When one encounters the wondrous post rock reveries of L’Alba Di Morrigan, it’s like discovering a mystical yet dangerous place. There are many sonic delights and quite a bit of intrigue to be revealed within the timely passages of The Essence Remains – now available from My Kingdom Music. Based out of Italy, L’Alba Di Morrigan presents artistic tapestries of sound that will surely stun to senses of all who venture out to give a listen. Frank Default of the mighty Katatonia makes a guest appearance as well, weaving his own musical magic to the proceedings. Here is an interview we conducted with one of the members to find out more about exciting new collective more than ready to take listeners all over the world on a glorious musical adventure. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in L’Alba Di Morrigan, and how long the band has been together.
Thank you so much for this interview, I’m Ugo, singer and guitar player of the band. L’ALBA DI MORRIGAN born in 2008, even if , we played together in another project with different influences and sonorities. During the early days we just had the desire to enjoy playing our music expressing ourselves and our feelings, with the passing of the time we take it with a more serious approach and so… here we are now!!!
Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based in Turin, even if we live in different places near it. Our point of reference is the United Club, a local where we have our rehearsal room and above all where there is all the musical scene of Turin that is a very good and various scene even if the discographic situation and the live scene is not very good in the whole Italian territory.
A band in Turin? I can suggest you a very promising act, they are L’alba di Morrigan ( hahaha)…
Is there any story or concept behind The Essence Remains CD title?
There are different themes we deal in the lyrics of “The Essence Remains”. “Silence” is a praise inspired to the Zen concept of “silence”, “Snowstorm” is a metaphor of the winter of our life and its rebirth, “Holy Mountain Pt.1 e 2” is our view translated in music of the great cinematographic A. Jodorowsky’s work, “Lilith” deals about human weaknesses, “The essence remains” tells about a man who is living a pre-death experience and values his life with different views and superior logics. The only song in a certain sense not in the direction of the inner consideration and high values of life and human experiences is “The fairies’ circle” a song that simply speaks about love, the love I feel for a very important woman in my life.
Select any two L’Alba Di Morrigan songs and what inspired the lyrics.
It could seems absurd, but if I must choose two songs within “The Essence Remains” that represents better ourselves, I’d tell you “Equilibrium” and “24 Megatons” that are conceptually united between them. I try to explain it: the megatons are the unit of measurements of the atomic explosions, the numbers 2 and 4 according to the Liber 777 by A. Crawley corresponds to the wisdom and to the mercy. Imagine that 24 Megatons is nothing other that an explosion of consciousness and conscience and this explosion of conscience is responsible of the achievement of the perfect Equilibrium (“Equilibrium”).
What is a live L’Alba Di Morrigan show like for those of us who have yet to see you play?
Well I have to say that we are very satisfied of how it is working on the live aspect. Our show is supported by visual multimedia effects like images, sculptures, and paintings with the technical support of Andrea Zuffo (Audio Visual Scenography). Surely our aim is to leave the audience amazed by what they are listening to and seeing, stimulating how many senses possible. We often add artistic expositions in the club so to have a real multimedia artistic event.
Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened for and what was the experience like?
Not big names for sure, but absolutely great events with a big presence of fans and a great response for what we offer. It was a big question for us because we come back to the old three members line up… so simply I have to say that everything is going on the right way.
Who did the stunning cover art for The Essence Remains and how much input did you have on it?
The cover represents perfectly our feelings and the essence of our sound. The man who worked on this, is a great Portuguese graphic artist, his name is Helder Pedro Moreira and he already worked with bands like God Is An Astronaut, Jakob etc… He perfectly understood what we were looking for and what the music represented for us and in this album. He is absolutely a great artist.
How did the cooperation with My Kingdom Music come about?
When we ended the recordings of the album, we published a teaser of the album on youtube. Luckily after a few months we received different proposals.
At the end we decided to sign My Kingdom Music multi-album contract and I could say that Mr. Palumbo is doing a great work with the promotion of our album and I want here to thank him for his great work and for trusting in what we do.
If you could open for any band either current or who has ever existed, who would it be and why?
Thanks a lot for this fantastic question! Maybe if I must select a band, also the ones that are no more active I could go on for days……… but if I have to choose just a few ones I could tell: King Crimson, Death, Isis, Pantera, APC, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Faith No More, Gordian Knot, Pink Floyd… but also some gods of our youth that are Cynic, Iron Maiden, Tool, Metallica, Opeth, Russian Circles, Blind Guardian, Katatonia, Animals as leaders, The Ocean Collective…. I think I have to put a point here, because otherwise I could occupy the whole interview with my list of bands and I could bore you all. (ahahhahaha).
Is there any story behind the band name?
Morrigan represents the violence, the war; she’s the queen of the eros who spreads hate and so metaphorically the Goddess of the darkness. The Dawn (Alba) is the time when the darkness dissipates and it comes the light of the day. Well, Morrigan’s Dawn (L’Alba di Morrigan in Italian) is that brief moment of equilibrium between “night” and “day”, between “darkness” and “light”, the perfect union between the darkest humanity’s essence and the most noble side, the brief instant in which both these elements live harmonically in equilibrium without prevailing one on the other, breaking this dualism, even if for a few moments, that is the reason of humanity slavery.
How did Frank DeFault of Katatonia become involved with the band and what was it like working with him?
After a few months since “The Circle” release we contacted via a simple mail Frank Default with our ideas. He liked these ones a lot and with our big surprise he accepted to collaborate with us. So as you can see, absolutely simple and fast…
Are you or any other the other members involved with any bands outside of L’Alba Di Morrigan?
Of course L’alba di Morrigan is our main project but time by time each one of us collaborates to other musical studio or live projects.
Any chance of L’Alba Di Morrigan making their way to the States to perform some shows?
It would be fantastic, it’s something like a dream for us. It would be great to make US audience know our project more and better with some live performances. A dream that with strong work and abnegation could become reality in the next future. Of course, if you permit us, I want to profit of this big opportunity, to say to anyone who wants to have us in their cities, to drop us a line to this mail address: email@example.com
What’s up next for L’Alba Di Morrigan?
Well, I could anticipate you that in May we’ll start to shoot a videoclip for the song “The Essence Remains”. We have also scheduled a dozen of live shows in June and July and we are looking for new dates in autumn. At the moment our biggest attention is “The Essence Remains” promotion, first of all in Italy but in Europe too in Autumn. We are also working on new songs for the upcoming album… at the moment I could just say you that there will be big surprises and a certain kind of evolution in our sound!!!
Any final words of wisdom?
I consider this quote by A. Crowley a must and I think it great to share it with you: “Invoke me under my stars! LOVE IS THE LAW, LOVE UNDER WILL. Nor let the fools mistake love; for there are love and love. There is the dove, and there is the serpent. Choose ye well! He, my prophet, hath chosen, knowing the law of the fortress, and the great mystery of the House of God.”
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions!
Thanks to you all for this interview, I really hope to see you all quite soon, maybe in a live show. If you want contact us at www.facebook.com/morrigansound
L’Alba Di Morrigan is:
Ugo Ballisai (Vocals, guitar)
Alessio Caruso (Bass)
Luca Costanzo (Drums)
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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