1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
The recording session finished in May 2014. Since then we worked on layout, graphics and production of the record. To self produce an album is a hard work. We are now taking pre-orders and practicing.
2.You have a new album coming out in September, 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?
“Scourge…” is a brutal death metal record. It’s by far our most fresh, various and musical work. We focused on composing SONGS more than ever to be sure every track can be recognizable among the others and to make the record flow without boring moments.
3.This is the first album to be released since 2009, can you tell us a little bit more about the 5 year gap?
We took a year to complete the composition process properly so we played our last show in Nov 2011. We had several problems that slowed down our recording process (which started in Feb 2013 and ended in May 2014 - !!!). These problems can be summed up in health problems, working difficulties, lacking of interest and professionalism, disagreements among band members.
4.The lyrics on the new album are based on Enochian themes, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
Mariano studied the topic at university and he liked it. He told us his idea to write a concept album on cosmogony discussed in various cultures and their myths, and dividing it in chapters. We liked it too and he wrote the whole lyrics and notes. He did a pretty nice job with reference to Giacomo Leopardi, Omero, the Bible and other interesting scriptures.
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Septycal Gorge'?
Septycal Gorge: an infected cavity, a sick throat. It fits good our musical style.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
I really liked our US tour shows. Playing every day makes your skill improve more and more and the band gains a huge synergy. Those were great times. In our live shows we simply try to play the best we can and to move properly on stage to make the audience not to get bored seeing 4 people just standing and playing.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
We are currently practicing. We have to solve some problems first and find a bass player.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of brutal death metal?
Oh well people seem to like our music from very different part of the world and that’s awesome, also after all this time of silence. We hope to bring the new album live and see if we still deserve all this love eheheh…
9.What is going on with some of the other musical projects or bands these days that some of the band members are involved with?
Dave is very busy with the new Putridity stuff and now it seems that he’s about to be the new session drummer from Beheaded. Antropofagus is going to tour Europe this fall with Devangelic, Bloodtruth and other bands. Me and Mariano are about to enter the studio in the next months to record a new Ape Unit EP and we have some planned shows for October here in Italy.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I don’t know and I don’t think about it. I prefer to focus my mind on the present.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have influenced your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
The composition has been influenced mostly by death metal acts such as Deeds Of Flesh, Suffocation, Inveracity and Immolation and in small parts by non death metal bands like Meshuggah or Dillinger Escape Plan. I don’t know the other guys but the only 2014 death metal record I am listening to right now is Gorgasm’s Destined To Violate. I’m still digging my fav death metal albums like Inveracity’s Extermination Of Millions or Hate Eternal’s Conquering The Throne. In these months I’ve been listening to very diverse acts: Lighting Bolt, Ulver, Area, Ahab, Bologna Violenta, Skruigners, Lack of Interest, Don Caballero, Paolo Conte, Zeus…
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Drinking with friends, various musical genre gigs, mountain walking, B movies, my girlfriend.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you so much for your interest and to everyone will read this interview. Our new album is completely SELF PRODUCED so be sure to hit us up to get your copy atseptycalgorge.bigcartel.com! See ya!