Please state your name and what you do in the band?
Hello everyone! I’m Richard Meiz, and I am the drummer of Genus Ordinis Dei!
How would you describe your music?
Well, I’ve hear a lot of people and magazines describing us as a Symphonic Death Metal band.
I’d say that our sound is a mix of death metal with modern riffs and open choruses. We add something from deathcore and metal core, and everything is surrounded by the magnificence of the symphonic orchestra.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
We all born and raised in the same city (Crema, Italy) and we used to play in different local bands before actually start Genus Ordinis Dei…we also shared the stage sometimes too.
Back in 2012 we decided to form the band and we recorded our very first album “The Middle”.
In 2014/2015 we met Marco “Maki” Coti Zelati (Bass player and composer of Lacuna Coil) and we started to work with him as producer for our self-titled EP.
Later on we signed with the danish label Mighty Music for the official release of both “The Middle” and the “EP”.
In 2016 we’ve been asked to join the Lacuna Coil’s Delirium world tour as support act for an endurance of 31 gigs in the best venues of EU/UK, and we got in touch with Eclipse Records.
The guys from Eclipse signed us and in November 2017 they released our latest album “Great Olden Dynasty”.
We are now promoting this album and it’s goin’ great on radios especially in US…and that’s it!
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
I used to be a hardcore fan of Dream Theater, since they’re always been my favorite band until Mike Portnoy decided to leave…but he will always be my hero and best inspiration.
At the moment I’m listening to Lamb Of God, Gojira, and I’m a great fan of Periphery since I discovered them while they were touring with Dream Theater. They are now one of my favorite bands!
What inspires you?
Of course music! But everything that is art is a great inspiration to me in the writing process.
Italy is an historical country, so wherever I decide to go and visit gives me the right vibes to write something.
I’m also inspired by films, books and tv series.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Both! As I said I find my inspiration on the road cause when I see a particular place I always feel something. But everything I write and compose it’s done in my house on a couch with A LOT of coffee!
What is your favourite song to perform live?
“The Unleashed” because is very funny (and challenging) to play on drums! I confess that I’m always quite “scared” when I have to play the super-fast drum fill at the beginning!
But the song I enjoy more is “The Flemish Obituary” because is my favorite song ever! It is very theatrical on stage too…
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Lamb Of God!!! Those guys are hardcore!!! I’d love to play with them!
But I’d also love to tour again with Lacuna Coil cause we are close friends of them and they are super cool and funny on the road!
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It has become a very strange business! Sales are falling down and artists have now to make money just touring basically. But it is also very hard to tour nowadays due to “Buy on” only tours.
At least we have socials that are a strong way to promote your music and reach a lot of people!
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
I remember a night in Spain, when we were day-off in Madrid.
We basically started to drink sangria at 2PM and we ended up being sent away from an Irish pub at 3AM. Everything was closed except a strip club, where our sound engineer fell asleep on a couch, and I asked a stripper to make me a viking-broom. Everyone was quite drunk and we came back to the bus early in the morning.
2 hours later my parents arrived in Madrid to say “Hello!” and my mother asked me “nice hair style! Who made it?”…it’s been quite difficult lol.
Something similar happened basically every day-off…
What are your future plans?
We are now working on some videos to continue the promotion of the album, but we also can’t wait to be on the road again! Maybe soon we gonna start to write something for the next release…i’m quite inspired lately…
Thank you so much for this interview, and see you all on the road soon!