viernes, 26 de octubre de 2018

Void of Silence: "La música nunca fue tan oscura". Entrevista exclusiva a Riccardo Conforti. 2018



Es curioso lo que pasa con mi vida; para muchas cosas no siempre tengo la voluntad necesaria como para cumplir de forma convincente con determinadas responsabilidades, cosa que en algunas oportunidades se ha vuelto un problema que complica y que entorpece la felicidad de la vida, no ha llegado a anularla pero muchas veces la cubre de un aura gris peligrosa. En cambio, para otras cuestiones mi vida y mis habilidades fluyen, volviéndome alguien pleno, satisfecho y feliz, pues en esas oportunidades consigo lo que me propongo. Puede ser visto como una dualidad vital, a veces peligrosa y a veces exitosa, pero que complica cuando atenta con la realización personal y familiar. Cosa compleja es vivir la vida en sociedad en estos tiempos.

Hago esta suerte de introducción a modo de base que refleja para lo que sí soy un profesional acabado, dedicado y entusiasta, la mayor parte del tiempo. Escribir, entrevistar bandas y revisar discografías de la gran mayoría de las agrupaciones de una parte del metal extremo. Luego, coherente con cómo siento la vida, la fluidez se presenta, y muchas veces es tan potente y relevante que se anula frente a mis ojos, dejando las enormes y contundentes cimas del trabajo periodístico como un mero quehacer ocioso y propio del hobby. Sin embargo, meritorio como es, puedo ser consciente de que lo que sucede en esta página es único, inigualable, difícil de superar, exclusivo y solo posible gracias a un trabajo de esfuerzo y dedicación personal. Nadie vendrá a hacer este trabajo por mí, cuestión que corre para las demás realidades de mi vida, solo que esta área no es desdeñada al momento de practicarse y se vuelve fruto de la labor más sublime que mi vida pueda entregar. Ojalá pueda ser igual para todas las “responsabilidades” que tengo en mis días.

¿Qué podría ser tan trascendente que me ha hecho pensar y repensar todo lo que actualmente tengo? ¿Qué realidad tengo hoy que me obliga a meditar sobre lo real, lo imaginado, las responsabilidades, el trabajo, el esfuerzo personal, las metas y el futuro? ¿Qué pasa hoy conmigo? Lo sé, pues es un momento de inflexión profesional y que fácilmente podría ser “el” paso adelante para dirigirme hacia la felicidad. Hoy es un día dual; lo que me aproblema se cubre gracias a un nuevo logro profesional: una nueva entrevista es un momento de regocijo y de reflexión. Hoy soy más importante que ayer y espero que mi vida siga creciendo tal como lo ha hecho en las últimas semanas.

Amig@s tengo el honor de poder decir: “entrevisté a VOID OF SILENCE”. Una de las agrupaciones que más me ha convencido de que escuchar música extrema, y especialmente Doom, fue una de las mejores determinaciones que pude haber tomado en mi vida. La luz del Doom me ha iluminado por más de una década y me considero alguien completo.

Hoy, entre reflexiones y cavilaciones subjetivas, sintiendo que la vida es un momento que debe ser proyectada desde lo más íntimo de la felicidad personal, la dicha me completa cuando pienso en lo conseguido y en aquello que esta por venir. Desde Italia, una de las agrupaciones que ha hecho de la escena del metal extremo algo superior y digno de seguir, una banda con historia y cualidades de sobra para estar en este lugar: dando la pelea, siendo un ejemplo y dedicándose a lo que los llena espiritualmente, VOID OF SILENCE.





Un saludo caluroso a Riccardo Conforti por su tiempo y dedicación en sus respuestas, “Sicuramente saremo in contatto in futuro, la musica e la vita lo determineranno. Grazie”.

Amig@s, la más reciente entrevista, desde Italia, VOID OF SILENCE. Disfruten la entrevista, hasta siempre.

