Lifend originated in 1999 from the fusion of bands Haternal and Mourningstar and was named My Dark Side. The band started playing covers of Moonspell, Dimmu Borgir, Edge of Sanity and Anathema. The band played locally in Milan and changed its name in 2001. The 2001 demo Entwined Emotions was cause for more shows. With the release of a new demo called Shattering Reality Andrea joined on guitar. Keyboardist Davide left in June 2003 due to work problems, yet the group signed with Cruz Del Sur in May of 2004.
LIFEND - INNERSCARS - CRUZ DEL SUR
It is bands like Lifend - whose style has passed its shelf life before it was even placed on the shelf - that give the Italian so-called metal scene a reputation comparable to skunks in the animal kingdom. The Italians pile cliche upon cliche using electronics, acoustic guitars, thrash riffs, keyboards and female vocals (K&F) and everything else in order to make a mockery of everything for which the genre stands. This is not surprising from a band which started by playing cover versions of heavy metal pariahs like Moonspell, Dimmu Borgir and Anathema, but it is the same old weak formula and by now is extremely tired.
For the love of the children, this has nothing to do with metal. Bands like Lifend - generally treble keyboard-dominated pop rock on speed with gruff and opera vocals - will never go anywhere. In fact, acts like this have no impact whatsoever given the listener dissonance generated by their many low attributes. What is a wonder is how people still form bands like this and how labels still signs acts like this. After all, it is surely a label's prerogative to throw good money after bad art, but there is also the notion of not wanting to embarrass yourself internationally. The music on Innerscars is so soft that by the time the saxophones kick in mid-album barely anyone lifts an eyebrow. - Ali "The Metallian"