With 10 years behind them, Adimiron's first two albums – Burning Souls (2004) and When Reality Wakes Up (2009) – have garnered much respect from European fans and critics alike. Having shared the stage with the like of Annihilator in 2010, Death Angel in 2011, Meshuggah, Sepultura, and many more, Adimiron have release their third album in late 2011 and supported Vader and Gorgoroth on their recent European tour. Bassist Maurizio Villeato here takes time out to discuss the band, their music and history, the album, and the tour with Sea of Tranqulity's Jason Guest.
SoT: Hi. Thanks for taking time out for this interview for Sea of Tranquility.
Maurizio Villeato: You're welcome and thank you for the time and support you give us! Greetings from Italy to all American metalheads!
SoT: For those that are new to the band and your music, can you tell us about Adimiron's history, the band's formation and development?
Maurizio Villeato: Adimiron formed between '99 and 2000 in Brindisi, south of Italy, hometown of Alessandro Castelli, guitarist and leader of the band. Ten years later, Adimiron recorded three studio albums "Burning Souls" (2004), "When Reality Wakes Up" (2009) e "K2" (2011), and several live gigs and tours with some important band of metal scene, such as Annihilator, Meshuggah, and Gorgoroth. In 2006, Adimiron moved to Rome that is the actual headquarter.
SoT: Who are the band's main influences? Are there any bands that have had a significant impact on the band's sound?
Maurizio Villeato: There is not a single influence because we like using different elements of different genres; if I had to tell you some names, I would say Gojira, Meshuggah, or Opeth and Tool. Our influences come in particular from extreme bands as far as composition is concerned, even if everyone of us has a good knowledge of genres and music.
SoT: How has the band's sound developed since your inception?
Maurizio Villeato: I joined the band before "When Reality…" comes out, so I took part to the complex change of style the band had after debut album "Burning Souls". I can say today the band is more oriented to American and progressive sounds than north European influences we used to play at the beginning of our career. I think the cause of this change of style is the massive line-up revolution the band had from 2006 to 2008, in which Federico Maragoni (drummer), Andrea Spinelli (singer) and me joined the band.
SoT: How do the band work together to produce material? Is it a democratic process or is there an arbiter that makes the final decisions?
Maurizio Villeato: Everything is decided in a democratic way because the band needs ideas from every single member to develop and create new music; the start of a song is always given by guitar riffs, and then we arrange bass, drums and vocal parts all together. Everyone gives his contribute to improve the composition.
SoT: With K2, which came first, the concept, the lyrics, or the music?
Maurizio Villeato: As I said before, everything starts from guitars ideas; meanwhile we develop concepts and lyrics of the song trying to imagine how the final result will look like. The thing we care the most is to create the right balance among riffs, concept and lyrics, in order to get a good atmosphere for songs, and in a superior conception, for the entire album.
SoT: There are some very complex structures across the album, the dynamics are very varied and technically, the album is phenomenal. When writing, how do you balance technical proficiency with song writing?
Maurizio Villeato: The aim we have for our music is always to achieve a well structured song, trying to use our technical skills and experiences we stored the course of the years the best way we can.
SoT: Were there any goals you set for yourselves in making the album?
Maurizio Villeato: First of all our goal was to make an album to satisfy ourselves and improve what we've already done in past years, and last but not the least try to contribute the genre we love without any claim. We're very happy because critic and fans seems to be very enthusiastic of our effort.
SoT: Are there any songs on K2 that the bands are particularly proud of? Any favourites?
Maurizio Villeato: It could sound hypocritical but each track is a sort of a son for us and it's impossible to prefer one to another, also because "K2" is a concept album and all the song are necessary to make the listener comprehend the story. Maybe there are some songs we prefer to play during the shows, but as the album far is concerned every song is important as others.
SoT: How did you get the gig with Vader and Gorgoroth? What was the tour like? What were the audience like?
Maurizio Villeato: This tour was propose to us by our agency Massive Music and we were very excited to share the stage with these metal gods. The audience always seems to appreciate our performances, even if we play a different style from headliners. We also got along very well with all the guys and we still keep in touch, hoping to meet them again on the road!
SoT: Do you have any further tour plans? Europe? UK? USA?
Maurizio Villeato: Of course we are planning tours for 2012, but I cannot say anything about it because there's nothing official. For sure we'll tour again in Europe, and the dream is to reach Usa this year. We'll work hard for this, to bring our music to American audience, also because from January "K2" will be available in North America via Entertainment One.
SoT: What do you see in the future for Adimiron? How do you see the band and its sound developing?
Maurizio Villeato: I see our next future on the road, playing shows is something special for us, because it gives us the right energy to work better; I don't know how to say about sound developing, for sure we go on progressive and death metal sound, but I think its too early to think about it.
SoT: Is there anything you'd like to say to our readers?
Maurizio Villeato: I would be satisfied if American audience could give "K2" a chance, listen to the album with attention in order to understand all the elements we put inside and have a precise idea about our way to intend music.
SoT: Again, thanks for taking time out for this interview. We look forward to hearing more from Adimiron in the future.
Maurizio Villeato: Thank you again for this space and time. Follow us on our platforms, buy or download the album and come to our shows…see you sooner than you think. Stay metal and respect!!!
(Click here to read our review of K2)