Mention the name Macbeth and the first thing that comes to mind is one of William Shakespeare’s more famous plays about a man who wants to be king and is willing to do anything, even going as far as murdering his friends. While the Italian band of the same name does not actually involve physical violence, the emotional elements involved in the Shakespearian play such as cruelty and sweetness can be found within the music of the band Macbeth. Recently, they have been doing tours in support of their latest album Malae Artes, which is the first album to receive distribution in the United States.
Grim Magazine: For those who may not know about the band, could you give a brief history of the band?
Andreas: Sure! The band was formed in 1995 by Fabrizio, after two years Macbeth recorded the first and only demo tape called “Nocturnal Embrace”. Then they signed a deal in 1998 and the same year the band recorded “Romantic Tragedy’s Crescendo” that sold more than 12.000 copies all over Europe. After “Romantic Tragedy’s Crescendo” release, Nuclear Blast put a couple of our songs in “Metal Dreams vol. 2”, feat. Stratovarius, Helloween, Skid Row, and Mr. Big and a song in “Beauty in Darkness vol.4” feat. Tiamat, In Flames, Dark Tranquillity, Nightwish, Lacuna Coil and more.
I joined Macbeth in 2001 I recorded with them “Vanitas” that was very well reviewed and appreciated in Europe, South America, Baltic states and Taiwan too. Then, last year we released “Malae Artes” that is our best and more mature album. The new album was also released in the United States of America and this is very important news.
Grim Magazine: The name Macbeth is obviously taken from a Shakespeare play about a man who wants to be King of Scotland at any cost. In what ways does the band name fit in with your music?
Fabrizio: The idea was to find a name to explain our music. Our sound was the perfect fusion of opposites: cruelty and sweetness, melody and violence. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, you can find pieces of poetry and horrible murders. It was also my favorite Shakespearean play.
Grim Magazine: What are some of your influences?
Fabrizio: I guess a musician must listen to all kinds of good music. So, there’s not only one band or few bands in our background. I like very much: Slayer, Porcupine Tree, Dimmu Borgir, Muse, Madonna, Atreyu, Death, Sopor Aeternus and many more. Our sound comes from a ton of stuff because our roots are very different, but if you add them together, the result is our sound.
Grim Magazine: Recently, you released Malae Artes. What does the title mean and how does it fit with what you’re trying to do on the album?
Andreas: The meaning of the album title is explained track by track, in the lyrics of each song. “Malae Artes” comes from ancient Latin, sounds like “arts of hell” in English. The main theme of our lyrics is “to lie”, all songs deal with lies, deceit, double-faced people…
“Nuda Veritas” (the intro) is a prelude to many reflections upon appearance. Don’t worry, do not expect a negative album because I guess our lyrics will teach you to open your eyes to search the other face of everything…
Grim Magazine: On the subject of the number three, Malae Artes is your third album. Seemingly, in the metal music business, the third album from most groups is the make or break album. Is there any pressure at all from this?
Fabrizio: We like what we’re doing, we love our stuff…no pressure.
I guess the new one will be the most important step for the band. I hope it will be appreciated by people, magazines, and media while increasing our fans and audience as well. I believe in MACBETH, in our songs, and in my hard work. You really need to believe in your music, because otherwise, it’s not going to work. Maybe things will change, but the heart of the band will remain the same.
Grim Magazine: When can people in America expect to see the album released and if no definite date has been set, have you talked to any labels that are considering a release date in America?
Andreas: Last year in August, the album was released in the U.S.A. by Crash Music Inc. and the distribution is handled by Caroline, one of the largest independent distribution companies in the United States, and is owned by EMI Music.
Grim Magazine: Are there any tours that have or are going to happen in support of Malae Artes?
Fabrizio: Well, after the release of “Malae Artes”, we played all over Italy in spring and we’ve done a lot of interviews to promote the album. Then last summer we reached Mexico for a great tour and I must say it was an amazing experience!
After few shows in Italy again, we are working on new stuff and at the end of June, we will reach Beirut, in Lebanon, for a great gig. In July, we’ll play at the Evolution Festival in Italy together with Within Temptation, Cradle of Filth, Moonspell, the Gathering, Saxon and many more.
Stay tuned for GREAT news…
Grim Magazine: Thanks for taking the time for the interview and best of luck to you.
Fabrizio and Andreas: Thank you and your webzine for this interview. We hope to play soon in the States!! And be sure to visit our official website!
(1998) Macbeth – Romantic Tragedy’s Crescendo
(2001) Macbeth – Vanitas
(2005) Macbeth – Malae Artes
(2007) Macbeth – Superangelic Hate Bringers
(2014) Macbeth – Neo-Gothic Propaganda
With: Andreas Cislaghi/Fabrizio Cislaghi
Interview Date: June 6, 2006
Years Active: 1995 – present
Genre: Gothic Metal, Black Metal
Website: Official Website
Label: Dragonheart Records
Origin: Milan, Italy
Reviewed by: Grim Magazine
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