Press Kit 2019-2020

BAND NAME: Built-In Obsolescence
RELEASE DATE: 3 Dicembre 2018
GENRE: Atmospheric Post Metal
LABEL: Masd Records
BAND LOCATION: Riccione/Bassa Romagna (Italy)
ACTIVE: 2010


Bruno Galli – Drums
Valerio Biagini – Bass
Alex Semprini – Guitar
Paolo Sanchi – Voice
Gianmarco Ciotti – Guitar

Built-in Obsolescence is a musical project born in Riccione (Italy) in 2010.

The band started composing songs inspired to various metal genres, developing in time a sound akin to Alternative and Progressive Metal with Post Rock and Ambient influences. Introspective and dark themes are intertwined with the band instrumental composition, leading to vivid journeys into humanity’s behaviours, its hopes and troubles.


Built-in Obsolescence is a project born in Riccione in late 2010, stemmed from an idea of Paolo Sanchi (vocals) and Alex Semprini (guitar). Then longtime friend Gianmarco Ciotti (guitar) joins the band, followed by Valerio Biagini (bass) and Bruno Galli (drums). The five members come from different musical genres such hard rock, punk, rock ‘n’ roll, progressive metal and crossover. Their idea is to create a band with a hard, metal sound, but open to various and diverse inspirations. B.I.O. start early composing original material, part of which is recorded on their first EP, ABEL, in 2013.

In 2015 the band members are struck by powerful performances during a concert (The Ocean / Mono / Sólstafir). This experience inspired them so that they started to explore post-rock and post-metal structures, blended with progressive influences. A new piece is born on the spur of the moment: Dance of Falling Leaves becomes a milestone marking a new way of composing. Songs become more articulate and long. Heavy and oneiric sounds are paired with apocalyptic and introspective lyrics conveying humanity’s hopes and troubles.

Their first LP, instar, is released in April 2018. It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Riccardo Pasini at Studio 73 (Ravenna – Italy).

Since September 2018 Built-in Obsolescence are part of MASD Record’s roster.

Instar is reissued on 3rd December 2018 for MASD Records

INSTAR (LP 2018)

Instar is a phase of development in the life of arthropods. The animal periodically leaves its vital protection, its exoskeleton. Then, soft and vulnerables are ready to new growth and a new armour will form. In this LP the human being is seen as a moulting insect, changing shape, but nonetheless ever connected to a greater ambient embracing him.

The album concept is expressed through stories and abstract lyrics revolving around hopes and delusions, reality and illusions. Narration starts with Dance of Falling Leaves, an abrupt realisation of the inexorable flow of time in which are scattered mellow memories. Time soothe man like the breeze lull leaves on trees. The same time that strips leaves from branches and delusions from minds. This is a recurring image in the subsequent songs. The album end with a long, abstract and profound composition: Ecdysis is humanity’s last observation of itself, out of space and time, before embracing change.


  • Alexios Ciancio (Deadly Carnage, Omega, Martyr Lucifer, Tha Goblvnz March): Tuvan Throat Singing on Sine Requie.
  • Daniela Moroncelli: Cello on Dance of Falling Leaves, Watching The Wake and Ecdysis.


  1. Dance of falling leaves
  2. Sine Requie
  3. The wave
  4. Ground launch sequencer
  5. Project: Almaz
  6. Watching the wake
  7. Shara
  8. Lashes
  9. Biotronic
  10. AD 9878
  11. Ecdysis