What is and what could be
An unreleased promo that we mailed to a limited number of labels looking for a deal for our second album. It includes early version of songs that found their way in later releases and perfectly documents the transition between “Nocturnal” and “The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell”.
On August 1st and 2nd 2000 we entered the brand new Red House Recording studio with Davide Lenci producing to lay down the foundations of what in our mind was to become the follow up to 1998’s “Nocturnal”. Our plan was simple: we were to record a super professional promo, shop it to labels and see who would be interested in working with us. Things went slighty different and already while we were in the studio mounting tensions brought us very close to quit the studio before even finishing to lay down the songs. At the end of the day we were able to come home with something in our hands. We sent around a very limited nr of promos only to the bigger labels of the time. We didn’t have the intention of sending out hundreds of promos as we had done for our demo tapes and for our debut album. We thought we’d eventually do that for our second album.
It is quite interesting to see how two songs from this promo made their way to our second album “The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell”, while two more were put on ice and had to wait until our 3rd album was released to be officially presented to our public. The fact is that at the time of this recording we were at a crossroad and not quite sure of what direction to take: on one side there was the extreme sonic attack that later found its way into “The Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell” and on the other side there was a more mediated and elaborated form that some 9 years later would compose the backbone of “Non Voglio Morire”
“The sessions were very, very difficult – clashing personalities and different musical directions. Unfortunately, despite some very important label showed us some interest, in the end nothing happened. We were extra cautious too. After the disappointment of our debut album, we were terr!” (Carlo)
Unreleased 2000 Promo
Produced by David Lenci
Total running time: 24:59
Ivan Di Marco – vocals
Janos Murri – lead guitar
Carlo Strappa – rhythmic guitar
Gianluca Mandolesi – bass
Omar Moretti – drums