Minotauro Records is set to release Dr. Schafausen's highly anticipated new studio
album, 'How Can You Die?', on May
Dr. Schafausen is an Italian
bassist, composer, and pioneer of a new music genre. Aptly called Dystopian
Metal, this genre contains several influences of existing genres such as
metalcore, djent, trap, and progressive metal. Unique, disorienting, and
provocative, this genre is artfully utilized by Dr. Schafausen and his team to create a different
kind of music.
Schafausen’s team for their new album consists of
band members Slava Antonenko, the vocalist, Michael Pahalen, the guitarist, Dr. Schafausen, who is at the bass & vocals,
and Anatole Lyssenko, who is at the drums. The band’s latest album, titled
‘Waiting for Tomorrow,’ was released earlier this year on March 9th. Released
under the label Sliptrick Records, this metalcore, djent, and trap core
dystopian album has garnered a lot of attention from its niche audience.
Schafausen, also known as Sergio Pagnacco, is also
best known for his accomplishments as the founding member of the metal band
Vanexa. Pagnacco has been in the music scene for a while and has worked
alongside several big names in the music industry. In 2009, the bassist
joined the power prog-metal band called Labyrinth, which toured
internationally and played in several places. During this time, the artist
shared the stage with Motorhead, Saxon, Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden, Megadeth,
experience has served Pagnacco well and shows in his musical accomplishments.
However, Pagnacco or Dr. Schafausen
has his forte in dystopian music. Characterized by the dehumanization,
despair, and both human and natural disasters, Dr. Schafausen’s music contains several imaginative
themes based on such end-of-world elements. This innovative project can be
described as a chaotic yet essential way to identify with the current
happenings of society; in fact, such frenetic works are often a reflection of
Schafausen can also be described as a dystopian
author because of his creative storytelling in the latest album, ‘Waiting for
Tomorrow.’ Containing scary and disorienting themes, this album is a
representation of the artist’s state of consciousness during the pandemic.
The dystopian genre is intended to provide a contrast against the various
perceived utopias of life and make one think critically of current
engagements. In this light, this album may also be perceived as a warning
Pagnacco has a doctorate in audiology sciences and is a university lecturer.
He teaches on cochlear implants, pediatric deafness and engages in seminars
on hearing protection for musicians. The artist has also been on missions to
Southeast Asia to help children with hearing impairments.