Sure, hi there! We’re Raging Dead, we’re an Italian Horror Punk Metal band born at the beginning of 2014 from an idea of Cloud Shade (Vocals/Guitar) along with Matt Void (Lead Guitar).
Cloud had in his mind this project by more than two years, but he never found the right conditions to start it until he knew Matt, and only one month after the band’s debut, Tracii Decadence (Drums) joined Raging Dead…… and finally the band found its stability and good understanding.
Our first year of activity was pretty intense, and so is now too, we played a good number of gigs….. so we did a good number of after-party too! We really LOVE to party.
In February a friend of Tracii (with whom he had another band), Simon Nightmare (Bass), joined the band completing our current line-up.
2.Recently you have released an ep, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording?
Yes, we released our first ep Born in Rage some weeks ago, it was recorded and produced at Atomic Stuff Recording Studio. We think Born in Rage has a very aggressive and raw sound, we usually pay attention to make a good impact in our sound, so sometimes we prefer discard a bit of technique to gain impact and power. We like the idea of an entertaining sound that doesn't let rest and doesn't bore the listener.
Anyway, we’re trying to not forget the melody too, it’s really important.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Cloud Shade: I’ve wrote all the lyrics till now, I usually describe the situations rather than thoughts, fill it with emotions and sometimes metaphors.
If we take for example Scratch Me and Redemption, these two songs talk about a person (and this person could be I, or could be anyone of you) who has lost his way, his reason to live and is falling down, but he’s trying to react accumulating all the bad things, turning them into a new power to overwhelm the world and restart a darker and better life…. In case of Scratch Me, the second chance is given by signing a pact with the devil. A classic . While in Redemption the situation is more personal, darker and brutal, a concentration of thoughts.
In a way, these songs are surely related to me and my “Shade” character, especially Redemption… and very connected to the title of “Born in Rage”.
Let’s talk about Nightstalker: I like it a lot, we can say this is Raging Dead’s love song. It talks about a psychopath lover that chase his “prey”, because he’s attracted by them. He’s obsessed with them. And his desire drives him crazy to the point to chase them, attack them and maybe murder them? Nighstalker is a mixture of love and madness, and it’s full of deep emotions that contrast each others.
Vengeance was the first lyric (and song) of Raging Dead, I think it’s a bit trivial, but somehow effective. It talks about Revenge, a topic I love. I wrote it thinking to “The Crow” movie.
And finally we talk about Anathema. I like it a lot, I wrote it without effort and in a very spontaneous way, it’s very flowing, involving and funny too, I think it’s the lyric closest to my idol Wednesday 13’s horror-satirical style, I’m very proud of it!
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Raging Dead'?
We came up with the name right before our debut, the reason behind "Dead" is pretty simple and clear; we like horror stuffs, specially the undead. It easily recalls we are an horror band.
While "Raging" was chosen because of our sound, we noticed it was aggressive and raw like we said before and we like it. It makes the pronunciation stronger and it's right for us.
We like the idea we are four undead coming back to overwhelm the world with a lot of Rage, "The Rage" is the key of our sound!
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
In February we had the luck to be an official open act for Sister's (SWE) Tour here in Italy in two shows, in Turin and Milan, along with our friend Scream Baby Scream, we were a lot of bands, these shows were crazy! it was an unique experience, we had a lot of fun and satisfactions.
Cloud Shade: "memories take me back: I saw Sister play for the first time at the end of 2012, and I was having a chit chat with the singer Jamie Anderson....he said to me a circumstance sentence I think, it was "maybe sometimes we'll play together" ..... but hey, he had foreseen right! (*laughs*)"
Sister are a great band, we learned a lot from them in this experience together and they're part of our influences too, we admire them and we're looking forward to play together again!
Another crazy show indeed was a special horror event we held in our city: the name was Night of the Living Dead Stars. that was one hell of a night with a very good line up, there were our friends Superhorrorfuck too, so many people attends the show... We're lucky enough to have the Midian Pub in our city which shows off a full horror-gothic furniture: coffin-tables and tombstones on the walls..... and other stuffs like these! Everything was perfect as the ultimate horror night and being the local band we had a lot of friends there, it was an epic night!
The last gig we really want to mention is the Zombie Walk Night event in Bologna, along with Scream Baby Scream. There were a lot of people with beautiful make-ups, much better than ours.... we were ashamed (laughs)
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Actually yes, we're planning an European tour near the end of June, along with Cream Pie, it's our first tour abroad.... we should play in Germany, Unghery, Czech Republic, Slovakia...
And we're not sure yet, but maybe there will be another suprise this summer that we can't tell you now.
7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?
We are still unsigned but we received some pretty good offers, we can't talk about this for now
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of metal and punk?
Whoa, maybe it's a bit early for this question, we really don't know.... we are a young band and this year we played a good number of gigs here in Italy, having a good reply from audience; being a new entry we're pretty unknown, but we usually sense interest and surprise from people, we think we're doing good!
But in a worldwide scale we don't know, it's true that social networks help a lot, but we've never played abroad till now.
In the last month, however, Atomic Stuff Promotion began to spread the word a bit further in Europe, we have to thanks Stefano Gottardi, which works with some foreign webzines too.
We'll have a better answer after this summer.
9.When can we expect a full length and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
We've just released our ep in which we put so much effort, we think it's a good work and we would do better in our full lenght, so there is no hurry. We already play in our shows some tracks you can't find in Born in Rage, but we must write more and improve ourselves, playing more live shows to gain experience, so we think we will not make a full length before one year and a half from now.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Cloud Shade: Horror Metal, Sleaze, Punk, Rock n Roll and now I'm listenig to a lot of Italian underground bands as we all do. Wednesday 13 is my idol, he's a genius, and he gave me strenght and ideas to start this project.
Matt Void: Basically I can't define the music I listen to (*laugh*) . I listen to Heavy Metal, Sleaze Metal, Electronic music, Deathcore and now I'm getting into Crust because of Tracii's evil influence ahah
Tracii Decadence: I listen to Crust, Hardcore, 80's Hair Bands, Sleaze Metal and Dark Wave bands
Simon Nightmare: I grew up listening to a lot of bands of the NWOBHM
11.What are some of your non musical interests?
We all live for music and it's hard to define what non musical interests are... even when we go out together we have our minds into this music and this environment mostly. Don't think we have a "working relationship" only, we are all good friends and we feel like family, music is what we all love after all.... we always have a lot of fun together, in the reharsal room or not.
We all like horror stuffs, that's for sure! and that's important for our project.
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
This one could be the most difficult question of the interview (*laughs*) maybe we've already talk a lot, we just wanna say thanks to you for this interview, and say to the readers to search us on web and listen to our works.... and if there'll be a chance you came to our concert, don't bother to come and greet!!
Keep on Raging!!