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A Dirty Dozen with ENRICO “H.” DI LORENZO from HIDEOUS DIVINITY – May 2021

 

According to a recent press release: “Italian technical death metal band HIDEOUS DIVINITY releases their second brutal single and visualizer video “Chestburst.” The track is off their forthcoming EP LV-426, which is set for release via Century Media Records on April 23rd. “That persistent beat in James Horner’s ‘Face Huggers’ theme from the movie score… it all starts there. If “Acheron Stream of Woe” is the epic theme, then “Chestburst” is the crazy fast escape tune. It’s the soundtrack of alien drones hunting the Colonial Marine squad. And no, there’s no happy ending,“ states HIDEOUS DIVINITY about the track.” We get singer Enrico to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Let me start by saying that LV-426 is our first EP ever. We always worked on concept albums with 9/10 songs to develop the story we wanted to tell. With an EP you have a shorter time, so it can be hard to fully satisfy your artistic needs in an organic and complete way. So, we thought it was the right time to push harder towards one of our favorite aspects of our music: the cinematic approach. When we wrote and arranged “Acheron, Stream of Woe” and “Chestburst”, we kept in mind the idea of telling a story like it was a movie. Of course it’s Death Metal, that’s our language, but this time we gave it a “storytelling” kind of push. Diehard fans will find (and actually are already finding) some big differences from our last releases. The Black Metal elements in our music are getting more relevant in the riffing and general mood, but what seemed to have surprised our fans the most is the sound chosen for this EP. We gradually moved from the ultra tight and polished sound of our first album to a production that could be more raw and atmospheric, and every album has been a little step in that direction. Once again, with this EP, we decided to push harder in that direction and for some of our diehard fans the impact with this approach has been upsetting. Anyway, they seem to enjoy it hahah

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I was 12, the music teacher gave the class this winter holyday homework: “Learn to read these 3 scores”, but I was always distracted and what I heard was “Learn to read.” I spent the next 10 days cracking the code of the musical staff and when I came back to school, I was pretty good at reading music. I thought to myself “well, this is cool!!” and I started studying piano, then bass guitar, then singing and now I growl the hell out of me (Sorry Mum, I wasted your money).

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

When I was 15, I was channel surfing and they were broadcasting a full Sepultura concert. On a national TV, 9:30 pm. I remember me mumbling “what the hell?”, but it was too late, my soul was sold.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Ouch, hard question. Randomly: George Fisher, Alex Webster, Jonathan Davis, Robin Graves, and John Deacon. Strange, more bassists than singers.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Some years ago my answer would had been Dallas Toler Wade, but we did a collaboration with him on our second album Cobra Verde, we did a duet on “The Alonest of the Alone”, not a little feature but a real death metal duet. It made my day for all the days to come. We love his style of singing and it’s very very far from mine, so we arranged the vocal lines to mix and melt together in something really unique in our discography. If I could choose today a collaborator I’d probably say Nergal, because I love what he writes and I love his ability to piss everyone off with few words ahahah

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I would describe Hideous Divinity’s music as Death Metal. And I think that’s enough. The most strange comparisons I heard/read are the ones comparing us to this or that metalcore band. I mean… ok but, ARE YOU SERIOUS?

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Fortunately 4/5 of Hideous Divinity are pretty good cooks. All the band, except Riccardo (Guitars), who actually puts wurstel and fries on pizza (I think there is some law in Italy against this abuse. Or at least it should be). We all like some beer and wine but none of us is a strong drinker so you will never see one of us entering the tour bus yelling “BEEEEEEEEEEEER” with a box of some cheap cornsyrup crap. Last but not least, none of us ever tried a singalong with an acoustic guitar. Fortunately.

8. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

2015 when we received an email from Cannibal Corpse asking “do you want to tour with us?”, then again in 2016 when we actually toured with them. Every night I told myself “don’t be a fanboy”; every night I miserably failed.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part of being a musician is the music. If I was not a musician my dream job would be Medicine Doctor. I ended up being a musician AND a Medicine Doctor, but I’m a peculiar one: I’m and Artistic Phoniatrician, I take care of the voice of artists. So music is the best part of both my jobs.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Fortunately there’s no question I’m tired of answering, if anyone wants to know anything about me who am I to deny an answer? I never thought about what I would like to be asked that’d not been asked already… maybe, I always found interesting people!

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

No remorse, no regrets.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Theli by Therion. I Immediately loved that album and I still love it but, in my opinion, it lacks some growling voice. MY voice hahah.

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