Italians Serial Vice, is a heavy metal band who was founded back in 2013. Since then, they have gone through some line-up changes, played some shows, and released music, including their most recent and first full-length album "Nightmares Come True", out just this past year in 2017. The band got together to discuss the album, themselves, and the future plans including all new music and shows too!
1. Give a brief history of your band, and the members.
The idea to establish a band was born in 2011 from Alessandro Scorrano (drums) and Andrea Donaera (guitar). After some line-up changes, in 2013 another guitarist, Matteo Cirfeda,
joins the project, and finally we started to compose our own songs. In the middle of 2014 bassist Stefano Bianchini and singer Giacomo Albanese join Serial Vice and between January and February 2015 we recorded our first album "Nightmares Come True", finally out in 2017 via Sliptrick Records.
2. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?
We came up with this name because our lyrics are about the way mankind always lose against its vices – thinking about any kind of "vice", not just drugs, alcohol, sex: even the desire to kill, the desire to die, the desperation for a lost one we cannot stop, and so on.
3. What genre does the band play and why did you want to play this particular genre?
With the actual line-up the band's sound is emerging up to consolidate into a heavy metal between classic and modern, gritty and melodic, with various and extensive influences - from hard rock to thrash, from doom to power. We want to play some true heavy metal trying to always remember we are in 2017 and not in 1985!
4. Did you know each other before the band was formed?
We are a group of five old friends, all part of the historical underground metal movement in our area, and we've known each other for many years: we’re friends, and this is why we care a lot about the band.
5. Do you write your own songs?
Of course yes. We don't need coauthors or external composers. Andrea (guitarist) is a famous national poet and writer, and Matteo (guitarist) has an extremely imaginative mind: they're the main composers of the band. Usually, we compose songs dividing the tasks, as it was historically done in most of metal bands: guitarists compose melody and lyrics with the singer that compose vocal harmony, while drummer and bassist takes care of the rhythmic's parts. We divide tasks equally, but most of the work is done by our guitarists.
6. What are the songs about?
"Nightmares Come True" contains songs that are a powerful mix of classic metal riffs and melodic choruses, with a cohesive combination of influences. There are eight tracks which shows each side of the Serial Vice’s metal: classic heavy metal ideas, played with a fresh and modern sound. Lyrics are composed trying to create a strange concept about what can be defined "vices" in our society. And so, not just normal vices such as drugs (You Are Heroin), but we can consider also vices the lust of killing (Killers Combine and It’s All Wrong), hate (The Disregardful), death (Master Of No-Life) and love (the instrumental title track Nightmares Come True and the outro Can’t Erase My Scars).
7. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
We listen to a lot of music and we love to use different influences in our songs: classic big names such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath; many underground NWOBHM bands such as Grim Reaper and Angel Witch; hard rock and street metal such as Skid Row and W.A.S.P.; modern bands such as Enforcer, something from other classic band such as Metallica, Gamma Ray, Motorhead and by the way, the "Italian pride" Death SS and Strana Officina! We are nostalgic
metalheads who love everything about heavy metal, and we live it every day even in our private lives.
8. What releases do you have under your belts thus far into your career as musicians?
Each of us has had several musical projects or, in some cases, collaborations with famous bands before joining in this group, which is definitely the most important musical experience for each of us. Andrea published some works with his past bands and with his solo projects and Stefano played and recorded with L'Impero delle Ombre, a famous Italian band, while for the others "Nightmares Come True" was the first work in a studio.
9. Do you have any new music in the works at this time?
We are currently busy about concluding the last album promotion phase. Then, starting from next year, we will definitely start to compose new stuff for a new record!
10. What other plans do you have for this year?
We will try in the near future to promote our album with new shows. Last year was a blast for us: new label, new album out, new fans, new gigs, new stuff. After the album release we got a long break - interrupted only by a live showcase last February - and now we'll see what will happens in the second part of 2018, when we'll finally promote our album out on the road! We're still alive...so stay tuned and UP THE VICES! \m/