of all, I heard your latest album "Off Beaten Path" which
found it a pure and a very dynamic, heavy metal album and I liked
it very much. How would you describe the sound of MESMERIZE to those
that haven't heard you before?
Well, first of all, Thanos, let me thank you for your kind
words about our latest work: you know, having guys like you who
appreciate all of our efforts is absolutely the best reward for
us! Said this, let me think about a description that could fit to
our music... hmmm... Well, I suppose that the best definition for us
stuff is CLASSIC HEAVY METAL... do you know, that sound which
is not so easy to find anymore nowadays, because it's not a trend!
Eheheh! Anyway, we've never followed any trend, and that's why we've
always played the music we like, the music we've grown up with,
listening to great bands such as IRON MAIDEN, MANOWAR, BLACK SABBATH,
DIO, SAXON, etc.
the years we've crafted our own
sound to both keep our inspirations and make it very personal at
the same time... If I had to describe it, I'd tell you that it consists
of screaming heavy guitars with razor riffs, pounding rhythms,
songs, and high-pitched vocal lines... In my pinion, that's the true
spirit of Heavy Metal! :)
Does the new album sound exactly as you wanted? Would you change
anything on it if it was possible?
You know, I think that if listen to your CD after some time
from its recording, you always find something that thinking backwards
you would have done in a slightly different way, or changed, or
stuff like that... I suppose it's kind of natural, because in the
meantime people change, and so do their tastes, even if very little, of
Anyway, I can tell you that we're very satisfied with the rendition
of "OFF THE BEATN PATH", and the things we'd change are very
We've followed this record from the beginning to the end, we've
always been there even during the mixing and the mastering of it,
because we wanted it to sound exactly the way we wanted! Some people
wrote that its production sounds too "old-fashioned", and I
you that we agree 100%, because that's what we wanted!
writes the lyrics and what do they talk about? Which are
your favorites lyrics subjects?
The guys writing lyrics in the band are Piero, Folco and
myself... The choice about who should write the words to a song
depends of course on the inspiration and the free time of the moment!
:) On our new Cd "OFF THE BEATEN PATH" you can notice that
Piero and myself wrote 4 lyrics each, and folco did the other 2,
so they're distributed quite equally! :)
About subjects, I can tell you that basically we have two ways of
writing lyrics: the first one is telling "tales", so we take
by books, movies, legends, comics, or sometime create a new story
of our own. To mention a few of our influences between the tunes
of the new Cd, "Argos Died Twice" is continuing the saga
with "Children Of Reality" on our first album, inspired to the
sci-fi movie "Logan's Run"; "Doom Of The Darksword"
is based on
the second book of the fantasy Darksword trilogy by Weis/Hickman;
"King Of Terror" is a tribute to the Italian cult comic hero
whose Folco is a big fan; "Where Skye Meets The Sea" tells
Scottish legends from the Isle of Skye.
The other way of writing lyrics is using a strong metaphore to tell
some of our feelings about life, just like for example in the
"Off The Beaten Path", which incites to learn from one's own
and not to follow pre-conceived ideas; or in "Overdoze", which
not to lose time "dozing" with your mind while life goes on
and time runs short.
I think that lyrics in a song are just important as the musical
lines themselves... that's why we've spent a lot of time working
hard on the lyrics of the new songs... I'm aware anyway that many
people are not interested in reading them, but we want to satisfy
all the guys who bothers to take the booklet to read all the stuff we've
My favorite songs of your album is "Pit of Charming Snakes"
"Doom Of The Darksword", what are your favorites songs of your
album and why? Do you believe that this is your best album (till now!)?
Yes, I honestly think the "OFF THE BEATEN PATH" is our best
work so far, and that's because of many reasons: confronted to our
first full-lenght Cd "TALES OF WONDER", we are much more
musicians and songwriters now... during these last years we've worked
a lot in studio, gaining a lot of experience in arranging and recording,
and I'm pretty sure that this improvemente can be clearly heard on our
choosing my favourite songs... well, you can imagine it's
difficult for me, because all the songs of the new album are
just like little children for me, and even if one looks better than
another, I love'em all the same way! :)
answer your question, I can tell you which are the songs that
seems to be appreciated the most by the fans: they are "Argos Died
Twice" and "King Of Terror", which are also, by the way,
the first two songs of the CD itself.
What does the name "Mesmerize" means for you? Who’s idea was
that name and why did you choose such a name for the band?
Well, I actually joined the band just in 1994, so I really
don't know whose of the other four guys of the band the idea was!
(I should ask'em, one day or another! Eheheh!)
Anyway, I suppose that back when the band had to find a name, they
were fascinated by the meaning of this word (which was also often
found in Iron Maiden's lyrics, our all-time favourite band!), being
also the theme of a famous Edgar Allan Poe's horror tale. It comes
from Mesmerism, a pseudo-science founded by the austrian Dr. Franz
Anton Mesmer in the XVI century, who was convinced he could heal
people with his animal magnetism; in effect it was mainly suggestion,
and it evolved into Hypnotism; still today, "mesmerize" is
to mean "hypnotize, fascinate, charm". Let's say that
the listeners" is one of our bigest aim! :)
What kinds of music do you like most to listen to? Which bands
inspired you all those years and which continue to do so? Can you
tell us what are your TOP 5 albums in the History Of The Heavy Metal?
