Interview by Tarja Virmakari
CADAVERIA was formed in 2001 with the intent to create a virtual space where to freely express themselves as musicians and extreme artists. CADAVERIA style, labelled Horror Metal by critics, can be well identified with a personal mix of Black, Death and Gothic Metal. The lyrics, scheming, hermetic and introspective, mirror the dark soul and the vexed personality are of the singer Cadaveria. Their latest full-length effort “Silence” came out in November 2014, via Scarlet Records. On September 2nd was released “Mondoscuro” EP, via Black Tears, co-starring CADAVERIA and Necrodeath, both as distinct bands and as authors of new songs, composed and played together.
Just recently Tarja Virmakari had a chance to interview CADAVERIA Herself, talking about “Mondoscuro” in detail, among other topics were HipstApocalypse game, ALPHA OMEGA Management, and more. Please, join the chat below.
Hi Cadaveria, we know each others for years, so it’s my double pleasure to interview you today! How are you doing?
The pleasure is mine Tarja. I’m fine thanks and I hope the same with you. Hail to all the readers too.
Lets start from your latest effort, “Mondoscuro”, the EP co-starring CADAVERIA and NECRODEATH. I know you are long time friends with Necrodeath members, and also because Flegias and GL make part of CADAVERIA. But please tell me how did you come up to this idea for this special EP release?
Well CADAVERIA and Necrodeath have their own history and identity. Their paths never crossed except for the fact we share two band members and for the rare occasions I joined them on stage for a couple of songs during their live shows. There was a time when both bands members were part of other musical projects (Raza de Odio, DyNAbyte, Mastercastle to name few) and I dreamt to play a special gig putting all those bands in the bill. But it remained just a dream… till last year, when the vision of a cooperation between us started to take shape. Flegias came up with some ideas, taking inspiration from Mondocane, a slip of Necrodeath and Schizo released in 1990 as “Mondocane Project One”, and from the recent Bulldozer/Death SS split. In the beginning we thought to release two cover songs only, but gradually the contents of this cooperation became more complex and finally we composed also two tracks together and we covered each other too. Basically what had started by joke turned into a very demanding record.
“Mondoscuro” contains six tracks: two brand new and co-written songs, two covers (one of The Beatles and one of Type O Negative) and two unusual “exchange of roles”, seeing CADAVERIA reinterpreting a classic by NECRODEATH and NECRODEATH performing a CADAVERIA hit. Brilliant idea! What else you want to tell me about it and how it evolved?
As said the EP grew up day by day. We decided to cover each other hits (Mater Tenebrarum and Spell), then to make a new composition together and to add two more covers of other bands. At a certain point the tracklist was supposed to be of five songs, then Peso, Pier and GL came up with a new track asking me to write the lyrics for it. This is how “Rise Above” song was born. It’s the brand new track from Mondoscuro, together with “Dominion of Pain”. About the covers: each band chose a track that was somehow representative and important for us. You know Helter Skelter is considered the very first heavy metal track of the music history and Peso is a great follower of The Beatles and of Ringo Starr in particular. His way of playing and conceiving the drumming has completely revolutionized the music world. On the other hand CADAVERIA is covering Christian Woman by Type O Negative: I grew up listening to Bloody Kisses album, we liked the idea of paying tribute to the great and genial Peter Steele and I was glad (and crazy enough) to accept the challenge to perform a song written by and performed by a man, in a very low tune which is not exactly in my cords. Recordings took place in two different studios and I’m very satisfied of the result in terms of sound and production. Two bands have maintained their identity but the EP sounds homogeneous, ‘cause the studios cooperated to give Mondoscuro a unique soul.
“Mondoscuro” has the participation of Lindsay Schoolcraft from CRADLE OF FILTH, as special guest on vocals. How you came up to this choice?
CADAVERIA version of Mater Tenebraum ends with Dario Argento’s Inferno movie theme, originally written by Keith Emerson. So there is a cover into the cover and both songs deal with the Three Mothers alchemy subject. Last November we were handling the issue to find a soprano to perform this song’s outro and in the same period it happened that we played some shows with Cradle of Filth. We met Lindsay and we noticed her skills while she was playing live. This is how we decided she could be the right person. The night after, in the backstage, we let her listen to the raw track offering her to participate. She was enthusiastic so at the end of the tour we finalized this cooperation.
Please tell me about the idea behind of the impressive cover-art, which was designed by Italian-Venezuelan digital artist Paolo Perrotta Mazza.
The cover too has a long story. This time I’ll try to make it short: we had different ideas, we asked some artists to produce some sketches but none of them satisfied us totally. In the end, after a long internet research, we found out Paolo Perrotta Mazza and we were caught by his explicit style. His humility and availability convinced us to get his designs. The main idea was to represent a demonic world symbolized by the belly of a pregnant nun. The final version of the artwork goes further: it’s the birth moment but it is also a miscarriage and the mother is dying as well. Life and death united. Terrible like the Mondo movie series the EP title refers to. It is unclear whether the baby was killed by her mother, scared by the obscure world he would have gone to live. Fans are free to interpret it as they prefer.
Do you think that we can expect from you, in the future, same kind of co-starring albums, with Necrodeath or others?
No. Mondoscuro was born and died in the same moment. It will remain a unique chapter in the bands’ history. Destined to become a rarity for our fans.
