Interviews: Hellucination


On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Death Metal band Hellucination from Italy. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

The name of the band was an idea of Francesco who came up with it during a boring university course. We all liked its double meaning and it sounded evocative

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We basically put together all the genres we liked and tried to find a balanced mix of all the best characteristics we loved about them. At the time there was the big "traditional" metal vs "modern" metal feud going on, so we basically went fuck it, let's just create something that sounds heavy, with some traditional roots but with a fresh modern sound.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Lorenzo and Andrea, along with Max, our first bass player, went to high school together, where they started jamming. Francesco came in later through an ad, but after meeting with the guys we figured Francesco knew Max's sister from before, so there was a tie we didn't know about at first.

4. Each band member favorite band?

It is really difficult to write just a band, but we will try ahahah Lorenzo: Slipknot Silvia: Gojira Andrea: System of a Down Francesco: Pantera

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

For the music, as we answered above, we’re inspired by our favorite metal bands, but we like to listen to non-metal bands or artists like Pink Floyd, Genesis, Toto, Massive Attack, Jaco Pastorius, Frank Zappa etc. All these artists are always sources of inspiration in the process of songwriting and sound construction. Francesco: My biggest inspiration for lyrics is my everyday life and my personal experiences, as well my personal interests: movies, books, tv shows, videogames, mythology and history. Our latest album “Multiverse” is a perfect example of the multiple inspirations I draw from to write lyrics. As far as music goes, sometimes I just feel like writing a fast riff, a slow riff or a proggy riff, or maybe even planning on writing a song with a sound concept behind it. Other times I just come up with weird but cool stuff and I try to incorporate it into a song structure, exchanging ideas with Lorenzo.

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last gig was in Perugia (che in inglese non so come se scrive) on 24 January 2020 at Circolo Supernova; the event was organized by Headbangers Hall crew. 

7. Where would you like to act?

We would love to play in Scandinavia or Germany since they’re basically the homelands of European metal .And also we would love to go down to South America since I know the crowds are usually amazing over there.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Bands I’d like to play with are Fit For An Autopsy, Hatebreed, Gojira, Cattle Decapitation or Testament, to name a few.

9. Whom not?

I can’t really think of bands I wouldn’t love to play with. Maybe Five Finger Death Punch cause I heard they treated some bands I like and talked to like shit and acted like bullies.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

At first I was scared to death, couldn’t lift my head from the guitar. I guess it just takes some experience and it starts to go away. As you see people are just enjoying what you’re doing, you’ll relax eventually.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

A big inspiration for me has been Fleshgod Apocalypse. They are from Italy like us and I had the chance to meet them a couple of times, and it’s very good to see that they are really cool and down to earth guys, even though they “made it”, signing with major labels and playing all over the world.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Well apart from autographs, which are not very weird actually, I’m sure some dude in Slovakia was asking or telling us something when we played there, but I have no idea what he was saying since I don’t know Slovakian!

13. What do you think of your fans?

I’m super grateful to have all the support we’ve had over the years, so our fans are the foundations of what we are right now. We wouldn’t do what we do without fans!

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s really cool, the only way to keep metal alive and growing is to spread news and get metal fans together by sharing cool music with each other.

15. Something add?

Thank you so much for this interview and for having us here! We hope we hope to be of help for your project and we wish you the best!

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