1.Good evening ! At last
, over here is evening now , and if I tell you that I live near the
Transylvanian place , you might be pretty terrified then , am I right
, eheh ? What are your impression in front of a message from Carpathia
have thought:" wow! from the land of Dracula, could be some
2 .Palace Of Worms is a weel known label now ,but I think that a little
light over the first years of your work will not be too bad can you
remember the first years ; how start all ?
10 years in the music business , working in record shops and like
a DJ in a radio station , in the 1984 I started
to work in small
label as a sound engineer.The sound of the label was "dark ambient" ,
a la Cold Meat Industry.After heard a tribute to Death In June tape
compilation , I proposed to the label a similar project , I was a
great fan of them ; all accepted my proposal , but after one year
was standstill , so I started to work in the first release of my
personal label and that was : the "Heilige Tod" a tribute
comp. toDeath In June.
3 .Have you any nostalgic feelings for that periode?
A . No, usually I haven't nostalgia for the past, I'm always looking
to the future and I think that the better is coming............
4. What was there the most important of moment of breakthrough in
your activities ?
A . The most important thing for my label happen every day, because
every day somepeople contact me from all over the world,and this is
great for me , it's great to know that a korean people enjoy my releases
and is better to know the day after that a mexican is crazy for POW..........and
that in Transilvania someone play my music on the radio.
5. I was always wondered if is there a difference (maybe even a small
one) between the way there are release the esatern interviews and the
west ones ? Can you confirme or infirme my opinion ?
. I think all the world is the same, ther are good and bad
journalists, from east to west,moreover I just have
interviews from Russia ,Balcan or ex sovietic countries,
it seems that there is a
great interest about my label in the european east, after many
years of submission seems that
east europeans want recover the lost time.
6. As everybody knows , Italy have an great scene of dark-ambient
,goth or post-industrial sonics ; what can you tell me about the independent
scene in Italy ?
there isn't an independent scene in Italy ; lately , all the independent
italian labels have sold to the major except 4-5 ; and
these 4-5 labels works only for themselves without any cooperation
.Moreover , Palace Of Worms isn't a very italian label ; for the
example , in the compilations , only about 20% of the bands involved
and the first two and the last full Cds are only from american dark-wave
and ambient bands.More , in this moment I am speaking with other
bands for possible releases and no one is italian .Well , that
you something about the italian independent scene.
7 .Is it easy to be an independent musician in Italy.?
Of Worms don't work for money ; we only want to cover our
costs.In this case it's easy to be in existence , but
the most great
problem for us is the honesty;you can choose a lot of distributors
in every countries , but normally they sales your Cds and then
they don't pay them back to you;it's a murder and this
fact have the opposite effect for all.
8.The death and the sex seems to like each other in these years !Announce
that a new morality ?
A....sex is better than death.......which new morality ? it's only
appearance that someone want let us know
9.An obscure mystic russian theolog,by his name Pavel Florenski said
once that the man - all his life - is looking after someone or something
to pray at.To be only so small a man ?
A .Yes I'm agree......but I don't know if it's all right , I am ,yes,
a free entity WITH self respect...!
10 .And by the way,can you tell me some writers that influents your
thinking and life? Do you have a predilection over the romanric periode
or maybe the contemporany one ?
A. Hmm... do you know Macchiavelli? Well , and Steven King is great
too......ahaha.....since I don't like read very much......I'm son of
television age !
11 .You agree with Goethe
when he said :"the romantic goes,the
classic remain"! He seems to be a little to idealist , don't you
think , heh ? At last , how many of the modern people can pronunce
these words in this moment ?
A . Remain only what you want that remain , nothing is important beyond
, it' simply like that !
12. Is there a archetypal image that you want to see it through your
A. Yes, I want create in you a feeling but the wonderful thing is that
the image changes changing the listener and sometime change day after
day in the same listener........great!
13."Haereticare potero,sed haereticus non ero"(this might
be translated in "It might happen to me to make an eresy,even
if I'am not an eretic"!!).What I want to ask you is if during
your life you did do a so huge mistake to could call you now an "eretic"?
A . Sometimes eretic was people that only was speaking about their
thoughts, in this case yes I could be an eretic...I really love the
truth but I think to don't hate nobody or nothing......Schopenhauer
said this against religions, I don't believe in any religious I only
believe in me but I like let the people free to believe in what they
14 . How looks the political scene of Italy ? Have you any interes
in politics ?
