Hi there, how are you doing, Yixja? I know that you had a lot of problems with the umpteenth storm, everything okay now?
You live in South Carolina, is the same for all the other members? There is a lot of mystery around your band in general, as well as for your nicknames... could you tell me more about that (background of each musician) and especially, why you chose an Italian moniker?
You have just released the second album, happy for that? How do you feel now, considering that it was already ready for almost 1 year? In the meantime have you started to write new tracks?
I have reviewed both albums of Dalla Nebbia. The first one was very close to the sound of Windir while the new one seems much more influenced by Agalloch, and by some bands of the avantgarde/experimental scene like Oranssi Pazuzu and Code, even keeping an angry approach, do you agree?
How was the recording of the new album, could you give me much more details? What about the lyrics, and how a Dalla Nebbia song is born? Is there an "8 hands" working approach, or does each of you work individually?
Zduhać writes all the lyrics, and they cover a variety of related topics on this album. General themes are based on the inevitability of death, the small and insignificant scale of human life in the universe and natural world, and the futility of religion as a solution to mankind’s problems. "Abandoned Unto Sky" is based on the idea of seeing death and decay in everything. "Lament of Aokigahara" is written from the perspective of the trees in Japan’s “suicide forest” as they observe human suffering and despair. The title track explores religion’s obligation to justify the existence of death and evil in the world, and the flawed idea of a perfect and omniscient god orchestrating the events of people’s lives, allowing suffering and tragedy as part of a bigger plan. The phrase “felix culpa” translates from Latin to “fortunate fault” and is a reference to this idea of tragedy that has a hidden divine purpose. The song "Paradise in Flames" then builds further on the idea, exploring the blinding and manipulative aspects of organized religion and cults.
Could you explain the cover artwork, and what it represents? Is there any intimate meaning in that angel?
How was the collaboration with Sareeta (she is fantastic) and with Aort born? What should we expect in the future from your sound? Do you already have new ideas to improve it?
As far as the future, like I mentioned before I’m not really sure at the moment where we’re going next. I was really happy with the addition of violin to our sound, but I don’t know yet if we’ll go further in that direction or completely reinvent ourselves on the next album. We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
Do you have the chance to play live? How would you manage the absence of Sareeta in case?
How were the feedbacks on the first Lp and did you get any feedback (aside from The Pit of the Damned) on the new one?
What about the local scene, is there any interesting band to suggest me?
Finally, I am used to asking for the "Desert Island List": three books, three records and three movies you can’t live without. What about yours?
Books- Maybe one of my Lovecraft collections, and a couple books I’ve had interest in but never read before, like Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and Cat’s Cradle by Vonnegut.
Music- This is always tough, but 'Arntor' by Windir, 'Through Silver in Blood' by Neurosis, and 'The Tatterdemalion Express' by Mar de Grises are the first that come to mind right now.
Movies- Lots to choose from here too, but Alien, Suspiria, and The Good The Bad and the Ugly are films I could watch over and over.
By the way, Zduhać is a huge fan of fantasy novels and he requested that I add The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss to the desert island book list. In his words, it “makes all other fiction look weak by comparison”. I guess I need to add that to my own reading list.
Thanks a lot guys, I guess to know very soon that you are writing new material as Dalla Nebbia is an interesting creature of the US underground.