Officer Nice: I suppose for most of the readers this band – or should we call it a project – is unknown. So please, introduce us to the members and the history of the band.
Cristiano F.: Hi Rico, first of all thank you to give me the chance to get this interview. I’d say that Cristiano Filippini’s Flames Of Heaven is not a project but a band, in the modern way…with a main composer and producer but with the other members totally involved in it.
I am a symphonic composer who composed a lot of epic symphonic music for the theaters but with a heavy metal heart. Since I was sixteen years old I have been using composing hard rock and metal music and it was my goal to create a great heavy metal band. Was not easy to find the right bandmates and members. Marco Pastorino (Temperance), the singer, contacted me after my first solo album of symphonic epic music…but I needed a lot of time to find the other members. But once I found Michele Vioni, who was a teacher near my city, one of the best guitar heroes in the world (he is the most viewed guitarist in the world on Youtube), it was easy to contact Giorgio Terenziani (Arthemis), the bassist and Paolo Caridi (Geoff Tate’s Sweet Oblivion, David Ellefson), the drummer because they were bandmates in Killing Touch. I’ve found some of the best player in Italy and Europe for sure.
Officer Nice: It is obvious, while you’re listening to this album, some experienced musicians are at work here. So, what other bands are/were you in and are you guys schooled? If so, please tell us more about it.
Cristiano F.: Yes, well this is my first professional heavy metal band. Michele Vioni collaborated also with Blaze Bayley and Edu Falaschi. Marco Pastorino is the main composer and one of the singers of Temperance, and the vocalist also of Virtual Simmetry. Giorgio Terenziani is the bassist of Arthemis and a very known teacher in Italy. Paolo Caridi is one of the best session drummer nowadays in Italy and recorder with a lot of very important names like Geoff Tate’s Sweet Oblivion and David Ellefson from Megadeth. READ MORE…