 


Felipe: Esteemed, thank you very much for wanting to participate. I confess a fan of the group.
VoS: Thank you, it's amazing that there are people who follow us from all over the world.


Felipe: Could you make an introduction to the group: Path members and albums.
VoS: We’ve been in activity for almost 20 years, the band is formed by me and Ivan Zara who compose the music for Void of Silence, and several different singers who have succeeded over time, including Alan Nemtheanga of Primordial and Luca Soi, currently in line up. It has never been easy for a singer to be able to try our complex compositions, perhaps because of this we have constantly changed them..


Felipe: Your proposal is quite unique, because it reflects a rather subjective reflection on a subject and it is evident that your emotions are expressed through this idea. What was decisive in building this type of art? What facts, what bands and what experiences?
VoS: I've always been fascinated by atmospheric and progressive music. My listening goes from the ambient to electronic music, to metal if done well. I’ve always considered music as a window in different worlds and not just a fun. Over the years my expressive form has changed, I’ve matured, but the common thread is always the same: emotion. I love the epic and choral structures of the soundtracks and I inspire them when I compose music.
20 years ago the dark/ambient scene of the Cold Meat Industry productions opened my eyes and made me reflect on a different way of composing music. Everything started there, with the release of the Raison D'Etre work "Within the Depths of Silence and Phormations".


Felipe: The fact that some of your albums have a background theme that articulates them could make compositional work somewhat demanding and extremely complex. How is the work of creating your albums and is really difficult to realize?
VoS: Yes, it’s very difficult because our albums have always had very complex structures and it’s very stressful for us to be able to complete a work because we often have different visions about what to do, so sometimes we collide and we must compromise.


Felipe: Between the publication of your last three albums, 14 years passed. Did you have any personal, work or other problems to take so much time between each publication?
VoS: I work all day, then I have two small children and a wife, so the time is much less than 20 years ago when I was living alone. At the time of the first two albums we composed during the night in my house, now we have to do it trying to find some free time and it is very difficult.


Felipe: The change of singer has been a constant in the history of VOID OF SILENCE, so much so that in 5 albums you have had three vocalists. Is it a need of the band to fully comply with the idea of each album, is it a problem of singers who do not compromise with the band or is it just an accident in life?
VoS: We had 4, not 3. We have always looked for a singer who could really give something to our albums, that their voice could be used as an instrument, but sometimes we didn’t succeed and that's why we changed them.
Alan was a great singer and his work on “Human Antithesis” was wonderful, but his engagements with Primordial were so many and he could not continue to work hard for Void of Silence. Luca is perfect and if no problems come out, he’ll be our singer also for the following works.


Felipe: How Ricardo and Iván met? What elements were related to want to start composing music as VOID OF SILENCE?
VoS: I played the drums with a small band and he came to see us rehearsing, it was 1995. When the guitarist left the band we proposed to him to play with us, he was very young. That band went on for a few years, until 1999. But I wanted to start composing the music, playing only the drums was not enough and I bought some keyboards. The band broke up and during a Porcupine Tree concert in 1999 in Rome I asked Ivan to join my project. Thus was born the first album “Toward the Dusk”.


Felipe: What elements have been decisive so that after almost 19 years of life you want to continue with VOID OF SILENCE? It's like having a teenage son.
VoS: It’s the need to express oneself, I believe, but for me it is necessary. Even when the band was stuck in these years, I wrote music, I composed some songs not suitable for the Void of Silence, but my need to express myself is constant.
I'm writing songs following a cyberpunk vein right now, try to imagine the “Blade Runner Soundtrack” with very reverberated and enveloping sounds. I would need only a guitarist who can do simple and atmospheric things. In fact, if you know one, let me know, ahahaha!


Felipe: Making a balance in the almost 19 years that you have as a group, what elements would be highly positive and which would be highly negative.
VoS: Balance is very difficult to find, we often argue about the decisions to be made, especially in the mixing for volumes, equalization, effects, etc.
We have a different point of view on how our music should play.
Ivan is linked to the Funeral Doom, I instead to the epic and atmospheric music so VoS are the result of these fights. Every time we finish an album, we don’t call each other for months.


