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Burning Nitrum

With bands such as Game Over, Ultra-Violence, Endovein, Bothers a.o. Italy has delivered a couple of great thrash bands. In Warstorm and Bunker 66 we already got two interesting release from the Italian soil. Another interesting Italian thrasher that saw the light of day last month was definitely the debut album, ‘Molotov’ by Burning Nitrum. An excellent album in the vein of aforementioned compatriots, but also reminds of U.S. legends such as Forbidden, Vio-lence en Nuclear Assault. We believed that the band deserves a bit of extra attention, and went head to head with vocalist/frontman, Dave Cillo, in honour to introduce Burning Nitrum.

By: Nima | Archive under speed / thrash metal

Hails and congratulations on your killer debut, ‘Molotov’. But before we get more into that, Burning Nitrum is a quite young band, so please take the time to introduce the band to our readers and tell us a bit about your history.
Glad you liked our album! Actually we're very young, our guitarists are still not twenty and only Angelo is 21, so we don't really have a history. We're writing it. The only history we have is that we love thrash metal and people like our music, so I think our history will be cool in some years.

Your music is clearly inspired by the old-school traditions of bands like Forbidden, Vio-Lence, Nuclear Assault and to some level also Death. Please tell a bit more about your influences and your choice to play this style anno the 21st century…
We play that style because it's the music we fell in love with. Some years ago me and Dario were listening to some metal, when ‘Terror Squad’ from Artillery started strong and we were like ‘this stuff is fucking insane!’. It was like the first time you fall in love, you know, with the difference you can be sure that thrash metal will never betray you. It's a love that lasts for your whole life, once you find it. The ‘Bay Area’ sound is our favorite, so it's right that bands like Vio-Lence and Forbidden influence us in some way.

Of course in the last couple of years a lot of new bands are falling back to the eighties sound and style. What is it in your opinion about ‘classic’ old-school heavy and thrash metal that attracts young musicians to this sound and made you decide choosing for his style and sound anno 2014? Except for the love for the music itself of course…
Well, actually I think young metalheads and musicians should be attracted by the old-school current even more than what they are. My opinion is that listening to the heavy and thrash should be normal, it's listening to the other modern stuff that is weird.

Where does Burning Nitrum fit in there in your opinion? I mean – and this is NOT criticism, because I’m very fond of the album. So this may sound as a strange question, but what do you think distinguishes The Nitrum from the rest of the current thrash movement? Or is distinguishing not something you aim for anyway?
Thank you again! We mix the east coast HC influences such as Nuclear Assault and the west coast ‘Bay Area’ ones, probably not many bands have done it before. But especially we like ‘macabre’ arpeggios and melodies, our idea of album is more like a concept than what our first record is. And yeah we try to be different, this still needs some years but the day we will realize that we are stereotyped we will stop playing music.

One thing I must say is that despite the fact that your music is utterly old-school and obviously rooted in the 80s and early 90s, you don’t sound as if you are trying to be as old-school as possible, something that many new band do nowadays. You also take things to a more technical level than some thrash bands today and come with a contemporary approach as well. Your opinion please…
I think we are different because why don't try to be thrash, we don't try to sound like other bands, we just try to be ourselves. That should be enough, because nobody (except of Vektor and a couple of others) is trying to play an original sound. I think we've not already 100% achieved that, but I'm sure we will in the next records. Some big label is bombarding us with something that is not ‘thrash’, but a self-proclaimed thrash which is stereotyped and puts a lot of already listened riffs together. My opinion is that if you try to be thrash, you will never really be, because in the '80s every thrash band had its own sound.

Also sound-wise the album is in a great shape and sounds very contemporary. Unfortunately my promo-sheet didn’t say anything about the production/producer etc. So please tell a bit about that and also the sound you were looking for and its importance for you?
We are really fond of the ‘old school sound’ with guitars cutting your ears, but we thought that everything must go forward and that we should try to find something different and, why not, better. We really like the work made by ‘Golem Dungeon Studios’ in the production of ‘Molotov’, but we want something that mixes even better the old school guitar-cut with the power of modern productions. We maybe miss a bit of that ‘cut’ in our first record, I imagine we will never be 100% satisfied of the sound until we have reached something that is absolutely killer.

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What can you tell about the lyrical themes you deal with? As far as I can tell you deal with both serious subject such as social issues, life and death, etc. but also odes to metal, thrash and partying…
Except of a couple of songs, ‘Molotov’ lyrics are about social issues. Our favorite topic is to rise against the human behavior in society, thing that happens in tracks such as ‘Lying Until The End’ and ‘Slave of Lust’. We'd love if someone reflects about certain ‘hot’ arguments through our music, everyone should do something to make us live in a better world.

Are there any plans to promote the album live? As far as I could see there are no gigs planned yet. Is there a chance to see the band across Europe sometime this year?
If you are from Netherlands, you have a big chance to see us in your country. We are trying to plan as much as we can, for us to promote ‘Molotov’ is a must. By the way we have some countries almost planned!

In continuance to the previous question, it is of course no secret that it’s getting harder and harder nowadays to get decent gigs and tours. How does that work for a up and coming band like Burning Nitrum?
Yeah it's right it is not easy. But if you want to rock your goal, you must find a way to tour with your band. The problem is always the same, money, you can play good music but you need the support of the listeners to keep the work up.

Something different: the hardrock and metal scene in Italy seems quite alive and your country has also been responsible for so many great bands in all genres of metal over the last decades. On thrash matters we have bands like Game Over, Ultra-Violence, Endovein, Baphomet’s Blood, Hatred, etc. but on other metal matters Italy has been and is a great metal soil. How do you explain this?
Yeah we are proud to have great bands in our country, the problem is that we must always play outside our country because there are a lot of jealous people there. No matter how good your music is, most of them won't come to see your gig because they would like to be you. I love Italy and Italian people, I'm sure we're much better than what foreign people say, but that is a bad thing about Italian mentality.

Again, something totally different: This is a question I ask all Italian musicians, so I’m afraid you can't escape it: What is your opinion about infamous ‘Innominabli’ Death SS and their reputation and superstition around them in Italy? Haha! I saw them live recently, they're still playing pretty good gigs. By the way, I prefer their old music than their new one, I loved their first demos and tracks like ‘Black And Violet’, when Paul Chain played for the band, and I think also their first albums were good music. I think their new stuff is nothing special, I would personally not miss them if they stop playing right now. Though, I have to admit I don't like something as the ‘performers’ show, once it was part of the gig but now maybe it became the main attraction because I find their music is no more powerful as it was once.

I guess the last question for now is when can we expect from you guys next? You can now expect a tour in Europe and a new record coming out once it is finished. Then, you can expect 40 years of thrash, becoming better album by album.

Alright then, I guess we can wrap it up for this time. Unless of course there is anything left that you’d like to mention…
See you the next time, and thank you for your thoughts about our music. Dear reader, if you hadn't already, go buy ‘Molotov’ and you won't be disappointed. When you're listening to the riffs, make a wish to all the people you hate to BURN!!!

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