Hi! Tell me about your band and what kind of previous experience do you have as musicians?
Athrox is the brainchild of the guitar player Sandro Seravalle and the drummer Alessandro Brandi, with the addition of Francesco Capitoni at the guitar and the bassplayer Andrea Capitani. The lineup found its final shape with the singer Giancarlo Picchianti. With these members Athrox started the songwriting process for their first full lenght album entitled “Are you alive?” – featuring 11 brand new heavy metal tracks – released by Red Cat Records in 2016.
Why did you pick your band name? How did you form? Why did you decide to play the genre or genres you do?
The band’s name came out spontaneously, we were looking for something relevant to our genre and that could easily be traced by the search engines. Some of us knew each other and played together previously, like Syro and Aroon or Lobo and Ian, together we immediately became a family. We all have quite different tastes, but there are some bands that each of us like, for example Metallica, Iron Maiden, etc… so we found a texture of heavy metal with thrash elements that gave life to a pretty personal sound.
What can you tell us about your latest record?
Our second album will be released on November 9th. It is a powerful mixture of heavy metal with thrash elements. The album will be a journey into the human introspective and the problems that afflict each of us in everyday life. An eternal battle against one’s inner self, which is often in contrast with what appears outside. Each song will treat a story told through the mirror.
What the kind of album feedbacks are you waiting for?
We are really excited and we hope that people like it and take us to play in fantastic concerts around the world.
Are you gonna to make some world tour in the future? Do you think this is available for everybody option to tour around the globe? What do you think band have to do to get such opportunity?
For this new album, many live shows will be organized around Europe; we really want to introduce our music all over the world. What we have to do is continue to believe in ourselves and in our growth, we strongly believe that our new album will give us many opportunities.
Do you believe in heavy music scene without money?
Hard question… The important thing is that Heavy metal will never die; this is what counts.
What do you think about online music sharing? Do you ever give your music away for free? Why?
Online music sharing is important because it allows new bands to get to know each other faster. But it must be complementary to the sale of records and merch, otherwise it has little value.
Who are your musical influences? Have you ever think your band could be so famous as your favorites?
This question is difficult to answer, there are many and there are none, because we certainly have many influences but we try not to be influenced too much. We don’t think we can count how much we can be known, we are interested only in making our music known to as many people as possible.
Do you have a formal music education? Do you think it’s a Kind of important thing?
It’s not the musical education that it is important, but the attitude to music. Some things can also be taught, others are not: you must have them inside.
How do you balance your music with other obligations – mate, children, job?
In our opinion we can not balance, it must be complementary to other things in life. Listening to music with your family or imagining it while working, this gives you the right daily charge.
How do you handle mistakes during a performance? Or you can assure there are no any mistakes during your gigs? Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?
Certainly a bit of emotion is there before, but as soon as you get on stage and see the audience shakes his head everytime and moshing is fucking great, it fills you with positive adrenaline. We work hard to make sure that there are no errors, but if it happens we need to make sure that the audience notice as little as possible. However, we like to move most of the time on stage, and the right charge for the audience is more important than a perfect performance.
What’s next? Thank you!
Thank you so much for this interview, it was a pleasure. Greetings from Athrox!