As you all know I’m a huge supporter of the Italian thrash metal scene, the amount of talent coming from this country is absolutely mind blowing! Perhaps one of the most impressive bands (and a personal favorite of mine) are Game Over. The band just wrapped up a successful 2012 which saw the release of their critically acclaimed debut album For Humanity, a mini tour of Europe and an invitation to play Headbangers Open Air! Like most fans of Game Over I was curious to know what the band has in store for us in 2013 so I decided to shot them a few questions and like the fine gentlemen they are the band answered with great detail, enjoy!
GAME OVER: Hello everybody! We are proud to be interviewed by this webzine!
Yeah, on 13rd of February we decided to re-release “Heavy Damage” thanks to continuous requests (expecially from Japan)!!! The copies available were 125 and at the moment remain around twenty copies, maybe less. If someone wishes to buy a “Heavy Damage” copy you must write us an e-mail at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us that you would like to purchase a copy of our EP. Be quick! They are near to sold out!!! About the digital version, I think that in future we could put it on iTunes like our full length ”For Humanity”. Actually everyone can listen every songs from “…Damage” on Youtube and probably it can be downloaded from some websites. However, follow the news on our Facebook page, we will keep you updated!
In 2011 you guys signed with “My Graveyard Productions”, how did this record deal come to be? Did you contact them or was it the other way around?
In January of 2012 you guys released For Humanity and let me just say it’s a killer album, but I’m curious, how was the album received by fans and the media?
Thank you so much for your good words about our album! We are happy you enjoyed it! Thanks god the album gets great responses by media and fans and thanks these good responses we got the opportunity to play all around Italy in many festivals, to do a little tour in Europe with our label mates Asgard and to be confirmed at the edition of Headbangers Open Air of this year supporting band such as Overkill, Metal Church, Vicious Rumors and other great metal legends… Furthermore, “For Humanity” entered in many “top 10 best Thrash metal album of 2012” near albums like “Electric Age” by Overkill or Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth” in many websites (like yours) and Magazines like Metal Maniac. We are proud of our debut!
Exactly, we love the Bay Area thrash scene. It’s, in my opinion, the most powerful kind of Thrash music. Here in Italy most of the bands are influenced by European Thrash bands that, generally, are faster and noisier than American Thrash bands. I think this is a point in our favour that helps us to differentiate ourselves a little from the Italian underground cauldron. Clearly we are influenced by great names such as Megadeth, Death Angel, Exodus, Anthrax, Nuclear Assault and bla, bla, bla, bla…. I can say an infinity of other legendary names but despite these influences, WE TRY to give a custom touch to our songs.
2012 has been a great year, we hope to repeat with this 2013, maybe conquering the world!
I’m sure your fans are dying to know, is there a Game Over tour planned for the near future?
You guys are playing Headbangers Open Air this year along with Metal Church and Overkill. I can imagine this is a dream come true for you guys, how excited are you for the festival?
Right now you guys are working on a new album. How are things coming along?
Yes, we are working hard on the new songs. There are seven songs ready and some ideas for the next ones. Something will be fixed but the writing process is going very well and we are proud of the new comers; we hope you will appreciate them too! The recording session of the new album will start this summer.
I think that the new songs are much powerful and stronger than the ones present on “For Humanity”. In the new tracks we used new solutions that in our first album you can’t find. You’ll see, you’ll see! The writing process it’s all the same: it’s a collective work.
We decided to follow another direction with these new tracks. As I said before, we are looking for new solutions for our songs. When the album will come out, you will hear a lot of influences, from the folkloristic Italian music in the vein of the “Oh, Mia Bela Madunina” (a real hit-song, we advise you to listen it!), progressive elements that range from jazz to pop and electronic music, and a bit of Oriental music. Also the length of our new tracks is changed. Now our songs last around 20 minutes.
We will enter the studio to start the recording session of the new album in August so during next autumn/winter the new album will be released. Be ready to an healthy dose of Thrash Metal made in Game Over that will bring you to the nearest hospital!!
Shifting gears now, you guys are from Italy which also home to a ton of great bands. What’s it like to be part of such a thriving scene?
What are some Italian thrash bands people should be listening too?
Bulldozer: one of the first European and Worldwide Thrash Metal bands (active from 1980). I think that a lot of Thrash maniacs know them!
Broken Glazz: great Thrash in the vein of Mordred, they get a bit of notoriety during the 80s
Headcrasher: a great speed/thrash band from the 80s. Go to listen their album “Nothing Will Remain”
In.Si.Dia: thrash metal band born in the 90s, they broke up too much early
Asgard: our great friends, they don’t play thrash metal but listen to them!
National Suicide: they did a great album in 2009 but they don’t play since long time
Death Mechanism: if you like Sadus you will love them too!
Hyades: one of the most known Italian bands of the new Thrash Metal movement.
Endovein: a technical thrash metal band from Turin. Very particular!
Injury and Mad Maze: I advise these bands for those who loves modern Exodus and Testament.
Thanks again for taking some time out to answer a few questions, is there anything you’d like to say to your fans before you go?
Thanks to you, Chad, and to your Global Thrash Assault for giving us this space! Thanks to all our supporters all around the world and, if you can, come to see our shows and we will not let you down!
For more questions, orders, infos about our shows or everything else, check out our facebook page (www.facebook.com/GameOverThrash).
Our target is only one: conquer the world and the whole galaxy!
Keep on thrashing and be ready to feel Game Over’s fist!
See you, maniacs!