Recently, DutchMetalManiac’s Tim van Velthuysen interviewed Marble.
Hey, how are you?
Never been better, thanks for asking!
Can you tell us something about the history of Marble?
Marble was an idea of bass player Daniel, who created an ensemble to play prog and power metal with some local musicians. Soon guitarist Omar and keyboard player Jacopo joined the band and Paul completed the lineup as lead guitarist. There were a few changes behind the mic during the years. We published our first demo, then in 2008 our first full length A.T.G.O.D., an ep in 2010. After a forced stop we reprised the project with Eleonora as new singer. We re-recorded a song from our first album for a compilation with the new lineup and began recording the new stuff for S.A.V.E..
For people not knowing Marble (yet), how would you describe your music yourself?
We play a mix of metal with female vocals, merged with heavy guitars and a progressive approach to the songs. We rely a lot on heavy riffs, but with keyboards arrangments and vocal melodies. For the new album S.A.V.E. we also recorded a string quartet for a song. In the lyrics we combine the concept of sins and virtues with human behaviours. We tried to find our own approach to the subject: not religious, more down-to-earth, probably a bit cynical and dispassionate. It’s a theme we found tremendously appealing.
When someone doesn’t know Marble yet and you can choose one of your songs to present yourself, which song would that be?
Heartless Disease, our first single coming out this friday, is probably a good example of our production. It revolves around our concept of lust (one of the seven deadly sins). It’s essentially a dialogue between a libertine and a puritan. In the libertine’s opinion lust is the emotion that will really set the puritan free.
Musically this song is the combination of all our elements, with fast drums, progressive rhythmics, catchy choruses and great solos.
What makes Marble unique?
We think that our new album has lots of musical inspirations that are well blended together, and Eleonora’s voice has a particular approach to the melodies. The lyrics also are a little different from what you normally hear.
Any future plans you can already tell us something about?
Right now we’re focused on promoting the album and in particular the first single, which is coming out January 22th. We try to take things as they come, especially giving the worldwide pandemic that changed everything in a few months.
Any upcoming gigs for Marble? Maybe coming to The Netherlands?
Not yet, the pandemic is still spreading so it will be a waste of time and energy.
How do you think your life would be without music?
An empty emotionless void. There’s nothing more frightening than not being able to relax or release yourself with music, listened or played!
What advice would you give to young and starting bands?
A tip for beginners is to have fun and enjoy what you’re doing, because the crowd down is watching you, and if you can share your joy in what you’re playing (or acting) they will be part of that. This way your performance will be successful.
Thanks for your answers! Is there anything you want to say to DutchMetalManiac’s readers?
Thank you for this opportunity! Our first single, Heartless Disease, will be out on January 22th on Youtube and major streaming channels, while the album S.A.V.E. will be released by Sliptrick Records on February 16th, also in digipack cd. Check out our social media for all the news and stay metal!
I’m Tim van Velthuysen and I started DutchMetalManiac back in 2014. I’m 29 years old and I live in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Of course, I like metal, but I can also appreciate other musical styles.
In addition to DutchMetalManiac I also have a personal website on which I’ll post various things that won’t fit on DutchMetalManiac, but might be interesting for you as well. It’s in Dutch though.