Italian doomers Rome in Monochrome talk about their new EP, their touring plans, inspirations and lots more.

Alright, first thing is first. Before we dive into all the music stuff, how’s life?

First thing is first: hi. Life is a tunnel of no light, in which you fool yourself hoping for things that never happen and then you die. I’m joking, but perhaps not at all…seriously: life is bitterness, is hard but it hides a little dose of joy that you have to appreciate and love, because it’s the fuel to stand the rest. So, our lives are like everyone’s, a mixture of bitterness and joy.

Speaking of new music, you have an EP. What can people expect from “Karma Anubis”?

Dark, psychedelic music to dive their souls in a sea of melancholia that will cradle them. I think that it could be a good description.

What was it like working on the album?

It was just like an immersion. We took a breath, let us be sorrounded by waves of sound and then we had it in our hands.

Are there any touring plans in support to “Karma Anubis”?

Is what we are working on the most at the time, together with the final arrangements for the first full length album.

While we are on the subject of touring, what countries would you love to tour?

It’s easy to answer: everywhere somebody wants us to play, everywhere we can share our vision. Personally, I’d like to play in Russia.

Who and what inspires you the most?

Surely we started with both feet into the 90’s doom scene. But our music is complex and with more layers of interpretation: me and mostly Valerio (the vocalist) are a lot into the slowcore scene, and also love shoegaze and post rock, and these influences are strong in what we play.

What other genres of music do you listen to? Have any of the other genres you listen to had any impact on your playing?

As said, surely slowcore, shoegaze and post rock had a strong part in the definition of our sound. But there’s a thin red line of melancholia and bitterness that joins all the things we listen to, or the most. Obviously, we are a six piece and everyone has his personal tastes, and everything is filtered and deformed by our own “RIM lens” before becoming a part of our sound.


I really appreciate you giving us your time today. Is there anything else you would like to tell us and the fans before we wrap things up?

Sure! Join us, and join the cult of the absence of color.


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