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This is the premier home of all things related to Italian underground metal.
Now, that’s quite a mouthful
Believe it or not, there is a quite healthy underground metal scene in Italy.
Now, for the most part, the global heavy metal scene is pretty much concentrated in Scandinavian countries. That part of the world, after all, is the home of death metal, horror metal, and the latest and greatest, cutting edge metal-based musical genres.
With that said, don’t sell short metal scenes from all over the world. In fact, in the United States, the traditional home of heavy metal, there is a quite a bit of ferment as far as musical experimentation goes. While a lot of the global metal fanbase’s attention focuses primarily on what’s going on in Northern Europe, there’s a lot to pay attention to. As far as local scenes are concerned.
This is the background for Italian underground metal. The great thing about Italian underground metal is that we are quite experimental. We really don’t believe in neat, tidy little boxes that somebody basically checks so often to classify whether a piece of music or a band’s work is metal enough or not. We don’t fall for such traps.
Other metal scenes
This really is the main challenge that’s facing all other metal scenes. If anything, this open-mindedness is what makes the Italian underground metal so different and so refreshing. Based primarily around the Northern region of Italy, mostly in Milan, the underground metal scene tends to work with many different genres from different time periods in the evolution of not just metal, but rock.
As you can well imagine, when you mix and match, kind of like a Hip-hop DJ, the different musical periods in the history of metal, you are bound to come up with weird mutations. Now, a lot of people might think that some of this stuff is derivative. Others criticize it as being on the corny side. while others take exceptions to the tremendous emotionalism of the lyrics.
In fact, a lot of the biggest critics of the underground metal scene in Italy love using the word, emo. In fact, they use it so much that we strongly suspect that they don’t even know what it means. So that’s the kind of the current status of metal music here, and a lot of outsiders think that because there is some sort of inspiration sampling going on that this necessarily translates to some sort of plagiarism.
Nothing can be further from the truth. If you listen to the stuff that’s coming out of Milan and from certain clubs in that region, you would quickly realize that while there are certain tones and themes that seem similar to the 1970’s or 1980’s period of mainstream heavy metal, the actual music itself is from the here and now. Seriously, the emotional intensity might seem a little bit nostalgic and the lyrics might harken back to the past, but the composition is contemporary.
A lot of people don’t understand this. They think that just because there are certain familiar elements that you automatically are no longer creating new music. The metal scene here is underground precisely because they don’t get the respect they deserve. There are a lot of musicianship here. There’s a lot of originality. There’s a lot of sheer musical inspiration that respects no neat and tidy boundaries.
Unfortunately, just like with any other musical trend, it often takes time for old ideas to change. Sadly, the global metal industry, and it really is an industry if you think about it because of the oligarchic nature of which bands gets popular, which bands are considered legit, and which ones get dismissed as posers, tend to be enemies of change.
I know that’s kind of harsh. I know that sounds judgmental. But if you look at the cold reception Italian metal talents and upcoming acts get consistently from the global press, you really can’t conclude any other way. It’s as if they have an ax to grind. It’s as if they only need to hear that the band came from a specific part of Europe, namely Italy, and it’s automatically categorized as second best if that.
This is really unfortunate because there has been a lot of highly vibrant, engaging, creative, inspired and even sublime music coming out of Milan and nearby regions for the past few years. This is not just a recent phenomenon. And it really would be quite tragic for the global scene to completely overlook this development and totally discount its contribution.
Believe it or not, a lot of Northern European metal acts are actually absorbing some of these elements. Now, they are not going to go out of their way to tell you straight to your face that this is exactly what they’re doing, but you only need to have at least one well-functioning ear to see that the influences are unmistakable. Again, it really all boils down to respect or lack thereof.
The funny thing about global metal is that it really is quite predictable. As the old saying goes’ “Success is many different fathers but failure is always an orphan.” As long as the global music tastemakers in the heavy metal scene too easily dismiss Italian metal as ultimately a failure, few people would step up and claim that they got influenced.
They wouldn’t want the infection to spread. They wouldn’t want the guilt by association, but hey, let’s face it – cream always rises at the top, and sooner or later, our local scene here will get the much-deserved respect it has coming its way. It’s only a matter of time.
This website chronicles this amazing scene and also lays down for posterity. Why? We deserve more respect than we are getting. Unfortunately, respect is not a door prize. It isn’t given out just because someone showed up. Respect, as you probably have heard many times before, is earned. This site is part of the process of getting that respect our scene deserves. Care to join us?
I don’t know about you, but most of the companies that I’ve worked for think of brain storming as some sort of structured exercise. They think it’s some sort of activity that you can force. In the minds of these people coming up with these programs, it really all boils down to coming up with the right resources and putting it all together in the right circumstances to produce the right outcomes.
Well, believe me. There are a lot of things that look good on paper, but when they are carried out, they amount to a whole lot of nothing. Unfortunately, structured brain storming is one of these activities. You have to remember that real brain storming involves serendipity. You can’t force serendipity. It’s like being at the right place at the right time with the right ideas to produce the right outcomes with the right people.
A lot of moving pieces have to be aligned the right way at the right time and to think that if you throw enough money at this challenge that somehow, someway, things will fall into place. This is typical big corporate thinking and most of the time, it’s a waste of time. Not only do the coordinators realize it’s a waste of time and money, the participants look at their watches and can’t wait until the brain storming session is over.
If you really want to facilitate natural, organic and highly effective brain storming, the first step is to not force it. It can’t be put into some sort of process or structured program. Instead, create a workplace or an academic platform where people are encouraged to connect the dots. They’re encouraged to do this on their own. They’re encouraged to do this to such a degree that they remember it.
Believe it or not, people are constantly brain storming. In fact, when I was working in corporate America, people would always say, “I don’t know, but this sounds like a crazy idea. What do you think about this?” And believe me, that happens thousands of times in every single month because as you work through any kind of project, there will always be a faster, smoother and cheaper way to get from point A to point B.
The sad reality of modern corporate America is that a lot of these brain storm flashes and light bulb moments simply evaporate. Either the person they’re trying to share the idea with doesn’t care or the person cares, they try it out, but there’s really no way to record the outcome.
Another reason why brain storming tends to die down or tends to fade into the background is that when people do brain storm on their own and achieve some sort of result, they keep it to themselves. It’s not like they’re being greedy with the information, it’s just that there is no formal mechanism in which they can impart this brain storm to the greater problem solving mechanism of the company they work for.
The key to doing all of this is to simply create the right environment. If you are in a part of the country where it’s okay to vape legally, you might want to have vape lounges in your company to facilitate brain storming. You could even stock it with loaner vape devices and eliquid depot’s best vape juice.
You’re not going to post a sign that says, “This is a brain storming area. Vape away.” That’s not going to work. Instead, when you project a corporate attitude where people can just basically let their hair down and hang out over different sets of vape juice blends, don’t be surprised when a lot of the brain storm sessions are not only recorded, but tested to actually positively effect your bottom line.