Saturday, February 21, 2015

Cyrax Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
1. Paolo: We have been working on videoclip and website; also, we are wondering how our music can be arranged into a live show.

2.You have a new album coming out during the end of March, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
2. Cesare: We guess this new record sounds more heavy, sound engineering has globally improved since "Reflections"; moreover, we managed to include a lot of guest musicians who really gave a boost to the whole album.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
3. Marco: For Reflections, inspiration came from Othello and Richard III from Shakespeare; for the next album lyrical topics goes to Kafka, Bergman, Ancient Greek theatre and many many more

4.I know that the bands name came from Mortal Kombat, how does it fit in with the musical style that you play?
4. Marco: When you have a band name such as Cyrax, it fits in every musical genre you want to explore: Cyrax could be progressive, electronic, power, thrash, nu-metal. Everything you want.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
5. Paolo: Underground newcomers are not welcome in Italy, so we invested money in studio recording instead of live performances. However, we are planning to begin promotion of the CDs in such a way since next summer.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
6. Paolo: We have proposed Iron Maiden to open their 2015 shows; we are waiting for reply.

7.The new album is coming out on Bakerteam Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
7. Cesare: Bakerteam needs no introduction. We like the guys and the way they operate. the day we signed the contract, we had a glimpse on cover artworks they were working on, and we suddenly fell in love with this artwork, that later that same month we bought from 3mmi Design. So, working with BT is a great help to find your path, we guess.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of progressive metal?
8. Cesare: As far as we can see, the feedback has been quite good, we've had some enthusiasts and some constructive criticism, but most of the times we think people appreciated our efforts.

9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other musical projects or bands these days?
9. Each member has his own side-project. Cesare is playing with Ghost Opera (a tribute to Kamelot), Antonio Pecere's Pi Red Project (metal prog); and he still finds some time to get drunk to the bone! Paolo is working on electronic music productions, Filippo with Alzamantes, Lorenzo with Templar's Sword and Marco with Shivers Addiction.

10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
10. Cesare: Not easy to say, we struggle to stay exploratory, so our direction pretty much depends on the direction music will globally take. Thinking the absurd, if our style became mainstream and we had emulators all around the world, we would sure have a complete restyle on what we're doing.

11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
11. We like modern metal and soundtracks. We do really appreciate some of the new records coming out these years – Epica, Empyrios, Ancient Bards, Holy Shire; and then the holy elders, Symphony X, Kamelot, Rhapsody, Sonata Arctica and Nightwish. And Obviously Morricone, Zimmer, Silvestri and Basil Poledouris. While Paolo prefers 70's UK prog and classical music.

12.What are some of your non musical interests?
12. Over and above all, beer. And technology, as it is the underlying layer of any musical production nowadays. Then of course art in general, especially photography and cinema.

13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
 13. Education will save the world; and it will made possible to grow good musicians. We talk too much! Stay tuned for some good music See ya

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