Throwing some metal at you today with Italian act Genus Ordinis Dei who recently released a new album. We’ll let them tell you about it…
Hello! We are from Crema, which is a town in northern Italy, near Milano.
How did you meet?
We all live in a small town and everyone of us used to play in different bands, we also shared the stage sometimes in small festivals and local clubs. Later on, in 2012, we decided to start this project together!
How long have you been playing as a band?
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Genus Ordinis Dei is a Latin name which means “the origin (or the stirp) of the divine order”. Basically we wanted to have a name who also referenced our origin (we are from Italy) and what’s better than use the Latin for it?
It came from our very first album The Middle which used to be Genus Ordinis Dei – The Middle at the very beginning. Then we decided to change our name from G.O.D. to Genus Ordinis Dei.
What are your influences?
Everyone of us comes from a different metal background. Nick and Tommy are inspired by epic and power metal, Steven by thrash metal, and Richard by progressive and metalcore. But apart from that, we are all inspired by bands like Gojira, Lamb Of God, Insomnium, Dark Tranquillity, Periphery, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Dimmu Borgir.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
The fact that we do a cool mix of modern metal and symphonic orchestra. Is quite original and we do that very differently from the other bands we know.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
We always write concept albums, so every lyric is part of a story, and every album is related to the others. This is a pretty “nerdy” thing, but it is cool! The main theme of all is a reinterpretation of the Bible as it’s seen from another point of view.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We played a lot of shows and we also did a EU/UK tour with Lacuna Coil last year. Our show is very intense and theatrical. We have moments of pure energy and others of a completly dark stage with just the orchestra going on.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
We were playing a show in a small club in our city some years ago and we totally messed up during a song from our first album. Everyone was completely out from the song and we just played a minute of blast beat stuff before closing the “song” we were playing. At the end of it Tommy faked a technical problem on his guitar and we just continued with the next song.
After the show he confessed that he was about to fake a collapse on stage to justify everything.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
We play Jackson and ESP guitars, and ESP bass. No amps or cabinets, everything is digital as we use Kemper amps and every effect change is programmed.
Mapex Drums and Meinl Cymbals. Richard is also an endorser of Evans Drumheads and Promark Drumsticks.
What are your plans for 2018?
Play as much as we can and promote the new album Great Olden Dynasty. We also have a couple of videos coming out this year and some other things we are planning right now.
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!
We’d love to support Lamb Of God one day, and if we can bring on someone we’d say Geschlecht. They are a cool band from here and we also bring them on the road with us when we can!