PRESENT YOURSELVES OUR READERS...
"Sted-well....first time i met with Alex was in 1997. he was playing with other guys and they needed a guitar player so i answered their call. We left that band and started to play as Avatar with Diego and Fabio (ex drummer). We recorded our demotape in the same year and in 1998 our first album "Heir of Power" has been released by newborn label Northwind Rec. We earned enough trust from audience to release other 2 albums from 2000 to 2002: "When the Aurora falls" and "Breath of Eternity". Then we signed with Arise Rec and released "Medusa's Coil" which has been judged as one of the best album of the year.
Actually we are working on the new album."
WHO ARE HIGHLORD AS BAND MEMBERS?
"Sted-me on the guitars... Alex is guitar player, Diego bass, Andrea voices and Luca behind drums."
WHEN DID YOU HAVE FOUNDED THE BAND?
"Sted-in 1997. But to be honest in 1998. We changed name in Highlord only in that period. The founders of this band are me and Alex."
WOULD YOU LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE VERY FIRST BEGINNING OF BAND...
"Sted-As i said before at the beginning we were playing only covers. we were really young and had a complete lack of experience... as you can see listening to our first cd. We recorded our first demo-tape just for uourselves and for our friends... someone sent it to labels and we had a deal with Underground Symphony and then with Northwind Rec. It was a lucky shot for us... we owe all to our fan!!!"
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR PREVIOUS RECORDING-EFFORTS?
"Sted-hmmm... first album is more or less a demo cd. we were too young and unexperienced...the following ones have been a rising for the band. we built our own sound and had possibility to work in New Sin studios, one of the best in Europe for heavy metal. personally i like all the cds we made. each one has some aspect i enjoy.... for example i think that "Breath of Eternity" has a really clean sound. We earned good response from audience expecially and mostly from Japan and SOuth America. sad to say Italy did not support highlord in the past preferring foreign bands..."
WHAT'S ABOUT YOUR FOLLOWING?
"Sted-if you mean next album we'd like to become more aggressive and funny to listen to. we'd like to bring back heavy metal and sound like we never did before!!!"
THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTS IN YOUR HISTORY?
"Sted-discovered Heavy Metal :-) (it was 1994 and I listened to Slayer for first time!!!!)"
WOULD YOU LIKE TO INTRODUCE US "MEDUSA'S COIL"?
"Sted-with pleasure! this is our most mature album. We put a lot of energy and fun in it. We wanted to become more aggressive and less prog-power oriented so we paid a great attention on guitar sound. as you can hear it is very low and heavy. drums reminds the ones of 1980 bands... and voice has no high-tunes like most power bands... it is aggressive, more rock than before.... we took inspiration from Bruce Dickinson performances... There is for sure some killing song in this cd. for the first in all these years we have been reviewed with many compliments from USA. this is a good thing for us."
SATISFAIT OF PROMOTIONAL WORK ACHIEVED BY ARISE?
"Sted-yes and not. something more "clear" could have be done but it is ok. when you have to deal with indipendet labels you cannot expect too much. anyway they did their job."
WHAT'S ABOUT THE PRODUCTION OF ALBUM?
"Sted-oh yeah! production is perfect for me. Arise really worked in that way."
ANY PARTICULAR CONCEPT CONCERNING THE ALBUM?
"Sted-not really... but i can suggest to read carefully lyrics of title track to discover its hidden meaning ;-) some USA writer understood it he he..."
WHAT'S THE MOOD OF IT?
"Sted-fun! rage and rock and roll!!!!!"
THE SOUND IS MULTIFORM AND EPIC, RIGHT?
"Sted-Epic? hmmm.... I am not sure we wanted to sound epic... we left fantasy and epical subjects in 2000 with "When the Aurora falls..." Multiform yes!!!!!! we like to generally play what we want without paying too much attention to trends or similia.... you are right!"
THE MOST SALIENT ASPECTS OF YOUR NEW ALBUM?
"Sted-the guitar sound!!! awesome!"
WHAT'S ABOUT THE FEEDBACK?
"Sted-this is hard to describe. we saw something very strange about it. Italy almost ignored it... Arise had few interest in promoting it here so it was really hard to find in stores...Germany disliked it. it was not power... not straight and not easy to listen.... so they said it was a bad cd. on the more "open-minded" countries it was a success. Japan and USA liked it very much and people are still writing me from Asia and even England!!!! place where metal is not popular lately..."
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR SOUND?
"Sted-oh... we just wanna share our feelings and ideas with people. no special message or meaning... neither concepts... we usually talk about our experiences of life. we hope someone can share it."
"Sted- i wish we had some..."
YOUR LIFE'S PHILOSOPHY?
"Sted-Rock the world but respect nature!"
THE FUTURE OF THE BAND?
"Sted-actually we are working on the new album. it will be self-produced and will be released first only for Japanese market. Then I hope Usa and South America. Europe but not Italy. Italian Metal hedz need to grow up I think so I don't wanna make any effort for them. listen to some German band! I'll provide a copy of the new album to ones interested in it here in Italy if they contact me."
ANY LAST REMARKS?
"Sted-just a big THANK for attention you granted us!"