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Tragodia's Riccardo Tonoli Explains New Album "Mythmaker"

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Italy's Tragodia has officially released a third full-length album titled "Mythmaker," and we are now offering fans and fans-to-be a chance to hear the entire disc. Check out all the tracks off the new album at this location.

If you want to know more about what went into the album, guitarist Riccardo Tonoli is excited to share details on how "Mythmaker" came together much more quickly than the previous two releases, and how this time around the sound takes a different approach.

See what Riccardo had to say about the themes and lyrics of the album, as well as the band's plans for upcoming live activity, in the full interview below.

xFiruath: How did you get hooked up with Kolony Records and how is that collaboration going so far?

Riccardo: We’ve known Lorenzo, the owner of Kolony Records, for a long time since he was playing in Tragodia too some years ago. We submitted him the new stuff in advance and he liked it very much so it soon came to an agreement for the new album release. We are very happy for the collaboration so far, since we work in close cooperation on a daily basis with the label. The “Mythmaker” promotion is going very well and several very positive reviews/interviews are coming out right these days.

xFiruath: “Mythmaker” is coming out only a year after “Theomachy.” When were these tracks written, and how do you feel this album differs in sound from the last release?

Riccardo: The new album was written between November 2012 and March 2013. The whole songwriting process took a very short time if compared to our previous album, since we had some strict deadlines before entering the studio. We feel this new album is quite different from “Theomachy,” both in terms of sound and songwriting approach. We mixed each one of us’ influences in “Mythmaker,” some of us listen to thrash metal, some to power metal, prog, etc. and gave much more relevance to clean vocals and voice overdubs, choruses, etc. in order to give more epicness to our music.

xFiruath: Where did recording take place and who did you work with?

Riccardo: “Mythmaker,” as well as our two previous albums “The Promethean Legacy” and “Theomachy,” was recorded at Elfo Studio in Piacenza, Italy by producer and close friend Daniele Mandelli. Some guitar/bass and vocal takes were recorded at our home made studios and then everything was mixed at Elfo Studio. Mr. UE Nastasi did mastering at Sterling Sound in New York.

xFiruath: What’s happening with the themes and lyrics on “Mythmaker?”

Riccardo: Both the themes and the lyrics on Mythmaker are “epic,” they talk about past times, classical age and especially the ancient Greek world, with its myths and literature playing a big role and happily tying in with the music. Themes such as decline, decadence, fall of human societies through the ages are recurrent in our lyrics. I would say that we are keen on a decadent way to being epic; we sing more about loss and failure than victories.

xFiruath: There’s already been a lyric video release, and I’m wondering – will there be an official music video or additional lyric clips coming out?

Riccardo: We are planning to release a music video in the next few months. We have some ideas about it but nothing decided yet; we are thinking about filming a live performance and including it in the new video clip. We are also thinking about releasing a further lyric video in the future, since we think this is a very good and cheap way to promote the band online.

xFiruath: What’s happening in your local metal scene and have you been to any great shows lately?

Riccardo: The local metal scene here in northern Italy is quite alive, even if there’s no a concrete feedback when it comes to record sales, but that’s a problem with all kind of music in Italy. While a few years ago Italy was almost unknown abroad when it came to metal bands, nowadays we have several artists that are being successful in the international metal scene. See Lacuna Coil, Rhapsody of fire, Fleshgod Apocalypse, The Foreshadowing, Hour of Penance, Forgotten tomb, etc.

Unfortunately in Italy we don’t have any huge metal festival unlike in the rest of Europe but there are many local clubs hosting international tours, especially in northern Italy: last week we went to see Leprous in Milan and it was an amazing show. A few weeks before we went to Shadow Gallery’s show and it was cool because it was one of their few European dates.

xFiruath: Will you be hitting the road to support the new album?

Riccardo: Yes. We recently had our first German show ever in Passau and it was a blast! We have two more shows in Italy scheduled for the next weeks and another one in Munich , Germany and one in Innsbruck, Austria in December. We are working hard to schedule many more dates in Europe for 2014.

xFiruath: Outside of your own music, what’s happening in metal that you are excited about, and what albums are you listening to?

Riccardo: I’m very excited about In Flames upcoming new album; I recently read they entered the studio in order to record it. I’m a huge fan of In Flames and cannot wait to listen to their new stuff since I loved the latest album. In this period I’m listening to some newly released albums, especially: “Surgical Steel” by Carcass, “Fortress” by Alter Bridge, Dream Theater’s self-titled and some older stuff like “Koloss” by Meshuggah and Nevermore’s “This Godless Endeavor.”

xFiruath: Is anyone in Tragodia active with other projects right now?

Riccardo: Most of us are active with other projects, even if Tragodia is the main band for all of us. I’ve just finished to record an instrumental solo album entitled “Divided Line Theory” in the mood of John Petrucci, Jeff Loomis, etc. and I hope I’m gonna release it soon. Francesco is the main man behind black metal project Ogen, and he released an EP in 2011 entitled “Black Metal Unbound.” Our singer Luca M. will be the voice of the prog project Dissonant Silence that will be recorded during the next year.

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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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