1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording of the new album?
Hi and welcome, the album was finished in August 2015 at the MarbleChair Production (own studio). At the moment has been released the first official video of the titletrack "deathrising". In the first days of January will be published another one video lyrics for the song "our weakness" and in the meantime we are releasing a lot of interviews and worldwide on-air radios playlists.
2.You have a new album coming out in early 2016, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
Yeah, the new album will be out in January 25th via My Kingdom Music and the pre/order is just available. This new record signs the Luis on vocals comeback and in the early stages of preproduction we wanted to create a big dark doom atmosphere on it, with mid tempos and marked classic gothic melodies in the songs. It is in our style and I think it’s the natural evolution of the previous album "Double Black".
3.This is the first album to be released in 3 years, can you tell us a little bit more about what has been going on during that time frame?
In these three years we changed the drummer and a keyboard player added. It required us to us a long time to have the right musicians, so in this time we started working very quietly to the new album doing a lot of recording sounds experiments to reach the goals.
4.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Has always been our tradition to speak of sacred things, anguish and thoughts about the divine God and the evil, the gothic romantic feelings…anyway everything concerning the dark side of the human soul, but also of love and eternally damned suffered. All of which are unfortunately the reality of this world we are living!
5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Motus Tenebrae'?
Motus Tenebrae is our grotesque way of interpreting the natural human fears. Darkness in agreement with the movement and then with life! Everything that moves generates life, can’t exist light without darkness and vice versa. But I think that if you know see in the dark, (by the time), you can find solutions that makes you worried and afraid someday.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Each live performance is always a great satisfaction for us and we have a lot fun on stage. We always try to include in the live set the songs more live oriented because there are tracks that work very well on stage and others that their strength is on record. In these days we have established the tracklist that includes old songs that we can’t wait to play in the new year supporting “Deathrising” album.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans once the new album is released?
Yeah! We have some gigs confirmed and of course the release album party. Other dates will be scheduled when the album is out and we hope to play some big festivals or even supporting some great bands.
8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of goth and doom metal?
There are many gothic and doom metal bands worldwide, but we think that in underground scenes Motus Tenebrae was able to have great feedbacks in 15 years of good music level. I’m very proud of my band and what will do in the future!
9.Are any of the band members also involved with any other bands or musical projects these days?
Yes! Our current drummer Andrea plays drums in his project called “Deathless Legacy”. This project has just signed a new deal with Scarlet Records and they played at the Wacken Open Air Festival last year. I recommend this band to all who love horror metal with great and nice live scenographics.
10.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
As I said before I am very proud about Motus Tenebrae. We recently got a new label, a new management team that works really really well! With the new album we are very pleased with its production and we believe it’s a great little Italian gothic doom masterpiece, and why not, also around the world. Hoping it will give us endless excitement and satisfaction to work best in the next records.
11.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
It is clear that our influence is to be found in classic bands like Paradise Lost,Moonspell,Type O Negative and so on. But anyway we try to shape those atmospheres with our sound trying to put our brand! Not always easy to do, but when you put your nude soul in what you are creating you get to fantastic results. This is what we do to give emotions to the listener our music. I currently listening little gothic or doomy bands, in these days I discovered a cool finnish stoner band called Doom Unit and I love his sound!
12.According to the fb page you have an interest in Esoterism, Magick and Graveyards, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these topics?
You said the right thing man! all members of the band is concerned and like esoteric stuff. I personally really love the cemetery architecture,not modern but old and rusty! As I like so much churches, breathing the magic that lives in those place and every time it happens I feel regenerated…I love all that is divine,sacred and unknown. I live these emotions and try to put them in music to elevate what I feel inside to the listener.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
First of all I want to thank you for this interview and the time spent together! I want to mention the release of the official video "Deathrising" available on YouTube,and the next video lyrics soon. And of course pre/order the copy to those interested through our label My Kingdom Music. For every detail,news,music,videos,and pics visit the official FB page Motus Tenebrae . See you soon and stay on death !