1. Introduce us to your project!
Hello everyone, I’m Richard and I am the drummer of Genus Ordinis Dei! Thank you so much for this interview!
2. How did you guys start out?
We are all born and raised in the same town (Crema, Italy) and we always played in different musical projects before actually coming up with this band.
In 2012 we started out Genus Ordinis Dei, we recorded our first album “The Middle”, followed by an intense run of shows between Italy and Europe.
Later, in 2015 we met Marco Coti Zelati from Lacuna Coil and we started to work together on our self-titled EP with him as a producer.
In 2016 we signed with Mighty Music for the release of the album and we started to write our brand-new album.
Meanwhile, we’ve been invited by Lacuna Coil to join their Delirium World Tour as opening act for every show in EU/UK and it’s been amazing!
After the tour we signed a deal with Eclipse Records, and our album Great Olden Dynasty was released on Nov 24th.
3. Describe your band’s sound.
Symphonic Death Metal, but in our opinion, there is something more. It is quite hard to describe as it is a mix of death metal, modern metal with some influences from metalcore, mixed with the orchestra.
4. What influences your craft?
Everything that’s art! I live in Italy, so I am totally surrounded by art and history! Of course, I also find inspiration in film, TV series and music!
5. What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
Because you can have heard pretty much everything from the music genre we described in question 3, but this is certainly a very original mix of different sounds! And of course, if you are looking for a band that you can listen to at max volume, we are the right ones!
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
It depends if you are looking for a cool and “direct” track or for a more “introspective” one. I’d say, “Halls of Human Delights” and “The Flemish Obituary”.
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
We had been stuck in a very bad contract for a couple of years and we were basically doing nothing more than writing. It was very frustrating, and there was a point where we couldn’t see the light. We were young and without any experience. We basically trusted the wrong people…but meanwhile I wrote Great Olden Dynasty, so I’d say that every black cloud has a silver lining.
8. What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
In late 2016 we were invited to join the Lacuna Coil’s Delirium World Tour for a run of 31 gigs in the best venues of EU/UK. It’s been amazing and also a very big step in our career. Thanks to that we reached a lot of new fans and we also found our current record label (Eclipse Records), we are now working great with them. We can’t be happier!
9. How bright is the future of your project – what are the plans?
Of course, we are promoting the latest release, and it’s goin’ great. We can’t wait to be on tour again. At the moment, we are focusing on our next releases like videos and stuff.
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
As my singer (Nick) always says: We want to write our name at the top of the heavy metal Olympus! I personally just want that everyone in the world listened to one of our songs at least once.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to us!
Thank you so much for this and see you soon on the road!
Please check out our album on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and compact disc. Hail!
You can also find Genus Ordinis Dei on:
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/genusordinisdei/
Twitter – https://twitter.com/genusordinisdei