Italian post metal / doom band POSTVORTA first came to our attention about 18 months ago with their astounding cover of Massive Attack’s ‘Angel’ (seriously, if you’ve not heard it yet go & have a listen) from the album Beckoning Light We Will Set Ourselves On Fire. They followed that up last year with the equally titanic Ægeria, four herculean slabs of seriously heavy post metal. While they write their eagerly awaited third album they’ve teamed up with Third I Rex, 22 December Records and Drown Within Records to reissue the first two albums. Pre-order them here.
Ahead of that, we caught up with Andrea from the band to delve a little in to what makes them tick and asked him to pick three records that have influenced him as a musician. For such a heavy band, some of the results may surprise you.
When I heard his voice for the first time, I felt sick. A feeling of powerless in front of such magnificence has taken me through the whole album. Everlasting compositions, dense and thick vocals as veins in the human body. Unforgettable songs, perfect sound, Wallace’s production as a masterpiece.
I’m a Jeff Buckley devoted collector, and once he was playing 30 minutes away from where I live during the Grace tour and I couldn’t go due to work commitments in a pub a that time. I thought to myself, “the next time he’ll be back I won’t miss out for any reason”. I didn’t think then about Wolf River.
Rest in peace, thanks for all the emotions that you only and few others can give me.
The year 1997 witnessed one of the most important albums in regards to my artistic development. I think of Radiohead as one of the most influential British bands of the last century next to Pink Floyd, Dire Straits and Cream.
The album I’m talking about is The Album. Intricate textures, maximum level of experimentation and outstanding production by Godrich. Yorke and his mates are incredible musicians, able to create anything they wish to create.
There are songs in the album that have taken me and will take me through the rest of my life, and every time I listen to it I feel the same smell, the same sensations, I live again the same moments of when it got pressed back in the ’97. Since then I never stop listening to it.
Once I’ve been listening to it for 8 times, 8 times in a row and still today, 19 years later, I feel in it new details, hidden in its analogic layers, in the mad composition, in the alchemy of 5 incredible minds.
This is the album that a lot of bands would like to write.
I must start saying Isis are one of my favourite bands… they are in my top five for sure, and I think of them as among the few to have collected only successful albums in their discography. Every time you might have thought they recorded their best album, the album of a lifetime, the next one was even better.
It’s not a secret that I think of Aaron Turner as on of my living idols, kinda King Midas. I love is way of writing music in every project he’s involved. In the way I see it, he’s a lighthouse I will always follow in my path as a musician.
The fact that my band, POSTVORTA, has been numerous time been compared and set next to Isis is an unsustainable situation, not only because I feel them unreachable but also because this terms of comparison set the standards really high.
Anyways, getting back to the album, the choice has been difficult due to the aforementioned way I see their works. When I listen to these five musicians, it’s like I’m listening to one soul, Turner and Gallagher’s guitars are hypnotic, they are blades, they are lights in the dark, they are pieces of a jigsaw that slowly show a figure in music. Then they mix again up until the next track.
‘The Caxide’s’ unique sound pulses endlessly in the brain, creating alternative lines in which listening and almost seeing the song. Harris is the engine of the band, with his precise drumming, articulated and never out of place. Meyer, in the end, is the concrete, the substance which makes this creature strong.
What can I say? A perfect band, irreplaceable, one that I and many others would like back, we would like them here back with us to create more masterpieces.