Have you ever heard about White Skull? No? Then go on and you will find out more about the Italians. Lyrically they offer you stories about the Roman empire or like on the current album about the Vikings! Musically? It's power metal, melodic and some faster parts... So, listen carefully and make up your mind. Perhaps you'll like it! ;-)
How do you came up with the band name White Skull?
In 1991 with our first demo White Skull.
Your first albums were just released by a small Italian underground label. Many don't know these albums. Are there plans to re-release them?
They have the right for to print this album. I hope that one day they will find a good distribution, coz more fans are very interested in this stuff.
Your album Tales From The North was released through Nuclear Blast and for many fans the first contact with White Skull. The albums topic is the history of the Vikings. Why do you chose that topic? Have you read a lot about it?
Me and Federica we read a lot. Especially Frederica studied a lot about the Vikings.
An interesting thing about Public Glory is the history behind it. Although it may seems that it is about the Roman Empire, the whole story here is built around Cleopatra. Why did you choose to write about such a strong figure, and probably one of the most powerful woman in history?
When we decided to talk about the Roman, Frederica did the same job! Study, study and study... She arrived and said this is the part of the story that I like most, what do you think? I said okay, it's great... Federica is fascinated by powerful women.
Do you guys like history at all? Are you interested in history in general? Can we expect more albums with a historical touch ?
We like the history in general... For example Alex has read a lot of books about the 1st World War. Me and Nick like to read about the Middle Ages, and so on... For the next album we will write about the Inquisition story. It's a strong story and we want to tell it from our point of view... The church had done wrong.
Was there any special meaning for you to write about this period of Rome, as it is your own history?
Yes, it is.
Another singularity of the last album is Frederica's way of singing. There are much more melodic parts than on the last albums. Was it your intention to sound more melodic?
No, with the next album we want more powerful tracks mixed with some speed parts.
Recently, Frederica left the band, it was a great loss for the fans, as she has a very unique tune. Why did the band decided to work with a male singer now? Does it change anything in the bands plans?
It would be almost impossible to find another female singer like Frederica. Her voice has a very unique tune. If we would have decided to work again with a female singer, people would compare the new singer with Frederica. We think it's better to have a good singer with a different voice, then to have a female singer who's voice can't match the quality level of Fredericas! Just to have a female singer in the band? No way!
Chris Boltendahl of Grave Digger appeared as special guest on the album Tales From The North, as we can see in the special thanks. How you got in touch with him? How was the reaction of the fans, when you did tour with them in Germany?
We got in touch with him at the Gods of Metal in Italy at 1997. He liked our band and we became friends. The reactions on the tour were very good! Many said that it's unbelievable that they got two great shows at one show, on one ticket.... On tour we were playing 50 minutes every night.
Although very melodic, White Skull's songs are much more heavier than most of the melodic metal bands, which are the main influences of the band, when composing?
We play what we like! We don't think about other bands while we writing new songs.
Would you like to leave a message to our readers?
Yes, of course! Thanx for your time, for your support and for all. I hope you'll like our new album and that we meet you next year, if we should come to Brazil....
And please, leave a message to your fans in Brazil.
I love you all!!!! I hope that we could come to Brazil and play a few shows.
Thanks for answering our questions and we hope that you soon we get your chance to tour and perhaps you can come over to Brazil.... But there are a lot of metal fans all around the world, don't forget them!