Now lets go back to the past, just shortly: you formed CADAVERIA in 2001 together with Flegias (after your depature from OPERA IX). Your debut album “The Shadows’ Madame” came out in 2002, followed by “Far Away from Conformity” (2004), “In Your Blood” (2007), “Horror Metal” (2012) and your latest full-length “Silence” in 2014. Each of these albums are masterpiece of its time, and strictly connected to the evolution of your musical journey and stage image, merging to your main image of “Horror Metal”. Is this something that comes naturally from your DNA or a leading thread you wanted to gain?
When Flegias and I left our previous band we intended to form a band where to freely express ourselves. This is the spirit that has always guided us, in the name of passion for music, freedom, independence and experimentation. We don’t follow any trend, our style is hard to classify and I’m aware of the fact our five full length albums are different from each other and contain influences coming from black metal and gothic metal passing through death, thrash and, sometimes, doom metal. The only path we follow is to be faithful to who we are, to what we feel and like to play. So everything comes naturally and yes every record mirrors a specific phase of our life and career. That’s why I cannot tell you how next CADAVERIA album will sound like. I want it to be heavy and articulate, for instance it could be a concept album, but truly I don’t know what planet we will land to.
Please tell me about the songwriting process in generally, and the influences you take the topics from?
For the first three albums, besides writing lyrics, I contributed to the music by working in close contact with the guitarist Frank Booth. In 2009 guitarist Dick Laurent joined the band and he is now the main responsible for the music. He lives far from the rest of the band so usually he sends us new riffs via email and then we meet to define the songs’ structure and to merge the lyrics with the music. The lyric writing process is always on the way, since I’m used to write down things coming to my mind in every moment. When we are approaching a new album I reorganize these notes in a proper lyric, then I match it with the music in terms of atmosphere, tone, melody. Life inspires me, that is from the books I read, movies I watch up to the experiences I live. “Silence” album lyrics were very intimate, like a collection of my personal thoughts about death, existence, joy, love, pain, the preciousness of time and the use we make of it during our life. It was very therapeutic to write that album and it is like I ended a path or I closed a circle. In the future I would like to write stories not necessary connected to my inner side.
Cadaveria, How did you find the music? What are your first memories, and what was the point you knew it would be the life-long relationship?
There have always been music in my family: my father was used to listen to classical music, my sister was into Pink Floyd, The Eagles, The Police stuff. When I was eight I started making my choices and I liked rock music, some strange Italian artist like Camerini, Cattaneo, Bertè and later the New Wave of the Eighties. Heavy Metal came more or less in 1989. I like to sing since I was a child but it was in 1990 that I approached a microphone for the first time. It was by joke, to spend time differently and have fun. One year later it became something more serious but I never imagined it would be part of my life for so long.
What are your greatest memories, so far?
My best memories deal with the good feeling I have each time I sing, or when we release a new album or when I’m on stage. In all these years I’ve lived a lot of great moments (inside the band and with fans) and satisfactions. For example the fact of being so loved in Mexico and to have played there many times is something I’m proud of. And I feel so moved when people write me on how our music helped them in some way, in those moments you understand that everything is real and you are useful to someone (who, in the most cases, live on the other side of the Earth). You know, first we make music for ourselves. I feel blessed and honored to have the opportunity to share CADAVERIA music with so many great people, who appreciate what we do. I have to say we are very well supported by our fans, who still prefer to buy a physical copy of our albums instead of listening to the music from youtube. This is such a miracle nowadays.
Earlier this year you entered the roster of ALPHA OMEGA Management. What can you tell us about this collaboration?
I have always been the manager of myself and I still manage almost everything in the band, from the music to the booking, from the artwork to the website. But I’m glad to finally have got a professional partner that is helping us spreading the word. I already knew some people from Alpha Omega before they founded the Agency, so I know their experience and I’m sure I can trust them. I’m thankful for what they are doing for us in term of promotion, both Italian and US team are kind and smart and I’m looking forward to cooperating more tightly with them in the future, when a new CADAVERIA album will be released.
In March was announced your partecipation at HipstApocalypse game as one of the main characters, so please tell us more about this experience.
I’m truly excited to be part of this and I’m honoured to have inspired Gallab Entertainment, the company that is developing HipstApocalypse game, to create a character in my likeness. The game deals with the heavy metal history and I’m in good company there, with Lemmy and tons of hipster zombies! The team is finalizing the game and in the next months the first open beta will be released. They are waiting for the completion of the comic strip that is closely linked to the game.
What will happen next in the CADAVERIA -camp?
A vinyl version of Mondoscuro will be released in limited edition by the end of 2016 via Sleaszy Rider Records. In Spring 2017, for the same label, we will re-release our second album Far Away From Conformity from 2004 and we will be on stage again for some promotional shows. In Summer we will start working on the next full length…
What is your message to your fans and Metal Shock Finland readers?
Remember to dare, always, and to be yourself and never give up. Keep on following CADAVERIA and spreading the word. Thanks everybody for the support! Memento audere semper.
More information at:
1 – Mater Tenebrarum
2 – Spell
3 – Dominion of Pain
4 – Rise Above
5 – Christian Woman (Type O Negative cover)
6 – Helter Skelter (The Beatles cover).
Check the trailer with the tracks preview here: