You first release was in 2010 – why did it take so long to create the next full-length?
Our first full-length “Revolution Has Begun” was released in 2010 and after that the band changed line up several times. By the way in 2013 we released “Antartide” a self-produced EP that helped us to play around in North of Italy and Austria. After that the line up changed again, so we focused on writing new songs to include in the new album. So this is the main reason. For a band is important to create a solid working team on stage and off stage, and this takes time. We had to wait some years, but we did the best choice!
Referring to the song titles, the whole album seems to be a journey in a way. It opens with “Gray Painted Garden” and closes with “Home”. In between there are many different steps and stopovers. Can you tell a bit about the story behind it?
You said it right, it’s like a journey. All the songs are linked to create a big flow of music even if it’s not a classic concept album based on the lyrics. The themes are various: we speak about personal experiences and also about things that touched us from outside. You can find a lot of feelings there, from anger, social riot, mental illness, euthanasia, environment themes and other reflection about actuality. Also some dissonances in arrangements of the songs let you feel better the relationship between words and music.
In an interview with the French Metal Mag you said, there’s also a positive message within the album which is noticed as you dive deeper into the songs. Where would you personally see this positivity?
Everyone can feel different sensations in our songs. Of course, there’s a lot of pain and anger as we said before, but there’s also a positive message. The red flowers painted on the cover artwork represent this message. The first single “This Is War” speaks about the story of a child that saw a soldier killing his parents. When he became an adult saw this old man again and in the end saved him from death. “The Path” is dedicated to the people who taught us the life: this is the most intimate and positive moment of the album.
What is your biggest wish as a band?
Our biggest wish is to reach a lot of people with our music and inspire those who need help to fight hard times. We also wish to do a European tour, it would be a great experience to grow up as a band.
How did you experience the long live-odyssey on several stages all around Europe?
Every show is motivating because we meet new people playing the music we love. Sometimes it’s hard to drive back home for hundreds of kilometers, but we always try to see it in a positive way: on the road we laugh a lot to fight the journey fatigue!
On April 12th you’ve signed a contract with Sounds Rock Agency – what has changed so far concerning your tour life?
Yes, we just signed with Soundsrock Agency for booking and management and now we are working on the shows for the rest of the year. We just announced our opening act for Soilwork in Milan and we can’t wait to play with such a legendary name in the melo-death scene!
This is an obvious sentence but we can say that the best is yet to come!
The album was entirely recorded in your singer’s home studio – tell me about the procedure and what difficulties you’ve had during that.
You said it right. Except for drums, we decided to record and mix all the album in our singer’s home studio. We started the pre-production with a different tuning compared to the final one, so we did a lot of experiments on harmonies and arrangements.
We spent a lot of hours on creating good sounds and we decided to keep all the guitars and bass takes real without editing.
The mix was the most challenging part: we took all the time we needed to reach the ideal sound we had in our heads. After months of work on details we sent all the material in Sweden to the great Henrik Udd (Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, At The Gates and more) who did an outstanding job in the master. In the end we are satisfied and proud of our creation!
What was the funniest moment while recording?
We are good friends, so during every recording session we tried to be all together in the studio just to support each other drinking beers and also doing barbecues. When someone did a mistake or played a wrong note we shouted and laughed all together just to break the tension and enjoy some funny moments. This is the best thing for us. Playing music is fun and playing it with your dear friends is the funniest thing ever!
1. Who started the band and what was the idea?
The band was founded around 2006 by Efis Canu (Vocals) and Marco «Cucci» Bernardon (Bass). In the early days the sound was influenced by bands like In Flames, Dark Tranquillity and other melodic-death metal bands mixed to something related to the american Hardcore scene. Those influences are still present today, even if we play more in a modern way
2. Who chose the name and what is the meaning to it?
The name belongs from latin “In Dies Irae” that means “In the days of wrath” but it was too long so it became “In Ira” that is “In wrath” and then it was united in one single name “Inira”. Everyone liked the sound of that word, so it became the official name from an idea of the singer Efis.
3. How the line up changes has affected the writing process and creation?
Every line-up change brought something different to the band in terms of songwriting. What the members are listening to in a certain moment is a clear influence in the making of new music. The band started with Melodic Death Metal, then added Hardcore and Post-Hardcore things and with the last album mixed a lot of the past influences with fresh sounds and a modern production.
4. When looking back what has changed in the making of an album?
The previous albums were recorded in their entirety in other studios with different mixing and recording engineers. This album, except for the drums recorded by Riccardo Pasini (Extrema, The Secret, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Blindead, Nero di Marte) at Studio 73, Ravenna-Italy, is the first recorded by the singer Efis Canu at his InferiStudio. Efis did also all the Mix. We are happy about the final result and also a lot of people is writing us mentioning the good studio work
5. What made you change label?
Our first Full-Length “Revolution Has Begun” was released worldwide in 2010 by the American label Arctic Music Group. After a couple of years after that album we decided that was better to continue as an independent band. So in 2013 we released “Antartide” a self-produced EP and we remained an unsigned band until 2018.
