Band of the Day: Pleonexia

Italy today with some metal from the north of the country…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We come from Italy, from different towns, mainly Turin.

How did you meet?

The project was born as a one-man band, then it became a real band thanks to “musician wanted” ads on the web.

How long have you been playing as a band?

It’s been eight years now.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

Pleonexia is the name of one of our first songs, and people started calling us that way before we decided on a band name. However, we thought it was nice, although not easy to pronounce, so we kept it. “Pleonexia” is an ancient Greek term roughly meaning ‘covetousness’; it was often used to express the insatiable desire to have what rightfully belongs to others. However, we read that term with a positive significance, as one of the best qualities of man, that causes him never to accept passively his conditions but inciting him to try overtaking his limits.

What are your influences?

Too many to tell. Maybe in our first works, the 80’s metal has been our main model.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

That’s not an easy question to answer. We think the uniqueness is in the way we create catching melodies mixing pieces of different genres.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Yes. We define our music philosophical metal because our lyrics are about philosophical themes.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

We think that live shows should be a different thing from studio work. You cannot have the same precision and over recordings of the album unless you cheat, but with the right audience sometimes something really cool and unexpected comes out. Anyway, it’s a different form of art. We played too many gigs to count them, but we sure can’t get enough of it.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

What happens on stage stay on stage…

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

We use:

  • Drums: Mapex Alfredo Golino Signature
  • Bass: Schecter stiletto studio 5
  • Guitars: Schecter Hellraiser FR, Ibanez RG 1527 Prestige
  • Keyboard: Alesis Fusion, Native Instruments – FM7

What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?

We’re promoting our second album. The title, Virtute e Canoscenza, is from Dante’s Inferno and mean virtues and knowledge. It has been released by Pure Steel Records on February 21, 2020.

What are your plans for 2020?

The usual: play a lot of gigs, sell a lot of copies and work on the new album.

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 like opening for bands which have songs with an uplifting and epic spirit, like Hammerfall or Edguy. We’re planning to have some gigs to promote the new album and we’ll have a lot of really good bands playing with us. Follow us on our socials and you will find out all the details!

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