IVORY GATES

Out of Brazil comes the great new Progressive Rockband IVORY GATES. Their debut CD contains material that sounds like the perfect mix between STYX, KANSAS and early DREAM THEATER. I had an interview with bandleader Hugo Mazzotti...

Please introduce us your band, when did you form IVORY GATES and did any of you play in bands before IVORY GATES?

IVORY GATES WAS FORMED BY ME, HUGO MAZZOTTI (BASS) AND GUITARRIST MATHEOS ARMELIN IN THE BEGINNING OF 2000. AT THAT TIME, I WAS PLAYING IN A BAND CALLED MYSTICAL WARNING FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS. WE RELEASED OUR FIRST CD, THIRD MILLENNIUM (MEGAHARD RECORDS) IN JUNE OF 1999 AND WE WERE DOING A LOT OF SHOWS IN OUR AREA. UNFORTUNATELLY, SOME PROBLEMS WITH EGO APPEARED INSIDE THE BAND. BESIDE THAT, THE BAND WAS GOING MUCH MORE INTO A POWER METAL DIRECTION AND I WAS LOOKING FOR A MORE PROGRESSIVE SOUND. SO I LEFT MYSTICAL WARNING. SOON AFTER THE BAND BROKE UP. ONE DAY, TALKING WITH MATHEOS, WE DECIDED TO FORM A BAND WITH OUR PROGRESSIVE INFLUENCES AND THATS HOW IVORY
GATES BEGUN.

Please tell us all about your debut CD?

THE CD SHAPES OF MEMORY WAS RECORDED FROM OCTOBER OF 2000 UNTILL MAY/JUNE OF 2001. IT WAS AN EXPANSIVE PRODUCTION, BUT AT THE END, I THINK IT SOUNDED EXACTILY AS WE WERE EXPECTING. THE CD HAS A VERY CLEAR SOUND AND YOU CAN HEAR ALL INSTRUMENTS, WHAT I THINK IS VERY IMPORTANT TO A PROGRESSIVE METAL BAND. ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING ABOUT SHAPES OF MEMORY IS ITS ARTWORK, AS A WHOLE, NOT ONLY THE COVER ART. ITS ALL FULL COLORED AND A HAS LOT OF IMAGES MAKING A NICE PRESENTATION FOR THE ALBUM.


Which bands influenced you?

I THINK THAT I HAVE TWO MAIN INFLUENCES ON MY WORK. THE FIRST IS THOSE BANDS I LISTEN TO SINCE MANY, MANY YEARS AGO. BANDS LIKE BLIND FURY – SATAN, SAMSON, TOKYO BLADE, IRON MAIDEN, MERCYFUL FATE, FATES WARNING AND QUEENSRYCHE WILL ALWAYS BE REFERENCES TO ME. THE SECOND ONE IS THE PROGRESSIVE BANDS ESPECIALLY KANSAS (ONE OF THE BEST BANDS OF ALL TIMES).

Are you popular in your area?

ONE INTERESTING THING ABOUT IVORY GATES IS THAT NOONE EVER KNEW ABOUT US BEFORE THE RELEASE OF SHAPES OF MEMORY, SINCE WE NEVER RECORDED EVEN A DEMO
TAPE BEFORE THE CD, SO AS I USE TO SAY, IVORY GATES CAME “OUT OF NOWHERE”. NOW, DUE TO SOME VERY GOOD REVIEWS, I THING THAT OUR POPULARITY IS GROWING FAST.

What are you favourite albums at the moment?

MY FAVORITE ALBUMS CAN BE DIVIDED I TWO KINDS. THE FOREVER FAVORITES AND THOSE THAT IM LISTENING VERY OFTEN TODAY. FOR THE FIRST ONES ID SAY:

BLIND FURY – OUT OF REACH
FATES WARNING – AWAKEN THE GUARDIAN/A PLEASANT SHADE OF GRAY
MERCYFUL FATE – DONT BREAK THE OATH
KANSAS – POINT OF KNOW RETURN/SOMEWHERE TO ELSEWHERE

THE ALBUMS IM LISTENING MUCH THESE DAYS, ID LIKE TO MENTION:

ECHOLYN – MEI/AS THE WORLD
POWER OF OMENS – EYES OF THE ORACLE
WITHOUT WARNING – BELIEVE

When you write your songs, what are they about and are there any interesting stories to tell about them?

IM NOT COMPOSING ALL THE TIME, BUT WHEN IS TIME TO DO NEW SONGS, I REALLY COME WITH MANY IDEAS OR EVEN SOME FINISHED SONGS. FOR THE LYRICS I TRY NOT TO FOCUS IN ONLY ONE THEME FOR NOT BEING REPETITIVE. I THINK THOSE BANDS THAT ALWAYS TALK ABOUT THE SAME THINGS SOUNDS BORING TO ME. IN SHAPES OF MEMORY THERERE SONGS ABOUT REALITY, DREAMS, HOPES AND FANTASY.

How did you get your bandname IVORY GATES?

THE NAME WAS SUGGESTED BY A FRIEND OF MINE, CALLED CESAR BENATTI, WHO ACTUALLY DID THE ALL THE ARTWORK FOR US, INCLUDING OUR LOGO. BESIDE THAT, THERES A NICE MEANING, WITH ALL THOSE LEGENDS ABOUT DREAMS AND , MOST OF ALL, I THINK IT SOUNDS WELL, WHATS VERY IMPORTANT FOR AN UNKNOWN BAND.

What are the plans for the next coming months?

WERE NOW FINISHING THE SONGS FOR OUR NEW ALBUM THAT HAS A PROBABILITY OF BEING RELEASED IN JUNE/JULY OF THE NEXT YEAR. WERE HAVING A LOT OF WORK SINCE THIS IS GONNA BE OUR SECOND ALBUM, AND, FOR OURSELVES, IS A MATTER OF HONOUR DOING THIS ONE BETTER THAN THE FIRST ONE. THE NEXT CD WILL HAVE TEN SONGS, A LITTLE SHORTER BUT A LITTLE HAVIER THAN SHAPES OF MEMORY. BUT ONE THING I MUST SAY: ALL THE ELEMENTS THAT DEFINE THE STYLE OF IVORY GATES WILL REMAIN UNTOUCHED. MAY BE AFTER THIS RELEASE WE START THINKING ABOUT PLAYING LIVE.

Any plans for distribution of the CD outside Brazil?

THATS EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO RIGHT NOW. I HOPE THAT SOME RECORD COMPANY SEE OUR CD REVIEWS AND BE INTERESTED IN IVORY GATES. I THINK WE HAVE AN ALBUM GOOD ENOUGH FOR THAT. WHAT WE NEED IS THAT PEOPLE MAY HAVE ACCESS TO IT.


Finally, do you have anything to add to our readers?

FIRST OF ALL, ID LIKE TO THANK FOR ALL THE SUPPORT GIVEN BY YOU AND STRUTTER ZINE. AND FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IVORY GATES, CHECK OUR SITE
www.ivorygates.hpg.com.br FOR ALL BAND INFORMATIONS OR LISTEN TO OUR SONGS USING THE LINK http://www.mp3.com/IVORY_GATES THANKS AGAIN.


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