Please give us a short
description of your band.
Holy Smoke (vocals): A short description? The
most insane band on the damned planet called Earth!
Desy (bass): We are a "small" band (3 members +
live session members) but there is a lot feeling between
us and this album is the demonstration.
Celesh (guitars): Too hard for me hahaha!
How did things get started?
Holy Smoke: One day God created the light and the
darkness and saw they were good. Then He created man and
woman and saw they were good. Then He created pop music
and saw it was a shit, so He created electric guitars,
acid synths, alcohol and computers and his friend, the
Devil, helped Him to create No Forgiveness.
Celesh: Once upon a time there were some friends,
listening the same music, and they said "Why can't we
try to make music?".. ..and than they tried.. ..and
they're still trying...
Desy: And when they lost their previous
bassplayer, I joined the band.
What are your main influences? And how would you
describe your music?
Holy Smoke: I would say that we have a lot of
influences in our music. Mainly in my opinion we sound
like Rammstein with distorted vocals or a sort of
Marilyn Manson (Antichrist Superstar era) with a fucking
electro attitude, but I think that some of our songs are
quite original and not fully catalogable in any
description, except "Insane Industrial Gothic"!
Celesh: Quite right!
Desy: I have many influences like jazz, blues and
classic metal but we wanted to do industrial rock so I'm
trying to do it.
How does No Forgiveness create their songs?
Holy Smoke: Usually Celesh comes with something
like 8783 riffs and basic ideas about the entire songs.
We listen to them all and the ones who rock us the most
are beeing kept in more consideration. Then we start to
work all together on the song: everyone tries to add a
little bit of themselves into the music. When it comes
to lyrics, it is very strange what happens... it's
almost impossible to describe, but most of the time I
came up with the same ideas of Celesh so it's not
difficult to add the lyrics on the song. Sometimes
lyrics are also written before the song and then they're
cut or modified to fit the song structure.
Desy: Celesh brings me a lot of riffs with some
good ideas and I try to add some good bass lines. I hate
those bassplayers who use only the tonic note of the
chord a lot, so I play more notes under the guitar chord.
Usally the listeners don' t hear every note I play but
the ensemble sounds good.
Celesh: Usually I have nightmares and when I wake
up I start to write a new song!
Your new album Deja-Vu came out on 06-06-2006. It
contains one new song, two covers and seven re-recorded
tracks. Why have you decided to re-record some of your
old work and to release it on a new album instead of
writing new songs? Out of inspiration? Hehe.
Holy Smoke: No, I would say we have too much
inspiration! The only reason why we re-recorded all
these songs is because we were not satisfied with the
production of "Masquerade" and "Obscure Shining". I
think you will know what I mean after the listening of
our 2 past CDs and then "Deja-Vu". About the inspiration,
you should go to Celesh's personal studio and listen to
all the new 932478 shits he wrote hahaha!
Celesh: Yeah, I think our old songs are important
for us, they deserved to be played and heard better!
Desy: Damned Celesh and his thousands pieces...
Talking about the Deja-Vu album, it received
excellent critics of IndustrializedMetal.tk. But, what
do you think of the album yourself?
Holy Smoke: Usually musicians answer to this
question something like: "Yes, this is our best CD ever"
and bla bla bla. I answer honestly, we improved a lot
our past songs, we added a new groove to each track and
I'm satisfied about the result, but we worked so hard
and for such a long period on this release that I almost
hate these songs now! Anyway, considering also the 2
covers and the 8 remixes, this is a really "pumping-blood-in-the-brain"
CD and I'm sure a lot of our fans will like it!
Celesh: I hate these songs much more haha!
However I'm NEVER totally satisfied, but i think we made
Desy: I love this album, it' s not our original
style because we used a lot of synth lines and the whole
sound lost some of the gothic influences but the final
result is very impressive and aggressive. We learned a
lot of things about recording and mixing with "Deja-vý"
so I cannot say it's a "useless" album.
What is your favourite No Forgiveness song, and why?
Holy Smoke: Not an easy question to answer.... "Insane",
"Hate gate" and "Aves" are really and truly songs where
you can headbang your head until the cerebral coma, but
I also like the new version of "Another666" where we
tried to add female vocals for the first time ever!
Desy: I have an InSaNe love for After/Before,
Cruel Queen and Eternity. Cruel Queen is the first song
that I wrote with No Forgiveness and Celesh, it' s
special for me. Eternity is the more melodic song we
have in my opinion, I like it very much, and After/Before
has a very good riff. Unlucky we didn' t choose any of
these songs for Deja-vý, but we wanted to sound raw and
the songs we re-recorded fitted better the album.
Celesh: I never agree with my friends! So I
choose "Gimme a scream", I guess it can seem to be
"simple", but I think it's very effective.
Since you have done some live shows in Italy already,
you must have a good picture on the local scene over
there. Various other Italian bands try to find their
luck outside of Italy, because of their bad experience
with the Italian audience. What are your experiences on
Holy Smoke: Italy is worse than Somalia when it
comes to the industrial scene. We have great bands but
no clubs where they can play and no audience interested
in this genre. We have a name here in Italy but also
many many jealous guys around us. Definitively, Italy
sucks for a lot of things.
Celesh: I don't know why, but people aren't very
interested about live music... Maybe because our genre
isn't very commercial...
The weekend of Easter 2006 you were one of the bands
on the first Dutch mini-tour partly organized by
IndustrializedMetal.tk. How do you look back on that
Holy Smoke: Just one comment: the BEST gigs we
ever made !!!!!
Celesh: Just GREAT!
Your live show is very powerful. You guys attempt to
give it all on stage, and to entertain the audience. How
important is a live image for a band like No
Forgiveness? And what can you say to a stranger who
wants to visit a No Forgiveness live show, what can he
Holy Smoke: Thanks for the compliment! Certainly
it's 50% music and 50% image when we're on stage: we
want people get shocked by seeing us live, they must be
really catched by our show and not just into the music
like listening to the normal CD. A band boring on stage
is a band that I will not go to see live.
Desy: We have a good live image and we care for
it very much. The Italian theatre has a long history and
this has influenced us a lot, we want the live shows to
be true shows, of music and colors.
Celesh: Our live performance is the best way to
understand what we try to express with our songs, the
live image is a way to communicate, like music.
What can we expect of No Forgiveness in the near
Holy Smoke: I can assure you just one thing: it
will not be what everybody is expecting! I mean, we
already prepared new songs and we have ideas that are
totally different from the "Deja-Vu" ones and from
everything we made in the past. Our main goal is not to
be repetitive through the time. Anyway, don't worry,
distorted insane vocals and distorted metal guitars will
be always in the No Forgiveness sound!
Thanks a lot for answering my questions. If you have
some final words to add, you can do it here.
Holy Smoke: Thanks for the questions, we're
looking forward for coming back to Holland!
Desy: Thank you, I hope people will appreciate
Interview by: Gerardo (June 2006)