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- Tell us about the origin of the band.
In 2011, brothers Luca and Mattia Togni decided to star a band together following only their favorite music tastes: Metal and Progressive Rock. Luca (keyboards) and Mattia (bass) decided to engage their brother Nicola, a drummer free of other musical commitments and with the same musical interests. They then needed a guitar player and found one in a young friend of them, Francesco Nannini. They started to rehearse together without a precise stylistic direction but it was soon clear that the synergy between them was great, and so the first instrumental composition began to take form. After a few months Francesco left the band due to his loss of interest in the artistic direction that the band was starting to follow, but they find a replacement very quickly: Dario Leidi, a friend of them, was eager to start playing with the band because he felt he was the perfect choise for that kind of project. After a year spent in composition and in search of a singer, they found one thanks to the advice of Paolo Morosini, Rise Of Tyrants’ guitarist, who suggested Enrico Perico, former singer and Paolo’s bandmate in the now disbanded Earthquake. Enrico began immediately to work on the lyrics while the rest of the band improved and finished what are now the five songs that made the tracklist of their first full-lenght album.

- Reasons to create the band, inspiration and influences.
The main reason for the band creation is the passion for music, especially for two genres that more inspire us, Metal and Progressive Rock music. We also like to play together as brothers and friends, to strengthen our already tight friendship, to share the passion for music that take us to see concerts together or make us chat for hours about the bands that we like more. The main influence is definitely Opeth, but also avant-garde metal in general, ‘70s progressive rock, jazz, blues or hip-hop - everything that we like without distinction of genre. Every influence is then processed and filtered, so to maintain a sort of musical coherence. But inspiration comes not only from other bands, but also from movies, comics, books, food for thought and we assimilate and then express in the form of music and lyrics.

- Style description and musical attitude.
It is hard for us to describe our style, we need to list more than one subgenre to come close to what we think is the best description, but is still a reduction of the kind of music that we play. We can say that Avant-garde/Progressive/Doom Metal can give you an idea, but are just three words that cannot describe all the different shades that composed our music. Our musical attitude is definitely dense and obscure, a black and malinconic vein, heavy and light at the same time.

- Tell us about the origin of the name’s band.
The band’s name come from a remote town in Greenland. We chose it for its sound, the fact that it is a palindrome and that it reminds of an icy land, isolated and harsh. We can say that these are images and emotions that we want to recreate with our music, but we also think it’s a cool name and that’s enough.

-For those who are starting rocking
Which band and / or classic rock band’s song recommend and why?
It is really a matter of tastes and especially of age: we’re not kids anymore, for us the classics were Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, today probably are Metallica and Nirvana, or Iron Maiden and Soundgarden. What we can reccomand is to listen to different genres and to play an instrument. Somebody said that for every hour spent on an instrument you’d have to listent to three hours of music: can’t remember who said it, but it’s a good advice. Beside the passion, it is important to cultivate knowledge on music: being able to recognize genres and subgenres, to know different aspects of the instruments in detail or to identify various vocal styles is really important. In that way you can have an open mind and be original in what you write, especially today that there are so many bands and it is difficult to be unique and different.

-For those who are starting rocking and begin to be known as a band
What song of yours you recommend and why?
We would recommend Body Walks because it is probably the easiest of our songs to catch and has more direct riffs.

-Which one was or has been the most important moment in your career?
It is probably too soon to answer, since we’re just publishing our first album, but for now we would say that the most important moment was finding a label that believed in our music and wanted to publish us. We’ll se where this will take us!

-Tell us about your achievements, future goals and what are you doing right now?
Right now we’re busy promoting our new album, mostly on social networks, and we’re planning to play live in the next months. Then we will definitely write new music, because is what we like the most and is kind of a need for us!

-As wrestling media, do you know wrestling, right?, What do you want to comment or add about this topic?
Of course we know wrestling! When we were kids we use to follow WWF athletes like Antonio Inoki and Tiger Mask, then Hulk Hogan and Andrè The Giant later on, or Macho Man, Randy Savage, Wrestlemania, Royal Rumble and Steel Cage… Also in recent times The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Rey Mysterio, Batista and Eddy Guerrero. There is also a great connection between wrestling and rock and metal music. We know less about Lucha Libre in South America, because it is not covered by media here in Europe: so for us it is more exotic and looks like it is rooted in your culture and tradition. We like that it is played in a very spectacular way, especially by “técnicos”. And again there’s a connection between Lucha Libre and metal music, because they both express human emotions and human struggles with great passion and energy.

-Greetings and message for rock fans and visitors of Rock and Wrestling website
To both wrestling and rock fans, never stop following these two fantastic interests and be passionate about it! Rock on from Italy!!

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