Summon: How did the band get started?
Luigi: The band was born in 2008 from an idea of Stefano Rossi Ciucci and Francesco Paoli who left the group few months later since he decided to spend all his energies on Fleshgod Apocalypse. Stefano started looking for new members and at the end of 2011 we arrived at today’s line-up: Giacomo Torti (drums), Riccardo Rogari (bass guitar), and me, Luigi Valenti (vocals).
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Luigi: We play a Brutal Death Metal New York-oriented but we always try to put something “Bloodtruthish” in it; besides, following the concept behind our name and the full length, we decided to add some inserts of Gregorian chants in the songs, which espouse very well either with the lyrics and in general, with the dark atmosphere of the tracks.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Luigi: After the release of our first two songs, listenable on youtube, Facebook, Reverbnation etc.. we have to say that we’re really surprised by the number of positive feedbacks taken from every part of the world! Everything is proportioned at our small reality of course, but hopefully we’ll grow up very fast!
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Luigi: “Bloodtruth” comes from a collaboration with Paolo Rossi from Fleshgod Apocalypse who participated, in the beginning, at the concept realization. The moniker is directly connected at our vision of the world and also to the concept album: the words ”blood” and ”truth” are put together to represent the fact that the History of human beings, overall the ancient one, is written with blood. Particularly we focus on the history that church has written (and this is the motivation of the Gregorian chants into the songs) bringing not only death, but also fear and mysticism.
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Luigi: (it’s on the first question)
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Luigi: We usually work all together at the songs drafts, either in the instrumental part and in the lyrics i.e. if the ideas for the riffs come from Riccardo and Stefano and I’ll write the lyrics. We’ve imposed to ourselves to collaborate, and it works really good because we have different backgrounds and a different overview which always helps.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Luigi: Well, as I said the background all the lyrics is based on the crimes committed by the church or on a clear refusal against all that religions involve ( not only the Christian one); to do this I am often inspired either by Nietzsche’s or Epicuro’s books ( especially for the second lyrics vein ) and by true stories and reports of the church itself, like Malleus Maleficarum, or the various heresy documented processes.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Luigi: Satanism and Occultism are the other side of the ”conventional” religions; but they still are religions and, in my opinion, their only aim is to keep mankind living under stupid superstitions, which obscure, or worst, stop at all the thinking capability of Men.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Luigi: At the moment we’ve released only two song, listenable at our youtube, facebook, reverbnation channels. We primarily use them to say ” HEY! We are here too!”
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Luigi: The CD is composed of two songs: Coerced To Serve and Suppurating Of Deception: the first one it’s a real pressing song which opens with a gregorian chant and then leaves the place to an absolute violence; the lyrics are based on the Nietzsche’s concept of the False Table Of Values, explained on ”Thus Spoke Zarathustra”. Suppurating on the other side is a song with more groove and on the lyrics we face the theme of pedophilia inside church courts, it closes with a chant of some monk who asking pity (the ” Kirie Eleison Christe Eleison ” chant).
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Luigi: Every one of us has got one! Stefano also plays with Five Hundred Murders (metalcore) and ChaoSpawn (old school death metal), Giacomo with Steel Crow (Heavy Metal) and Gor Morghul (brutal death metal), Riccardo with Hellraiser (heavy metal), and I sing also with Death Of All Gods (melodic death metal) and Desecrhate (thrash death metal). We like playing different styles sometimes!
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Luigi: Overall the storic bands of the ’90s! such as Death, Morbid Angel, Suffocation and similar; but also some new ones such as The Faceless, Origin, Hour Of Penance, Severed Savior, etc..
Summon: Which current bands?
Luigi: Actually we are listening to everything; we have a wide rage in therms of types of music we listen to. It’s not a good idea remaining on the same genre when you are looking for some inspiration, it’s counterproductive. I think it’s better to listen to something that has nothing to do with the stuff that you play.
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Luigi: We’re working a lot on this at the moment! Personally I would like to have an epic-martial stage on Behemoth style, because it would look great having some Gothic naves or similar, and candle lights! Just to have the impression of playing in a decadent church…with gregorian chants on the background! But standing with both feet on the ground, at the moment we looking to bands like Cannibal Corpse, who are masters on stage.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Luigi: We’ve had some offers, but now we are giving priority to searching a label.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Luigi: At the moment, fans have been great on stage!
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Luigi: I think that we’re near to an overload; there are more band than followers on this scene! I’ve no idea about how this could evolve; anyway certainly the scene is alive but the will of fame for most of the bands and not letting anyone behind often leads to a stalemate for everyone.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Luigi: Exactly the same thing!
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Luigi: My point of view is that Hour Of Penance and Fleshgod Apocalypse are at the top! Spawn Of Possession and Fallujah are great and Severed Savior too!
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Luigi: We’re writing the lasts songs for the album and contemporarly we’ve started the recording of the first tracks; all is going really great!
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Luigi: I hope everywhere! Our aim is to become a top band of the extreme scene. We have the capacities to do it, we just have to spit some blood and sweat a little bit!
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