Asymmetric Universe is a new name on the progressive metal scene, as they have just launched their debut EP entitled “When Reality Disarticulates.” But calling this trio from Turin in Italy a progressive metal would definitely not do them any justice. The band successfully takes all the basics of the mentioned genre and mixing them with jazz fusion, creating a release that demanding but also very enjoyable. Guitarist Federico Vese and bassist Nicolo Vese shared with us what it took to work on the EP, and more.
Hey guys. How are you doing?
Federico: I’m fine thanks and thank you for this interview!
Nicoló: Hey there! Everything’s okay here! Hope you’re fine too!
You have recently launched your debut EP entitled “When Reality Disarticulates.” How do you feel about the release?
Federico: We are really happy for the response of our debut EP and all the great experiences we are living thanks to it. As an independent instrumental progressive metal/fusion band we didn’t expect such a big support! It gave us the opportunity to meet a lot of people on the internet and we are planning more live shows in order to meet them in real life. We feel really inspired, in fact we are already starting the writing session for the next release.
How much of a challenge was to work on the EP?
Federico: We are an independent band so everything is self produced. It’s been a big challenge because Nicolò and I worked on the writing and production process by ourselves and I mixed the EP (while it’s been recorded and mastered by Federico Ascari). We tried to find a new musical language where all the genres that inspire us are mixed together. In fact our project is a progressive metal band with a lot of fusion/jazz influences, but it has a lot of orchestral and electronic arrangement too. It’s an instrumental concept EP so all the songs represent a moment of a journey that you can find explained on our Bandcamp page.
What is your opinion about the current prog metal scene?
Federico: I find it really inspiring because now prog allows to experiment more than ever and, the most important thing for me, it can allow you to build an independent project that could make you self-sufficient. I think this is great because in such an experimental genre it could be tough to work with a small label that wants to promote more mainstream artists.
Can you tell me something about your influences?
Federico: I studied a lot of metal, fusion and jazz. My main inspirations are Guthrie Govan, Pat Metheny, Meshuggah, Animals as Leaders, Allan Holdsworth but also John Coltrane and Miles Davis.
Nicoló: In my studies I studied mainly Jazz/Fusion & Funk. I love Pat Metheny, Bill Evans, Allan Holdsworth, Victor Wooten, Marcus Miller. Obviously I love progressive metal too with artists such as Animals as Leaders, Meshuggah, Haken. I also studied a lot of orchestral music, my favourite composers are Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Puccini, Repisghi and Ravel.
What are you listening to these days?
Federico: Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of genres from jazz like Snarky Puppy and Jacob Collier to metal bands like Fleshgod Apocalypse and Architects.
Nicoló: I’m listening to a lot of electronic music in this period, either in a more ambient way (for example Olafur Arnalds) and in a EDM contest (Zedd and Haywyre). I’m also loving the latest Fleshgod Apocalypse album “Veleno”, they are so good in mixing orchestral music with metal!
Your 5 favourite records of all the time?
Federico: Metropolis part.2 by Dream Theater
Kind of blue by Miles Davis
Periphery by Periphery
The joy of motion by Animals as Leaders
Erotic Cakes by Guthrie Govan
Nicolò: Images and words by Dream Theater
Bill Evans with symphony orchestra
The joy of motion by Animals as Leaders
Yin-Yang by Victor Wooten
Secret story by Pat Metheny
Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you used to record “When Reality Disarticulates”?
Federico: I recorded the whole EP with my Strandberg Boden Prog 7 except for the rhythm parts of the song “Hermeneutic Shock” where I used my 8 string Ibanez. All the guitar tones come from my Axe-Fx II.
Nicoló: I used a Fender Jazz bass Deluxe V for all my parts, though I’m planning to go toward to a more Humbucker sound (you’ll see in the next month what I’m talking about!). I also used an Aguilar amplifier (Tone Hammer 500) and Darkglass B7K for distortion.
Besides the release of the EP, are there any other plans for the future?
Federico: We are going to release a lot of videos on the internet in order to reach as many people as possible and we are planning to play live shows as soon as possible in Italy and maybe in Europe.
Any words for the potential new fans?
Nicoló: If you want some experimental progressive fusion metal, then Asymmetric Universe it’s for you! In any case we’re glad if only we can make your day a better one through our music!