OCTOBER 9th 2016
THE FORESHADOWING EXCLUSIVE

Interview by: Metal Mom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Metaltitans, Guardians of Music Entertainment Worldwide, we are here with Francesco Sosto, keyboard player for Gothic Doom Metallers The Foreshadowing. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview with us. Thank you to giving us your time for this interview.

1. You formed back in 2005, did you expect to be here still in 2016?

Frankly no, we thought we’d been the typical band which stops at the third album, in particular there had been a moment in our musical career that we had seriously risked to split up even before. Fortunately we even got to the fourth album and this is for us a great satisfaction. In addition we’re really pleased by the fact that, despite a few more wrinkles on our face, we still have a lot of energy and vitality to give on stage. 

 2. What is the biggest change you have seen over the years?   

It’s been certainly the substitution of our first drummer, Jonah Padella, with our current one, Giuseppe Orlando. On the one hand we lost a key element, on the other we’ve been lucky because Giuseppe is not only a great drummer, but also an added value. 

3. You have a new album “Seven Heads Ten Horns” about to be released by Metal Blade Records on July 29th, tell us what we can expect from this one compared to your last?  

It will be a very controversial and varied album, not easy listening, in which different genres blend together, from gothic-doom, to synth pop, from post rock to folk medieval. Second World was much more simple and catchy. This album has to be listened to many times before appreciating it. 

4. What kind of inspiration did you have to name the album Seven Heads Ten Horns? 

The title is taken from a passage of the Apocalypse, which speaks of the beast with 'Seven Heads and Ten Horns', a symbol that was pictured prominently on the back of the euro coins or in the commemorative stamps of the European Parliament. We chose it because the main topic of this album is about the European Union and its slow and relentless meltdown.

5. Who writes the lyrics for your songs, and where do you get your ideas from? 

I’m the main lyricist. The ideas from which I draw inspiration for the lyrics come basically from the albums we listen to, but also movies and arts can be a great stimulation for our inspiration, as it has happened in the past or during the making of this album. For instance, the second part of our suite "NIMROD - Omelia" is heavily inspired by the movie "Picnic at Hanging Rock" by Peter Weir, whose Soundtrack composed by the Romanian musician Gheorghe Zamfir had particularly impressed us by its hypnotic and dreamlike sounds.  

6. On your facebook page it says your influences are: Apocalypse, thunders, cold, wind, emptiness, nature, solitude, prophecies, icons, graves, desolation, love, rain, misery, silence... why these things? 

Because we are hopelessly pessimistic.  

7. The artwork was done by Seth Siro Anton (Septicflesh), I know Seth, and he does some phenomenal pieces of art, how did you come to choose this cover? Did you give him some ideas, or was it left to Seth to create something out of the ordinary for you? 

Maybe both things, that is, on one hand we have just explained the concept to Seth and the rest was just made by him, by making use of his talent and inspiration free from whatever conditioning. Besides, this is his way of working, so, take it or leave it. Of course we agreed to let him do it because now it is time since we know his method and knows how to make him his better self.

8. Okay, I have to ask, on the cover is there actually 7 heads and 10 horns? I was trying to find them, and couldn’t do it.  

Even in the cover of "Atomheart Mother" by Pink Floyd there wasn’t any mother with an atomic heart, but just a cow in the middle of a meadow. I think it would be profoundly banal and predictable creating a cover which is in line with the album title. It’s more stimulating, artistically speaking, to create a good cover album that deviates somewhat from the album title, so that it leaves much room for an interpretation of your own. 

9. What did you find was the best part about putting this album together?   

Personally I like being on the songwriting and arranging the songs, I think it’s the most challenging and relevant aspect in the making of an album. It was great, for example, create songs like "Fall of Heroes" where 4/6 of the band took part to the songwriting, or "Until We Fail" and "17". 

10. Was it a long process from start to finish?

It was longer than usual, because between the third album (Second World) and the latter we got four years behind us. Normally our average is a couple of years, but in this case there has been a series of reasons which forced us to extend the time for the making of the album. We partly took it easy, because this album needed a more accurate job than usual, partly those who supported us hasn’t respected all the deadlines, and in the end 4 years have passed almost without even realizing it. But never mind, what’s important is the final result and we are satisfied with it.

11. Of the 9 eerie tracks on the album, do you personally have a favourite, and why that one?

 We’d rather like quote "Nimrod" as the most representative track of the band current style. We believe this 14 minutes-long suite could be a good starting point for our future sound.  

12. Being from Italy, I want to ask why you chose to mix and master at the Hertz Studio in Poland?  

Simply because Hertz Studio represented one of the best options for realizing this album. Actually among the options there was the idea of coming back at Dan Swanö’s Unisound, but since we like to change, we felt that if you want to make an album that markedly differs from your previous one, you have to think of a different production in the first place. Therefore, we chose the Hertz Studio which enjoy an excellent reputation for having produced the most important bands of the Polish scene (Vader, Behemoth, Decapitated) as well as a top-notch equipment that enabled us to get the guitar sound which we wished for a long time.

13. Will you be doing a tour to support the album once it is released?   

Surely! We’ll be glad to play with Moonspell and Eleine for the Road to Extinction Tour in Eastern Europe and we’ll support in Italy the German cult band Ahab for a mini tour in late November. 

14. Do you think you might hit North America on tour? (Please!)   

If it was our way we’d play in the US throughout the year! We hope so much to make a tour in your country, but the thing doesn’t depend only on us. Of course we definitely candidate ourselves for a tour in America. We love the American audience and we like how you support both local and foreign bands. You take much respect the artist more than in any other place. And what I like about you is the fact that the figure of the musician from the band has a lot more professional dignity, unlike many other places in Europe, such as Italy, for example, where if you introduce yourself as a musician you’re classified as a beggar or a good-for-nothing.  

15. In June, Francesco Giulianelli, your bassist left due too personal reasons -- have you had any luck finding a replacement?  

You’ll gonna get some news about this.  

16. If you have any spare time, what could we find you doing?  

Speaking for myself, I’d say traveling, speaking foreign language, immerse yourself in the culture in all of its forms and in particular playing for myself.  

17. Is there anything you would like to add to this interview that you want people to know?   

As I said before, this album is not easy listening and it’s necessary that you will be "open-minded" in order to fully appreciate it, so we hope and expect that you will give a listen to our latest and finest work! 

Thank you so much for taking time to do this interview with us here at Metaltitans. We also would like to wish you much success with your new album “Seven Heads Ten Horns”.  

Thank you very much, DOOM ON!  

Video: 17 -  HYPERLINK "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZAKUMzgBnM