1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?
Malauriu was born in 2013 from an ideo of Asmodeus (guitars, bass, keyboards and songwriter)
The band was set up with the idea of playing raw black metal inspired by the scene of the early 90’s
We are from Western Sicily and at the moment we have just released of debut EP entitled “Presagi di Morte”
2.Recently you have released a new ep, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction you have taken with this recording?
With this EP we have created and tested a sound withi are indeed still consolidating: raw and direct black metal with no innovation nor sound’s experimentation. To put it simple who is looking form technical and polished blackmeal should look elsewhere, on the contrary who is eager of old school black metal is welcome. We still have to work on defining our sound and on improving some things here and there, nevertheless the ep is getting positive review and is quite appreciated by the listeners.
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new release?
The lyrics are mostly about death, hatred, sorrow and religion.
4.The band members named themselves Asmodeus, Otis and Marbas all goetic demon names, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in Occultism?
I have been always fascinated by Occultism. Over the year I have broaden my knowledge on the matter through books and researches. I am still pretty much into the matter.
5.I know that the band name means 'bad/ill omen' in Sicilian, what was the decision behind using it as a band name?
I (Asmodeus) am really attached to my homeland so I decided to use this term which is part of the Sicilian culture.
I did not really want to use the usual and trite Englishe names. Maybe Malauriu is a name quite difficult to grab outside of Sicily as there is not direct/simple translation but I don’t quite care about that.
6.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
We have never performed live so far and yet we don’t have a live line up. Despite that we have got some offers to play live and we are evaluating them.
7.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
For now live shows are not a priority of ours
8.The new ep came out on Melqart productions, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
Melqart Productions is a tiny label of ours through which we publish our material until the time we find a better label seriously interested into our music.
9.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of black metal?
On a worldwide level we have received very positive reviews, every day we get mails from every corner of the globe of people that show interest in our EP. We are happy about it and we do hope that in future we will be producing material released by a label that will make our discs circulate abroad as much as possibile
10.What is going on with the other musical project these days that the guitar player is involved with?
Urlo Nero is currently on stand by as we are fully dedicated to Malauriu. Maybe we will release another already recorded work under the name Urlo Nero, but it’s not sure yet-
11.Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
I see a frutiful future ahead of us, we already have many new ideas to record!.
12.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
I have been influenced by so many bands, so many that I won’t be listing them. Let’s say that I have great respect for the pillars of black metal, especially those which contributed to create the very first scene in Norway. Also the first wave of Italia black metal was a remarkable influence for me. Currently I have been listening a lot to Peste Noire and Inquisition. Furthermore I do listen to some other genres that have a certain degree of influence on my music.
13.What are some of your non musical interests?
Besides music I do like reading and watching movies
14.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I just would like to thank Occult Black Metal Zine, all those who follow us and in general all those who support the black metal scene