Prog Sphere Showcase: Interview with Alex De Angelis of FROM THE DUST RETURNED

From the Dust Returned

From the Dust Returned is a progressive metal band from Rome who in March this year released their debut EP titled ‘Homecoming.’ We caught up with guitarist and principal composer Alex De Angelis to talk about the release, themes, influences, and more.

Define the mission of From the Dust Returned.

Our mission—if it’s possible to call it in this way, is to bring our emotions, feelings, ideas and our vision of progressive music to the people, and also trying to be reach out to people are not used to this genre.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut EP Homecoming and the themes it captures.

I wanted to write about a theme that I love, inner problems and mental disorders. I have always been fascinated by those, so I needed to find a music to express the feelings and the emotions that come from these disorders, trying to create different sensory phases.

Different moods need different sounds and to create these I chose to give theatricality to the songs, and to use a dualism between the instruments, like acoustic guitar and the distorted one, and at the same time between my voice and Marco’s, between a dark atmosphere and a sweet melody.

What is the message you are trying to give with Homecoming?

I try to give a personal vision of progressive metal without a usual cliché, like solos and refrains, and at the same time I want to leave it to the people interpret the meaning of each word and note.

For us, the real homecoming is among us, members who come from different musical genres who want to make the same music, in the same way I like to create a homecoming between the people who love or do not love progressive metal and these themes.

Homecoming

How did you document the music while it was being formulated?

I use to record audio and video as notes, then when I have all the songs clear in my head I record with Danilo and Miki a principal line in studio, so the others can work on it. I always write before the music and then the words, but while I’m composing the music I know well what I want to say in that musical moment.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

It comes like a mood change. What is really architected is the choice of the instruments and of the voices for the different atmospheres.

Describe the approach to recording the single.

I wrote a song which talks about the schizophrenia, so I needed to have continuous changes and different phases.

The song begins with a distorted sound which represents the awareness of the inner problem. This sound leaves soon the place to an acoustic moment when the second personality of the same man comes out. Then we have an oriental brake that is a representation of a brain trip, followed by the heaviest piece of the song. The accordion moment is the reaction of the man and then we have the solution to this problem. The ending is the same oriental moment that we had before.

Which bands or artists influence your work?

I tried to put in this album the musical background of each member. Miki is a black metal fan, Danilo loves 70s prog, Cristiano 70/80s hard rock, so maybe you can hear different influences in this work, from Opeth to Genesis, from King Crimson to Pink Floyd.

What is your view on technology in music?

I think that it changes the music in a decisive way. For me every technological improvement is welcome. Thinking about my first demo with the Reinwen (As time hides – 2000) it was unthinkable to create music in this way. Today it’s easier than at that time. Thanks to the technology we have so many possibilities to enrich the sound.

Do you see your music as serving a purpose beyond music?

For me the music is a necessity. I don’t care about the results, the sales. I write and play songs to try to say something in my personal way. In the same way I cry or I laugh, I play music and I hope the people understand this.

Homecoming is available from Bandcamp. Follow From the Dust Returned on Facebook.

1 Comment

  1. pellegrino tony

    May 7, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    bellissima

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