Felipe: Any favorite song in the history of the band?
VoS:The Void Beyond” on the last album, I consider it perfect. There are also others on previous works, but with a different use of the voice could have been much better. Luca luckily has been able to enhance and “The Sky Over” is beautiful thanks to him.





Felipe: What is your definition of the sound of VOID OF SILENCE? Many place you in the Doom scene. Agree with that?
VoS: Certainly in past time, now there are also progressive and cinematic components.


Felipe: What can you say about your most recent album, “The Sky Over”? Personally I received it with a vibration very similar to your previous albums, dark, sublime, powerful, with very finished vocalizations that are fluidly related to music and with a touch that invites you to immerse yourself in contemplation and reflection.
VoS: I love it, there are some little things that I would have changed, but I think it’s a beautiful album and I like to listen to it again and again. There are parts that really exalt me, the concept is very powerful and the artwork makes everything really great. We’re receiving positive feedback from all over the world.


Felipe: It remains the feeling that the bulk of your albums have been well received by the specialized press and by the fans. Is this the reality? What is the feeling that you have left after each publications?
VoS: Yes, to tell the truth I don’t remember a negative review so far. We’ve very strong fans all over the world, even in the Middle Eastern countries where they go crazy for us.
The feeling at the end of each album is of great satisfaction and hard work, so I need to compose different music for a while.
Often then these music are used for Void of Silence by modifying the arrangements. “Criteria ov 666”, our second album, started as a dark / ambient album that I composed after “Toward the Dusk”.


Felipe: Apart from music, do you develop any other activity? Can you live from extreme music?
VoS: I work in an aeronautical company, the music has given us something, but those who earn are the labels, only them unfortunately.


Felipe: Metal is regularly judged as "noises", "jars" and other pejorative concepts. However, over the years the different scenes have been delivered to the main and most virtuous, imaginative and talented exponents of music in general. It could be considered that it is a prejudice on the part of some people or a low interest to know and support the judgments. How has your life experience been and what have you experienced?
VoS: It’s a stupid judgment due to the ignorance of people who know nothing and judge without knowing. Metal, like other art forms, is expressive and is intended for a particular audience, as well as jazz, classical music or dance music. Fortunately the world is diverse and we all have different interests. The metalhead is more inclined to a dark form of art and the bigotry of ordinary people does not understand it, then he misjudges it, but things are changing, also because the 80s metalheads are now 40, 50 years old and are teaching to their children to appreciate other musical forms besides the shit that is heard on the radio every day. I do it with my children.


Felipe: The world of music has always become a business niche, where unscrupulous and honest people have been fighting for the past 60 years. You are in the system. What look do you have of him? What have you done when faced with this reality? What do you highlight and what do you reject from the system?
VoS: I hate labels, we've always had problems with them. They take your effort and make money without making a dick. With Avantgarde it was better, unfortunately we needed it because print an album and promote it takes time that we don’t have it.
But I have an idea for self-produce it in the future.


Felipe: Personally I see that metal music expresses a kind of duality that occurs in the daily life of societies: light and darkness, life and death, pain and superabundance, happiness and sadness. What look do you have of the artistic creation and the characteristics of the metal music scene?
VoS: You know the end of the summer, after the sun has been there for months and months and finally the first cold and the first rains arrive that you welcome with joy and charm? Commercial music and metal. There is a time for everything. There are moments that I like to travel under the sun with a Pendragon album and others at night with fog and rain with a dark / ambient work. I believe that fossilization on one genre is negative. I listen to everything, lately also the Jazz noir!


Felipe: What is your view of the current political norms that structure western society? What do you think about the economic system that regulates the world and about the problems that this system has produced in some countries?
VoS: In this period in Italy there’s a political group in the government that I do not like, but that has been voted by many people tired of what my country has suffered over the years in the economic scene. The economy is made by strong Nations and they are who benefit from them. The others make the debts that then fall on the people, which stressed gives the responsibility to the weaker. And this is what is happening to us with the increase of intolerance towards other peoples. It takes a bad air that I don’t like and I have the impression that even the relations between governments begin to deteriorate.


