INNER VITRIOL is an Italian dark prog metal band.
The band - under the former monicker “Vitriol” - released two albums with the American label Melodic Revolution Records. Their full-lenght “Into The Silence I Sink" was highly acclaimed by the international press at its release and ranked at the 8th place in the "Top 50 progressive metal albums of the year" according to “Prog Metal Show”. The band toured Italy, UK, Poland, Austria and Russia, also as opener for Dream Theater, Sons of Apollo, Pain of Salvation, Evergrey, Soen, Kingcrow and Votum.
The monicker stems from the acronym of the famous motto of Renaissance alchemy “V.i.t.r.i.o.l. - Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem” (Enter the bowels of the Earth and, through your purification, you will find the hidden stone). It is a metaphor representing the path of man inside his own Ego in order to finally find the philosophical Truth. The duality of the locution “inner vitriol”, referring both to a corrosive chemical compound and to the renaissance motto, well describes the essence of the band, constantly pursuing balance between aggressiveness and introspection.
In 2023, INNER VITRIOL released an official live DVD shot in Moscow and 2 singles with videoclips, namely “Endless Spiral” and a rendition of “Impressioni di Settembre”, originally composed by Premiata Forneria Marconi, and are currently working on a new full-length album, which will be accompanied by additional single releases and videoclips.
Current line up:
Gabriele Gozzi - Vocals
Michele Di Lauro - Guitars
Francesco Lombardo - Bass
Michele Panepinto - Drums
Gianluca Pappalardo - Vocals (2007 - 2016)
Alessandro Sanfilippo - Guitars (2007 - 2013)
Pierangelo Carvello - Keyboards (2007 - 2013)
Tommaso Semrov - Guitars (2010 - 2013)
Fausto De Bellis - Guitars (2013 - 2016)