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Interview

Getting Introspective With Viscera/// Vocalist Mike B.

Italian act Viscera///, which was recently highlighted in our Unearthing the Underground column, has taken a new journey into experimental metal in the form of "2 - As Zeitgeist Becomes Profusion of the I." Viscera/// Vocalist Mike B. explains how the band's sound has changed over time since the 2008 album "Cyclops," why the "///" got added onto the band's name, and what's going on in the Italian metal scene.

xFiruath: How long have you been involved in music and what originally made you want to be in a metal band?

Mike: We're up to "party" our first ten years of activity. After so much time, it's really hard to find our primal reasons to be. Maybe it could have been a reaction to the sad situation of the places we live in, where the only available solutions to escape from nothingness are alcohol, drugs, or suicide.

xFiruath: You guys went from “Viscera” to “Viscera///” – how did that happen?

Mike: It's all a legal affair. Simple questions of homonymy with too many bands, in particular one I don't wanna name.

xFiruath: How would you describe the sound of Viscera/// if someone hadn’t heard your band before?

Mike: What if members of King Crimson and Napalm Death put on a side project together? Pretentious, I suppose.

xFiruath: Tell me about the new album “2 - As Zeitgeist Becomes Profusion of the I” and how it differs from the “Cyclops” album.

Mike: I don't wanna use the term "difference,” but rather "evolution.” Being that both releases are part of a trilogy which will close with the next album, I see "Cyclops" and "2" as two steps along the same path. The first one was based on the shock due to a sudden self awareness, then its sound was more direct and sometimes disturbing. "2" is the most evocative work of the whole concept; slow and metaphysical, it incarnates the introspective side of the journey.

xFiruath: Where was the new album recorded and how were the recording sessions?

Mike: Just like "Cyclops,” "2" has been recorded at the Elfo Studio near Piacenza (Italy), but this time we decided to let it be mastered at FinnVox Studios. About "how,” we used to present ourselves in the studio only when we feel fully prepared to make it without wastes of time. So, there's nothing funny or ambiguous to report.

xFiruath: What do the lyrical themes deal with on the album?

Mike: "2" is the void inside the hole of self consciousness. The calm before the storm. When everything opens wide before the eye(s), personal spiritual balances collapse and the individual finds himself paralyzed and contemplating his very own nature. Music and lyrics are flesh and soul in our albums.

xFiruath: Do you have any upcoming tour dates in support of the new album?

Mike: Yes, actually we're planning tons of gigs around Italy and Europe.

xFiruath: What’s your local metal scene like and how much of an impact do you think Italy in general is having in the world of metal right now?

Mike: In our country extreme music is alive and kicking on the band’s side. What we seriously miss is the support of the audience. Italian people are lazy and lacking in passions and interests. That's why most of us are produced by foreigner labels and prefers to play out of the borders.

xFiruath: Are you currently working with any projects outside of Viscera///?

Mike: Of course we do. As maybe many of you know we play in parallel bands like Morkobot, The Drop Machine, Malasangre, and Mount Piezein Circle. Moreover, me and m. are leading our solo experiences, respectively Beta and Berlikete. Almost all of these projects are going to release something within the next months.

xFiruath: What albums have you been listening to lately, and what bands have influenced the way you play music?

Mike: Both questions are difficult to answer...I'll try to...I guess...Too many!

xFiruath: Anything else you’d like to discuss?

Mike: Just a complaint against the metal internet geek fashion. Stop arguing on web forums and support the underground for real.

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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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