The Foreshadowing – Worlds Within the Margin
By: David E. Gehlke
Blistering.com: I recall conducting an interview with you several years ago for Days of Nothing and you being unhappy with the “old guard” in Italy. Do you still feel that way?
Sosto: I do not know exactly what you mean, I have a vague recollection of that interview [the interview was conducted in 2007 for Metal Maniacs magazine - ed]. However, I remember that I complained about something which had to do with the Italian music scene, probably the fact that there’s always a bit of envy and jealousy among the Italian band, lots of respect and regards when you meet with each other, but as soon as you turn your back it’s poisoned words. I find it very sad and hypocrite, so if you were referring to this, then I can confirm you that nothing has changed yet.
Blistering.com: Marco’s vocals are one of the defining elements of The Foreshadowing. He has such a romantic, but dour voice. How easy is it for you to write for a singer of his caliber?
Sosto: Marco’s voice is what we exactly were looking for this band. We just needed a deep, profound voice who was able to dig into the roots of darkness. And Marco has got this voice, he’s talented and I guess he deserved a band that gave him the opportunity to fully exploit its skills.
Blistering.com: How did you rope in Dan Swanö to help with mixing and mastering duties?
Sosto: We had already decided long time ago this album would have been mixed in Sweden by Dan Swanö and I must say we were pleased to have invested in him. Dan has proven to be patient, professional and flawless as usual behind the mixer console, and most importantly, we found that he has a very playful side, which made our collaboration easier and the mixing and mastering process less hard-working.
Blistering.com: When compared to your debut, your songs have become more linear and complex. Were you quickly bored with the relatively basic, yet very effective approach on Days of Nothing?
Sosto: Days of Nothing was our starting point. And it was a wise thing not to overdo things, since it was a debut album. We decided to start with a simple structure of the songs, considering that when the album was written and arranged we still were in three (me, Alessandro and Andrea) and we still had to find a drummer, a bass player and, most important, a vocalist. In these conditions it was useless starting with a complex approach to our music, so we preferred to start with simple things and evolve later once we would have found the right people to recruit into the band.
Blistering.com: Do you think Second World will help cast away any notions of The Foreshadowing being a Gothic doom metal band? To me, there’s a much more ethereal and cinematic quality to your music to be called that anyway.
Sosto: It 's just what we think. And that’s the result we hoped to achieve with this album. We tried to customize our sound over the years, just because it was our intention to turn away from those bands of reference we’re still matched to. Perhaps this album will return again in the "Gothic Doom metal" category, but we don’t mind at all. All in all we didn’t want to change radically our sound, but only make it more personal and unique.
Blistering.com: What are your touring plans for the year?
Sosto: Surely we would like to promote Second World on stage the best we can as we always tried to do for our previous albums, but it doesn’t depend only by us, actually we don't have the support of a serious booking agency so it's very complicated to find a good tour to promote it. If someone will be interested in our music proposal we’ll be glad to play everywhere.
Blistering.com: Finally, what’s on the agenda for the rest of 2012?
Sosto: An end of the world, maybe?