1.Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?
Hello! Well, we are now releasing our 7th Album which is called "Nihilistic Malthusian Manifesto" and our EP "Black Horror Komando". I founded Guerra Total 20 years ago, so this year we have planned to tour (we’re waiting for proposals !) and in April we will start to record a new album.
2.You released your latest full length at the beginning of 2016, how would you describe the musical sound that is presented on the recording and also how does it differ from the stuff you have released in the past?
This one is more Black Metal focused, it still sounds like Guerra Total but it has a heavier and more experimental approach. Lyrics are more interesting than before, they are mature with different approaches, dealing with war, philosophy and atheism. If you take Venom with Bathory and some 70’s metal plus 90’s, you know what this album sounds like.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the newer music?
Philosophical Atheism, Nihilism, metaphysical philosophy, Cosmicism & selective misanthropy...
And whisky ! In every album we have one song dedicated to whisky and rock and roll.
4.Some of your lyrics are influenced by the writings of H.P Lovecraft, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in his writings?
Lovecraft was an Atheist, his writings and cosmicism philosophy fits with my ideas and philosophical background. HP Lovecraft was a person who wrote about physical entities, aliens, not imaginary ones, just the real deal, and human is just an insect in this universe.
5.Some of your lyrics in the past had deal with 'Satanism', did the band at one time consider themselves as Satanists?
Satanism maybe in the atheist way, we used the word "Satan" to reflect the evil and stupidity in the human race, not as a person or deity. I can talk by myself and I am surely not satanist nor religious in any way, I am free.
6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Guerra Total'?
Guerra Total (Total War), war against everything. The human race has been in war since their beginning, there is no a real peace.
7.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We played with Desaster (Germany) and it was a real great show, we had a lot of fun and beer. And with Mayhem! it was a Holocaust! it was hot in the venue. Well I don’t know, there were a lot of shows, in every show we give all of us, headbanging, fury, pure rock and roll energy, enough said!
8.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Yes, we are celebrating the 20 years band’s existence, and we will look for a promoter for a tour, I hope I can find someone asap lol.
9.Recently you where a part of a split with 'Metalucifer', what are your thoughts on the other band that had participated on the recording?
Metalucifer and Sabbat, mainly Sabbat, they are living legends. We have previously released a 7" split with Sabbat, it was really cool, and later Metalucifer, so one of my goals was completed. Gezol is a good friend and he always supports this plans, also Thomas from Forgotten Wisdom Prod. He trusted us and made an excellent job there.
10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black, thrash, and speed metal?
Well, I think we have many followers, but in the old school way, many fans of Black and Thrash Metal, it’s funny because we don’t consider ourselves like Thrash Metal, we never write about social and political bullshit, I Think I write on more serious subjects.
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Hmmmmm? Hmmmm, I dont know, maybe we’ll go heavier than ever or simply slower, or more Death Metal oriented, who knows? Every album has something new and I like all kind of metal, maybe I will make a mash up. But we will be always a Metal band, always Black before all.
12.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
Right now I am listening to Principality of Hell's new album (fucking great dude).
I listen to Elvis, The Beatles, Hendrix, MC5, Marduk, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sarcofago, Johnny Cash, Blasphemy, Destruction, Hocico, Impaled Nazarene, I dont have limits ah ah ah ah !
13.How would you describe your views on misanthropy, nihilism, and atheism?
Nihilism: Since we are born we are doomed, life is odd to carry on with good feelings, you know? Too many dystopic ideas come to my mind now.
Atheism: if we are doomed since we are born and everything is a mess without a purpose so there is nothing who could fix this, only science and reason have solve some aspect in the planet.
Misanthropy: It is more a selective misanthropy. 3 circles, 1) Nuclear Family, 2) Friends, 3) acquaintances (work, business, network etc) outside that I don’t give a shit them, many of them could be a jew, muslim, drug addict, hippie, serial killer, thief, etc. I rather don’t have contact with them.
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Thank you for letting me write this words, Guerra Total is Old School Black Metal and we don’t support politics and hippies, just Metal.