A . Since the political scene of Italy is always the same in these last 50
years, all promise but noboby remember their promises when are in the palace,
for this reason I haven't interest in political organisations in these last
10 years....I'm searching to live well without get angry.......sound egoistic
but we will speak about in the 2010 and you will agree with me . More , I don't
know well the political situation of your country, but I believe that we must
think to a UNITED STATES OF EUROPA instead to divide a nation . This is my
opnion on politics !
15 . What about the communist system ? We know well how the red plague
eat the dignity and the pride of one's nation , being under the sign
of the Red for more than 50 years now ! You belive that we can draw
a line between the communist system and the right-wing one ?
A. Hm , you are right , but if you were 15 years under fascist or nazism
it was the same , because in all the cases (communism or nazism , we
saw in their concepts only the extreme side. Moreover , I'am sorry
to say to you , but in the democarcy is the same , only that the leaders
hide better... !
16. The Occident say to us that we urgently must forget the past if
we want to be near them , near the modern world ... why that , because
they don't need that nations have an own national identity...is that
A. Well , you must not forget the past , the past give us great lessons
, but , instead you must forget the hate that were lurking in the past.
17.In our country the iron-quardistic front,so to speak was formed
only by intelectuals,the greatest men of culture that Romania (and
even the Balkans,ever have!!)ever have,intellectuals that now are considered
national values . Philosophs , doctors (with Nobel-prizes),poets,artists,writers,priests,theologs,etc.So,are
we right to speak about the elitist extreme?I mean,always the intelectuals
will be on the extreme side,cause the elite isn't compatible with the
you are in the extreme side you are not compatible with the mass
and your actions will be not understant......if you want do changes
you need that the mass follow you, it's too easy to be an idealist
and say :" the others don't understan me"
18.This year we have an war within our mother Europe,an war that
was given between the occidental inexistent values (excepting the hamburger
and the country music,he,he!)and the european-balkanian tradition and
hystory.It's this a sign?Must we see it as a sign?On the other hand,we
might say that the war was given between the religious tradition and
the islamic one! In what way was seen the war from that part of the
A.At last the reason of all the wars is money! you can think to religious
traditions, black or white,good and bad, but at last, maybe after many
years, you will know that was all for the money, we have just saw the
old wars and also for the balkan war is the same and now in Caucausus
another time..........only economic reason !
19. How do you see the enormous ascension from the last few years
of the american bastard imperium ? How much time do you think that
it will stand straight ?
A . I have many friends that lives in the american imperium and seems that
in these last years american economy goes very well, there are always some
problems but sure many of them are solved, for example job is not a big problem,life
is more easy now for a lot of people that until 5-7 years ago was in economic
crisis, are we sure that we want this end? whic is the alternative?at the moment
seems that capitalistic system is the lonely that could give us some future,
you have see better than me the communist system...........we are going to
a global system, hope every county will have a right exposition, will be hard
but the lonely thing we can do is not subject to another thought but join with
20.What about the so-called globalisation ? Is that on an superficial
surface or is more than that ?
A. Agree on not, we are going to the globalisation,to be against is a lost
war, need to join for survive.Italy is welcome in this procces of globalisation
only because the Usa with their military bases pressed to insert we in the
EU, with the Turkey will be the same , but what interest about countries without
a great economy ? What interest about Romania? Do you have petrol?
Ok , then you are welcome..... do you have money to give us? ok you are welcome,
and if not , well , then these will be only your problems . Why USA are still
friend of the russians? Afraid of their old bombs? No, great market it's only
question of money............yes you can say that it isn't right, ok I'm agree
but look around you because this is what happen.
21.The nation isn't a civile society but a community gathered by the
hands of fortune.Then...if exists times where the destiny doesn't have
the courage to burst out on surface,we must encourage it in order to
fulfill our individuality.Do you agree with this?
A.The destiny is manipulated by millions of hands, yes you can help your destiny,but
someother manipule against you, the final is a compromise.
22.There's no philosophy
in the Balkans.There is only nihilsm or structuralism.To refer in
Balkan at a system it's ridicoulous, say
the "specialist" from outside.And the most pathetics personages
from this part of Europe were the communist,these "engineers of
the soul"(how they were called!).The communism in the Balkans
seems like a mix between an anniversary song and a funeral one.Please,tell
me your opinion about the communist society!It's that an utopy or not?
