Interview with Gianluca Lucarini of ROME IN MONOCHROME

Rome In Monochrome

Ethereal aural doomers from Rome, Rome In Monochrome, recently released a three-track EP titled “Karma Anubis.” The band’s guitarist and singer Gianluca Lucarini had time to answer couple of questions for Progarchy.

What made you go for the name Rome In Monochrome?

A friend of mine, Max Varani (ex singer in my grindcore band DEGENERHATE), created this monicker. I immediately loved this name, because it was very representative for the music we played, plus, we are from Rome and we adore black and white. That’s why ROME IN MONOCHROME.

How do you usually describe your music?

We named our music Ethereal Aural Doom, but we don’t like very much using tags to describe our music. We prefer to describe it like an unique blend of doom, postrock, darkgaze and drone.

What is your writing process like?

Me and Valerio (singer), we are the main composers of the band, it all starts with a guitar riff, then the lyrics and finally the song title. After that the structure of the track has been defined, it is arranged and finalized by all the members of the band in the studio.

Who or what is your inspiration, if you have any?

We are daily inspired by everything… talking about our music influences, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Anathema are main and undeniable influences but also slowcore, post rock and shoegaze influences are present in the sound of ROME IN MONOCHROME.

Karma Anubis

What is your favourite piece on the “Karma Anubis” EP?

Mmmm… Hard to say….I am desperately in love with all the three songs in “Karma Anubis.”

What makes “Karma Anubis” exceptional?

This should ask the people who bought the CD, I’m very curious to know it.

What should music lovers expect from “Karma Anubis”?

Expect a journey through an ethereal, blinding sea of pain, a whiteout of grief, a descent into a maelstrom of caressing void. Buy the limited edition digipack and join the cult of the absence of colour.

What kind of emotions would you like your audience to feel when they listen to your music?

We would like our fans could feel their heart beat when listening to ROME IN MONOCHROME.

Which do you like most, life in the studio or on tour?

Tour life, of course. We are planning some gigs around the Europe for the next year, so stay tuned Monochromers.

Pick your three favourite albums that you would take on a desert island with you.

Only three albums?! What a hard question! Let me see…

1) THE SMITHS – “Meat Is Murder”
2) ALCEST “Souvenirs d’un Autre Monde”
3) OPETH – “Damnation”

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