DIVINE : interview with Olaf Thorsen
mailer by Salvo "Lovedeath" Russo ___
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THIS IS MY WAY OF MAKING HEAVY METAL
Olaf! It’s a great pleasure to interview you again!!! Olaf…your
personal opinion about the new V.D. album…..
course I love our last album, and I really consider it as our most mature
found a perfect balance between all our influences, and this album sounds
so “full” of all this. Also, it’s probably the most difficult album
we wrote to be played on stage, and this is a very interesting challenge
to us, ahah!
can’t but admit that Michele Luppi’s presence has given a great and
important value to this band…but, in my opinion, he
influenced the compositions in a away that sometimes they seem
melodic hard-rock oriented …is it true?
TPM is surely the album in which he had the chance to express himself at
his top and freely, so definitely this is the one in which he found more
the influences and all the rest, I already told you that this is the album
in which we really found the way to mix all our different influences at
the same time, and surely this is the strongest point of this cd. We have
been always looking for an improvement, and our 4 albums are there to show
that Vision Divine are always looking ahead, trying to change a little
bit, album by album.
latest two albums represent a new era for this band…In particular I
notice a great production that gives value to the essence, to the
music...How much time has been spent in the studio-recording for the
sessions of “The perfect Machine”?
our 2 latest albums, I also think that one of the main reasons why people
see them as our “new era” is due to the line up changes and at the
same time the fact that I finally left Labyrinth and focused just on VD.
This reason alone would be a good reason why from then and on, our music
has started to change so dramatically, of course also thanks to the new
members that joined us.
Are you satisfied of the
Italian audience?...or you think that Italian audience is not so
interested to Italian bands…my personal impression is that Italian bands
are more appreciated abroad…do you agree?
the way, you are right when you say that Italians are not used to love
Italian bands that much, there’s a strange behave that make fans always
love strangers much more that Italian bands.
It’s strange but in my
opinion both V.-D. albums and Labyrinth get a great melodic approach that
seem to belong to the typical Italian tradition…Italian bands are able
to create amazing melodies…how much does pop-music, or in general our
melodic tradition, influence the compositions for a power-metal band?
think that this is peculiar from these bands, and this is what makes them
different from others. I don’t know if this comes from Pop, but I
don’t think so. I believe melody is something we have as an instinct, as
personally I never think “ ok I’m gonna make this sound more
melodic”. It just come out as it is. This my way of making Heavy Metal,
and thanks God is different from other German of Scandinavian bands. I
don’t mean it’s better, I just mean it’s different!
What does Timo Tolkki
(producer) think about this album? …How is your relationship with him
and how was it born?
course I never had the chance to really get close to him, but you know,
when you meet someone many times and you know he’s a musician, it
becomes easier then to get in touch and discuss about music.
I offered him to produce our new album, and I have been surprised to have
his reply where he told me that he would have been enthusiastic to work
with Vision Divine, which is a band he knows and like a lot.
loved this album and he believed for first that we would have done great.
we are good friends, and I am used to talk with him every now and then,
not only about music.
The lyrics and the
concept…can you explain to our readers what is the theme of this album?
here on I move to explore how the human kind would change thanks to such
an incredible discover, and I believer we would find it not so completely
good as we might think.
are not made for eternity, and our life and our perception of it would
change too much.
this concept man reaches the point to feel there’s no need for a God nor
anything else, as man is the perfect machine, but this will bring humanity
to a black hole, were there are no feelings and no needs anymore, a sort
of oblivion from which it will be hard to get out so easily…
won’t close the story, but there will be the need of God again to help
course the God I am talking about is not a God in the way of the white
never preach people like “ you have to believe in God”. The God I use
can easily be seen as an allegory of our inner conscience, so that even
who’s an atheist could follow my concept and find it interesting.
Which are the band you’re
listening to nowadays? What’s the future for prog-power metal (in your
just play the music I like the way I like
listen to a lot of music of course as I also need to understand what other
bands are doing nowadays, but when I really put my favourite cd in my
player, then I listen to bands like A-ha, Yes, Queen and many others that
have not that much to share with the music I play with my band.
A great idea “Stage of
Consciousness”…will there be another dvd for this new album?...please
tell us also something about the new tournče….where will you go?
dvd wanted to present the new band to all those who couldn’t have the
chance to see us on stage. We reached this target, and now it’s time to
go back to normal studio albums and of course a lot of shows!
far we are preparing the new tour, which should bring us first in Italy of
course, then South America, Usa, Japan and hopefully Europe, where we are
still in contact for a couple of offers that I can’t confirm you now,
regarding some possible tour.
course, you can be updated perfectly just by visiting our website www.visiondivine.com
which is constantly updated with any new regarding us.
a talented artist, a great composer…which is (till now) the song
you’ve composed that is more representative about
cannot choose between my songs, as they are all born in relation with a
particular moment of my life, a particular mood or something, which makes
some of them too different to me.
I love a song just because of the lyrics I wrote and that still remind me
of a special period just by reading them
times I just love a song for the nice riff I got out from my mind…
too difficult man, don’t
question about your solo-project…Will it follow the same Vision Divine
style or it’s something different?
question: typical gryphonmetal, The Game. The bands we interview for the
second time have to “enjoy” the Game of the Emptiness! Imagine you must go on travel for 15 days, and the only thing
you can put into your baggage (concerning music) is a mp3 player of
128mb....so imagine this mp3 player empty: which albums you'd rip to put
them into the memory?
think at the end I would choose a compilation of songs from mine, and then
another one from Queen
and A-ha .
Olaf for your time!!!!
are welcome bye!
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