It is easy if you are blogging a lot to do a half assed job but The Foreshadowing are a band who are a great example of why real acts with depth deserve the extra time and attention from the press, a more nuanced look they have earned through powerful, layered art that doesn’t deserve to be swept up in the detritus of news posts and forgotten about. This group is much stronger than your average metal band and have the potential for real longevity.
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(Answers by Francesco Sosto – keyboard & backing vocals)
How does it feel to be nearing the release of your latest statement and to
have Metal Blade strongly behind you?
First of all we are pleased that our
new album will be released once again in North America and we care very
much, given our satisfaction with the good job we’ve done. Surely it’s an honor
for us to release our album on Metal Blade, we all
know the prestige and professionalism of this label, and this makes us
“Ishtar” starts things off with a deceptive calm– very lulling and
beautiful at first. Did you want to create a false sense of security or show
the world before it was tainted, so to speak?
We just wanted to displace the
fans with a rather “unusual” intro in comparison to some metal album intros we
are accustomed to listen to. We thought that Seven Heads Ten Horns had to
begin with “Ishtar” just to put it clear to the listener that with this album
we’d have pushed much further in comparison to our previous albums.
How does it feel to see awareness of the band spreading after your hard
work so far?
The awareness of our potential is the driving force that
stimulates all of our works and has determined the band’s growth. The path
we’re following is simply normal, ‘cause we never doubted ourselves during
these years, despite the many difficulties we encountered along the way.
How did you convey to Seth Siro Anton what you were looking for in the
cover art, or did you kind of give the album title and step out of the way
for someone of his skill?
We gave Seth the album title, the lyrics, and we
explained to him what it was about, these were the only guidelines we gave
him, nothing more than that, because too much requests we would have been
useless. Since it’s already the third time Seth works for us we know his
method pretty well and we know we have to let him do it alone. I think it was
also the best way for him in order to grant us a great job. I’d say that
basically the cover shows the album main concept mainly from his artistic
perspective and we liked it.
“17″ is so catchy yet dark. How do you find your own way and trust that
others may follow? The band really has their own sound. I feel like you guys
(or a project like Chaostar), the more you stick it out, the more people will
grasp and appreciate what you are doing as special.
Well, it’s the audience
and magazine journalists who will determine this, we just have to make music
the best we can and the means we got. We can say that when we compose a song
it’s important for us to have verses, choruses and riffs that’s stuck in your
head. If a pattern is eye-catching, it means that somehow that song you’re
creating can give good vibes. Obviously this is not to say that The
Foreshadowing must create good songs for the market, but it simply a matter of
writing a song. However complex it may be, a song should always contain a
good strophe and a good refrain, that’s it.
“Until We Fail” has an intro that could be great for the credits sequence
of some unnerving high tech spy or hacker show. Is this song where you start
to look at the future a bit? Or is it more about modern fears affecting
personal relationships? The vocals remind me of Depeche Mode.
“Until We Fail” is actually about the failure of religions. each of our albums
has always at least asong focused on this issue where we’ve always taken a
highly critical tone in this respect. As for the song mood, this has
developed by chance. At first we tried to play the song in the rehearsal room
with the full set but we didn’t like the result, so we thought to change the
initial arrangement. Moreover, as it was born, this song lent itself more to
an more ethereal and less rhythmical arrangement, therefore we pointed mostly
on keyboards like a Depeche mode style, as you stated before, excluding the
final part where the full set comes out with a typical down-tempo.
If this is not rude, is it hard making money in a band with more members? I
think the payoff of being able to create bigger and more dynamic songs must
be worth it, though I have found it hard to work with more people in bands
sometimes because of personalities always being a variable (haha).
Nowadays it’s hard making money with the music in the general meaning,
regardless of the number of people. It’s not that a high number of people in a
band is an advantage. It all depends on your point of view. For example, if
you’re a big act of 6 units, then splitting the revenue in six it’s
disadvantageous, but if you are a newcomer band of three units, splitting the
costs in three is equally disadvantageous. As far as we’re concerned, the
fact of being a band of 6 people hasn’t created big problems … we’ve always
been mature enough to retail a space of our own inside the band without
stepping on our toes with each other. Yeah, fromtime to time it may arise
contrasts between us, but one way or another we try to discuss it, inorder to
understand our respective sights and to reach a compromise.
8.How was your experience touring the United States with Moonspell and
Marduk? And when will we see you again on these shores?
Our experience in the States has been special for many reasons: first because
we supported great acts, in the first place, and, of course, because a tour
in North America is always seen as a great achievement for any European band.
From a logistical point of view it was a very tough experience because
we were traveling in uncomfortable conditions, and we
found ourselves having to solve several problems, partly caused
by unfortunate circumstances,partly by our lack of experience for a tour
on this scale. But in the end the atmosphere was so magical that we haven’t
paid much attention to these problems that could be finally solved. Itwas
just a great thing being in the States and in Canada and of course we hope to
come backas soon as possible to promote 7H10H.
Do you think we have hope for
more acceptance in the world these days or is the apocalypse surely looming?
Do you think Hobbes was right in Leviathan when penning the famous statement
that the life of humankind is “nasty, brutish and short”?
We think Hobbes had
his good reason to say that life of humankind is “nasty, brutish and short” as
well as we have our good reasons to consider life as a great present that’s
however marred by the mankind because it’s too stupid and unable to make a
good use of it. Thank you for the interview, it’s been a
pleasure talking with you!