Italian deathsters Dying Awkward Angel have something coming your way in May. Here, they tell us a little about it and a lot about themselves…
We all live around Turin (Italy), except for Michele who lives near Milan (Italy).
How did you meet?
We have been playing heavy metal for many years here in Italy and we often shared the stage, each of us with a different band.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Edoardo is the founder, since 1998, and he’s the last member of the original lineup. Luca and Lorenzo joined him more or less ten years ago, then Davide came in three years ago. Michele is our new frontman, announced a few days ago at the same time as the coming out of Absence of Light.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Our name comes from an idea put forward by our first singer: you can image an angel that leans out the edge to look at humanity, and because of his awkwardness he falls down, dying as an angel, and becoming something else.
What are your influences?
Any powerful kind of music can inspire us, but our primary source is the Swedish current of melodic death metal (In Flames, At the Gates, Dark Tranquillity, Carcass, Dissection, etc.)
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
It’s not easy to say that about yourself… but we can try. Edoardo is an uncommon composer, he is very insticinctive and complex at the same time: he loves both harmonies and dissonances! We all feel our music under our skin, and of course we play it very hard!
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
In this album we tell about some stunning and painful facts, bad trends, vices… using very strong emotions, or metaphors… anyway, we pointed our attention on some contradictions, and on some ambiguity of this world.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
As we told you before, we play very hard! We are furious and concrete, and we do really love music! We played too many shows… we can’t remember.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Our first singer broke a fan’s nose, jumping down from the stage during a show!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
We traditionally use Engl heads and cabinets, Ampeg amps, and Tamburo drums. We play Gibson guitars and Fender bass guitars.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our new full length album, Absence of Light, is coming out next May 25th in Europe thanks to Extreme Metal Music/ Rockshots Records. This work represents a new level for us. Without any conceit, we are very proud of it.
What are your plans for 2018?
Our target is having many good shows, in order to plug this album as well as possible.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
In our dreams we would love to support Carcass! And we would like to choose our friends Homicide Hagridden to open our show.
From previous Band of the Day Inquire Within: If you had to pick just one album to listen to for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Master of Puppets, or the Abba greatest hits…it’s hard to choose.
From another BotD, Sail: What’s the coolest moment you’ve had doing band stuff? What made you feel awesome and made the faff 100% worth it?
When you play some new stuff… and you make a mistake on your guitar, but you realize that this bug is great, and that’s what will make this song different from any other song! Any kind of trouble disappears, when you listen to your new shit and you get goose bumps! Sometimes it happens.
And from Drifter: What’s your greatest accomplishment outside music?
Our families, they support us… and bear us! Every day.
Absence of Light is set up for release on May 25 in Europe and June 8 in North America. Pre-orders are currently available.