Felipe: We deeply appreciate the time, the willingness and desire to participate in this space. Any novelty has the doors open in this part of the world. This space is for a personal reflection or a farewell. Thanks a lot and goodbye.
VoS: Thanks to you for the nice interview, I hope to hear you soon.
Ciao.
Riccardo Conforti
 






miércoles, 24 de octubre de 2018

Ennui - Funeral Doom desde Georgia... y una muy buena noticia 2018



Siguiendo con las publicaciones relacionadas con buenas noticias, en esta oportunidad me referiré a dos circunstancias: el lanzamiento del nuevo álbum de la banda georgiana ENNUI y la respuesta positiva de ésta misma agrupación para ser entrevistados.

Debo decir que este dúo, integrado por Serj Shengelia en guitarra y teclados y por David Unsaved en guitarra, teclados y las voces, en poco más de seis años de vida se han establecido ya como una de las agrupaciones potentes en la escena del Funeral Doom. Es curioso pues su nombre, “Ennui” se puede traducir desde el francés como “aburrimiento”, situación completamente contraria a lo que es su entrega musical: intensidad, guturalidad extrema, lentitud, oscuridad y una sensación continua de dolor y muerte. Es decir, la idea proyectada se cumple a cabalidad.

En esta oportunidad el sentido de esta publicación es dar testimonio del reconocimiento al trabajo realizado durante estos años, lo que se puede resumir por medio de la respuesta positiva de la banda a ser entrevistados, y, en segundo término, hacer público el más reciente esfuerzo musical de la banda. Sin embargo, siendo consistente y recto con la forma en que se trabaja en esta página, debo hacer mención a una carencia que se presenta, adeudo uno de los álbumes de ENNUI, cosa que no puedo dejar pasar.

Es decir, esta publicación se transforma, no solo en un llamado para estar atentos a las novedades positivas que aquí están sucediendo, sino que también cumple con subsanar aquello que, siendo ignorado, no se había completado. El círculo, en este caso, se cierra, aunque permite mantener una mirada amplia y abierta sobre el futuro, luciendo esperanzador y luminoso, musicalizándose con lo más sombrío de la escena Doom.

ENNUI es una de las agrupaciones que ha evidenciado una contundencia suprema, suenan guturales, se escuchan oscuros y la sensación que dejan es sombría y dolorosa. Huelen a muerte y pesar. Sus álbumes se caracterizan por tener composiciones largas, lentas, crepusculares, extremas, con un aura funesta; ellos llevan en alto la llama en una profunda e intensa noche sin estrellas.

Tal ha sido su contundencia que con los años han establecido relaciones fructíferas con otros exponentes de la escena Doom global: Daniel Neagoe, Greg Chandler, Don Zaros y John Devos han sabido ser parte del funeral ENNUI.

Para terminar solamente puedo decir que aquellos que se sienten interpelados por el Funeral Doom, esta banda es para ustedes. Comparto los dos últimos álbumes publicados por esta agrupación georgiana: del año 2015, “Falsvs Anno Domini” y del año 2018, “End of the Circle”.

Un saludo caluroso, disfruten los discos y disfruten la vida. Hasta siempre.


Unnui – “Falsvs Anno Domini”





Tracklist:


01. Forbidden Life   08:58
02. The Apostasy   13:26
03. The Stones of the Timeless   16:39
04. When Our Light Dies Forever   10:34
05. No Home Beneath the Stars   16:20
06. Falsvs Anno Domini   12:05








Ennui – “End of the Circle”





Tracklist:


01. End of the Circle   32:29
02. The Withering Part I - Of Hollow Us   20:07
03. The Withering Part II - Of Long-Dead Stars   20:00