- Hello, Trevor! The mighty Sadist is back! How do you feel about
your comeback and the new album?
- We are very excited about the new album. After more or less 5 years after the last one "Season in silence", which has been very well appreciated from our fans, we feel a lot of pressure about "Hyaena", also because this time we really spent so much time on the album, and we are sure we made a great new album.
- So far, at what stage of recordings are you now? How many tracks do you plan to include into the new album?
- The album is just finished, we just have to chose from 2 different kind of final mastering, but probably the album will be released in two different versions: that means that the vinyl version is going to have a different sound from the CD version. Anyway, there're going to be 10 tracks on it, 1 instrumental, as in the best Sadist tradition.
- After listening to your album teaser released not so long ago, I can say that you are in a very good shape. How could you describe your new material?
- The new songs are progressive in a very aggressive way: I mean, there are so many death metal bands that want to sound progressive, we just want to sound "Sadist", that means being progressive but still very heavy and aggressive. Moreover, some of the new songs are faster compared to the ones on the previous album, and there's a lot of tribal stuff in it too.
- Could you describe your process of creation of the new tracks? Is it usually an individual task for everyone or is it rather a collective cooperation?
- This time bass player Andy came up with most of the rhythmical ideas. Most of the songs are actually 2 or 3 years old, but we really spent a lot of time in the arrangements, just in order to be sure that the latest version was the best possible.
- Among the new tracks, do you already have your favourites? Was there any song that took you the most time to compose?
- Every song comes with its unique mood and feeling, so far it's almost impossible to choose which is the favourite one. Probably the first song "The lonely mountain" is quite unusual for Sadist, I mean, it starts very fast and tricky but the tribal mood enters and everything turn into a very wild style.
- In the past, you've been cooperating with Tommy Talamanca on the producing and mastering of your albums. Will he be involved this time? Tell us a bit about the origin of your long time friendship. What is his impact on your music?
- For Sadist is very important to work with a producer with such an experience, who also knows the band so well, and have the skillness to take the best from the whole team. Moreover, working at Nadir Music Studios is very relaxing, since it became through the years almost like a home base for Sadist. We are completely satisfied with the sound of the album, it couldn't sound better.
- Being responsible for the lyrics, can you say that this album will be conceptual? What kind of topics did you raised this time?
- Of course "Hyaena" is a concept, and the topic is very special to me, since all songs are about one of the most fascinating and mysterious between wild animals, Hyena, which is, among all, probably one of the most "Sadist"ic animals around.
- Beside Sadist, you are also on vocals in Stoner band Allhelluja. Tell us a bit about this project. How did you get involved into this project?
- The Allheluja project was a sort of Italian metal all star band, in which I was one of the singer along with my friend and talented colleague Gianluca Perotti from Extrema. The project by the way was more a sort of "studio" project. I don't know if it's going to release anything new in the next future.
- Let's get back in time for a while. You joined Sadist in 1996, just after "Tribe" was released. Could you recall how did it happen? Do you remember what your first Sadist rehearsal was like?
- When the guys asked me for joining the band as the new Sadist singer, I was very excited, since I already was a Sadist fan. I always knew I would perfectly fit the role, and since before me the band changed singer three times and I'm still the singer after almost 20 years, that means that it was a good marriage!
- In the end, could you share any plans for the near future? Will there be any European tour in support of your new album?
- Now we are completely focused on planning for the promotional activities for the new album. Hope to start touring very soon since Sadist is basically a live band, and I can't wait to see how the audience will react to the new songs!
- Thank you for this interview, Trevor. Would you like to add anything?
- For all the Sadist fans out there: check this album out, we took a lot of time in doing it 'cause we just wanted to record the best Sadist album ever... we already love it, since it's Sadist 200%