Hi there. Congratulations to your new album. Please describe the reactions to the CD so far.
Hi! Thank you for your congratulations! For being time the reactions are very good. People and media has enjoyed "Another Life" and the changes of the sound.
Do you care for the opinion of your fans, the press and people in general? Or is it just you and your music?
No. I always care for the opinion of my fans. Music, for me, is first of all communication, so I always try to be close to the people with my music. I have never done music for myself.
Some of our readers may never have heard about you. Please give us a short briefing in the band's biography.
Shining Fury was formed in 2001 by drummer Ross Lukather in order to create fast and melodic songs. After the debut album "Last Sunrise" Ross plit up from some of the old members because they didn't feel to continue in this project any more. During last year, with a brand new line up, Shining Fury has write and recorded their second album "Another LIfe". Now the band is ready to promote the album and preparing more live actions!
Quite exactly a year ago "Last sunrise" was released. What are the differences between "Another life" and this predecessor in your opinion?
In my opinion the big difference is the general sound. Now it is much heavy and powerful. It is different from the other Italian power metal bands...it' is closest to the german's heavy metal.
What are the reasons for these differences?
The main reason is the line up changes. I have a personal background much heavy than the others previous members and I think you can hear in "Another LIfe". Andrea and federico has always listened to Heavy metal too.
My favourite is "Eternal fight". Can you tell us something about this song and it's history?
This song is one of the oldest of the entire album. I wrote it with Ross and Andrea in reharsal place. I like it very much and it's one of the songs that are closest to german's power.
I like "The haunting" as well, becaue it is rather dark compared to the other songs. What would you say?
YES: Totally agree with you. The atmosphere of this song are more obscure than a classic power metal song. It's much close to dark and thrash music. Now we are writing some new stuff and we are going to carry on with this way..
Which one is YOUR favorite song from the album and why?
My favourite is “Colours and Experience” because is the first song I wrote with Ross and Andrea.
How and why did you choose the album cover?
The cover is done by Jan Meininghaus. Metal Blade reccomended us this guy. He came to us with the idea of the collage, because, he said it's a perfect technique to create something of dark and really depressing. I told him some information about the cooncept of the cover and the meanings of the lyrics.
Are there some lyrics that are special to you? Tell us something about them.
No. The lyrics are written by the singer Francesco Neretti. They are quite difficult and hermetic. I think some of them are very special form him, because he only know the thrue meaning
Is there a message in "Another life"?
The message is that you can't escape from you past, you can't erase your bad deeds: the past will come back to you...sooner or later.
Where do you get your inspirations from?
I usually get inspirations from movies or sometimes by books.
What about the recording process of your new album? Any stories or curiosities to report?
We have spent one month to record "Another Life". No crazy adventuers happened during the recording session. The album is recorded at FP recording studios by Freddy Delirio. He's a big friend of mine and of course a great engineer.
How would you describe your own music?
I think Modern Heavy Metal could fit.
Please tell us something about your process of songwriting.
We usually write song alltogether in reharsal place. Sometimes a member bring a complete song or some ideas and we arrange and elaborate alltogether. Everybody writes music in Shining Fury.
What are your musical influences in your opinion?
I usually listen to Heavy Metal and Death Metal. Now I'm totally into metal-core stuff like Machinemade God or As I lay dying. I like them very much even if are totally different from the music of Shining Fury.
Please name some lately released CDs that you like to listen to at home.
Vision Divine - The Perfect Machine / 3 - Wake Pig
What do you think about trends like Metal Core?
As I told you I like very much especially the ones on the Metal Blade's rooster
With guys like Sonata Arctica and Dragonforce there are more bands who play very fast and melodic as well. Do you think this is the future of Power Metal?
No. I think the future will be less fast and more dark and obscure.
What makes the difference between Shining Fury and those bands?
It's quite difficult to find differences between power metal bands...For now there are few difference between Shining Fury and the other bands..but I'm sure that band is on the right way to create his personal sound. In this time we are doing some experimental with new stuff...
We'd like to know something about the underground in your hometown. Are you still in touch? And if so: Where do you hang out? Are there some yet unknown bands that you like?
I'm not close to the underground in my hometown. I'm always locked in my house playing and studying guitar...:) i like the band Essnece very much. they play a fast and aggressive detah metal...for being time they have only a demo but I'm sure they'll release the firs album very soon.
What about the Italian Metal Scene in general? Do you know some bands, and if so, is there friendship, rivalry or more or less nothing special?
I know few people of Italian well-know bands. I met Olaf Thorsen some years ago. I consider him a great person and a big musicians...I usually ask him some tips about music buisness.
How important is it for you to play live on stage?
Play live is the most important thing of being a musician. Now we are planning some shows here in Italy.. And I'm looking forward to a tour over Europe.
Are there some bands that you would die to play with?
UHooho...he he there are a lot of metal bands that i would die to play with....!!..... I would like to open a show for Annihilator .
Please tell us something about further Live activities.
Now we are planning some shows here in Italy..and I'm looking forward a tour over Europe
Still three questions to go. What do you think of Metal web magazins?
The greater part of them are really cool. I usually check them out daily. I always brought myself up to date about new releases and news about bands.
Is there something that you have never been asked but always have been eager to say?
uhm..??...I would like to thank all the people still supporting me and my band.
We are looking forward seeing you in Germany. Best whishes to you all. Any last words?
First of all I would like to thank you for this nice Intrview. I hope to see you on tour very soon! Please come check me out on