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What separates Itchincide from the rest of the heavy metal world? With countless sub-genres, and sub-genres within sub-genres, it has become increasingly difficult for bands to stand out from the crowd. Words such as “brutal”, “melodic”, “technical”, and “epic” are tossed around with little to no impact anymore, and while Itchincide’s music truly encompasses all of these traits, there is one difference that places them miles ahead of the pack… Songwriting. Within their songwriting lie passion, energy, and a diverse sound that manages to keep the traditions of old school speed and thrash metal, while fully embracing the new school edge. If one were to sum up the music of Itchincide, it would be speed, power, complexity, hooks, and heart. Hailing from Tromso, Norway, Itchincide have set their sights on creating a new standard by which modern metal should be judged.
With the album, Commercial Braindamage, released on December 18, 2012, the aforementioned traits of Itchincide’s songwriting are on display in full force. The album was released through CD Baby, and is now available worldwide through retailers such as iTunes, Amazon Mp3, Spotify, among others. The band is currently preparing to set out in May for a three week European tour in support of the release of Commercial Braindamage, bringing their intense live show to their already growing fan base.
The story of Itchincide began in 2007 when bassist, Cato Mortensen, and guitarist, Orjan Thomassen came together over a vacation and decided to form a band from the dissolution of previous groups. The initial intent was to create a band for fun, but with addition of drummer Jan Marius Sorensen, guitarist Thomas Anshus, and vocalist, Svein Ole Thomassen, the music began to take on a serious bend. After the recording of their first EP, and playing numerous live shows throughout Norway, Itchincide’s fan base began a rapid growth. 2009 marked a pivotal year in the band’s career, as they made the finals in the Wacken Open Air, and recorded the album that would become Commercial Braindamage. Enduring setback after setback in the release of the album, the band carried on, making the finals again in 2011 for the Wacken Open Air, and intensifying their live show. Through their perseverance, Itchincide finally released their highly anticipated full-length debut album in 2012, positioning themselves firmly as one of Norway’s top-tier metal bands on the rise.
The recording process for Commercial Braindamage has an interesting fact to take note. Cato tracked all of the bass lines for the album using the personal bass that belonged to Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue, which was officially verified by Gibson Guitars. The bass was acquired for the sessions through a mutual friend, who was an avid Motley Crue collector. The album was recorded at Gutterommet Studios, with mixing and mastering by Yngvar Mehus.
In its essence, Itchincide is a powerhouse metal band, with an insatiable drive to build and grow. The songs off Commercial Braindamage should be a clear indication that the band’s future is looking bright. As the title of their lead single implies, Itchincide are true Mercenaries of metal.