Lorenzo "Otagron" Di Vincenzo
February 26, 2023
Hi guys, nice to hear from you!! Sirrush are in my art laboratory at the moment, where I'm dealing with the creation of costumes and scenery for our shows!! And I have to say it's going pretty well.
Well, the long break was mainly due to the line-up. The previous guitarist had to leave the band for personal reasons and finding a replacement was not easy at all, so in the meantime I decided to learn the guitar both self-taught and with lessons, so I began to write melodies that developed in the new Sirrush material.
The choice of the theme of Molon Labe came from a strong inspiration due to my interest in the Persian war, where through sources and books, above all, 'Gates of Fire' by Stephen Pressfield I was amazed by this story that I decided to write about it in the new Sirrush work. I don't mind the idea of telling important historical events under the key to our music.
On "The era of Ishtar" there was still the anti-Christian influence but linked above all as a protest to ''false laws'' and a little bit to my attraction towards that darker and demonic world so to speak, but over time it was abandoned due to the increasing interest towards historical events.
When King Leonidas presented himself with his army before the gigantic Persian army, King Xerxes sent a messenger to report to Leonidas that if he laid down his arms in submission his and Spartan's life would be spared, but he answered "Come and get them!" as a sign of defiance. This answer is also a motivating motto for many people today, especially for the Greeks.
Molon Labe is an answer to a threatening question that goes against the natural principles of a man or his freedom, and therefore I believe that it can be very well applied to every aspect of life and modern times in the field of injustices.
I'm a fan of war or want to promote it, but Leonidas knew it would end badly for him from his first day in Thermopylae, but he wanted to leave a message not only for Greece, but for the whole world. Freedom can be defended and obtained even with a few men fighting for this hope, and he confirmed all this by holding up for almost 3 days the innumerable Persians with a few men.
I work in the world of sculpture and I rarely paint, in fact this is my first complete painting ever done, and I did it because I felt a very deep bond with this album and I wanted the artwork to come out of my veins even if not perfect. It was the vision I had for the journey of these soldiers traveling towards freedom, which in this case is represented by Athena showing them the path to follow.
This style that ranges between violent and melodic riffs has always been present in Sirrush, even in the first EP, and it is a side I wanted to keep because I like it a lot. On Molon Labe we managed to accompany the various phases of the story under the intensity of the notes, for example, in moments of battle melee we use violent riffs or more melodic riffs in the most epic moments or reflections within the stories, as if they were soundtracks of the scenes.
We will always try to keep this style because we love this aggressive riffing and melody in our music equally, besides the fact that it is our way of composing, they come out automatically, and it is nice that our creative process can flow freely.
We imagined that our music should act as a soundtrack to the whole story of the Thermopylae developed throughout the album.
I think it's my way of composing! I'm the one who usually changes passages of riffs not keeping them too linear and static, so it wasn't planned.
Well, we are very satisfied with Marco's work, even if working remotely was not easy at all. The more modern sound was our choice, and I think we will try to make it cleaner and more accurate in future works. Davide Billia is a war machine, and he was also quite inventive, because we told him we wanted a classic black metal drum set, but with his death metal style! And we were really satisfied!!
I am very attached to this track as it was one of the first ones, I was trying to develop during my guitar studies, as well as featuring riffs that Adranor ("The era of Ishtar" composer and current bassist) was working on before leaving the band, so this piece is very important to me because it marks the transition between the old and new Sirrush.
More than the music it was more difficult to be able to reconstruct the story to tell in the form of lyrics for the tracks, it wasn't easy at all, especially for "With your shield...or on it'' I recall. I took the right amount of time to make everything fit together without haste.
We have been taken in some foreign festivals and this has made us very proud. We can't wait to play in those countries since we are Italian, because I believe that this metal world works much better there.
It was a pleasure and an honor to speak with you Lior, and I thank you for that, I will try to bring new music and may the inspiring muse assist me in this journey!