Here it is, the new MMM recipe. It comes from Altopiano di Asiago’s mountains. It’s not made with honey or cheese, not even potatoes or Speck (which are of course our local products). The ingredients of this week are mainly Power metal, young artists and a lot of enthusiasm, determination and passion.
4th Dimension is a band formed by five young artists coming from Asiago, bound together by a passion for metal music and specifically for power metal, a genre that doesn’t always go along with the Italian music preferences expressed by consumers.
What catches your eye is the dedication that these musicians Andrea (vocalist), Stefano (bass), Talete (keyboard), Massimiliano (drums) and Michele (electric guitar) have put into their music, earning an important place in the Italian metal scene, but even more important in the foreign scene (mainly Europe).
Many bands were born in these little towns far away from the big cities but usually, they stay near home, almost afraid to show themselves outside. Instead, these guys preferred to think outside the box and try to build a carrier as musicians far from home.
So far they’ve made a good choice: they already have recorded two albums in three years starting 2011 (The White Path To Rebirth released in 2011 and Dispelling the Veil of Illusions released in 2014) and in the same year, they accompanied Sonata Arctica and Labyrinth on a big tour around Europe.
I may say, good job guys!
Personally, I’m not a big fan of power metal, but I really evaluated this band for their melodies and the strong in tuned voice that matches perfectly with the kind of music they play. Needless to say, the guitar and keyboard solos are quite fabulous and complete the songs like the proverbial “cherry on the cake”!
We also met their front man, Andrea for a quick interview about the band:
How did “4th Dimension’s” project start?
It started when I met Talete (keyboardist) and we were both looking to have our own power metal band. At first we played only covers, but right away we had the sense that we should write and play our own and unique music. We felt like doing so just to escape the risk of always doing the same stuff.
What do your songs talk about?
Our songs are mostly about personal experiences, concerning feelings about love life, the flow of time or the approach toward life itself. Other songs talk about memories and others more took their inspiration from literature.
On our new album there’s a song “White Logic” inspired by a poem from the 16th century (the “Paradise Lost” by John Milton) and another one “The Watchtower (A Dream of Chivalry…)” based on a Spanish book “La torre Vìgia” by Ana Maria Matute, about the dissolution of the knightly ideal (with a philosophical approach to the lyrics). The title of the album itself “Dispelling the Veil of Illusions” has its origins in a consideration on Schopenhauer’s philosophical thinking about the Veil of Maya.
Who is responsible for writing all the lyrics? And the tunes?
The first studio album released in 2011 was mostly the result of both Talete’s and mine ideas, but the final arrangement was done by the whole band.
As for the second album, Stefano the bass player has contributed a lot in the writing process. Currently we’re four out of the five creating the music and three suggesting ideas for the lyrics.
As we know, you have a decent amount of followers in Italy but you’re also quite well known abroad. Can you tell us something more?
Actually we’re having more success abroad than in Italy. Since the first album’s release we have had a pretty good response from the international fans. This is mainly because the Italian fans are more oriented to pop and commercial music. In international contests like the ones you can find in Norway, Finland, Sweden, France, Germany, South America or even in Japan, metal music is more appreciated and isn’t a niche like here in Italy.
You can say that most Italian fans are a bit closed-minded and aren’t really open to the idea of a different music genre.
How many copies of your albums have sold to this day?
Almost 1.200 copies for the first album, but for the second album we have to wait a little bit because we just released it in March. Nowadays CD sales rates are drastically declining, because of the growing phenomenon of digital piracy. This is a persisting issue for the music industry.
I honestly have to say that despite of the negative side, you can actually look at the pirate copies downloaded from the internet to round off the number of followers you have.
How was the experience of touring with the Sonata Arctica?
It was an awesome experience. We were performing in front of thousands of people each night, much more than the Italian audience that we’re used to. This is something that every band has to do if they get the chance. We visited a lot of wonderful places around all Europe in a couple of weeks touring with two of the most famous metal bands. It actually was a dream came true.
What marketing strategies did you guys use to promote your albums?
Usually, the tools used by the record company to promote a new album are better and stronger than the ones used by the band. There are different types of promotion: basic and standard, which comprises reviews and interviews in magazines and on websites, and then there’s the digital channel (YouTube and social media). We also have recorded our first video for promoting our single “Kingdom of Thyne Illusions” thanks to our filmographer friend, Enrico Filippi. This video really helped us to enlarge our fan base around the world.
The best way to promote ourselves though, is playing at concerts around Europe, but unfortunately, it is very expensive and record labels don’t pay for the tour, especially if you are an emerging band like us. The crisis is affecting even the biggest record labels.
We have lots of plans in mind. First of all, we would love to play live again with important and famous bands. Moreover, we are already thinking about the next album, but it won’t be released very soon; we want it to be quite different from the first and the second one, with alternative and unconventional elements.
Take a look at their music video “Kingdom of Thyne Illusions” from their new album.
Check out their website www.4thdimensionmetal.com and get their two albums, their t-shirt, or why not… Get both!! You can also find their albums on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon!