Italian Metallers Bejelit dropped by to talk with Metal Shock Finland about their new album “Emerge” and their work with Poet ‘Nick Xas’.
Welcome to Metal Shock Finland, I’m Dylan Raine, Can you introduce yourselves?
Hi Dylan, thanks for this interview! We’re Bejelit from Italy and we’re playing our music, what else? Seriously the band was born officially in 2001 and we released four full length albums during these years together. We were labelled as power metal but we don’t like labels too much since we’re just writing and performing our own music without any external interference.
Can you tell me about the origins of the music and how it all came together?
When Bejelit were born we were just playing some covers for fun but soon we realised we had some good tunes to work on and that’s was we did! In 2003 we signed our first record deal and then we released our very first album called “Hellgate“. Then in 2006 it was the turn of our second full length album called “Age of Wars“. In 2010 we released the third one “You die and I…” and now we’re speaking the last one “Emerge”. As I was telling you, Bejelit is not a planned band with a big music strategy behind. We just write and play the music we like mostly without a unique label or anything else.
Who plays what in the band?
Sandro Capone at the guitars, who’s also the main man of the crew, Fabio Privitera at the vocals, Giorgio Novarino at the bass guitar, Marco Pastorino at the lead guitars and me, Giulio Capone at the drums and keyboards.
Let’s talk gear. What sort of Equipment do you use? Racks, Effects, On-Board, Pedals, Guitars, Mics, Drums etc…?
We’re not equipment enthusiasts so we’re not the typical band which is always searching for the “new sound” or for some new stuff to bring to the studio or to the stage. We usually concentrate mostly on the composition and on the performing live. Anyway we know that great equipment is really important to have a good sound and to have a good reliability on stage.
We’re endorsers of the following brands: Schecter guitars, Mayones guitar and basses, Ufip Cymbals, Rotosound, Blackstar amplification and Alliction clothing!:)
What or who are your main influences, musically and non musically?
We have many influences since we’re all listeners and we’re quite open minded about what we are listening to. I could tell you we like to listen from Nevermore to Iron Maiden, from Gamma Ray to In Flames and so on! About lyrics themes we were very influenced by a Japanese Manga in the previous two albums. The manga is shown in the well known Berserk series and all our lyrics were based on it. From our third album “You die and I…” we chose to change the lyrical themes and explore something more personal and sometimes obscure. For the very last album “Emerge” we worked with Nick Xas, a writer and poet of our area who wrote the greatest part of the lyrics. We’re really enjoyed his job and I think we’re going to work with him again in the future!
Do you have any Tours or Gigs planned?
This year we joined the Rhapsody of Fire European Tour and then we had our own Emerge tour both in Italy and Europe. Now we’re relaxing a little bit since we have only some summer festivals we really love to play at. Yes, we have some new ideas ready for a new tour but it’s quite too early to say what is going to happen in the near future!
What would you say is the most defining track on the album and why?
This is a difficult question since every track on Emerge is quite different from the other ones. There’re so many different moods and styles and I could not say what the most defining one is. I could tell you that the song ‘Dancerous’ got a really good impact on stage and now represents what Bejelit are nowadays.
With the song ‘Deep Water‘, what directions or thoughts made you decide on creating this wonderful little track?
This song is something new for us because we never wrote such a long song. The very first idea was to write a “pirate” style song based on the legendary Bartholomew Roberts. Then Nick Xas wrote a new lyrical concept based on a imaginary conqueror who reaches our homeland and finds it as a beautiful place. So there’s not the will to conquer the land to enslave it but to settle there. It’s like a love declaration from us to our land!
Can we have some links to your music, website, or videos?
You can find all our stuff on Youtube but of course I would tell you to buy our albums!
Anyway you can watch our latest video clip at our official website and you can find everything related to Bejelit in our official facebook page! Check them out!
Are there any plans for another album in the making?
Sure! We’re working on the new compositions and we have ready some really good stuff! We cannot wait to enter the studio to work on it!!! But I think the band is not doing that until the next year! Now we’re fully promoting Emerge!
Is there anything you would like to share with the MSF readers that I have not yet asked?
Oh I really don’t know :) You asked everything, your readers need to listen to Bejelit :D
Well I could say that our new album Emerge is available from March and if you wanna support our band you have just to write to firstname.lastname@example.org and order it or order our special summer offer!!!:D It’s very important for us, to be able then to record and release the next album!
Thank you very much for your time.
Thanks to YOU and to all the readers! Please visit our official website at www.bejelit.com and our official Facebook page at the address www.facebook.com/bejelit
Metal is the law!!!
To read their “Emerge” review go here