The group was formed in Vicenza, in 1993 by: Ambro (voice), Dario Bressan (guitar) and Enzo (guitar). The band released a demo “Generazione Novanta” (1994) and appear on the compilation "Fuori dal ghetto" (1995).
And in 2015 with a new line up they released their first full length album “Inciso nel cuore”. “Friendship and brotherhood cannot be explained. We must live them" can be read in the booklet. The album is a hymn to the life of those who still find the desire to smile and fight. So we at Midgård Magazine decided to get in touch with the band for an interview and to hear what lies ahead for Topi Neri.
In which part of Italy do you live?
We come from the northeast of Italy, precisely from a region named Veneto, city of Vicenza. And our beautiful singer from Verona.
And how would you like to describe your area political? How well do you know each other?
Our politically area, or nationalist area here in Italy; it's much active under various fronts. There is skinheads, various nationalist groups, and other people that live the nationalist politics in their towns. But substantially we know each other. For example, by the association names, or association's initiatives or politically projects and most personal.
What’s the best with working together?
Certainly, we work best with people from our area, and we are proud to have got a really brotherhood with guys from Milano and other related with Lealtà e Azione for example. But, we work around in Italy with other groups very well.
You have a kind of identity rock-traditionalist political nexus in your writings. What is this, and how does it inform your vision of the world that you reveal in your music?
Sure, we identify our traditional music specially in particular music born in Italy in 70's called "musica alternativa" (alternative music) that want to launch a message to guys that in those years called Nationalist or Fascists.
in our songs, written by our big poet Dario, soul and spirit of the band, we talk about our land, our people, our history and other of our Nationalist soul, or traditional family. But, we also sing about our passion and entertainment like tattoos, friends, beer and pubs.
What styles influences you?
We are influenced first by Italian bands of alternative music from 70's. Topi Neri was born 20 years ago playing covers of this period, acoustic and patriotic ballads. And outside Italy by various southern rock bands or southern singer like Donnie Van Zant. Sure, we have played and arranged our songs and also covers with our influence.
If you could escape this system, what would your alternative look like?
The alternative? Uuu it's not simple, I think that the humanity will be destroyed by his own hands, but hope there will be social justice.
Do not take this in a negative way. You have been around in many years, how come you have not released more stuff?
I know, we formed the bands 20 years ago. We recorded our first demo tape and then two tracks for a compilation with Tuono Records. Then we split up, for several reasons. Dario continued to play with other bands like Armco or play alone in acoustic. He is a great musician and composer. four years ago, we decide to gather the bands with other musicians. Bassist, female singer, and accordionist. in these years some musician changed, but the soul of the band remained.
I would love to hear more recorded songs from you. Any plans for that?
Now we just finished recording a new album, we think the release will be to January or February. Max.
What was it for each of you that got you on this path?
Friendship and love for our country and our people, the music's passion and fellowship... I think it's inside each of us.
What’s the best about doing live performance?
The spirit that you can created on the stage with your friends and musicians of the band. We can argue before the show, but when we get up on the stage we forget every dispute. and at the end we smile and hug. Then the best, it's when the audience singing our songs together with us. Knowing that you go back home with proudness in the heart, we have received this heat and sensation, specially in Milan but also in some other parts of Italy. We can like it or not!!! Hahahahahahhah
Thank you so much for your time. Any closing words out to our readers?
We want to thank you and all together for this space, and we hope you will like our new release. bye TOPI NERI
Acciaio Vincente is a RAC / Metal band from Mantova, founded in 2011 by brothers Ivan and Mattia. We have taken a little chat with the guys.
Hi! Very nice to get in touch with you guys! Would you like to present yourself to our readers?
- Hi! We're Acciaio Vincente from Mantua (Italy), we play RAC and we have played together since 2011.
What does the name Acciaio Vincente mean?
- It's the combination of Acciaio - Steel in English - and Vincente - Winning in English - that represents our music and our way to deal themes in our lyrics.
How is it to work together brother with brother?
- It's AWESOME share the stage with a blood brother, but actually it's like we're all brothers inside the band.
What kind of music do you find inspiration from?
- We instrumentally draw inspiration from classic trash metal in the 80's as Metallica and Anthrax, but as far as concerned our music environment, like Malnatt of Milan, gives us guidance in music.
Do we need to fight to protect our nation?
- It's essential that each comrade sacrifices soul and body to defend its own nation, but also its own family and race.
