On March 17, Italian heavy/speed metallers Angel Martyr released their full-length debut Black Book: Chapter One, which is already reviewed by DutchMetalManiac’s Don Anelli here. As you can read below, he also interviewed Angel Martyr’s vocalist/guitarist Tiziano “Hammerhead” Sbaragli.
Well, first off, let’s talk about the new album. Are you pleased with its reaction so far?
Hi there, well… we didn’t expected such a good reaction from all reviews from all the world we received in this period so, it is a great satisfaction for us, but, we don’t have to give up with our hard work once we reached this moment!
Do you have a favorite track off the album? What makes it special for you?
Maybe I can say Angel Martyr, because it was the first I wrote when I decided to play guitar again after a long period, it means like a rebirth for me! Anyway, all the tracks mean something and they tell something about my life experience even if implicitly and with the use of some metaphors.
For those that haven’t heard of you guys, how would you describe your sound?
Sincerely? This is a question I never asked to myself, as everybody, you listen to music, you let music touching your feelings and your heart, than you embrace your instrument and something happens….. If you search a technical term for this kind of sound and riffing I can just say: HEAVY!
As most fans associate Italian metal with Rhapsody and their ilk, how have you separated yourself from the pack?
Personally we don’t like to offense anybody for their music as I sadly saw especially on social networks, we can just say that kind of music doesn’t belong to our vision of metal! Everybody should be free to play what they want, and everybody should think about their own business, give the maximun to reach great result and promote at best their job where you know that could be some lovers of the kind!
We always try to play or share our music in the right places where the public we’d like to have is present!
Does being based in the UK as opposed to Italy present any problems with your drummer and the rest of the band?
Now Francesco is living in Barcelona in Spain, anyway no problem, when he can’t reach us in some gigs we have a session man called Emanuele Meconi, he’s a great drummer too.
Do you find that being a trio create any kind of struggle with this special brand of metal?
Maybe, I don’t know exactly, but I can just say that for what we play a power trio is perfect and we like it!
What plans do you have to promote the album as far as tours or videos?
We are planning some gigs in Europe and Italy, we are thinking about a official video and maybe we will search a manager really interested in the project and who believe in it!
So, we’ll end this on a fun note. If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, for a single who would you choose?
A page I think is not enough to reply….. hahahahahah! I can say Bruce Dickinson and Ronnie James Dio, but I can talk also for the others if I say that we would like to cooperate with Lemmy, King Diamond, Scott Columbus, Tony Iommi and many others!
Do you wish to say something to our readers?
Just saying thanks from the depth of our hearts to dedicate your time and your passion for us…. don’t fear the fight, see you soon bros!