A.Yes, an utopy, maybe some ideas could bee good but just like ideas,
on an idealistic plain ,because the real facts are far away, their
most big mistake was don't understand that the reality not was like
they thought, unfortunately many people lost many years of their life
and die before understand that communism was far away from the reality
to be the order of the day in these years ! Have you ever think of
it?One of our great romanian philosophs ,
Emil Cioran by his name said once that "anytime we think at suiccide
it's however to late"(ha,ha!) . Can you comment on this please
A . Suicide.................it's stupid..............yes when I was young I
think to this final solution many time, but I think is the same for all young
people, suicide look you like the best way for solved your problems but at
last this is only your escape from life, better if you fight your problems
and maybe many years after you will understand that your problems was only
little problems...........only the strong survive..............yes, it's stupid
24. Speaking of stupid , I was always wondering who are the most
dangerous people on earth , the stupid or the clevers ? This is quite
a question ! As for me I incline to believe that the most dangerous
ones are the stupid because they never took themselves very in serious
, on the other hand we can say about the clevers that they always took
themselves much too in serious , so , it's quite hard to make a difference...
A.I dont think that stupid are dangerous or better the clevers are more dangerous
, hell , who knows , ahah , for many years I asked myself why I was not a stupid
in different situations , like the other people , being in fact always happy
and without any existentialism problems...whatever it's more easy foresee the
25.It will be intrested to hear your opinions now about the recent
war from Jugoslavia ! Not to mention that the italian gouvern has also
some unjust actions ! You think that in some certain situations an
italian gouvern can be better than more balcanical ones ? Just a general
A. The value and the fault of the italians is to be in the middle,everytime
in the middle,we gave help to the americans but we said no to the war,no
to the wrong bombs yes to the right bombs !?!?!?, no to the terrorism
help to Ochalan, breath to the Somalia arms to the Etiopia, economic
close with economic agree......sometime fortunately we do great things
someother we lost our face.Regarding the last part of your question
, no , I don't think that the italian gouvern is better than any other
one ,only that they show their action better, moreover in these last
2 years we have a communist gouvern , so , we quite have something
in common !
26.I will be enchanted if I'll know your opinion about the Russia;
how do you see the present political situation in Russia?
A.Something is changing, hope the russian have the possibilities to
take the freedom way.
27.Well,let's stop here for the moment and return to more normal questions!I
hope that's allright with you!And because I see that till now I doesn't
ask you anything about you new masterpieces I will ask you now to tell
me some more infos regarding the new releases.
STORM THE PALACE - Palace of Worms Compilation -a compilation
but I like think to it like a full project Eighteen bands from
have contributed to this outstanding compilation which pays homage to the
Dark and Middle Ages with many previously unreleased tracks.
Included (amongst others)
are better known bands such as Ataraxia, Autumn Tears, Mors Syphilitica,
Ontario Blue (Stephen Pennick of Endvra) Penitent, The Protagonist,
and Stone 588. Penitent opens with a somber, instrumental, electronic, and
sinister act that may surprise many fans since Penitent used to create mainly
piano music with vocals.The intro is followed by Opera Multi Steel: Nicely
consistent tribal some parts to Robert Smith) and one female background vocals
chant Latin lyrics from the Gloria. Ataraxia proves once again to be great
Early Music composers with influence drawn from their native Italy.Rosa Crvx
mix a ritualistic chant (which could also be used as a marching song in case
you ever plan on going to war on a horse with aspear and in shiny armor)
with a subtle, echoing guitar typical to gothic music. A lighter,
more dancy rhythm
by Jaramar shows that even people in the Middle Ages experienced joyous times
(well, at least that is what it sounds like. Who knows, maybe the lyrics
are about slaughter or famine, but I wouldn't know because they
are in Spanish,
so I keep on dancing to it like a little girl as if it were about a prosperous
harvest) Flutes, cymbals and pipes are the dominating instruments along with
male and female vocals. Much in the same vein as Jaramar, The Soil Bleeds
Black continues, except their sound makes one think more of a
feast at court then
the medieval countryside. A female singer carols about how Luna begets Mercury.Orchestral
and hymnlike Arcane Art present their lyrics in a style rather known to Metal.