I can’t say for sure but I got the impression that "Divide et Impera" was the release that got you outside of Italy! How was it back in 2013 when you composed it?
- Actually, the work that made us cross the Italian borders has been traded with a German band and made with the PC-Records label; but "Divide et Impera" was the work that brought us to the first stages in Italy playing for VFS and S4S; thinking back when we had made up, we felt the great desire to emerge in us.
Going back even further to 2011 the year of your debut demo "Professionisti Dell'Odio", what made you start up this project?
- It was the will to start a musical project that was original in Italy and made in few, and historicly it was the first band in our city to play in the skin environment. Indeed, in Italy there have been few bands playing metal with national-socialist themes.
You recently were on stage in Milano. How was it?
- We played it a few days ago and it was great for us to play for the Hammerskins in Milan. We had really a nice concert.
Do you like playing live?
- It's awesome every time!
What is Skinhouse for those who do not know about it?
- In Italy, it's the headquarters for the skins of Milan where they take conferences and concerts.
Are you working on anything new?
- Still not... but we already have new ideas about it.
So, the end is here...thanks for your answers and the last word is yours.
- First of all, we thank you for the space that you gave us, and we want to take advantage of it to greet the Veneto Fronte Skinheads guys (the association which we're related), and a greeting to all the comrades of Mantua, our city. See you on the stage!! We are fighting to protect!
We are proud to give our readers an interview with these Brazilian legends of Bandeira de Comabte. Enjoy!
BANDEIRA de COMBATE is quite big in Brazil, but not up here in Scandinavia. So, you might have to give us your story of who you guys are, how you guys meet, decision of starting a band, releases and so on. BDC: The band emerged from the friendship of three young Skinheads who lived in the same neighbourhood in the city of Salvador - Bahia, a state in the northeast of Brazil. It was the summer 1988 when they started up the band and from the beginning the intention has always been to use music as a weapon against the system. We were very young and wanted to promote our lifestyle and our radical nationalist political views. From the first line-up we have Marcio (vocals), Geraldo (guitar), founder members of the band. Fadel (bass) was a Skinhead from the suburbs of São Paulo, called ABC, Brazil's biggest industrial region. He joined the band in 1993, when they moved from Bahia to São Paulo. In the first 5 years, BDC played only small gigs and Skin festivals in the region. It was in 1993 that the band was invited to play the Dezembro Oi! festival, where we could play with Brazil's biggest bands at the time and to hundreds of Skins from all over the country. Our band has always been directly connected to the street scene and close to different Nationalist Skinhead Organizations on celebrations, demonstrations and on the combats against the enemies. In all these years, BDC have been more like a live band, more than actually been in the studio, we did only few albums, most of our songs have never been recorded.
Our idea has always been to play for the Skins and whoever wants to listen to our music, have to come to gigs and support the scene.
I remember when you did the split with Kill baby, kill! and a discussion flared up on where you stood politically. You might like to tell you a bit about the background of the split and maybe even make a statement on where you stand, so your fans can straight out their question marks? BDC: We don't know exactly what these question marks actually are. But, if there are any, so we will try to answer them: We have always been a Nationalist Band. Among the founder members, two were politically inspired by the NS ideology, Marcio and Geraldo, both belonged to PNSB (Partido Nacional Socialista Brasileiro) founded in 1980. Fadel, Lucas (guitar) and Nando (drums) are all Nationalists. Everyone who knows our songs and where the band has stood in the past 28 years, has no doubts about our views. Our split album with KBK was a result of the friendship among Junior (Arcabuz Records) and our friend Dieter. They talked about music and productions, created together this partnership in their constant exchange of messages. They proposed the project to BDC which we immediately accepted, once we knew and really liked KBK's songs and really appreciated Dieter as a friend.
During the years, your point-of-view on things, have it changed any? BDC: It is quite natural that some aspects of the band have changed in the past 30 years. We were really young and believed that we could solve any problems through punch-ups, that we would defeat the communists on the streets using extreme violence. Today, being more experienced and mature, we know that Z.O.G is a multi-head monster that we must fight with ideas to avoid being defeated. We have a different "modus operandi" but with the same behaviour, we keep strong in rage and faith.
How would you describe your sound? BDC: We describe ourselves as Skinhead Rock'n Roll, free from fashionable items, dissident music, anti system, patriot and anti-Communist until the bone.
