The Foreshadowing – Worlds Within the Margin
By: David E. Gehlke
Blunt elegance in Gothic doom was introduced by My Dying Bride circa Turn Loose the Swans. As opposed to the style’s mostly theatrical bent (see: Candlemass) and death-tinged angle (Paradise Lost), MDB’s caressing black wings were spread via the use of violins, melodic passages, and gusty vocal outpourings. It brought a whole new meaning to the style, and in its wake, bore the creation of countless Goth bands who were very inclined to make the listener swoon, while they doomed (that almost rhymed).
One of the bands not too far from the My Dying Bride apple tree is Italy’s The Foreshadowing, who first broke upon the scene in 2007 with their world-beating Days of Nothing debut. Guided by mournful doom strokes to the nth degree and singer Marco Benevento’s beauteous and poetic clean vocal timbre, The Foreshadowing made an instant impact in the ever-booming Gothic doom scene, only to fade out of view in North America due to their lack of proper distribution. Since then, the band popped out 2010’s Oionos and this year’s stellar Second World, both of which have yet to receive a proper stateside release, but that’s what Internet sleuthing (and high import prices) are for.
Being that we’re always a sucker for a quality Goth metal band, we tracked down primary songwriter and keyboardist Francesco Sosto for a round of questions focusing on North America, the concept behind Second World, and more. Here’s the scoop…
Blistering.com: You garnered some critical acclaim with Days of Nothing in North America, but your last two albums didn’t receive a release in these parts. Are you bothered by this?
Francesco Sosto: Of course we are. We expected that also Oionos could be released in your country, but for some circumstances it hasn’t been possible. We cared a lot that these albums could be distributed there ‘cause we have a great fanbase in America and lots of American people always expressed their enthusiasm in listening to our music, but it didn’t depend on us. Therefore we tried to find a way to make Second World release there, we talked to our label boss, Martin, who guaranteed us that both this album and Oionos will be released in North America and Canada in the coming months! There will be important news about this in the next weeks.
Blistering.com: Because you’re an Italian band, will North America ever be a point of focus?
Sosto: In America there’s a strong market in terms of metal music, it’s very different than in Italy, and moreover, artists are respected and well-supported there, so it would be certainly a great point of focus for us. The problem is the distance, and even if we would die to go touring there it would be very difficult to arrange everything. Anyway, if there were the right conditions we wouldn’t hesitate at all to go there on tour.
Blistering.com: Moving along, Days of Nothing and Oionos have their fair-share of melancholic moments, but most were of the personal variety. What prompted you to create the concept for Second World?
Sosto: Well, surely the fact we talked about apocalypse in the previous two album gave us the suggestion to deal with it for the third time. And this time we talked about the relationship between the man and the nature. The man enters the Planet Earth and destroys it in order to make it at his own image. But then, nature rebels against him and punish and destroys the mankind through natural disasters of all sorts, until the survivors will gave birth to a new spiritual and human rebirth of the world. That’s the reason why we called in fact this album Second World.
Blistering.com: Obviously, the world is seeing its shares of ups and downs. From your standpoint in Italy, what types of things really make question the state of mankind?
Sosto: Probably the state of chaos we’ve been going through in the past years, that brought to an alienated and decadent mankind. In Italy, it always talks about world crisis, unemployment, corruption, but apart from this, no one wonders what our life is. Everyday we get up early in the morning and run, we come back home and run. We always run to arrive at the final destination in time, as we were rushing for a race, but we don’t even know why we are doing that, and we always do it, even before the crisis. I think it’s time to put an end to this, to change our mentality and start to dedicate more time to ourselves, in a spiritual and more human way, I mean.