Thrash from Italy. I couldn’t be more happy. Ever since I first heard Schitzso and Necrodeath in the 80s i’ve had a keen eye to the Italian metal scene. IN.SI.DIA adds to that. Anders Ekdahl © 2017
How hard was it to come up with a band name and how does the name fit the music?
-We chose the band’s name more than 20 years ago… It wasn’t hard to find it.We were in studio, recording our first album “Istinto e rabbia” (“Instinct and rage” in english). Since we decided to write our songs in italian, we were looking for a name in our mother tongue wich was somehow related to the first name of the band, “Inviolacy”. We came up with “In.si.dia” (that means “hidden danger or threat”), dotted as the acrostic of “Inviolacy Sinful Dialogue”. I dare to say, it sounds good!
The name doesn’t fit very much with the music we make. It rather represents a concept that made a lot of sense in the early 90’s. We were a band with an unusual sound (thrash metal singed in italian!) and a look hard to swallow for the society, but we were ready to be there and we got our voice heard. Somehow we guessed we were undercutting the Establishment. An “Insidia” indeed!
As I am new to your band perhaps a short introduction might be in order?
-IN.SI.DIA are a Thrash Metal band formed in Brescia in 1987 under the name INVIOLACY.
In 1991, the group entered the studio to record the first demo “No compromises”, containing four songs in English. Due to the sudden and great response the band performs in clubs along the peninsula until they were noticed by OMAR PEDRINI. He proposed to record a new demo to present to different labels.
In 1993 the band enters the PSYCHO Milan studios to record their first full length and decides to change his name to IN.SI.DIA; the choice is due to the fact to change the language of the texts, sung entirely in Italian to have a more immediate monicker, easy to remember and to represent fully the spirit of the group.
Immediately, in September ’93 it is published “INSTINTO E RABBIA” for Polydor label. In the same year they recorded the video clip for the single “PARLA PARLA”.
“INSTINTO E RABBIA”, celebrated by critics and audiences at national and international level, is supported by a tour around Italy that touches the main locations including the City Square in Milan, where the Brescia combo closes the cycle dedicated to the disc and he performs together with FIGHT ROB HALFORD.
In 1995 IN.SI.DIA entering the HIGHLAND STUDIOS Milan and record “GUARDA DENTRO TE”.
After this publication the band reached the height of its success, and starts again on tour for another two years.
In 1997 IN.SIDIA entered the studio to compose new songs but the friction between components have an impact on the compositions, which at the end are not convincing. In the same year IN.SI.DIA decide to disband.
In 2011 albums “INSTINTO E RABBIA” and “GUARDA DENTRO TE” are reprinted from Jolly Roger Records, behind a strong demand for what is now the metal audience of the 2000s; clear sign that the band was never forgotten and that even in the years of inactivity the monicker IN.SI.DIA continues to add new fans to the ranks of its supporters.
Over the years the band is often proposed to come together until they are contacted by the agency in 2013 Italian Eagle Booking Live Promotion, with whom he forms an agreement for the care of their image. Subsequently, IN.SI.DIA are confirmed as headliner for METALITALIA.com FESTIVAL at the prestigious Live Music Club, where the band will perform May 17, 2014 together AT THE GATES, MASTER and others to definitively establish their return on scenes.
The current lineup includes three of the four original members.
IN.SI.DIA line up:
Fabio Lorini – Bass, Vocals
Manuel Merigo – Guitar
Alessandro Venzi – Guitar
Alberto Gaspari – Drums
As I am no musician I have no idea how it works, but how do you make your own music based on what influences you? What parts do you pick?
-Our songs are usually born around the guitar riffs. Then we debate about possible changes or improvements. After that, we work around the song’s form (verse, chorus, solos etc.), the lyrics and the arrangement. Our influences are all we listen to. Everyone puts his personal tastes, naturally. We don’t decide to write a song like Megadeth, Metallica or Slayer
When you are in a band does it feel lkke you are a part of a worldwide movement?
-I don’t know how it works outside of Italy. Here it is really hard to feel like because it isn’t a really “considered status”. Or you become a pop star or nobody holds you in regard. For instance: “What job do you do?” “I’m a sculptor” “Oh cute! But what is your real job?”.
How important is it that you look the part in promo shots and stuff? How important is the graphic side of the band?
-It’s really important because I like to think that with the CD cover, the photographs and also with the stage set and the lights, we can captivate our fans in the same way we try to do with our music and lyrics.
What would you say influences your lyrics? How important are they?
-Lyrics are really important for us, and they have always been, that is why we decided to sing in italian. It’s the best way to express ourselves. It’s our opportunity to show our thoughts and this gives us the satisfaction to receive regards and understanding from people who like our music. I know that the world is definitely a place smaller than in the past and that now our music is listened even abroad, but actually the matter is that I couldn’t sing in english with the same efficacy. I couldn’t be able to express myself and what I see around me in the same way.
Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
-It’s not a matter of “what kills what…”. Obviously Cds are less sold than 20 years ago, but I guess it’s the natural evolution of the market and, for this reason, it’s necessary to conform to the new technologies, as in any other field. With the digital you can have a great and fast distribution at a low price but people soon go off the product. Looking back on the past, I regret the hours spent in music store looking for new albums. We used to choose among unknown bands only for the picture on the cover or the photographs. Or when you were looking forward to listen to your favourite band’s new album. What an emotion! This kind of emotions still exist. So everyone chooses what they prefer!
Where will the future of format end – digital verses physical verses whatever?
-I guess digital is going to rule for a long time… But I like to see that the interest for live music has grown on people. It seems to give more attraction to artist’s works and it makes me feel closer to the audience. Even for this, I think that live music is probably the best way to promote your music. So, long live to… Live!
How much of a touring entity are you guys? What is a live experiencevwith you like?
-We can’t actually say “tours”. Most of all we played in single gigs. From the amazing concert for the reunion (after 20 years!), we played in a lot of places but we couldn’t go back in the south of Italy. We hope to do it with the release of our new album. And maybe some gigs abroad… We never played outside Italy and I confess I’m curious to see the reaction of the audience to italian singing. Our agency is already working on it.
What lies in the future?
-Keep on rockin & metal up your ass!