Chain D.L.K.: Your iconography deals with an idea of strength. The Arditi were anelite storm troops. What made you decide to embrace these kind”images” which, for sure, must have a powerful impact on people evenbefore they get into your music?
Arditi: We are of course aiming for a powerful impact on the potentiallistener, before they even listen to us. The imagery is an importantpart of the concept of the Arditi. Obviously Arditi’s imagery willalso scare the occasional person off, but that is, as I see it,unavoidable, and if you cannot stand the sight of military images, orsymbols defining strength, you are most likely so far away fromgrasping what Arditi is all about that you might just as well notlisten to us.
Chain D.L.K.: Is this approach your personal answer to the flattening that modernsociety is undergoing?
Arditi: Oh yes. That is exactly what we are trying to do.
Chain D.L.K.: Is your music a sort of vehicle for a message to people, a powerfulshot whose goal is to awaken their spirits and fight for their innerdesires or is it a sort of nihilistic personal thing where yourmessage might be more along the lines of: “the whole world is a rottenshit, so the hell with it, we are the Arditi!”?
Arditi: I do not see the two options as exclusive to each other. Most peoplethat strive for the destruction of the current world order also have aplan for the rebuilding of a world order, according to a plan theyagree with. This is true with few exceptions, one exception would beanarchist teens who have no political goals beyond defying theirparents and fighting the fascist pigs of the police. The world IS arotten shit though, and I would gladly see it fall apart, but whenthings are turned over I would not like it to remain chaotic, my dreamis not roaming the ruins trying to find food for the day in a stoneage fashion. I want a world that works according to principles thatare viable. I long for civilization, the problem is just that thecurrent world is not civilized.
Chain D.L.K.: One of the things behind the Arditi troops that influenced you themost (by the way, I read that early on you weren’t aware that theywere Italian special troops) is the Futurist manifesto and mainly theway the the futurists envision war. What impressed you of thatapproach? Why does war have such importance to you?
Arditi: We formed Arditi pretty much right away after reading the FuturistManifesto for the first time. We might have formed before actuallyknowing the Arditi were incorporated in the Italian army and justthought they were a volunteer organization of some sort, I do notreally remember. We were fascinated by the Futurists, personally I wasalmost more stricken by Papini than by Marinetti. They used a languagethat was very appealing and spoke about serious concerns in a non-shymanner that I had not seen in a long time and that experience wasquite overwhelming. War is important because in the convenient butdecadent world we live in, very few things can incite change in theway people think, but we believe war can do that. The awakening of thespirit in men that occurs in war times cannot be achieved in any otherway that I know of.
Chain D.L.K.: On your latest album you worked with Nordvargr and in the past you hadreleased a split CD with him as Toroidh. Has he helped defining thesound for “Omni Ensis Impera”?
Arditi: Nordvargr has been a good friend of Arditi since the beginning, andeven before the beginning, as Nordvargr’s MZ412 and H.Moller’sPuissance were on the same label and they knew each other for yearsbefore we even started Arditi. He was more involved on the new albumthan he had been before but I do not know if he is incorporated in anyfuture plans of ours. Time will tell.
Chain D.L.K.: “Omni Ensis Impera” has a different approach to sound, less blastingand more tense. What kind of atmosphere did you want to create for itand why?
Arditi: We cannot do exactly the same thing over and over. The new album is alittle calmer but still within the boundaries of what Arditi is.
Chain D.L.K.: What is the most irritant thing that occurred to you during theseyears as Arditi?
Arditi: We have had some problems with distributors who get very upset aboutsome details they had seen but showing no interest in trying tounderstand what we are about in the whole. We obviously understandthat many will not agree with us, but even when people dislike us, welike it better when they have come to this conclusion from actuallyknowing what we are and what we want to do, and not just seeing oneword and start shouting “BAN!”.
Chain D.L.K.: I read that you composed tracks for the latest two Marduk albums. Canyou tell us something more about this collaboration?
Arditi: Yes, we have made two songs for Marduk. The track “Death March” onMarduk’s “Plague Angel” album and the track “1651” on the “Rom 5:12″album. Here, just as with Nordvargr, we have history that goes backbeyond the formation of Arditi. We both like what Marduk do and thepeople of Marduk like our work. They also live nearby so cooperationwas inevitable in a way.
Chain D.L.K.: What are the bands or artists you appreciate the most and why?
Arditi: I have a tendency to like artists that have a message (beyond theregular “here we are, bring out the booze and women”). Some artistswhose work I appreciate are Puissance, Blood Axis, Herr and VonThronstahl.
Chain D.L.K.: What’s next for the Arditi?
Arditi: At the moment, we are already working on new material for our album.We have no other relevant plans at this point.
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[interviewed by Maurizio Pustianaz] [proofreading by Marc Urselli]