Starting in 1999 from the fusion of the bands Haternal and Mourningstar (not to be confused with the Finnish Morningstar formerly signed to R.I.P. Records') and with Alberto (guitar/vocals), the union would be initially baptized My Dark Side. The band started playing covers of Moonspell, Dimmu Borgir, Edge Of Sanity and Anathema, and soon after got to composing their own first songs. With Emergenza Rock and in local venues they cut their teeth with competition tours. The first line-up change occurred in 2000 when Roberto joined the band and enriched it with his brutal/grind background. Local gigs followed as the band continued t o accumulate experience but soon after they had reached an artistic crossroad, so the moniker had to foretell something more direct and incisive so the name Lifend was chosen.
In 2001 Lifend's demo Entwined Emotions was completed, followed by more venue and contest performances in the name of promotion, mostly around Milan. But at this point they started to get breaks and the release of Entwined Emotions received praise by both Italian and foreign press. The release wondered through dark atmospherics and deep romanticism to the rhythm of a frantic heartbeat. Featuring a radical change in their musical view saw them incorporate faster and more aggressive sounds with dynamics while remaining melodic and dramatic using Death/Gothic Metal with different influences and shades owing to the addition of acoustic guitar parts, Swedish riffing, keyboards,synthesizers and the use of 3 different vocals. With this new attitude, new opportunities come up with support positions. With the release of the new mini CD Shattering Reality, the final line-up was reached with the arrival of Andrea on lead guitar. The new material already received promotion from November 2002 - February 2003 through an Italian mini tour, and soon Lifend would play in other European countries. In June 2003, however, keyboardist Davide left the band due to work schedules.