Maybe 5 titles aren't just enough, because I have dozens
of albums which made my personal History of Metal!!! I'm trying,
but I'm definetely sure I'm forgetting something! :)
Of course the album I'll mention are also the kind of music I like
to listen to, and somehow they inspired me in creating my own music...
IRON MAIDEN is my all-time favourite band (I think I've learned
to play all of their songs during the years....eheheh!) so an obvious
choice would be one of their best albums, taken from their golden
era, which is "Powerslave"... I literally LOVE the sound of
that record, too!
albums worth to be mentioned in my personal chart are BLACK
SABBATH "Heaven And Hell", HELLOWEEN "Keeper Of The Seven
& 2", and also some stuff by GAMMA RAY, such as my favourite
one "Somewhere Out In Space"...
Another record which impressed me a lot is BRUCE DICKINSON
Of Birth", which is somehow perfect to my hears, under a lot of
aspects, starting from the variety of the lyrics, the mood of the
songs, the production and of course the great voice of Mr. Dickinson,
THE voice of Heavy Metal.
Music has changed a lot in the last ten years. Most bands are
cutting off all their hair to basically play the metal of the week. What
do you think about that?
Well, my opinion is that basically anyone can do what he
wants, from cutting their hair, to playing nu-metal or whatever...
They're free to choose.
one thing they must know is this: people are not stupid... Metal
know what "integrity" means.
So bands which occasionally change their sound or create it exclusively
to follow the trend of the moment don't deserve any respect, and
I'm pretty sure Metal kids (which I repeat, I think are not sheep!)
won't give that to 'em.
About this subject, I can tell you about us Mesmerize: we're playing
the music which comes from our hearts, we've always had this kind
of sound, because that's what we like to do, play and hear... You'll
never see us jumping on any bandwagon, or follow any fashion, that's for
And here we have a couple of "weird" questions! Suppose that
you were dating with a very beautiful woman but you knew that she
hates extreme music. Here is our picture: You are with her on a
loft, a spring evening with a beautiful view... which 5 songs would
you choose to play to make her feel comfortable, to break the ice... and
Hmmm, are you maybe asking me suggestions to "score" on a
date? Eheheheh! Well, music can be extremely important to create
a good mood in these occasions, and you'll agree with me that extreme
music wouldn't be the right choice! :))
I'd choose something very romantic and moody, even if not going
too much in the mainstream/pop/MTV area.... so I'd go for classic
songs by STING (or THE POLICE) such as "Every Breath You
"Fields Of Gold" or "Mad About You"... I did this
way years ago
with the girl who recently has become my wife, and I can tell you
that it actually WORKS! Eheheheh!! Anyway, if you're not into STING,
other good options are classic ballads by U2 ("One", "All
Is You", for example) or QUEEN ("These are the dys of our
is the first one I'm thinking of...)
Ok, now you can go recording a tape with these songs... But please
don't forget to tell me how your date has gone, ok? Eheheheh!!
If Aliens kidnapped you and you were forced to give them 3 albums
of Metal music so they could finally discover why that kind of music
is so genius, powerful and divine... Which ones you would choose to give
them? And why?
I really should be forced to give them my albums... you know,
I'm kinda jealous of my Metal CD collection! Eheheheh! Anyway, I'd
lend them a couple, just to show them what Heavy Metal is all bout....
and what better than a Live album to make them understand? Metal
was made to be played live, that's when the energy flows better!
So I suppose I'd choose "Live After Death" by IRON MAIDEN,
because all of their best songs are included there!
Then, if Aliens like jokes, I'd give them "MAGICA" by Dio,
that concept album is right about aliens discovering an ancient
legend, so I suppose it would perfectly fit the situation!
Finally, you asked me 3 albums, right? ...well, the last one would
be "OFF THE BEATEN PATH"....eheheheh, well, just because I'm
about doing some promotion even in foreign galaxies! :))))
Tell us, what can Mesmerize’s fans expect in the near future?
Are there any plans for coming here in Greece for a live show?
Well, we're yearning to play live abroad in front of our
fans and friends in foreign countries, and especially in Greece:
you know, Folco sang there a couple of show two years ago and he
told me he was totally amazed by the warmth and support of greek
metal-kids, so I'm definetely looking forward to come there for some
concerts, some day!
You know, I think that playing live is the best part of being in
a band, because the vibe you get when you're on stage in front of
people who really like the music you're doing is really overwhelming,
We love to have a closer contact with our audience, and we've always
played a lot, during our career, even if just touring here in Italy:
one of our biggest dream would be touring even outside of Italy,
but unfortunately it's just not up to us, because it heavily depends
on the record sales in foreign countries...
The ideal situation would be playing as support act for a bigger
name: anyway, it's too early to talk about it... let's just cross
fingers and see what happens!!
Ok, Tito, the last words belong to you... thank you for your
time! Keep on the good metal Work and Stay Heavy!!
Ok Thanos, thanks a lot for your kind interest and the space
you've given us! all our best wishes from Mesmerize go to you and
to all of our other friends there in Greece!
Uh, I almost forgot it... if you wanna know more about Mesmerize,
or read our latest news, or order our merchindise, don't forget
to check our Internet site, http://www.mesmerize.it
... Ok, that's
it!! Up the
'rizers!! Thanks again... Bye!!
Kyriaki & Thanos