Can you tell us about what your lyrics are mainly about? BDC: Our songs are based on the core of the Skinhead lifestyle and their Nationalist fights. Drinking, girls, brawls but also our blood ties, history and culture. We sing about heroic virtues, love for the country, against the decadent modern world, among other nationalist issues as anti-communism and anti-Zionism!
Can you decribe the scene in Brazil? BDC: The Skinhead scene in Brazil started in 1982 as a counterculture movement, formed by young working class patriots in ABC from São Paulo city. It's been keeping up for the past 30 years, despite ups and downs, hassle from the media and the police. Nowadays the scene has been recovering its values from the past, its ultranationalist traditions. Which is excellent. The Nationalists and NS/WP keep a close relationship of respect, on the other hand, a Politically Correct Oi! and an apolitical "Carecas" scene, also grow, but without much significance.
Where would you see the scene in South America be in 10 years? BDC: The scene in South America has impressed us very much. Since 2014 a Front Skinhead was created To unite Skins from Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil and Chile, with strong connections even in Central and North America. Nationalist/Fascist Skinheads from all South America decided to create a cultural/political resistance block. Every year the members of FS get together in Argentina for meetings and concerts with bands related to the Front. We don't belong to FS but we keep with them a straight relation for projects in Brazil. There are some brilliant bands: FIDES SKINS (ARG), GLADIUS (ARG); ESCUADRON (URU), ORGULLO SUR(CHI), INFRATORES (BRA) and others coming up to guarantee the future of our Ibero-American scene.
And where do you see Bandeira de Combate in this development? BDC: We grew up musically, the two new members have brought quality to the band. Lucas is a great guitarist and brought new tunes to add to ours, we've got now a heavier guitar duo, melodic solos from Geraldo and more aggressive ones from Luca's Heavy Metal roots. Also, Nando, our new drummer with more violent beats. So, now we can say we are ready to blow people's ears and play around the world.
What is your musical influences? BDC: Our main influences come from the British bands from the 80's such as Condemned 84, Close Shave, Section 5 and a lot from the old school European RAC: , Skrewdriver, Brutal Attack, Skullhead, Razors Edge, No Remorse, Evil Skins, Brutal Combat, Verde, Bianco e Rosso, Peggior Amico, Störkraft and mainly the legends Endstufe. Also, a metal influence that the new members bring.
Which gigs have been the most memorable for you? BDC: Our most important gig was in 1995 in the city of Curitiba, south of Brazil. where we managed to gather Skins from all over the country and played this classic concert with the main national bands. We have a found memory about this unforgettable gig in 2008 Rio de Janeiro city with Endstufe and when Alex from Battle Zone jammed with us playing British Oi! classics. Also, when we were recording the split BDC/KBK, we played a small gig with Dieter but incredible performance him, we played in the eastern neighbourhood of São Paulo city, celebrating the album. That will be forever in our memories. We played a great gig with Brassic in Brazil’s capital, and last but not least, the gigs we played at home with Orgullo Sur in Skinhouse ABC. And the first Winterfest 2016 we play with Brassic, Fides Skin and Lemovice all great guys, and an another unforgettable moment.
With which bands would you like to share stage with? BDC: Faustretch, Malnatt, Gesta Belica, Aggroknuckle, Abtrimo, Mistreat, Brutal Attack, Squadron, Bakers Dozen, IC1, Legitime Violence, Bully Boys, BFG, Obled, Pitbullfarm, Squadron, Para Elite, Fortress, Antisystem and more bands! And definitely with these bands, if they were still around: Skrewdriver, Skullhead, No Remorse, English Rose, Peggior Amico, Völund Smed, Pluton Svea, TItkolt Ellenállás , Honor and Konkwista!
Any near future plans for Bandeira de Combate? BDC: Our split record with AKK that will be launched around October/November, we are feeling very enthusiastic about it and with the heavier sounds, longer tracks and because we are sure this will be like a nail being hammered to your heads. These Japanese folks are great with their Samurai roots and brave like Kamikazes. And they bring it to their new songs. We also intend to play Europe any time soon!!!
Thank you very much for your time. If there is anything you would like to say to your fans on the other side of the world, now you have the chance. BDC: It was an important, well spent time and we were honoured to answer these questions to your zine, then you folks in Scandinavia can learn more about us. We have some good friends and contacts in Sweden with a relationship of respect and friendship. We thank you very much for the opportunity and we salute all Midgard Magazine readers from Sweden and all Europe.