TALES OF THE BUGABOO: New Proposal for Metal

Tales of the Bugaboo

Italian melodic death metal band Tales of the Bugaboo launched their debut album “Eating Children Disorder” in January. Singer Nazario Biscotti talks about it in an interview for Prog Sphere.

Define mission of Tales of the Bugaboo.

Well, playing all around the world, knowing tons of other musicians and people who love music as we do, having a good time through our music and sharing it are our main goals of course, but we think metal scene has to change somehow. We do hate standing inside metal subgenres because they’re like a lash in terms of composition. We wanna propose something which has no fences in this sense, something that is hard to classify and create a sort of trend of “no genres” even though we’ve been inspired by a whole lot of em.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your debut album “Eating Children Disorder” and the themes it captures.

Creating songs is kinda like creating a “the Sims” character to us. We don’t choose the genre but how the song will sound like and you got infinite choices if you think in this way.

We don’t compose anything without inspiration, it’s too important to us. It’s not a matter of sewing together a couple of riffs, the song is gonna be empty and senseless most of time. The result? Billions of no sense bands all over the place. We like to focus on which kind of emotions we want people to feel and it’s not obvious even though it seems. In order to do this you gotta keep in mind your life experiences and what you felt in different situation not only in music. This album is about the funniest and most ridiculous sides of society; our music scene, mainstream music, work, religion, the world of entertainment, and so on.

What is the message you’re trying to give with “Eating Children Disorder”?

Be different, it’s cool to be different, it’s cool to be a minority, just don’t focus on being famous and express what you really are. Stay away from “patterns” that music has nowadays. You can create everything you want without taking care of playing”black metal” or “death metal”, music is endless, play with it and have fun.

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

Guitar pro is the main software we use to write our music when it comes to our minds. We just think how could that be and try to make it sound cool on that software.

Eating Children Disorder

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected?

Of course, the main idea is the soul like I just said but we also work in detail once we know what to do in this sense.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

Research. We don’t use only the typical metal instruments but also electronic instruments and noises. It’s very frustrating sometimes because we know what we want but it is difficult to find because our sound engineer has infinite bundles and it’s pretty hard to let him understand what we’re looking for.

How long “Eating Children Disorder” was in the making?

Everything took a couple of years, for both songwriting and recording.

Which band or artists influenced the work on the release?

Too many. Slipknot, Soad, Belphegor, Marduk, Finntroll, Nightwish, Lamb of God, Rob Zombie, children of bodom, but also non metal bands and rappers, or anime, movies, comics, even Disney soundtracks! [laughs] Not joking.

What is your view on technology on music?:

It’s an amazing thing. Technology means new stuff. The more you can have through technology the better your record’s gonna be. . The “old school gospel” is kinda hilarious. Everything is fake since the first take. The “natural sound” doesn’t exist because you will use equalisers, mics, reverbs, compressors and more in any case, so what are we talking about? We think people would better bury such thoughs and they’d better focus on sharing good music without any kind of “fences.”

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

We wanna keep the metal scene alive as more as we can but we cannot do that by ourselves. We try to play and propose the better music we can do in order to let people have fun when they listen to our music and come to our concerts. We don’t want to become successful “no matter how”, we want people to think “you know what? I’m not a huge metal fan but damn! These guys are very good musicians and composers! We got Gucci gang instead, d’oh!”.

What are your plans for the future?

Playing for over and over again. We have no gigs yet but they are on they’re way.

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