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Gravestone formed in October 1992, with this lineup: Marco Borrani, (lead and rhythm gitar), Marco Mangone (rhytm and lead guitar), Andrea Cipolla (rhythm guitar and lead), Andrea Esposito (bass) , Massimiliano Buffolino (keyboards), Fabio Mociatti (drums and vocalist).
Actually, the band members come from different experiences and genres that they bring all in the composition; in fact we dedicate ourselves to death sounds but with funky, progressive and melodic metal influences .
Te band has been included on the “Deep Impact” Compilation [Ghost Record Label] with the song “Proud to be dead”.
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MOZ: Tell us something about the band
G: Gravestone formed in October 1992, with this lineup: Marco Borrani, (lead and rhythm gitar), Marco Mangone (rhytm and lead guitar), Andrea Cipolla (rhythm guitar and lead), Andrea Esposito (bass) , Massimiliano Buffolino (keyboards), Fabio Mociatti (drums and vocalist). Actually, the band members come from different experiences and genres that they bring all in the composition; in fact we dedicate ourselves to death sounds but with funky, progressive and melodic metal influences. Gravestone sign a contract with the Audiostar Production of Salerno for a compilation to be published in audiocassette on January 1994, where the song will be included will be “Corpse Embodiment”; later, we sign a contract with the drachma Records in Turin for a compilation including the song “Imperfect Comprehension”, which will be released on CD on January 1994. In 1993 G. signed a contract with the Audiostar Production for a CD that will be released in June 1994. After that, there is an almost 20 years split up. In 2013 there’s a reunion, on the initiative of Massimiliano Buffolino and Marco Borrani that reconstitute the band with new elements, to resume where they had left. During the same year, the band signs a 3years-contract with Sliptrick Records, but some problems (line up, differents musical points of view) bring the band to its end (yeah, once again!). Anyway, Marco is strong and refuses to give up; in a few, he finds new musicians and forms the new Gravestone line up:
– Marco Borrani- Guitar
– Alessandro Iacobellis (Lunarsea) – Voice
– Massimiliano Maax Salvatori (ex Rosae Crucis, Forgotten Dust) – Bass
– Fabrizio Di Carlantonio- Keyboards
– David Folchitto (Stormlord, Screaming Banshee, Prophilax and more ..)
– Drums (collaboration).
After a few time in the practice room, Gravestone begin the recording session for bringing to life “Proud to be dead”, the mini-cd out on February 2017; obviously, the setbacks are always at the door and, during the recordings, Pierluigi is forced, by personal reasons, to leave the band. He’s replaced by Gabriele Maschietti (ex Crystal Fury), which is the new Gravestone’s axe. Unfortunately, for short-time reasons, Gabriele can’t record his parts for the tracks, but his harmonies still give a great helping hand in the live shows, well defining the new and definitive sound of the band. In the following months of the recording sessions, Marco, Maax and Gabriele sign two important endorsment : Grosmann Guitars and Bulk Strings.
In may 2017, just after the show in Catania with “Onslaught”, cause of diffrent points of view, the band decide to replace Alessandro behind the microphone with the entrance of Daniele “er secco” Biagiotti (ex Lunarsea, Hatesound, Great Jarvis and more..). After almost a year, having faced with him live of great prestige (I Am Morbid, Immolation, Agglutination Metal Festival), Fabrizio Di Carlantonio is removed from the band for incompatibility of character and approach to the Gravestone project, disappointing the expectations placed in he. In January 2018 he is part of the band, more motivated than ever, one of the historic Gravestone, Massimiliano Buffolino.
So, FINALLY (and so long we hope!), the Phoenix can be born again from its ashes
MOZ: What about the lyrics?
G: The themes of our lyrics have always been about the indignation we felt towards many aspects of modern life and society. In many lyrics, such as “The Deathwish” we praise for death, as an obligatory choice in order not to live in the “sick” lifestyle of that time and, even more so, today. This concept was also taken up for the return EP, precisely “Proud to be Dead” (namesake of the title track), in which, however, the other lyrics range from loverfrectian inspirations, as in “Corpse Embodiment” (re-arranged from the first LP “Simphony of Pain”) and “Eyes Without Sight” and notes to other authors, such as Dario Argento, like “Matres”, which is inspired by the trilogy of the three mothers. Regarding “Flagellation” the lyric refers to religions and their influence, often negative, on people.
Finally, a little treat for you: the next lyrics will turn totally (or almost eheheh) from the pure theme of death. We are in fact preparing the second LP, which will be a concept album and will focus on the elements of nature and their simulacra …
MOZ: Are you satisfied with your last album? or you would have liked to change something?
G: Yes we are satisfied with our last two EP “Proud to be Dead” (2017) and the brand new “Simphony of Dead” (strictly with the “i”). The only thing we suffer is that Gabriele wasn’t in the line-up at the time of the recording sessions of “Proud”. So the harmonized parts with 2 guitars you can hear us to play live nowaday, you can’t enjoy on the recordered tracks.
MOZ: How much is really important the stage ?
G: The stage is very important to promote the band’s music. But, most important, is the chance you have to release energy with your mates, to let it free for the audience. This can feed a band for hundred years! Look at Iron Maiden, or Metallica, or any other historical band. They could simply stop their career and live a life as millionaire..but, damn, they don’t! They continue to be absolutely involved with makin’ concerts and great shows all around the world simply because they definitely LOVE it. Stage IS life to a musician.
MOZ: Do you think that Internet is important for music industry ?
G: Yeah it is certainly an important vehicle for making your music known all over the world. Obviously the flip side is the too much usability of millions of products, which probably “distracts” the audience and makes everything more “flat” than in the past
MOZ: How is the scene underground on your country ?
G: In Italy we have bands that have nothing to envy of big names; unfortunately they often have little support and, in the absence of this, having to face important investments, these splendid realities cannot go on
MOZ: What the plans for the immediate future ?
G: These days we have signed an important contract with Elevate Records, for which Pirames International will digitally distribute a new EP entitled “Simphony of Dead”, nominal and artistic crasis of the titles of the 2 previous works; it consists of 2 pieces of the first record , re-registered and re-arranged by the current line-up. As for the “physical” edition of the EP, we are thinking of a surprise for the fans. We are also, as mentioned, working on the new concept album.
MOZ: That’s all!! Greeted our readers with a message!
G: We thank Musiconlinezine and his readers and we invite them to visit our Facebook page
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