BearlySinister: Hello, Francesco. First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to do this for me! Can you introduce yourself and tell our readers the role in the band?
Francesco: How’s it going? I play lead guitar in Devil You Know and I’m one of the writers together with John and Howard. I also play lead guitar in All Shall Perish, along with my own instrumental solo record out and I’m currently working on the second one.
BearlySinister: How were you approached with the idea of Devil You Know and how has your experience been with the band so far?
Francesco: It’s been an awesome experience! It started with John and I meeting in Los Angeles a few years ago and talking about writing some songs together. Once we had a good amount of songs finished, we got in touch with Howard and he showed interest in doing this with us.
BearlySinister: When writing for “The Beauty of Destruction”, did you take a different approach than if you were writing solo or for All Shall Perish?
Francesco: Definitely! We wanted to write a record that would have all the elements of heavy metal and non-heavy metal music that we love. So we only did what came natural and let each one of us experiment with our own styles.
BearlySinister: Who did you work with on the album and how was your experience?
Francesco: Logan Mader was the producer. He’s a great guy and he’s super talented. We had the “luxury” to be in the studio with him for 2 months, so we took our time and made sure that everything was done 100% the way we wanted it.
BearlySinister: Do you have a track that you prefer over others, whether to perform or record?
Francesco: The heavier songs have been the more fun to play live so far. But that’s almost always like that for me. I had a lot of fun recording and working on “It’s Over” in the studio. It has a lot of cool layers and interesting arrangements.
BearlySinister: One of my favorite tracks from the album is”Crawl From the Dark”, can you tell me the story behind this track if you know it?
Francesco: Yeah, I really like that song. It’s “different”. It changed a lot from what it used to be as a demo track. It was all crazy/thrashy and then it became one of the mellower and slower songs on the record. It has that cool mid section and outro that I have a lot of fun playing.
BearlySinister: The next two were submitted by friends of mine: