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12/03/2013 - Review by "Meowmix" - From "thecoreofbrutality.blogspot" - Ivan Interview on thecoreofbrutality

1.Can i get a backstory on the band/ band biography?

Ivan: First of all thank you for giving us the opportunity to this interview. The band was born in 1996 by brothers Diego and Manuel ‘Thundra’ Cafolla. In the early days we published some Demos, “Eyes of Memories” in 1997, “Hurricane’s Eye” in 2000, “Matzmariels” in 2002, and then 5 full-length albums, “Something Unknown” in 2001, “Insider” in 2003, “Timetropia” in 2006, “Phlegethon” in 2010, and “In Crescendo”, our last album that is out since few days, the 12 of February, by Sensory Records. Kingcrow’s music changed from classic rock metal into progressive rock, thanks to a lot of influences: artists as Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Opeth, Orphaned Land or even Rush are all present in the music of Kingcrow and with each release the band has taken a step further away from their original roots. We performed at some important music festivals, the first one was Gods of Metal in 2008, alongside Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Slayer and Fates Warning, then, supporting Phlegethon, we performed at Progpower Europe in 2011 in Baarlo (Netherlands) and in the bigger Progpower Usa in Atlanta (Georgia). We had touring with Redemption, the band of Ray Alder, in 2011, and the last year with Jon Oliva’s Pain, lead by Jon Oliva, ex Savatage. With the new album we’ll be touring in Usa and Canada in april and may 2013, also supporting Pain of Salvation. There were some line up changes during the years, now the actual line-up is Diego Cafolla (guitars), Manuel Cafolla (drums), Ivan Nastasi (guitars), Francesco D’Errico (bass) and Diego Marchesi (vocals).


2. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?

Ivan: well, it depends on the album you are listening to. Apart from the first one Something Unknown, all the others are inspired by a unique concept: in “Insider” you can listen to a story about two friends involved in a dirty secret project that will damage their friendship, in Timetropia the story, inspired from David Lynch, tells about a man, survived from an accident and deprived of his ‘apparent’ life (wife, house, friends, etc). Phlegethon is about two little children, brother and sister, involved in family murders that provoke bad psychological problems during their life. In Crescendo is another kind of concept, it describes the end of youth, the “after 30’s”, and all its consequences, in other words how the life and its beliefs changes in these years. In a whole vision, I can say that in every work we like to explore the emotional part of the human being, relating it to the events that can change the course of life. There’s no specific message, we like to involve the listener both in a musical and emotional-narrative aspect.


3. How have the gigs you guys been doing been?

Ivan: we believe that gigs are “life” for our band. During rehearsal, we focus the attention on how to perform the song: Diego works hard on this, using his voice and his way to transfer the emotions to the audience. We also use projections, a combination of movies, to make the audience completely captured by the show.


4. What equipment do you guys use?

Ivan: uhh, we use a lot of stuff! Diego Cafolla and me, as guitarists, use two guitars each one, one with standard tuning and the other with the E string dropped in D, due to different song tonalities. We combine head amps plus cabinet, and we control amps channels via midi with a boss pedalboard. The same set is for Francesco D’Errico, he uses two basses for the same reason, plus a fretless one, just to give a special touch and sound in some songs. Thundra, as a drummer, uses a Pearl accousticon fusion model, added with rototom, cowbell and a lot of cymbals. Cristian uses a Master Keyboard, a digital piano and an access virus, in order to reproduce all the variety of electronic sounds you can listen in our songs. Diego as a singer uses… his voice and “only” a good wireless microphone..!


5. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

Ivan:A lot of bands.. we are mentally inspired by Rush, in terms of “growing up” in music, trying to be different in every work but preserving our playing style. We listen a lot of good bands, at this time our music is inspired from Pink Floyd, Porcupine Tree, Riverside, Opeth and King Crimson, we like to merge heavy stuff with emotional atmospheres and/or strange notes and sounds. Every musician in the band complete the songs with his own influences, adding for example some flamenco, funky or reggae styles here and there.


6. Do you remember your first show and what was it like?

Ivan: I think that everyone in the band remember a different first show with Kingcrow. My first one was long time ago, at the end of 2001, when Kingcrow were out with the first album, Something Unknown. The venue was a little one, in a place in the north of Rome, and the show was pretty good! At that time the attitude of the band was metal- oriented..I was an heavy metal guy, with black clothes and chains in my trousers.


7.What made you guys decide to form a band?

Ivan: the band was born by Diego and Manuel, I wasn’t with them in that period. Usually rock musicians like to play together and form a band, only to play rock covers or starting to write own material. The difficult task is keep the band alive, because of different ideas and characters, work hard and be professional in what you do.


8.What is your opinion on sites posting your guys material and other bands material?

Ivan: Nobody can control this kind of event. But since it is unstoppable, looking in a different key, we keep this as a good publicity to our music.


9.Is there any bands that you guys enjoyed playing with more than the others?

Ivan: we had a lot of fun and great time playing with Jon Oliva and his band. Imagine a legendary man that meet for the first time Kingcrow’s guys bowing down..He is like a father, a big funny humble man with a big voice, telling us funnies stories of his past. All the other guys of the band were very professional and nice with us, together with their technical staff who have also followed our shows.


10. How do you guys feel about the classifications in metal? like deathcore, metalcore and other subgenres and how some get a negative rep.

Ivan: If you speak about deathcore metalcore etc, I’m sorry we’re not skilled in this genres. Regarding classifications in general, we don’t care too much about this, we keep the music as it is, listening to this band or the other artist, driven by our sensations.


11. What song do you enjoy playing the most?

Ivan: One of the songs is Morning Rain: it present technically odd times, but notes flows so natural that you cannot feel them, furthermore guitars are wedged in a King Crimson style, it’s difficult to play them accurate. The other one is In Crescendo: it is like to climb a big mountain, you can find heavy, prog, acoustic themes, and the goal is put technical issues together with emotions we want to get across.


12. When not doing things with the band, what can you guys be seen doing?

Ivan: Every one of us has its own employment, at the moment we can’t live only with our music, Kingcrow now is a band with a lot of expenses, in terms of music production and live shows.


13.Your biggest band moment?

Ivan: Sure one of the biggest moments was the last year, playing at Progpower Usa: the crowd was completely amazing, it was like a wall of shouts coming up to the stage! We had a lot of friends, all the guys were very friendly with us.


14. What is your opinion on the current state of metal?

Ivan: Lately we don’t follow heavy metal so much as we were younger.. not because we don’t like metal, but maybe because we really don’t find a band that play something “special”. Few bands play in a genuine manner, Meshuggah for example, but they’re not so young. Or maybe is only our age…Are we becoming old men?


15. How did you guys come up with your band name?

Ivan: Originally the band had another moniker, it was Earth Shaker, but soon it was changed into Kingcrow, inspired by an Edgar Allan Poe’s poem, called “The Raven”.


16. What can the fans expect to see from you in the future?

Ivan: For what I read and listen, fans are expecting a lot from us. With Phlegethon they discover a complex and accurate music, now with In Crescendo people are writing that the ‘level’ continues to be high. It is sure that, whatever will be our future, we’ll try to be even more authentic.. and we will have pleasure to keep our music all around the world.


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