In December Italian metallers Ghost Of Mary released their album called Oblivaeon. In January DutchMetalManiac’s Henric van Essen already reviewed, read his review here. He also interviewed them, as you can read below.
Hi, how are you doing?
Hi, here is Daniele, singer of Ghost of Mary, I’m very fine, thank you.
First off your name. What is the story behind it?
I think the name of a band is one of the most important aspects together with the music itself, so I looked for something evocative and fitting for songs and the concept: Ghost of Mary is a mysterious oracle, the main figure of the story told in the album Oblivaeon.
Ghost Of Mary is a new band, can you tell me something about how it came to be?
The actual band is the result of previous musical experiences, everyone have played in other bands before. The project has been started by the two guitarists Mauro Nicolì and Gabriele Muja, then Nicolas Lezzi, me and Damiano Rielli joined the band.
Can you tell us a little about Ghost Of Mary’s members?
I’m also the singer of Silvered, a death doom metal band active from 2007, Nicola plays the bass in the heavy metal band Slow Death, Damiano played for years in Burning Seas (groove metal) and Mauro and Gabriele played in Dark Unfathomed (symphonic black metal).
Your musical style, a mix between gothic metal and death metal with symphonic and classical influences is quite complicated. Why did you start composing and playing this type of music?
Mauro and Gabriele gave the first and principal input to the birth of the future Ghost of Mary and our past experiences helped us to know which road to take. Then the common interest in finding something different from the ordinary musical conception of metal was the key to work together.
Who or what, if anyone or anything, inspires Ghost Of Mary?
Music, literature, movies, everything which catch our attention because of a melody, a colour, a feeling so close to our souls.
I have just reviewed your debut release Oblivaeon, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised and quite impressed with it, it’s a great album. It’s a concept album, an allegory about life and death as you put it. Can you tell us a bit more about the story behind it?
Thank you so much, we are very happy you appreciate the album. Yes, it’s a concept based on a story written by me, an allegory about life and death. I wrote of a tree placed in a dimension called Oblivaeon, a sort of afterlife without time and space. Souls slip away from the tree under the influence of the full moon, carried by the wind , into the forest beside it or into the river, where stones take human forms … It’s a tale about the meaning of life, with references to northern mythology and fantasy-horror literature.
When listening to Oblivaeon, as great as I truly think it is, I sometimes had the feeling you are still searching for the right moment to use either of the varieties of music and vocals you have up your sleeves. You’re awfully close, but it still felt a bit misplaced or rough around the edges here and there. How do you feel about this statement?
We think varieties of music and vocals can be our point of strength but we also know there is still something to correct. It’s not easy, but we are trying to create an original sound, using orchestral arrangements and different styles of vocals.
The only thing I didn’t like as much as the rest is the production. Especially the orchestral pieces feel too thin in the mix, at times causing them to almost disappear from the sound. What do you think of that?
Thank you for the advises, they are very important for us, ‘cause the aim is to grow as a band and musicians. Now we are working on the next album, taking care of the orchestral elements, melodies and sound in general, trying to reach the better way.
What are you plans for the near future?
The whole promotion of the album goes on and now the first videoclip Nothing is out, so it’ s time to promote it as well as possible.
Any chance on a tour?
After UK/France tour on Jan/Feb 2017 and other dates in Italy, we booked several shows in our country in the next months, in Summer we will play at XXIII Agglutination Metal Festival (the biggest one in the south of Italy) with Venom, Sodom and other bands. We are also working with our booking agencies for the second part of our European Oblivaeon Tour.
Thanks for the opportunity to interrogate you, is there anything else you would like to share with our readers?
It was a great pleasure, thank you for the interview. We invite you all to follow Ghost of Mary on the official FB page and to watch our new video below, hornz up! |m|