sinister figure that will envelop him in a circle of fire preventing him from escaping. A dreamlike vision of how man sometimes consciously wants to remember some places or events of his past even if they hurt, following their ghosts that continue to call them.
Burning Skies: Is a tribute to the classic sci-fi stories of A.E. Van Vogt. In the distant future the last men who have been able to colonize space try to form a new empire by making the same mistakes that have been made on earth. The song focuses on the war of some separatists who dream of a new world where they can start again as free men.
Tywysoges: Celtic ballad. Is the only duet of the album with Giacomo Voli and Virginia Pavone as special guest. Story tells of a knight forced to separate from his beloved woman. Finding himself in two separate worlds, the knight decides that the only way to reach his princess is to sell his soul to become a winged creature and reach her even though he knows that he will not be able to go back human.
Rebellion: It is inspired by the story “I Robot” by Eando Binder. In the future, a robot begins to experience human emotions in a world where humans have become hybrids with machines. The paradoxical figure of this robot takes over, rebelling against a humanity that no longer has anything human.
Fight For Life: Second instrumental song with a folk metal sound. The song is dedicated to a beloved missing person who fought a bad evil. Everything is summarized in the title, in the epic atmosphere and in a small declamation sung as a battle in a fantasy world.
Cybersteria: It’s the fastest track on the album. Riff tending to thrash metal and is a real social complaint against the negative abuse of social networks. A denunciation of alienation, cyber-bullying and the enormous amount of time and life that sometimes steals us.
Is there any special reason for choosing your music conception?
Music is the art form that allows me to better express all the influences and events that happen in my life. I love cinema and reading and in music I can tell evasion elements, but also important social issues. Zeitgeist is not a concept album, but deals with important social issues.
How do you guys manage to create music at all? What challenges do you face while writing and recording an album? Was it difficult to co-work with Giacomo Voli?
There were so many challenges to be accepted. For this album they were countless because for the first time I wrote lyrics, played the bass and all guitars and programmed the drums to send to Francesco to make them play. You risk spending a whole day just to write a line of the lyric or you’re on the same spot on guitars for hours so as not to lose the creative flow. It’s a hard work, but very stimulating! Working with Giacomo was great. The only difficulty was the kilometers that separate us, but despite this the work has continued well and quickly enough. He did a great job!
Zeitgeist will be released on October. How was the experience working on the studio? Any funny or even sad happenings during the studio work?
The studio experience could not be quieter and more profitable. I relied on the newly born Reverse Music Studio in Taranto. The producer, Valerio Gentile is very young, but so full of talent. He is a very good guitarist and he did very well at my job, he knew perfectly the result I wanted to achieve. A funny moment that I remember was the laughter we made during the recording of acoustic guitars. We used a very sensitive microphone and I remember that, after so many hours of work, I could hear the sound of my stomach on the headphones, which created a big mess through the miked guitar. it was the signal of the lunch break!
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?
This is my debut solo album, so I would say wait for this new era of my career to see if things will change for the better.
Can you throw some light on your past as musicians?
I have undertaken a sort of climb that probably will never end. I started to play iron maiden riffs just for fun, then I took the first guitar lessons, formed my first bands and played in as many live clubs as possible. About seven years ago I decided that I wanted to make a qualitative leap, I embarked on an educational path with Andrea Martongelli, guitarist of Arthemis, played so much live with my band power prog Soul Of Steel. I have done several things, but there are still many things to do to reach my goals.
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?
First of all Iron Maiden! Soon after, other bands came to write the story as Metallica, Slayer, Slipknot. Those that continue to inspire me are Symphony X, Dream Theater, Rage and as a guitarist I have suffered strong influences from Vinnie Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen, Randy Rhoads, Victor Smolski, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Tony Macalpine and Luca Turilli.
Tell us, if you have played abroad.
Yes, i did. I embarked on a European tour with Soul Of Steel in 2015, passing through Holland and Belgium and supporting many great artists as Edu Falaschi, Mark Boals, Russell Allen, DGM, Arthemis, Gus G and many more. As session man with Elegy of Madness i played in Croatia and Latvia as opening act for Amorphis.
Are you working on any music videos, might it be videoclip or lyric video?
Yes, I’m at work with my label, Revalve Records to release two lyric videos.
Rapid fire section. Just for fun. So just chill, and just type the first thought that comes to your mind when you hear:
* Symphony of … – Symphony Of Destruction
* Breaking the … – Breaking the law
* U.S.A. – Born in the U.S.A.
* Tube – Tube Screamer (best overdrive ever)
* Universe – Universe (kick-ass song by DGM)
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?
I want to thank you for the space you gave me and I thank all my followers and all those people who will appreciate my album Zeitgeist coming out via Revalve Records on October 26th 2018. See you soon and STAY METAL!