Italian legendary heavy metallers SCALA MERCALLI, active since 1992, have released a new lyric video for “Honest Brigands”, taken from the band’s latest album “Independence”.
The song tells about when, in the italian peninsula, between the early 1800s and shortly after the unification of Italy in 1861, especially in the southern regions, there were men and women who fought only to defend the population of their land from the injustices of the powerful local lords. Supported by the various governments that followed one another, from the Bourbon Viceroys, to the Savoy monarchs, to the foreign occupiers who unjustly exploited their people. Many former Garibaldi soldiers who fought for the unification of Italy joined them, betrayed by the new state that did not integrate them, as promised, into the new Italian army. These people were unjustly called Brigands, as if they were thieves and assassins, which in reality they were not. Giuseppe Garibaldi also said about these brave men: “An Honest Brigand is my ideal”.
The Band declares:
“Each historical period must be addressed by looking at it from all possible points of view, so that you can have the most truthful idea possible. As in this case where we wanted to give space to characters that have not been understood, in our opinion, in the most complete way. The line that divides the so-called good from the bad is not as clear and easy to understand as many times you think.”
Watch more videos from “Independence” album:
“Never Surrender” – https://youtu.be/rcqn0Uq0xGY
“The 1000” (Calatafimi Battle) – https://youtu.be/i0JJKCUydMQ
“Tolentino 1815” – https://youtu.be/zZlV6h1yqW8
“Making Of Tolentino 1815” – https://youtu.be/WU8fKlkv5ss
“Fratelli d’Italia” (Italian Anthem): https://youtu.be/66tZ3oD5qPA
“Be Strong”: https://youtu.be/AiT5_nSCXSc
1. The Crossing on the Sea (from Quarto to Marsala)
2. The 1000 (Calatafimi Battle)
3. Honest Brigands
4. Be Strong
5. The Last Defence (Roma-Gianicolo 1849)
6. Never Surrender
7. Tolentino 1815
8. White Death
9. Whisper of the Night
10. Anita (Ana Maria de Jesus Ribeiro da Silva)
11. Fratelli d’Italia (Italian Anthem) feat. Corale Angelico Rosati
“Independence” album is about the first part of Italian Risorgimento, from Naple’s Reign ruled by King Murat until Mazzini’s Roman Republic, including episodes on Mille (The Expedition of the Thousand) and Brigandage, with some of their main characters. The band will wear the new uniform inspired by the units, from north to south, that in the above-mentioned period fought side by side with the people and contributed with hard sacrifices to build Italian nation.
The band about “Independence”:
“This project is about some events we consider of great importance in our country’s history, because they remind us of how important it has been, for a people dominated for years by foreign powers, to fight for ideals of unity and freedom, and reminds also that freedom, in every form, is never a gift but has always to be conquered fighting togheter. Yesterday as today!”
This example applies to every people or nation that wants to be truly free!