Our second album Closer To Daylight is 10 years old!
It marks a fundamental step-stone in the history of the band, as it’s the first album with Claudio on bass. We met him when most of the album was already written, but we decided to almost re-write it with him on board to create a continuity with the albums to come.
Two guest stars joined us on this: Arno Menses and Marco Sfogli.
Getting in touch with Arno Menses for Closer To Daylight
Before changing singer (Michele quit the band for health reasons, asked us to find a new singer and we found Fabio), we already decided to have a guest singer on the epic suite Aftermath. One of our ideas was to contact Neal Morse, so our manager Davide started mailing with him. He liked the song but he was too busy with all of his projects so he couldn’t make it. Another idea was to contact the former Sieges Even and actual Subsignal singer Arno Menses. His voice was just perfect for the song and luckily he accepted to perform the task! His work on the song really brought it to another level, as he wrote the whole vocal line and the backings on that one.
… and getting in touch with Marco Sfogli
When deciding who should have played the guitar solo on River’s Edge, some of us proposed John Mitchell but then Luca had an idea: why not asking to Marco Sfogli? He’s one of the most recognized guitar player in the world, plus he’s just some kilometers away from our hometown. We asked him and he gladly accepted, we met him, brought him in our studio, we made him personally listen to the track and had a pleasant chat. Some days after that meeting we had the best solo we could ever wished for! He was so kind to give us also this video of a live play-through:
So, just some anecdotes to share and to give the warmest of greetings: happy birthday Closer To Daylight! You’re “closer to” 11 now.