Interview: Rome In Monochrome

Interview about Rome In Monochrone, a doom/dark metal band from Italy. Gianluca, the guitarist of the band, had the time to answer my interview.


Hi Gianluca, nice talking with you again. First time we had an interview about your first band Degenerhate, it looks like you are active in a second band aswell, Rome In Monochrome. When this band was formed?
Hi, my pleasure. RIM was born in 2013 as a solo project: I needed to explore a different approach to music, not so “straight and in your face”, you know. I had some sounds, had an instrumental piece and was trying to give them a form. I thought it would be cool to involve my friend Valerio (the vocalist at that time also guitarist) who was involved in To the End, Post Ghosts and Grn projects (slowcore, post metal, post rock in the same order) to have a different approach to songwriting, not so influenced by metal. He was glad to be in RIM and started to write lyrics and full songs. When we joined, we noticed that RIM had become a band, that we had a full repertoire and so recruited the other members.

You have debuted with ”Karma Anubis” last year, an EP. Tell me about it.
It’s a three songs EP available only in digital (we are looking for a label to release it physically, so contact us!), it’s psychedelic, dark, intimate and gentle but also cruel and hopeless. It’s a little universe and we love it.

Are you preparing to release an album soon?
Yes. It’s totally written, entitled, we also have the cover art and we are working on final arrangements. About the release: it all depends from the deal we’ll get. We are working for the best.

On the EP there is the instrumental song called ”Endmusic” and it has been chosen as a soundtrack. Tell more details about it…
It was written for a book trailer, in a contest here in Italy: Valerio was called by some friends that were working on this short trailer for this beautiful book called “Finestre ncendiate” (in english you could say it as “Burned Windows” or something like this) and that knew all his past and present projects into music.  So we talked about it and decided to accept the challenge as Rome In Monochrome and worked together on one of his demos (he always has tons of demos). The result is “Endmusic”.

A doom/postrock, this is is the main genre of RIM, what about the influences?
Surely we all come from the 90s European doom scene: Katatonia, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Anathema are main and undeniable influences. This original matrix is influenced and changed by strong slowcore, post rock and shoegaze influences (expecially from Valerio but also from me) that give to our sound the form you can listen in ”Karma Anubis” songs.

As you are also member in another metal band, Degenerhate, is there a difference between this band and RIM?
Obviously it is. Degenerhate is Grindcore, is straightinyrface, is social, is my gaze to the world. RIM is me and Valerio looking inside ourselves. We are yin and yang, the two sides of the coin. We are soulmates, that’s a fact. I have to say that I play, with some RIM members, in a brutal-slam-death-splatter band called Exhume To Consume: would you like to do another interview haha!

Do you have any gigs confirmed?
No, at the time. Surely we want to play live but we are trying to find the right context (and to forced Valerio, who is a notorious antisocial, to come with us ).

What feedback have you got from the listeners about this band?
It was amazing and still it is. There is a lot of a sort of “hype” around us, the ”Karma Anubis” video had a good feedback and also the ”Spheres” lyric video. We feel a good vibe around us and surely it is fuel to better. We think we have a beautiful and strong album and we can’t wait to see it become real.

A last question, a message for the readers?
Join us, join the cult of the absence of color!

Thank you again Gianluca, cheers. It was my pleasure talking with you again!
Thank you too!

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