Metal-Rules.com Interview with Francesco Bucci, Bass Player for
Interviewed By Ice Maiden
Tell me a little bit about the history of the band.
Stormlord project started in 1991 as a death metal trio. The band
recorded its first demo “Black Knight” in 1992-93, with a second
guitarist and five tracks of epic death metal. After this, and some
line-up changes, the band signed with the Italian label “Metal Horse
Productions” to take part in the compilation disc “Dawn Of Gods”
with the unreleased track “Cataclysm.” In 1997, with a totally
different seven-member line-up, the band recorded the debut mini-cd
"Under The Sign Of The Sword,” three tracks of epic and melodic
black metal. Then the band appeared in the second issue of the
compilation "Dawn Of Gods" and began a tour of Italy playing
with groups like Overkill, Death SS, Labyrinth, Atrocity, Sadist,
Graveworm, etc. The band then recorded a promo with a five member
line-up (changing the bass player, Malfeitor Fabban, in favor of me, and
remaining with only one guitarist) and signed with the German label “Last
Episode.” I joined in Autumn of '98, and I quickly started to write
most of the material that now is released on “Supreme Art of War.”
This was Stormlord’s first full-length album, released in August of
'99, and it is damn good!
In October of '99, after another line-up change (we
replaced our keyboard player), we did our first European tour with
Mystic Circle and Graveworm. This year began with a lot of problems with
Last Episode, so we left them and recorded a 2-track promo. We searched
for another label and we are about to sign deal with a good one, but we
are waiting to check other offers. We will record our new album at the
end of this year.
While we are making arrangements with a label, we are
doing some live gigs so as not to lose the violence of our live
performance, and we are working hard on our new stuff. Our new keyboard
player, Simone Scazzocchio, is having an important role in the whole
songwriting process. I think that, finally, this is the ultimate
Stormlord line-up. We are five crazy people who strongly believe in what
we are doing, and, most importantly, we all play very well! :)
How would you characterize the Stormlord sound?
Well, we call our music “Extreme Epic Metal.”
It's a very personal style, we took a lot of influences from Black
Metal, from death metal (The GODZ Bolt Thrower overall!), epic metal (Cirith
Ungol, Manilla Road), power-speed metal and Thrash (Bay Area
style)...and we play as fast as possible!!!!
have to say that we absolutely don't play black metal. We respect true
black metal, and surely the old masters of black metal are strongly in
our roots, but for me black metal means an attitude, very raw music and
to be anti-Christian. I'm talking about Darkthrone, Mayhem, old Burzum,
Immortal, Marduk. We are not similar to these bands. We walk on another
path. I know that looking at our photos we could appear to be just
another black metal band, and that's why we don't use the war paint any
more. (The corpse paint) was initially worn as a tribute to the black
metal scene, but now too many people are being tricked by our look and
accuse us of not being true black metal. Yes, it is true!!!! WE DO NOT
PLAY BLACK METAL!!!! WE PLAY EXTREME EPIC METAL!!!!!
About our music, we have been changing things lately.
There will be less keyboards (but they still will be very important in
our music) and more guitars. You have to understand that my favorite
music is Thrash Metal, so there'll be a lot of influences from this
side, obviously all in the classic Stormlord style. I hate the bands
that completely change from one album to another. They don't show any
respect to their fans and probably they are not very confident about
their music. Anyway, you'll hear what I mean about our change with the
new album . . .
Which bands have had the biggest influence on
each of the Stormlord band members? With which bands would you most like
Well, I can only speak for myself. I was raised with
the German and American Classic metal--I'm talking about old Helloween,
Mania, Warlock, Not Fragile, Iron Angel, Running Wild, Accept and Agent
Steel, old Metallica, Liege Lord, Omen, Grim Reaper, Manilla Road,
Warlord, etc. Then I discovered more obscure stuff like Black Sabbath,
Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Venom, Bathory, Hellhammer, Sodom, Kreator,
Darkthrone and all the Norwegian scene.
My true love is and forever will be THRASH
METAL!!!!!!!! I'm crazy for all the American and German scene--Slayer is
probably my favorite band!!!! If I have to name four people that have
influenced us, I’d probably name Kai Hansen, King Diamond, Ozzy and
We'd like very much to tour with bands like Children
of Bodom, Witchery or the mighty Napalm Death (hail them!). We respect
all these bands very much and we know that they are killers on the
stage, so all the tour could be fun as hell for us and the crowd both.
Where do you derive the influences for your
We took inspiration from the huge mythology of our
land. As you know, the Roman and Greek legends are really beautiful and
amazing, but in this time there's the trend to talk about the
Scandinavian myths. We live in Rome and we don't feel able to speak
about legends that are not from our country.
