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MORGANA: "Rose of Jericho"
MORGANA: Rose of The Jericho - strickly old skool metal and Morgana sang in a Heavy Metal band already back in 1983 (at the age of barely 16). She's been a part of the Italian underground metal scene ever since and her latest album feature Tommy Talamanca (Sadus) as guitarist, co-writer, and producer. Indeed, the Metal Lady actually signed a recording contract with a semi-major German label and moved over there in early 1992. Unfortunately, you all know what happend to the metal genre during those years. Find out more about her latest album, here's the lovely, MORGANA DELAUDE...
How has the reaction to your latest CD been?
Let me tell you I was pretty scared about my coming back after 20 years away from the music biz. It was just like to wake up in a very different world after a long, long sleep. I had two choices: to write and record a Morganasí old style album or just to follow my heart and write something pretty different from my past albums. I followed my heart and, well it was a hazard but it paid of! Rose of Jericho had really good responses.
How long did this CD take to make from start to finish, recording-wise?
Not that long.. in three months Tommy Talamanca and I wrote the entire album and it took three weeks of recordings and editing, mixing and so over.
What kind of 'sound', production wise, did you have in the back of your mind, prior to entering the studio?
Exactly the way this album sounds. Powerful and elegant at same time.
What kind of input did the producer have during the process?
Tommy is not only the co-author and musician but the producer. Getting so involved in this work gave to the entire album something more.
And are you pleased with the final outcome? (sound - production wise)
I am. I followed studio and graphics and promo personally, so eventually itís me the one to blame if something is wrong.
Did the producer (you) use any (weird) experimental miking and/or recording techniques?
Well, Tommy as producer doesnít love too many technical tricks and I agree with him. This is an Hard Rock album and by its nature it sounds ill tempered and not that sophisticated.
How did you go on about capturing your 'live sound' in the studio, or perhaps you didn't
I sang all songs live and without stops.- I sang all songs three times and in editing we chosen the best parts.
Please inform us about your favourite songs and lyrical highlights and why?
From my fav song Golden Hours, we shot our first video. This song talks about an hot night and how much costs in sorrow and tears the bitter end of a love affair. It is very, very personal and we tried to show it in the video.
Any overall theme of mood that you're trying to capture while writing songs?
This album followed to a very difficult moment in my life and my mood itís quite easy to feel in it.
Does your vision for coming up with music get affected at all by time?
II was the first italian Metal female singer and one of the first in Europe and it happened a really long time ago. My entire vision of life changed so music.
Did the record company interfere with anything on your "sound" and songs?
All the staff stood by me. No one forced me to choose any different sound or what. I had their unconditional support.
Are there any 'crazy' behind the scenes anecdotes from these sessions that you can share with us?
the vocal recording sessions, Tommy always used to tell me "ok, come on, this
is good enough." I was pretty
How would you describe the sound of your new CD to any potential new fan?
Itís a blend of Hard Rock with some dark influences. It sounds passionate and powerful.
Who are your influences and heroes? (music-wise)
I am 45 so, my heroes are Robert Plant, Gillan and Joplin and so over.
If there's anything you'd like to add, say, please do:
We have our first official video out. Check it out on my site www.morganadelaude.come or in our fan page on Facebook or
simply on You Tube as Morgana Delaude.
Interview by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom,