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Sicocis Discusses New Album "Requiem Of The World"

There's only a week left to go before Nevada metal outfit Sicocis officially drops new album "Requiem of the World" via M-Theory Audio.

As we get ever closer to that February 24th release date, the group - which previously won the title of best local metal band from Vegas Rocks magazine - got in touch with Metalunderground to discuss the impending studio offering and what's been going on with local Las Vegas venues.

Check out the full interview with Ernie, Rafael, Travis, and Rob below, along with streams of a few select tracks from "Requiem of the World."

xFiruath: How long has the band been together and what was Sicocis up to prior to the recording of “Requiem Of The World?”

Rafael: There have been many incarnations of the band from the garage band days to the new lineup that is today. The main journey began back in 2008 when we were at a Dark Tranquillity / Firewind show here in Las Vegas out off all places for a tour to stop by. We met our previous bassist at the show and quickly formed a band that represented that kind of music on that tour. A kind of band with the sound heavily influenced by European bands or American bands that strictly tour in European markets. Prior to the recordings we’ve just been getting out there playing with who we can where we can and we’ve been blessed to know some incredible promoters and music lovers in town that helped us share the stage with many amazing acts that helped build our reputation. It’s been a whirlwind of a ride getting to where we are now.

xFiruath: Is there a particular story behind the band name?

Rob: A long time ago (in a galaxy far away) I was messing around with different band name ideas on paper. I thought it would be clever to create a Palindrome that represented the idea of escape, and something that represents a circular connection, much like Yin and Yang, which inspired the symbol design (you can find each letter of SicociS in it as well).

xFiruath: Tell me a bit about M-Theory Audio and how you get connected with the label to release “Requiem of the World.”

Rafael: We’ve known Marco Barbieri (Century Media) for years now, he was one of the first people to believe in us and got us one of our first real shows at a local venue opening up for Warrel Dane (Nevermore/Sanctuary). He’s been talking to us awhile about creating his own label and finally the planets aligned and he approached us to have "Requiem of the World" to be released under M-Theory Audio and so we were happy to join the label and create this amazing thing together.

xFiruath: Is there a recurring theme to the lyrics and what topics does the album cover?

Ernie: We really strive to have a broad subject matter when it comes to lyrics. We like our songs to tell individual stories, but they all ultimately fall under our main story/concept that is "Requiem of the World." For example, "We Shall Rise" is about overcoming the odds, and rising above all in the face of adversity. On the complete other side of the spectrum, "Isolated Salvation" deals with being trapped within yourself, and wanting to break free from the prison of your mind. We like to give our listeners the ultimate variety if you will.

xFiruath: A couple of months ago you released that combination music/lyric video for “We Shall Rise.” Tell me about how that clip came together and what the filming process was like.

Rafael: The filming was simple enough. We got together and filmed each other rather than waiting on someone else to film us (and charge us) for a long time we had that problem so we decided to film ourselves and I feel more creativity comes out. So I decided to add a lyric video aspect to a music video so it has the best of both worlds. In the end I feel we made an epic video that represents the song in a way that we can not only record our own music but film them as well.

xFiruath: What's happening in the Vegas metal scene these days and what venues are most strongly championing heavier music? On the opposite side, are there any venues no longer around that you wish were still going strong?

Rafael: Sadly one of our favorite places recently shut down (LVCS). It was the perfect spot in the Las Vegas Downtown Fremont district full of tourism and local hotspots and nightlife and promoter Tim Thurtle put on some amazing shows there everyone from hip hop artists to reggae to amazing heavy metal acts like Nile, Dark Tranquillity, Amaranthe, Kataklysm, Unearth, Soilwork and so on and we were blessed to have been apart of those shows that he booked.

But when one door closes others open as a local staple venue is now revamped and bringing more metal shows there (Adrenaline Bar) as well as the underground playground (The Dive Bar) as well as the powerhouse ENVy showcase run by another amazing promoter Josh Figg (Figgzilla music) which is located in House of Blues main stage in Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino ! those are amazing opportunities there.

xFiruath: What's the most memorable show you guys have played and where are you scheduled to hit the stage in the near future?

Ernie: Every time we get to play the House of Blues here in Las Vegas, its very special to us. We grew up watching bands that we love, and its so surreal to be able to play on the same stage as them. The sound crew is top notch, and the lighting is so epic there. We always love the energy and vibes we get from that place. No matter where we go, we always have a special place in our hearts for House Of Blues.

Rafael: To me is to open up for Kamelot and Dragonforce at the House of Blues. So many people said we wouldn’t be able to open up for it it’s a bigger touring package they won’t allow “local bands” on there, but surely enough we got called up thanks to the amazing Josh Figg (promoter) and it was an amazing night as it was also nerve racking seeing the members of Kamelot and Dragonforce checking out the band on the side of the stage as you play…. and both bands enjoyed it!

At the moment we are gearing up to do a couple of California Shows with the mighty Exmortus and Thrown into Exile in the end of February (Feb. 25th @ Loaded Hollywood CA, Feb 26th @ The Slidebar Fullerton CA) as well as our CD release show here in Las Vegas February 23rd (The Dive Bar). We will also be returning to the House of Blues stage April 13th for the eNVy showcase at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino… and then we have our first ever tour which will be an epic one in May (May 15-28) and we will be apart of the 15th year anniversary of the band Arkona and the first ever North American Tour by Sirenia.

xFiruath: Do any of the Sicocis guys have any ink, and if so what's your latest tattoo?

Travis: I mean, I’ve got one or two. Just little ones. My latest is an quill and ink on my hand, because writing and artistry is a big part of what keeps me sane, and also I am apparently a basic white girl.

xFiruath: Outside your own album, what have you been listening to lately and what's coming out soon you are looking forward to?

Ernie: I have personally been listening to "Duende" from a band called The Great Discord. Ever since our drummer Rob turned me on to them, I haven’t been able to stop listening to them. It’s literally all i’ve been able to listen to. I can really escape with their music, and I feel such a strong connection to them. I really hope that our music will be able to connect with people like this one has with me. That is such an important goal for this band.

Rafael: Lately been really getting into the band Oceans of Slumber they were amazing group of people we met at Progpower when they were doing their tour with Evergrey a year or so ago and since then became a big fan of theirs and hopefully one day Sicocis and Oceans of Slumber team up for something! Oh and of course my personal favorite artist of all of time and space Mr. Arjen Lucassen aka Ayreon who is releasing a new album "The Source" coming out this spring and I cannot wait for that!

Rob: I’ve been listening to all sorts of music lately, from Dream Theater to Alice in Chains, who has a new album coming out pretty soon. It’s almost hard to keep up with all the new stuff coming out, but it’s all fantastic at the same time!

xFiruath: As we finish up is there anything else you'd like to say?

Rafael: We really look forward to seeing you guys on our upcoming tour! We are extremely excited to share "Requiem of the World" with our fans, and we really hope you guys enjoy it as much as we have! Keep your eyes open for more exciting news on our website and our Facebook as well as other news and merchandise at M-TheoryAudio. We Thank you for your undying support!

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Ty Arthur is a freelance writer who writes for both entertainment and technical instruction sites. An avid fan of many different forms of metal, he has been involved in reviewing music for several years and is currently a contributing editor for Metalunderground.com

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