Power metal. A sub-genre of rock that boasts great acts like Accept, Blind Guardian, DragonForce, and Helloween. Trick Or Treat is following in the footsteps of these great bands with their upcoming fourth album, Rabbits’ Hill, Pt 2, a sequel to their previous concept album, Part 1 of the same name back in 2012. Never heard of these guys? Shame on you. Hailing from Italy, these guys started out as a Helloween tribute band back in 2002 and over time developed a style all their own while keeping the true essence of power metal; loud guitars, loud vocals, and heavy hitting drums. The leader of this outfit since the beginning, lead singer Alessandro Conti, was kind enough to speak to me about the new album coming out.
Shockwave Magazine: Thanks for taking the time to speak to me Alessandro. I’ve listened to the new album and it’s a great follow up to Part 1. Can you tell me a bit about the new album? Were the songs already written back when you did Part 1?
Alessandro Conti: Just after the recording of Part 1, we write down some ideas for Part 2, but the real work of pre-production started in 2014. The workflow was longer than Part 1 and we worked more on the details (of the music.) The entire process was very time consuming with many stages, but in the end we are very proud of the final results.
This album is a lot more melodic than Part 1. Was this done on purpose to give it more of a different feel?
Yes! In my opinion, we pushed our songwriting in that way and we tried to alternate melodic feels with more darker and heavier sounds, matching the harder and more rude finals parts of the story.
How did you get Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica) to be involved with the song “United?” I know you guys toured with them back in 2014.
Yes, we toured with them in 2014 and it was an awesome experience! Tony is a really nice person and a good friend and when we asked him for this collaboration, he accepted with no hesitation. His voice is like a trademark in the worldwide metal scene and it’s such an honor for us having him singing on our record.
Are there any tour plans for the album? Any plans for the US?
We are planning right now for the next months and we really hope to come back to the US after so many years away.
Would you ever consider playing both Parts 1 and 2 at a show from start to finish like what Queensryche did with Operation: Mindcrime?
That would be awesome to do and definitely something to think about in the future.
Would there ever be a Part 3 to make it a trilogy?
No. Part 2 will be the ending chapter of the saga. We’re done with rabbits. For the next album, we will come back with something different with different lyrics not connected to one another like these last two albums.
Pick up the new Trick Or Treat Rabbits’ Hill Part 2 out on Frontiers Records on July 8th.