Often we also speak about historical events and about
the glory of the Roman Empire, which used to rule all over the known
World for Hundreds of years! We are proud of our past and that's why we
choose these subjects. I think it's more interesting to write down
something in which you believe deeply than to tell stories about Vikings
who lived in a land thousand of miles away from your land.
What are your reactions to each of the
following five bands:
Still one of the best live performers of today's metal scene; I really
enjoyed his Wacken performance, and the voice still kills! The new album
is quite good, but there are a few strange songs. Anyway, I liked it.
His past albums are simply some of the highlights of American metal!
I love this band, I have supported them since their very first album.
Their style is not very far from ours, put they prefer to be more
technical and less violent. “Battle Magic” is a masterpiece. For
sure, Bal-Sagoth kick ass!!!!
Children of Bodom:
And here comes another of my favorite bands. C.O.B. are one of the
few original bands of our times. They have improved a lot since their
start and now they are getting the success they deserve. I hope to play
with them once in my life, I really respect them.
The only masked bands I listen to are Crimson Glory, Kiss and Gwar.
I think Jesper is a genius, definitely one of the best songwriters
of the 90's. “Subterranean” is one of my all time favorite albums
and I'm very influenced by it. I think In Flames doesn’t have a good
impact live, and this sucks! But when in studio they simply rule!
What is the metal scene like in Rome?
Well, there are a lot of metal bands in Rome and in
the whole of Italy, especially recently. Our scene is growing for sure.
The genre supported the most is Symphonic power metal (you have surely
heard bands like Rhapsody and Labyrinth). These bands gave a big kick to
all the Italian metal scene.
There’s also a strong extreme metal scene, but also
a lot of rip-offs; the main sport for some bands seems to be to talk
behind the others’ backs all the time, and this surely doesn't help
the scene very much. We don't give a shit about this crap and we walk
our path with pride.
If you want to know some great bands from Italy just
check Mater Tenebra, Undertakers, Valar, Infernal Defloration, Handful
of Hate, the mighty Death SS, Necrodeath, Savers, Rosae Crucis,
Enemynside and Legend of the Sleeping River.
In your opinion, which is more popular in
Europe at the moment: classic metal or “nu-metal” (stuff like Kid
Rock, new Metallica, etc.)?
Oh well, thank God in Europe we have a really strong
Metal scene, so all of this so-called nu "metal" bands do not
bother us at all. They are very well known, but the people who listen to
them are absolutely not into metal, so for us it's not a problem to have
these bands touring around. The only real problem for me is to use the
word “metal” for this music. This stuff is nothing other than an
evolution of Hardcore/Punk, so why call them “Metal Bands”?
This year in a summer festival called “Gods of
Metal,” which was in Monza (near Milan), Methods of Mayhem played
their “show” after the deadly Testament show....Well, people were so
pissed off that they started to throw a lot of stuff on the stage, after
a few minutes Tommy Lee and company were obliged to leave the stage! A
true Metal Victory! :)
Anyway, I think in Europe the classic metal scene is
much more popular, especially here in Italy and in Germany.
What is the current status of Stormlord?
We are working on the new material right now. As I
told you, our new material will be really violent. We got rid of many
symphonic parts--now over 50% of our new songs is made by guitar. We all
grew up listening to a lot of Bay Area albums, and we are taking a lot
of inspiration from those. Anyway, all will be done in the classic
Stormlord style. The keyboards are always here and they still have a
very important role in our music. We are just trying to simplify our
music with a big injection of fucking violence, but there will also be
some songs similar to “Where My Spirit Forever Shall Be” and “Age
of the Dragons,” and we'll also maintain some epic choirs.
We split from Last Episode and we have recorded a
2-track promo for labels only, but I think we'll put a part of a song on
our website. Soon we will play some live gigs so as not to lose our
deadly live attitude!
In what direction is Stormlord heading with its
Our target is to be as raw and epic as possible, we
want our music to catch your soul and your guts both, a big kick in the
ass, but not senseless violence. With our next album we hope to have a
huge tour with some important band and we hope to come to the U.S., too,
because we know from the album sales there and from the e-mail we
receive that we have a lot of fans there. There's also an American fan
who opened an unofficial page webpage with a mailing list: http://www.ravenhawke.com/~medieval/stormlord
An Epic Hail to all the American Metalheads! Thanks
for the support, and when we come to your cities we'll want to see your
heads banging 'til you bleed!
Visit our website, listen to our songs and sign our
Extreme Epic Metal to the very end!!!!! Keep the
flame burning! Hails!!!!
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directly from their site- www.stormlord.net)
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