Do you like rock/metal with a classical, theatrical, operatic twist to it? If so then you really should go and take a look at London based band CalatrilloZ and have a listen. CalatrilloZ seem to have been dormant for the past year but are now back, with a bigger appetite and desire to make an impression within the music world. With their own operatic blend of symphonic metal and progressive rock CalatrilloZ can hardly fail to be noticed. They have a sound which is as rich and diverse as a rainforest would be if it were set upon a theatrical rock stage.
CalatrilloZ have just released two singles, ‘Lords of Misery’ and ‘A Glimpse at a Fools Destiny’. I have some demos from this incredible for some while now and have always found that once any CalatrilloZ music is set playing, I am then instantly drawn into their oceanic soundscape. This musical circus otherwise known as CalatrilloZ really do need to be heard to be believed.
I had a brief chat with Z from CalatrilloZ and asked him a few questions about the band –
Nick – How did CalatrilloZ originally form and what inspired your style?
Z – Thats a big question. The band had many formations, and it was through a drummer I started playing with that the whole thing started unveiling, going through almost four formations. The style comes from not exactly Opera, but the storytelling side of it. The idea that a story, like a tale, full of metaphors, can be told through music. Call it the Bard Syndrome.
Nick – Could you tell us a little about the musical background of the various CalatrilloZ band members?
Z – I've been in music for as long as 14 years, studying singing, guitar and bass playing and taking part in rock covers band for as long as I remember. Five years ago I took up Classical Singing and Composition, and since then the art has bloomed. My mates have different background and ages. Mobius was never educated in music, but can really move the bass. Count Viktor, guitars, our british ambassador, studied ad Guitar Tech, and Mattias, the drummer, like me, has been in music for ages, studying and developing. He has his own drum samples. Now that's something, hey?
Nick – What can people expect from CalatrilloZ and how much more can people expect to see and hear in a CalatrilloZ live show?
Z – Intensity, Nick, and depth. We dont go on stage and ask how everybody's doing. We won't make speeches. We will give you an experience akin to a night at the Opera: characters and drama with make-up and costumes, under a heavy metal format. We may be a cross genre band, but we fit different styles within a metal frame, so be ready to be taken to places. We will keep the intensity and storytelling going, deep songs, complex in the heart but heavy and beautiful in appearance.
Nick – Could you tell us a little about any planned future releases?
Z – Yes I can and yes I wll. We aim to reach a stage where we can start playing Europe and USA. Our plan is a periodic release of singles, which will culminate in a concept album figuring the singles in a full storytelling album, with intros, outros, interludes and gran finales. A one hour fully connected non-stop recorded performance. And of course, if you've seen our videos, expect a way more deep insight into the tale that inspire our songs.
Nick – What is the best way for people to check your music?
Z – I will say: go to our website. Not only you can check the songs, you can also check each song individually with additional content, and follow our storytelling videos. If pictures is what you are after, again, that;s the place. And, of course, you will be helping us move forward, as every play adds to the magic numbers promoters and labels look after.
Nick – What are your hopes and dreams for the future?
Z – Nick, I guess that's the same for all of us. On one side, we want to be playing big stages and festivals. On another side, very ambitious one, I want the story to grow to a book, to a film, to a 18+ animation series. I wanna be playing in a theatre, with extras, special effects, actors and singers and full blown orchestra.
And yes, I want to make a life out of the thing I love the most: yup, Music.