(KevinP brings us this interview of Enrico Schettino, guitarist of Italy’s Hideous Divinity, whose superb new album Adveniens was reviewed by us here and is available now via Unique Leader.)
K: How does it feel to exceed expectations with the new album for the second time?
E: It feels good indeed, if this is what people truly believe. I mean, to exceed expectations sometimes looks like the only way in death metal nowadays. Competition’s insane. And also, people’s judgments leave you disoriented. This is our life, sometimes we are at ease with the pressure, it compels us to push the envelope. Some other times, we decide to take a deep breath, a step back, and do our thing: rewrite, relisten, erase, rewrite. “Ad libitum”.
In other words, I really didn’t know what “expectations” were! Too many different awkward ideas about how a band should sound today.