Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
A: Our band is the result of our unconditional love for all the band’s sounds, which have influenced us, since the beginning of our adolescence. In it we have enclosed everything that most influenced us musically, but mostly, it is the expression with we present our ideologies, a mean of communication like an artwork. Dedicated to the most outstanding, uncompromising, solemn and majestic Black Metal, but which always keep a savagery due to a penchant for the northern European scene.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
A: Sure, we come from North Italy (nearby Milan) where the underground Black Metal’s scene has always been flourish. We approached to these sounds because of our hate for hypocrisy of this pseudo-religious society. Growing up in very religious families has emphasized our grudge.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
A: It’s been a set of things. As mentioned before, the aversion toward dogmas and the false respectability of this society pushed us to approach the cacophony of this primordial genre like the emotions we feel. The bands that have most influenced us are the big of this genre: Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral, Behemoth till to the avantagarde scene of Deathspell Omega, Abigor and so on… Not to mention Italian bands: Nefarium, Adversam, Bhagavat, Ater, Stormcrow. The lyrics hymn the research of the individualism of every person to the detriment of the spiritualism slavery that religion promotes.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
A: Our biggest ambition is to express ourselves, may inspiring other artists, as we have been.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
A: Support the bands with whom we shared the stage and receive appreciation from them and from the public.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
A: We are pleased with the feedback we received so far over the years, and I take this opportunity to thank Matteo Antonelli, from Sepulchral Silence, who, with his professionalism, is helping us to achieve the ears of those who do not yet know us.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
A: The hard work behind Excommunica has momentarily kept us apart from live shows, which wouldn’t have been possible, because of Covid. In the past, we were used to be so active, thanks to engagements proposed from others band and thanks to the appreciation in other countries, which has allowed us to perform out from Italy several times.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
A: I think it is the best way to value the product before eventually buy it.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
A: No one. To Caesar what is Caesar’s.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
A: Those who turn their passion for the music into a trivial work, commonly making album not worthy of their names.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
A: To Excommunica’s promotion, which spends a lot of time on it.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
A: Follow ARGESH on:
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/it/album/source-of-miracles-single/1579539715