6. Italy has a lot of Heavy Metal and Thrash Metal bands, what led you to write this modern music?
Yes, Italy is well known for Heavy/Thrash acts and also our main influences are close to that style. We grew up with bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Sepultura and a lot of what we are playing today is due to those heroes that inspired a lot of Italian bands. We simply wanted to play another style of music, even there are still some old school influences in it.
7. Are you all involved in other bands?
At the moment we are not involved full time in another bands, but we used to in the past. By the way in 2018 our drummer Gabriele Boz played as a session member with the folk-power metal band Elvenking in a couple of gigs in Italy, Israel, Romania and a Spain tour They, besides being good friends, are one of the biggest Italian bands around.
8. Have you written all the songs for the album or you had old ones you reworked?
All the songs were freshly written for the album except for Venezia that was previously included in “Antartide” EP. The song was re-arranged and some parts were changed, including the chorus. We wanted an explosion in the album, so we did a heavier version of this tune
9. Is it easy to find live dates in Italy or you are forced to play abroad?
It’s not easy to find gigs especially in our area, because a lot of clubs closed. 10 years ago was much easier to play: here in Friuli Venezia Giulia there was a good metal scene, so the bands used to play lot. When they call us we prefer to play in Austria, there is a good underground Metal scene there.
10. Do you play live shows with friends? Do you have plenty of bands in the same music style to play with?
Yes, sometimes we play live with friends, even if they’re not in the same style of us. We must move a bit to find bands that play a similar music genre, but it’s also great to share the stage and see how different types of fans reacts to your show
11. Is there a Metal scene? tell us a bit how it is in Italy…
The situation is strange here, there’s not a real metal scene. But sometimes there’s a union around Milan and Venice. In Venice there is a great Hardcore scene full of bands, festivals and people that came across Italy to live this thing. As said before, in our region we have no longer a real Metal scene. It’s a bit sad.
12. How did you get approached by Another Side Records / Metal Scrap Records Inc.?
And why have you got two labels now? When we had the album ready we sent it all over the world to find someone interested in our work. Metal Scrap Records answered that was on of the labels interested in us and after a couple of band meetings we decided to sign the contract. Another Side Records is a new division of the historic Metal Scrap Records founded in 1993.
13. Do you have a studio where you can play any times?
Yes, we have both a home recording studio to record and write songs and a private rehearsal room where we prepare the shows. It’s great to play and record in this way, because we can do what we want.
14. Have you been to Sweden? How did you get this awesome mastering?
Unfortunately we’ve never been to Sweden for the master. We simply wrote a message to the great Henrik Udd, awesome producer that worked with Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Powerwolf, At The Gates and others. He listened our album and did a couple of Master samples and sent it back to us. Henrik is a very nice dude, because one of the first things that he said to us was the fact that if he didn’t want money until we weren’t 100% satisfied from his work. And he did a great job!
15. Let ’s talk about the logo, there isn’t really one on the name, but there is this kind of V one. Who did it and have you had input in it, can you explain the whole process?
Back in 2006 a good friend of us draw the first concept of Inira logo and then a graphic designer put the idea of a stylized eagle. That eagle became part of all we did even if we restyled a bit the logo with “Gray Painted Garden”. There’s not a real meaning based on this symbol, it just became part of of us.
16. You have lots of samples giving atmosphere, are they done in the studio or you really have made them and play them live?
All the samples are done in the studio with synths and real effected guitars, but in live shows we have a Pc running those samples. We don’t have a keyboard player, and we don’t want one, so it’s the easier thing to do. The samples give a lot of atmosphere and are a great part of the show, and the fans like a lot to hear a similar atmosphere as we did on the record. We are really happy to use them live!
17. Can you tell about the cover?
The album cover is the summon of the atmospheres included in the album. Amanda Vallar draw it into reality. You can find a dark side on it but even a positive message if you can really dive into the songs.
18. It is obviously a lot of anger described in this album, have you written from experience or you took a bit of real event in the news?
Part of the lyrics are personal experiences based on true things, other are inspired by what we see everyday with our eyes. And not directly on the news, but on the people that surround us because there are a lot of problems even in small towns like ours. Some lyrics are focused on personal deep thoughts and we wanted to involve the listener. Some days ago a Russian fan wrote us that the lyrics of the last song of the album “Home” touched his heart. This means a lot for us!
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