Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
We founded our band in 1999. In the 20 years we could not keep our original lineup :-) But three (drums and both guitars) founding members from 1999 are still there!
Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up?
Well the predecessor band actually called themselves Cornetti Con Noce and we really experimented with progressive sounds our favors were clearly Fates Warning, Psychotic Waltz, Hexenhaus etc. At that time, we also wrote such overlong songs which lasted almost 9 minutes. We couldn't even remember that today Because we couldn't find a reasonable name, we said to ourselves over a beer of fun let's call it nut summit (sweet pastries in Switzerland) ... well then, the whole thing became Italian and the name was born.
How would you categorize the style of the band?
We play harsh but yet melodic thrash with a slight Scandinavian touch rounded off with a good portion of balls and Death metal.
What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?
It's simple. Fun with Thrash Metal
Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands’ sound?
Well, everyone in the band brings their own musical background. We have here from Prog. Metal, Black Metal, HC, Death Metal and of course Thrash Metal. To name a few bands that have shaped us: The Haunted, Hatesphere, Pantera,.... Also, we are very open about that. We leave it to chance how a song sounds and so live out our joy in Metal with songwriting. Basically, we focus on the fun of metal and so it happens that "99" became more of a thrash ("fun metal") production.
Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release?
The album "99" captivates with uncompromising thrash riffs, catchy grooves and wonderfully roared vocals :-)
Where did record your latest release at?
We made the recordings differently than usual for different reasons. The instruments were recorded separately in the HEDGEHOG STUDIO and the vocals in the SOS BASEMENT. This was mainly for logistical reasons. We put mix and mastering into the hands of Tue Madsen.
Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record?
We produced our own album. But to be honest: For the next album we would work with a producer.
Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?
The whole band is involved in the songwriting. Everybody can contribute his ideas and then the best is made of it. But the lyrics are our singer's business.
How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
Since our last album (from 2009) we have written more Thrash songs and less Death Metal influences than in 2009. Personally, there was a lot going on in the ten years of course. It was studied, further educated, houses were built, companies were founded, families were founded, 7 girls were allowed to see the light of day meanwhile.
Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?
Just to name an inspiration: If you watch the news every day, the last hair falls from your head. Every day we are sold out to fight the evil with war... The suffering you cause with it is hair-raising. There are already some questions coming up.
How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums?
We don't put too much emphasis on the lyrics. Of course, there should also be a message, but first and foremost the sound stands for us.
What are your current tour plans, if any?
We do not have any concrete tour plans yet, as this is not easy for us due to time constraints. But what we know for sure is that we will give some concerts in Scotland in 2020.
Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?
We stand for energetic live shows, where we demand everything from ourselves, but also from the audience (e.g. Stagediving and Wall of death).
Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands just starting out?
Yes, the local radio stations also play the mainstream. Of course, this is about quotas and the resulting financial subsidies from the state. (That's how it is in Switzerland). It would be desirable if more local radio stations would give the underground a hearing.
What do you think of the music industry right now?
The music industry has never been easy and never gets easy. The new digital media and platforms offer opportunities but also risks. It tends to be more difficult to sell songs/albums nowadays, because it is almost expected that everything will be offered for free. But with advertising it is much easier to reach more people than before.
Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
Well, it's always a question of what your goals are. We make music for fun and do not pursue commercial goals. Of course, it's nice when as many people as possible like our music, but that's secondary for us. Since we do most of the things ourselves, we have also experienced how complex the music industry is and how big the effort is to register the songs digitally.
Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
There was a quite nice local metal scene in our region around the time of foundation (1999) and it was also known beyond the borders of our region. For example, there was The Cranium and Voracity. The whole music scene was and is still today a big incest scene, that means many musicians played in 2 or even 3 bands at that time. Our drummer, for example, played in 3 bands in 2000: Voracity, Short & Churchbells, Shadow's Far. The poor guy once had to play at a festival with all 3 bands hahaha he was really dehydrated.
Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?
No, since we're all getting on in years, we don't have any side projects going on. Exception is our singer, who is also singer of the band Hellvetica.
How has Social Media impacted your band?
As already described above, social media has great potential for smaller bands. This is especially true for advertising albums and concerts. Nowadays it is relatively easy to reach the whole world. But don't forget that you also pay here (e.g. Facebook) to increase the reach of the posts.
Where can our readers find you on the web?
What equipment is the band using and do you have any endorsements currently?
Schecter (guitars and Bass), Mesa Boogie (Dual Rectifier) and Peavey 6505 guitar amps. The bass amp is a Darkglass Microtube 900 Limeted…… and our drummer plays over a S.C.S drum.
We had a little endorsement deal with Schecter once, but that was years ago....
Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers?
Listen to our new songs (e.g. on iTunes or Spotify) and form your own opinion!