1918 : Interview with Marco Soellner and
by Salvo "Lovedeath" Russo
|02/09/2002 - phone interview "Undressed Momento" REVIEW|
Marco!Congratulations for this Masterpiece...Klimt1918 are one of the most
original bands... and I think that this is one of the best album in
2003!!!Tell me something about your past
KLIMT 1918 was formed by me (Marco) & my brother Paolo (drums) in
October 1999. We were the only two members left of Another Day, an Italian
act dedicated to progressive Death Metal sonorities.
2000, after the split of A.D. we recorded “Secession Makes Post Modern
Music”, first demo of the band, more focused on different sonorities and
suggestions. The musical influences can be indicated with the Swedish and
English Avantgarde Metal (Anathema, Opeth, Edge of Sanity, Katatonia), the
80'ies Wave (The Cure, U2 - early years, Police, Japan, Duran Duran,
Depeche Mode, The Smiths) and The Beatles (years 1967 - 1970).
“Secession Makes Post Modern Music” was acclaimed with great reviews
by media and, after an important promotion, the band chose to accept a
deal for two albums with MY KINGDOM MUSIC.
july – september 2002 the band entered again the Outer Sounds Studios
and, under the precious supervision of Giuseppe Orlando and Massimiliano
Pagliuso (NOVEMBRE), they recorded their debut album “Undressed Momento”.
That’s all, by now.
album is full of emotional music...may you tell me something about your
I take inspirations just from my feelings..you will find a lot of
influences in this album :film from Lars Von Trier, Tears for Fears,
Police, Duran Duran, The Smiths, the album Joshua Tree from U2, Luigi
Tenco, Gino Paoli, post-electros Artaud, Harmony Korine,’80 synth-pop,W.
Blake, Poe, mujaihiddin & fedayn, M. dushamp & dada movement,
Darkthrone, Emperor, Cure, Katatonia, Opeth, Anathema, Novembre etc…
my opinion this album may be appreciated both from Opeth fans
Yes I agree absolutely. In Undressed Momento you can find lirism,
romanticism, suspended atmospheres but also electric and violent moments.
structure of your songs are not easy but they are able to enter in the
…don’t know!! We make our songs in a very spontaneous way! We like
simple melodies that enter in your ears and brains giving you emotions –
your musical influences.....I notice a very important touch of new wave in
Yes! As mentioned above our music is full of influences from the most
representative electro-synthpop band from 80’s.
technical question....(the first)! Your voice is 80's pop style- oriented.
You remind me of Sting in
the sound...tell me please something about the arrangements and production.
are you satisfied ?
Of course!! I think Giuseppe Orlando and Massimiliano Pagliuso from
Novembre made one of their best works from Outer Sound
i want to ask what do you think about Italian metal scene? In your opinion
Of course! In Italy things are improved in the last years..we have a lot
of interesting bands!!
can mention (not only metal of course) my fave ones: Novembre, Room with a
View, Aborym, Spiritual Front, Grayswan, Grimness, Edenshade, Ephel Duath,
Lacuna Coil, Bohemien, Chaos/Order, Neuelicht Inc., Pulcher Femina, XP8,
Syrian…too much to remember all !!
Kingdom Music is one of new reality...when did you signe with them?
We signed in December 2001. We appreciate a lot the work they are making
you think to promote this album with a European tour?..and I want ask you
somenthing about covers you think to play on tour?
Actually with this line-up we played only two gigs. But we are managing a
lot of dates all around Italy – stay tuned & check out our official
for updates. We played only a cover in our last show at the end of June
here in Rome. The song was “By this River” by Brian Eno totally played
in our particular style eheh!! However we continue to play cover in the
is your favourite song in "Undressed Momento"?
That Girl, Undressed Momento, Parade of Adolescence…
Parade of Adolescence, We don’t Need No Music, If Only You Could See Me
my last question I propose our usual and typical Gryphonmetal last
question for the bands we interview for the firs time...
I push down myself…
I push down all them…I need free space! you know I am a claustrophobic
(Alessandro) Thanks for this funny & interesting interview!!!
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