Summon: How did the band get started?
Teo: Well, I made up Chiral at the end of 2013, but actually the band was created in 2014 with the release of my demo “Winter Eternal”. At the very beginning I didn’t plan to release this demo publically, but after I listened to the opening track “Sulfur” I thought why I shouldn’t have to share it with other people.
Summon: What kind of music do you play?
Teo: Basically I play black metal, let’s say black metal in a quite melodic form with ambient and doom influences. I like to call this kind of music Elite Black Metal.
Summon: How has the fan response been?
Teo: Neither good nor bad. Let’s say that I have a small fan base, and this makes me really proud of what I’m doing. But of course I’d love to gain more fans and share my music with new people…but I know that’s not so easy.
Summon: Where did the band name come from?
Teo: It may sound weird but it comes from a “Breaking Bad” episode!
Summon: Introduce the band members and what they do in the band.
Teo: Well, that’s me, me and again me. Chiral is a one-man band since the beginning, and this won’t change in the near future. Anyway my name is Teo and I play every single instrument, synth and vocals on Chiral’s record.
Summon: Who writes the music? Lyrics?
Teo: Obviously me.
Summon: And where do the lyric ideas come from?
Teo: It depends, but usually they come from my deepest fear. My life and some topics I’m truly bonded with.
Summon: What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?
Teo: I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in God, Satan, Allah or anyone else. Personally I think that Satanism must be seen as personal soul-searching. A lonesome voyage to discover one inner spirit. I don’t see Satanism as a blood-letting or any other stupid thing like this.
Summon: How many albums/CD’s have you released?
Teo: I’ve released two albums physically. My debut demo “Winter Eternal” and a split album with HaatE (an Italian black ambient one-man band) named “Where Mountains Pierce The Nightsky”. In February/March 2015 my full length “Abisso” should be out via Black Plague Records.
Summon: Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?
Teo: Well on my latest CD (the split with HaatE) I offered only one song, which is 20 minutes long. It’s called “Everblack Fields of Nightside”. It tells the voyage of a human entity wandering through the forest (life) to find redemption, which it will find only in death. It’s a quite important song to me, and it has a profound meaning in my life.
Summon: Do you have any side projects?
Teo: Yes I do. But it has nothing to do with metal. I have an electronic/downtempo project called Void of Luna. This year I’ve planned to release the first demo of this project of mine.
Summon: Who are some of your musical influences?
Teo: The artists and bands that influence my music style are a lot. But the most prominent are: Wolves In The Throne Room, Dissection, Opeth, Pat Metheny Group, Porcupine Tree (early years), Woman Is The Earth and many others.
Summon: Which current bands?
Teo: At the moment I’m particularly enjoying Korrigans (folk/black metal from Italy), Solar Fields (chillout/downtempo from Sweden), Telefon Tel Aviv (IDM from USA) and Earth And Pillars (atmospheric black metal from Italy).
Summon: What is the band like when you play live?
Teo: Well, actually I don’t play live…so I’m not able to answer this question. Sorry.
Summon: Have you guys ever played in another country?
Teo: Nope, I’m not planning to play live at the moment.
Summon: How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?
Teo: I think This was addressed in a previous question.
Summon: How is the crowd response when you play?
Teo: I think This was addressed in a previous question.
Summon: What do you think of the US Black Metal/Death Metal scene?
Teo: Well, most of the music I listen to comes from the US. Most of my favorite bands come from there as well. I love especially the Cascadian Black Metal scene. You know, bands like WIITR, Alda, Falls Of Rauros, Woman Is The Earth…they’re all unique in their own way. I can’t say the same for death metal, I’m not very up to date on what’s happening in this sub-genre.
Summon: What do you think of the Overseas scenes?
Teo: I think that you mean European scene with Overseas. If so, I’m obviously quite bonded to European metal scene, especially for what comes from the north of it. You know, Norway, Sweden, Finland but even UK, Germany and France. All these countries have so many amazing acts. Unfortunately here in Italy (where I live) the scene is not so proficient and thriving as it is in the rest of the continent. But well, in the last few years it seems that something is going on, and some quite interesting bands are emerging from the Italian dungeons of extreme music.
Summon: What are some of new favorite black metal/death metal bands?
Teo: It’s hard to say but my favorite new black metal bands include surely Saor, Lustre (ok, is not so new), Korrigans, Terra Deep and Earth and Pillars.
Summon: When do you guys plan on writing any new material?
Teo: I’m already writing new stuff, but there only mere drafts. I hope to record some demos as soon as possible. But if you want to stay up to date with Chiral just follow me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChiralItaly
Summon: What does the future hold for the band??
Teo: Most likely in February or March Abisso (my first full length) should be out via Black Plague Records. After that I’ve a couple of old recordings to sort out and decide what to do with them. Let’s see if I can manage to release another album within the end of the year. And as I said before I’m putting together some new stuff.
Thank you very much for your time and interest in Chiral.
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