Interview with Rik Perugini, drummer of the Italian Speed/Heavy metal band, Hellraiser.
By Carla Morton
Hi Rick, how things are going?
Hi Carla, first of all thank you for this interview, we appreciate it. Things are going very well. Always rushing between work and commitments of the band. We never stop!
Tell me when Hellraiser was formed.
Hellraiser was created by our guitarist,Michele Brozzi with a different line up from the current one and proposed a vast repertoire of covers of the greatest artists of Havy metal. After various line-up changes,more or less in 2010 we had a lot of ideas and the desire to create our music, so we decided to work to release an album.
Last year you have released the debut album under the name of “Revenge of The Phoenix”, tell me about it.
Well, this album is a mix of all our influences. You can find songs lauding the new wave of British heavy metal, power with prog and thrash. We had very many ideas and many riffs work on. It was tough but surely everybody can see the result. Not having any kind of contact with music professionals we mutually decided self-produce the album. Immediately after the release party we had an incredible calendar of gigs. Within three months we have done something like 20 concerts gaining appreciations and increasingly positive notes about the album. Sequentially to the album we came in contact with Sliptrick records it proved immediately very concerned about what “Revenge of the Phoenix” is. After several contacts and feedback with them we entered into collaboration. For us it was a small achievement but definitely just the beginning of a new path.
Have you got nice reviews for this album?
We have received amazing reviews from all over the world. South and North America, from Europe, even from Japan. All extremely positive. We like to get the number of opinions that are expressed about the album, both positive and negative. We know that each person may not feel the same way so we take the notes a bit ‘less positive to try to improve our work.
Will you prepare to release a new album soon?
The beginning of cooperation between us and Sliptrick records was a huge incentive to work hard and try to do better than before. Now we are busy and we are working on new stuff but don’t advance anything.
What about shows, are there any confirmed?
Now we have a gig in central Italy with Rosae Crucis and Iron Jaws in December but from January 2016 will surely be crowded.
Which are the influences that inspires you?
Everyone has their own influences, although the musical idea is common in the band. We listen to many kinds: heavy metal, prog, thrash, death, in short, a bit of everything. As a drummer, I can only listen to the great masters of rock, metal and not, both modern and the past.
Are there any future plans for Hellraiser beside releasing a new album soon?
As I first anticipated at this time we are closed in the rehearsal room and we are working on new stuff. There are some things that we plan to do starting from 2016 and we are moving even now to make possible what we have set.
And a last question, do you have a message for the people who support Hellraiser?
I would definitely like to thank all the people who follow us and support us both in Italy and abroad. We know it’s very difficult to work in the world of music with an own project. But despite this we believe in our music and all the people who listen to us every day, follow us and contact us, strengthen even more what is our intention. We must not stop making music and not have to stop believing in what we do. Our supporters and fans make this possible.
Thank you Rick, all the best! Cin cin!
Thank you Carla. It has been a pleasure talking with you. See you soon and all the best!