I recently got to speak with founder and lead singer Bruce Ricci of Enemy Within, a hardcore metal band based out of Elkton, MD. They are a six-piece band and if you like it heavy, you won’t be disappointed seeing these guys live. The band consists of lead singers Ricci and Mike Yale, guitarists Josh Wright and Tommy Duong, bassist Angelo Martinez, and drummer Bill Riley.
Shockwave Magazine: Tell me how you started the band, Bruce, and how you came up with the band name.
Bruce Ricci: I was doing a tattoo on the rhythm guitar player before he was our rhythm guitar player and he just mentioned he just quit this band he was in. And I went, “Hey man, I always wanted to write a song,” and that was it. Then, we put out an album a year later. The name was a collective effort by all of us, even guys that were in the band that have left, but it was an open discussion for about a year. This was in 2014.
Where have you guys played? In and around Baltimore and Pennsylvania?
Baltimore, Delaware, PA, New York. As long as we can finance our trips and shows, we will play. Money is the root of all evil. It’s not a profitable endeavor yet, but one day soon. We will get out to play if it’s at least a day trip to keep the band in a budget, like all local bands do. Philly and Baltimore are mainly the two spots though, right now, that we can get to, so they will work anytime.
Now, I know you guys opened for Mushroomhead in PA. Have you played with any other national acts?
We’ve opened for White Chapel in Pennsylvania, Sevendust and Trivium in PA, Soulfly in Baltimore. But yeah, we’ve gotten to play with some cool bands so far. The Mushroomhead show was fun. Hed P.E. was on that bill as well.
Tell me about the album Man or Slave you guys have out. I’ve heard it. It’s really heavy.
Well, thank you. We aim to please that way. The album you can download on our website through Bandcamp. We released it in 2015. The musicians write the music and I pretty much write the lyrics, but we are pretty pleased with the way the album came to be.
What is the song “Look” about? I like that song a lot.
“Look” is about being trapped inside yourself, not knowing where to go or being consumed by your own fear. You think you see things that aren’t there, but they are there. I wrote the song based on my own experience with addiction and fear.
What’s 2017 going to bring for you guys? More shows? Another disc?
It’s hard to say right now, especially with the way the economy is, but we will play shows that come about. But, 2017 is going to be a big writing year for us to get more material out there to play. When you are a local band like we are, we tend to just go with the flow and play when everyone isn’t working, or doesn’t have kid, or spouse duties to do so we will see and work with the times. We hope for big things. We do our best to promote via social media and word of mouth when we do play to get a decent crowd out and just keep moving forward.
Will the new music be the same or will you guys go in another direction?
Well, the guys have their sound and they will stick to that mainly. They won’t stray to far from the roots of their sound. We kinda want to stay where we are at bit and add a whole new bunch of stuff to it.
Local music is the bread and butter of where all great bands start and Enemy Within is no different than anyone else. If you like hard and bombastic, go and check these guys out. I’m pretty sure you will like them.