In 1985, Connecticut’s Erik Barath and Dennis Gergely birthed I.N.C. out of the frustration and annoyance arisen by the cookie-cutter bands plastering videos on the sole cable station to bring music alive and deliver it to the masses, MTV. This hunger to create more than the norm was what harnessed Erik and Dennis’ energy to form Indestructible Noise Command. Intent on not wasting their precious time on such feeble pursuits, they drove the angst they felt into the type of music they wanted to see assaulting them from off the small screen; Angry, resentful, aggressive, violent, and vicious. As soon as guitarist Anthony Fabrizi and ex-drummer Gary Duguay got on board, I.N.C. starting booking local gigs – playing anywhere that their message could be heard.
“We were angry and wild,” states guitarist Erik Barath. “[That music] didn’t represent what we were feeling. Aggressive Thrash Metal was our outlet and our truth.”
The still relatively new Indestructible Noise Command crew recorded a demo tape in 1986 and immediately started booking bigger shows, appearing on stage with the likes of Exodus, Megadeth and King Diamond. Less than a year later and only six months after their high school graduation, I.N.C. were signed to Giant Records to begin work on their first full length album, Razorback, which was released in 1987.
Critics and fans throughout the tri-state area were hammered over the head by what they heard. The band’s heavy, destructive style translated well to stage and to vinyl. But why stop at one album when you can turn around and crank out another that’s even wilder and weirder than the first one?
I.N.C. used their 1988 album, The Visitor, as a showcase for what made them stand out in the first place. The album won I.N.C. a place in thrash metal history as probably the only band bold enough to blend razor-blade-edged, raging guitar riffs with the kind of vocal peculiarity only Dennis Gergely could provide.
Back on the road, bands like Pantera started opening at I.N.C. gigs. People were lining up in droves to take in the spectacle that is Indestructible Noise Command. In 1988, I.N.C. hit #1 on the U.S. college metal charts and stole the U.K. #2 import slot out from underneath Aerosmith.
After recording and releasing Razorback and The Visitor, the band was hopeful. They were booking great gigs and their thrash metal antics won over throngs of underground fans as well as respectable music critics to make a virtual overnight success of what started in response to a hatred for putrid, repetitive music.
After funding from Giant Records began to lose steam, I.N.C. decided to step back and assess the weary record contract landscape for what it was. The band was determined to build a life outside of the metal arena until they were able to finance their own comeback and then launch into a full-fledged resurrection.
As one savvy Carlos Ramirez pointed out on AOL’s Noisecreep.com, “In the years since their initial breakup, [I.N.C.’s] eccentric brand of metal has been embraced by a new breed of record collectors, proving that their style was definitely ahead of its time.”
And now sees the new age of Indestructible Noise Command. Emerging as the band’s first offering in 20 years, the Bleed the Line EP was written, recorded and produced by the band between the spring and summer of 2010, aside from the single ‘God Loves Violence’, which was cut by seasoned producer Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, In Flames, Opeth). The Bleed the Line EP was released on the band’s label, M90 Records.
Within the first six weeks of completing the Bleed the Line EP (2010) recordings, even before the CDs were pressed, I.N.C. has created an enormous buzz. In a few short weeks, I.N.C. has been added to stations around the world including the great KNAC in Los Angeles, WREK Atlanta, WRBC, WLFM and WEOS in New York as well as the syndicated European FM metal show, The Metal Abbey show. In it’s first week, the Bleed the Line EP debuted at #4 Most Added on the CMJ Loud Rock charts. The EP entered the charts at #12, which is rare for an offering other than a full length LP.
Although a more straightforward version of the music video for single ‘God Loves Violence’ was released at MetalUnderground.com this year, I.N.C originally debuted a more violent version in 2010. This video shocked the metal industry when it received over 50,000 views in just a little over 2 weeks. The song and video impressed the producers at Scuzz TV so much, they immediately requested a hard copy and since then added ‘God Loves Violence’ to their weekly playlist. This addition gives I.N.C. heightened exposure to hundreds of thousands of metal fans every week.
I.N.C. released their 3rd full-length album entitled ‘Heaven Sent…Hellbound’ with UK record label Rising Records in Europe, and Candlelight Records in North America. The release was produced by world-famous record producer Fredrik Nordström (At the Gates, In Flames, Opeth), and the artwork is illustrated by famous artist Sam Shearon (Iron Maiden, Rob Zombie, Fear Factory). It reached #6 on the CMJ Loud rock charts. Their 2nd video for the song ‘Swallowed’ was recently released and has hit over 150,000 views and climbing, and recently aired on HEADBANGERS’ BALL in Greece.
In 2012 drummer Kyle Shepard and bassist David Campo (Payback, When Freedom Dies) joined the band to complete the permanent lineup. That year INC played shows with Godsmack, Trivium, Stained and Onslaught.
In early 2013, the band announced their next album was in the works, a themed release entitled Black Hearse Serenade. I.N.C. was eventually signed to Ferocious Records and released Black Hearse Serenade in Oct of 2014. Shortly thereafter, I.N.C. released a video for No Turning Back, which was directed by Thomas Mignone (Slipknot, A7X, Mudvayne) and starred Michael Rodrick (24, CSI & Without a Trace)
All About The Rock UK said “Black Hearse Serenade marks a substantial step forward for I.N.C., as well as a bit of a departure from the sound they’ve been recognized for in the past and have truly broken out of the thrash box with this record.”
Metal Gods TV wrote: “I.N.C. really know how to rip your face off and destroy your eardrums with their excellent blend of Thrash/Heavy Metal, sending you into fits of headbanging whilst shredding on your air-guitar! In “Black Hearse Serenade”, I.N.C. have made an album that sits well in the Thrash/Heavy Metal genre and deserves to be in any self-respecting metal fan’s album collection.”
Fresh off their signing with TKO booking, Indestructible Noise Command embarked on an American tour late October with Tantric, playing throughout the midwest and west coast.
In February of 2018, the band released a hard driving track, which was recorded during Black Hearse Serenade, titled ‘Beneath The Smoke’, which pays tribute to firefighters worldwide. Both Fabrizi and Gergely penned powerful lyrics that identify with not only firefighters, but will strike a chord with all who listen. A video for the track, which contains live footage of firefighters in action and the dangers they bravely face on a daily basis, has received over 100k views on Facebook and thousands of shares.
In January of 2018, Indestructible Noise Command began writing their 5th album and entered the studio in September. The band chose to again work with Nicky Bellmore at Dexter Labs studios, who recorded Black Hearse Serenade. The album was completed in December and will be titled Terrible Things. INC says the new album will be a return to the band’s thrash roots, stripped down, fast but still with some technical edge. Terrible Things is slated for release on March 8th.
INDESTRUCTIBLE NOISE COMMAND IS:
Dennis Gergely – Vocals
Erik Barath – Guitar
Anthony Fabrizi – Guitar
Dave Campo – Bass
Kyle Shepard – Drums