MorsSyphilitica contrast the previous song with a swirly and contemporary
melody. Gothic/darkwave with female vocals. The sound of rain
introduce tribal rhythms
as Andrea Nebel Haugen's (Ex-Cradle of Filth, Aghast) Hagalaz' Runedance
chants religious themes of Odhinnism. Proscriptor's bagpipes
together with laughter
and horseshoes on cobble stone remind of Scotland's turbulent past. This
same horse also provides the vocals to the music i.e. it'sinstrumental--So,
you guys, wear a kilt without underwear on a windy day; it's aaalright! XVII
VIE emphasizes Karin's very dark and sensual voice over keyboard and ritualistic,
threatening percussion. El Luto Del Rey Cuervo must have had either purpose
c) my CD player rejects it, but this melodic, swirly gothic song crackles
as if it were recorded from an old record and its volume phases
in an out of the
speakers. The Protagonist contributed one of his previously unreleased versions
of "Hesperia" Electronic/industrial darkwave in a powerful, orchestral
manner, murmurs that seem to be dark prayers and sexy vocals by Sundstrom make
this a special treat. Talking about "whispered prayers" Nothvs Filivs
Mortis does exactly that, slowly getting louder until they reach the peak and
start over with whispers, all backed up by an obscure soundscape. Stone 588
will surprise many of their fans with this track. Not at all the traditional
goth with Siouxsie vocals, but harmonic flutes, strings,some violin and Terri's
much more mature and defined vocals distinguish this song from their previous
work. Ontario Blue delves into one's mind with charming, echoing electronics
and sensual voice similar to Brendan Perry(Dead Candance) Dark Symphonies probably
already know Autumn Tears but for those of you who don't: Majestic, classically
and baroque influenced orchestration with Erika's dramatic, enchanting vocals
make "This... My MelancholicMasquerade" a perfect example of their
albums. Stay Frightened connects toAutumn Tears so smoothly, it almost sounds
like they belong together. "TheQueen of the Elves" is an instrumental,
trancelike soundscape layered by a faster-paced, uplifting melody. A great
28. Is Guido an materialistic person , what are money for you?
A . Money is not all..............there are also gold, silver and platinum
, heeh ! What can I say is only that I'm a dreamer with the foots on theearth,
and with the money you can buy your freedom ! Beside that , I have a serious
job, this is a kind of hobby with the label and music,but it's thruth that
for the moment I would like produce music and cover the cost, and yes if
money come are welcome , but before all I want release only music that enjoy
29.Tell us something about the next releases of PALACE OF WORMS !
A.Well , it's too early to speak about my next releases or maybe not,anyway
, they will be only available in a few month some new titles , whatever
I 'm planning the acts number two of BLEEDING LIKE MINE and STAY
FRIGHTENED, a new project sung in latin with members of the french
band OPERA MULTI STEEL , (named O QUAM TRISTIS) a new american band
named IN WINTER BLEEDING and a compilation ispired on the 22 tarot
cards...too much, hope to release all before the end of this year.
my dream is release all the good music that unknowed bands mail me
from all over the world !
.I don't know near nothing about your live activities , but I wondered
if there was any concerts organised by PALACE OF WORMS..,if there were
any...Can you confirme my presumtion?
Music on POW is very emotionally,dark and melancholic, this means that
artists have the same style of life and usually to they like work
alone in their studios and don't like to be in front to many people,
live show is an event that happen very few time........whatever I'm
sure that someone offer me an interesting proposal,like a POW night
in a castle (gosths included), the artists will be very happy to
take a part ! Anyway my time is limited, I haven't time neither for
artistical activities , such as a magazine and my band split when
I started the label, usually I like work lonely so I can not do all
want, but maybe one day...who knows ? I'm open mind, every proposal
is welcome...............I am very glad of having contact with other
bands anc labels , but for the moment we have not planned any concert
neither collaboration...........and by the way , Crowed control seems
that theywill release two bands that I wanted release but at last
I haven't time for them.........check their new issues , I recomand
interested in good music, unknow or named is the same, I like let
the peopleknow new music, I done a radio show for ten years for this
31.Can you suggest what music people will listen in the next century?
I don't know, I'm afraid that will be only commercial music
. And I am afraid that my audience will be every day less.
32 .How do you see yourself in 20 years from now?
A. A young grandfather around the world ; a pretty good image you might say
, don't you ?
33. I think that there are quite a few of individs who would like
to know what are your all time fave ! You think that you can bring
a little over this subject ?
like play gothic in the club shows, medieval- etno-arab music for
radio show, sinthpop under the shower,indie alternative when
drive......I like a lot of music....my prefered cd are "ScaryMonsters" and "Lodger" (D.Bowie),"Remain
In Light " (Talking Heads).....all Cure , Joy Division,
Sister of Mercy....Legendary Pink Dots.....Depeche Mode.....Einsturzende
Neubauten...and many others.
34.It is said that there it is not losers neither winner,but
only survivers.Punished by the Gods for unrespected their
words,Sisyphe it is condamnated for eternity
to push the huge rock up the mountains.I think that every man has his
it'syour"rock"? You consider yourself punished by somethingSuperior
A.If my rock is planet earth, I'm happy to be punished , but if not...!
35.That was all my friend,I appologies if my questions has bored
you , hopefully not , your last words...
A. Thanks to you and your readers, I'm sorry for some short answers
but my english is not so good, sometime is very hard to me explane
my thought not in italian, hope you understand well who I'm and what