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    Posted: November 09 2012 at 08:23

Band formed in Bologna, Italy, in 2007 - pretty decent prog metal too. Thumbs Up

From the band's official website: http://www.insidevitriol.com (where three full tracks of the six on their 2010 debut self-titled EP are streaming in a small web player whilst you browse the site)

"Some years ago, in the up-country of Sicily, where the hills are burnt by the sun,  Francesco Lombardo and Michele Panepinto decided to undertake a path of musical growth who would soon bring them to their first self-production. The result of this decision is the band Vitriol, which soon involved   Gianluca Pappalardo, Pierangelo Carvello and Alessandro Sanfilippo. These musicians has contributed, thanks to their professional influences, to enrich the style of the new band, inspired to a Progressive genre which is modern but has also a feeling for the musical experiences of the 70s historical bands.

The name of the project has inspired their first EP which is a concept album. Vitriol infact is the acronym of one of the most famous mottoes of Renaissance alchemy:  "Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultam Lapidem"  (Enter the bowels of the Earth and, through your purification, you will find the hidden stone). It is a metaphor representing the path of the Man inside his own Ego in order to finally find the philosophical Truth.
In the same way, the main character of the story, called Knowledge, quests for his beloved, Truth; he reaches to destination after a rash of pitfalls and after meeting some allegorical characters (such as  Faith and Madness) but he's also wrong-footed by the words of his beloved.
The double meaning of the term "Vitriol" (corrosive chemical element and acronym of the renaissance motto) can describe well the essence of the band, constantly hanging in the balance between its aggressive component and its introspective/reflective one.

The first work of the band, mixed by Francesco Lombardo and Michele Panepinto and mastered by Roberto Priori, is completed in july 2009 in Bologna, where in the meanwhile the members of the band have moved. Once the album is handed out it collects immediately a lot of good reviews by the main alternative/metal magazines in both paper and digital output: it is considered the best Demo of the month on the November issue of  Metal Maniac (one of the most important magazine in Italy) and gets   an average mark of 8/10 in almost all the most famous Italian and international webzines, such as UsaProgressiveMusic, TrueMetal, MetalWave, Eutk, MovaMuzique and many others.

At present, the band has been updating its own myspace and website and has been featuring on the main music channels of the web.
After a line-up change (Tommaso Semrov on guitars), the members of the band are getting to grips with new ideas for the next album which will be, as usual, the result of their blood and sweat."

Current line up:
Francesco Lombardo - Bass
Michele Panepinto - Drums
Piero Carvello - Keyboards
Tommaso Semrov - Guitars
Gianluca Pappalardo - Vocals
 
Plus: Alessandro Sanfilippo – Guitars on the latest album.
 
 
 
Their debut self-titled EP was released on 10 October 2010: http://melodicrevolutionrecords.com/album/vitriol (unusually for bandcamp only one track of the six is available for streaming, but you can listen to three more on the band's official website: http://www.insidevitriol.com
 
1. Whisper 01:13
2. My Journey 07:10
3. Never Again 05:21
4. Butterflies 08:27
5. Devoured 07:47
6. The Descent 09:04
 
The full length follow up 'Into The Silence I Sink' was released just yesterday: http://melodicrevolutionrecords.com/album/into-the-silence-i-sink, but again only two of the ten tracks have been made available on bandcamp by Melodic Revolution for listening purposes.
 
1. Behind the electric veil
2. Slowly she dies
3. Arabesque
4. Sinking
5. The frozen wind
6. Endless spiral
7. Despite your cries
8. Oceans
9. The continuous struggle
10. Three times
 
The four tracks of the six from the debut EP which are generally available for listening, as featured on YouTube:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other links (not much to see or hear on them though):
 
 
 
And there we are...! Tongue


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 10 2012 at 09:41
Sounds like a shoe-in to me DavidSmile Sending it by the metal guys for eval.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 26 2013 at 14:56
And both the 'Vitriol' debut EP, and the 'Into The Silence I Sink' follow up full album can now be streamed in their entirety (and purchased) via the two Melodic Revolution bandcamp links given in the o.p. Thumbs Up
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