Greetings Gionata! I hope everything is okay in Italy firstly could you
describe your group for Turkish black metal fans?
Gionata Potenti: Greetings to you Turkey! Well we should start off saying
that Frostmoon Eclipse is an Italian Black Metal band that plays a sort of mix
between melodic black metal and acoustic rock. The band exists since 1994 and
released 5 albums and countless split, epís and other stuff. We are 4 people
with the classic 4 people line up consisting in one guitar, one bass, one singer
and one drums.
I read that Davide Gorrini and you have been playing most famous black metal
band Glorior Belli and otherwise especially you play with another bands isn't it
so hard play in a lot of bands?
Iím still playing drums with French Glorior Belli and yes, Davide (bassplayer)
played with them too for almost one year as session member. He also played
session guitar with Swedish Black-Metallers Valkyrja for their tour with
Gorgoroth and Vader. We all have side projects and other bands yes, Claudio (guitar
player) plays in Stroszek.. Iím playing with Glorior Belli, Frostmoon Eclipse,
Deathrow, Kult, Tumulus Anmatus and lots of others. Sometimes is not easy to
manage everything but during those years I learnt to practice alone with
recorded guitars and metronome so I donít need a real band and real rehearsals
to get ready for shows... so even if bands Iím playing with are living far away
from me, or in another country like Glorior Belli, I can play every weeks by
myself and get ready. Usually the other guys plays with some drums recording of
me playing I send them. It is no easy and especially itís not like to have a
real band... so no hung out together, no drinking.. weíre just talking via
telephone/PC mostly of the time.. but itís the only solution.
Lets turn to Frostmoon Eclipse what do you do for those days?
Weíre actually rehearsing to get ready for future shows weíre actually
defining and jamming some new songs.. we have 3-4 new songs in progress... so
weíre definitely thinking to a new album, maybe end of the year.
Youíre quiet old band which countries you had chance to perform in?
Well, we played in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovenia, France, Spain,
UK, Greece and USA. Before the end of the year weíll also add Turkey and Belarus
to the list. He he... Weíre quite old but to be honest we didnít tour that much
with Frostmoon Eclipse.. we need to do much more for this new year coming.. we
need to visit more countries.
If we talk about the fans which country's fans did you like it the most?
Spanish crowd was amazing but to be honest Slovenian metalheads are the best.
We had the best fun in Slovenia: people is extremely friendly and crazy.. really
Your style is not raw or pure black metal when I listen you I see a lot of
atmospheric items could you describe your music that you play?
I can understand our proposal could sound a bit strange by the most but
Frostmoon Eclipse is not the typical average band. Our sound is a bit different
and Iíd like to think personal too. The best way to describe our music is to say
that it is a quite well structured mix between melodic black metal and acoustic
rock. You can find extreme speed blast beats finishing in one ethereal acoustic
rock break while turning again into brutality 2 minutes after. Our sound has the
opposites fighting for the right balance, like heaven and hell, or water and
Who are your words are written by? What do you draw inspiration when you
write your songs about lyrical tgene?
Basically all lyrics are mine except some of the new album written by
Lorenzo (singer). I donít know where I take inspiration from.. probably life and
its fails. Not my life.. life in general I mean. I love to talk about delusion,
broken dreams and negative feeling cause their are the main structure of humanís
existence. I donít think life is easy and definitely not nice too sometimes.
Death and the End are still lurking in the dark waiting, ready to attack. Weíre
not completely melancholic people but weíre not able to play for just fun or
having a good time relaxing and singing about lifeís goodness. We have a
pessimistic view about reality and we like to focus our music following our
You work with Osmose production most of big groups work with them are you
glad for work with them?
We are extremely glad to work with them.. they are very professional and
they have a huge distribution.. you can find our album all around the globe.
Basically our life hasnít changed at all, weíre still underground and we wonít
get rich he he... but itís a big satisfaction to get released by a so cult label...
I have something like 50-60 albums released by Osmose Productions at home.. all
old bands like Enslaved, Immortal, Sadistik Exacution, Absu and Marduk comes
from there.. so we are proud to have one album released by the same label.
Youíve never had any break even there are a lot of member change in your band
your last EP record a ticket to nowhere could you explain us record term?
No well, we didnít really get so much line up changes in the past, basically
the band has the same line up from 2000 except for the bass player that has been
replaced around 2008. Gherardo (the old bass player) couldnít play with us
anymore because of his study and heís actually living in Denmark. Really no bad
feelings with him, but he had to change his life and he couldnít afford his role
Gherardo Giannarelli joined your group and you have lost your friend it must
be very hard to lost your band member that youíve played a lot?
Iím not sure I have understood the question but whatever if you mean that it
should be hard to separate ways from a so long time member yes, the answer is
yes. Gherardo shared with us a lot of great moments and memories and heís a
fucking cool guy to spent time with but life has its priority and he had his own
business to solve. Life goes on. Fortunately we found a very good and talented
bassplayer to replace him, Davide, that also become an essential part for
Frostmoon Eclipse of today. Life goes on, time is changing... a band need to
look straight and go ahead. Alternative solutions were not possible.
What your plans for those days you have any news about concert album vs.
As I told you before weíre actually working on some new compositions. Itís
to early to understand what direction they will take but songs are still
Frostmoon Eclipse sounding. ďThe End Stands SilentĒ has very long songs so weíll
try to cut it short a bit on the new album getting medium length tracks... not
repeating ourselves. We have some new live shows booked for spring/summer so
probably weíre going to rehearse a lot to be ready 100%.
Do you have any plan about making your perform a DVD?
I really would like to do one, really but we have no money to make a
professional one. We would need a serious equipment to record everything with a
perfect sound and a multiple cameras.. itís a bit difficult for an underground
band. Budgets are always small. Maybe one day, who knows? Iíd like to put inside
also some tour stories, pictures and some live interview of us talking about the
Gionata I heard something about you like make tattoo that you visited country
is this for a collection or for good memories?
He he! Yes this is not a legend but truth. I like tattoos and I like to mark
my body with a good memory but only when I visit a country that is really
different from Europe. I mean, Iím not full of tattoos... Iíve just got some
that are really ďspecificĒ he he... I love to look at my body and remember
forever the experience I had in my life.
And then the tattoos that you choose about the country that you visited
whatís the critters for this?
In the past I toured Mexico with my band Deathrow and I played in Canada
with Glorior Belli. When Iíve been to Mexico I tattooed a snake god called
Quetzalcoatl, a divinity that represent death and resurrection for the maya/aztech
culture. When in Canada I got a typical maple leaf with a skull inside. As you
may notice I chose the design getting some typical emblem of the country Iím in.
Iím just displeased I couldnít have any tattoo in USA while touring with
Frostmoon Eclipse back in 2008 cause the distance from city to city were huge so
we had no time to lose one day looking for a good tattooer to make it. We also
had the design ready but we lacked of fortune he he.
Thatís all my questions ż hope you re not bored thanks for accepted our
interview request and do you have anything that you would like to add?
Not boring at all! Love interviews with some strange/different questions
like yours.. sometimes is boring just talking about the same repeating stuff. If
anyone wants to know more about the band I recommend our official webpage where
you can find anything about the band:
www.frostmooneclipse.com. Come to see us live in Istanbul in some months!
See you there guys!