Some bands I forgot on the last post aka “Somethings still festering in Italy”

Talking about OSITDM (eh) I forgot a few in the previous post. Here are some Italian bands worth checking in my humble opinion. Most of these have very recently released something, often a full length album so you can still get most of these for quite cheap.

Necromutilator

Necromutilator from Mantua just recently released a new EP on Terror From Hell, same label wo did their debut album in 2014. Mixing elements of very raw, crusty thrash/black and Death Metal in the larger than life way as Throneum or Bestial Mockery with a retro-metallic Hellhammerish sound. Good solid vocals safeguards the band from being strictly compared to the aforementioned bands.

Mindful of Pripyat

This is a sort of super-band that features members of Corporal Raid, Antropofagus and Bowel Stew. They have a powerful, solid punch sound which to be entirely honest doesn’t really fit with my own personal idea of Grindcore – too neatly packed, slick and too precise to be the Terrorizer kinda tribute thing I read in the earlier reviews they were supposed to be, if you know what I mean. But if you are into modern Relapse/Willowtip style ultrafast Death Metal with drum blasts “somewhat akin to grindcore”, the band delivers on all aspects. They have this shitloads of riffs and tempo changes as tight as a straightjacket.

Ekpyrosis

This band recently came out with a full-length on Memento Mori, completely streamed on the label’s YT page.  A very young band with double vocals and clear OSDM references that range from early Grave and Therion to Imprecation just to throw in a few random names. Mostly mid to slow tempo with that grindy, sick, festering sound we all like. Considering their constant progression from earlier works I believe the next album could be something really interesting.

Daemoniac

Pure swedish Death Metal sound here, from ex Horrid frontman Max. Toi be completely honest when I started writing this article I only heard their first EP on Xtreem from 2015 and I was completely underwhelmed. While I still think the bands lacks in really memorable, powerful riffing the overall work on their recent debut is really excellent with a rather peculiar dynamic drum work. Superfluous to add musical references here, just get Ekeroth’s book on Swedish Death Metal and pick a random band, you will hear some of it here. Pure Swedish worship.

Fuoco Fatuo

Another Italian band with a full length released this year, this time on Profound Lore. I still haven’t listen to that album named “Backwater” but I have most of their past discography and I can tell you they’re really good shit. Slow, crushing, hypnotic Death/Doom with an ultra slow pace and a deep, swampy sound to drown in, without any superfluous melodies. They have that finnish, heartbroken, inescapable touch that is just a blessing in this sludgier corner of Death Metal music.

Blasphemous Noise Torment

This is a small jewel of a band that doesn’t have, as far as I know, proper and deserved recognition. I really cannot count that many bands from this country that so vigorously grab from the abrasive, unpredictable structures of Revenge or Diocletian, that noisy, anti-harmonic buzzsaw sound that Voivod proposed for the first time in the mid ’80s and mutated into disharmonic Death Black Metal. They have a new album out in 2015, worth buying 100% from german label Amor Fati (soon on vinyl too, limited to 150 copies).

Demonomancy

Demonomancy have a long run of releases on Nuclear War Now at their backs and this year Terror From Hell released a complete discography on a nice tape boxed set that includes all recorings including both demos. They play Beherit/Naked Whipper/Proclamation influenced Black/Death with added variety but that same evocative, abyssal sound and caprine reverb. Think of the aforementioned bands meet SVEST or some other Noevdia band.

Mefitic

One of my favorite bands from my country right now. More brutal and Archgoatesque is Mefitic’s approach to the Blasphemy centered sound, with breathless songs and hammering, south American drumming. Not as primitive as Blasphemous Noise Torment neither as evolved as Demonomancy. Mefitic is reverb and necromancy at its best, a killer band with a full length album on (unsurprisingly) NWN released in 2015.

 

Lurking Terror

This band from Rome released a demo last year. Despite the seemingly crustie logo they play very downtuned, guttural Death Metal with some vocal reminiscences of Baphomet or Putrilage. Old school in a strict sense, completely devoid of “slam” if the demo had a shittier sound I would have thought they were from the mid-90s. I like their dark sound and shit, they have solos, something I haven’t heard in a while. Classic Death Metal worth giving a listen.

Corporal Raid

One of the earliest Goregrind bands from Italy Corporal Raid is apparently back with their interesting mixture of cricket/bullfrog brutal Death (think Sikfuck or Enmity) and more straightforward goregrind. Thick and blistering fast and not an inch less powerful than 10 years ago. They released a full length album last year on Pathologically Explicit.

Necromorbid

Savage and punkish Black/Death from Florence, Iron Tyrant records just recently rereleased their tape from last year on Cd format. They’re worth listening if you like bestial black/death with an added layer of savagery like Impaled Nazarene or Sadistik Exekution.

Perfidious

Another album released this year comes from Perfidious, antichristian Death Metal from members of Onirik. The abum was released by the hyper-active and very young label Death Metal Insustry. They have a few too many whistles and leaks for my tastes but they are certainly doing a good job. Guttural vocals, Unique Leader tempo changes, crisp production and massive drumming. For lovers of more modern style Brutal Death.

Macabro Genocidio

Playing wild and frantic Black Metal, Macabro Genocidio have just two tapes out so far in their recording history but they’re certainly worth listening if you like weird chaotic South American inspired stuff like Morbosidad. Not entirely in my chords basically because of too high pitched vocals and the sound is a bit too thin but can certainly “improve” with time.

Restos Humanos

Guess what? Another Italian full length album was released this year by englishmen Grindfather Producitons. This time is from Colombian/Italian mongrels Restos Humanos, which I already reviewed not long ago (by my standards that is) regarding a split on Eyes Of The Dead. The band plays honest, loose, vaguely crusty Horror Death Metal with a lot of samples in between the Impetigo way. The Spanish vocals obviously call back memories of Machetazo and Gruesome Stuff Relish but musicwise they’re a bit simpler in their approach. Nice but not a must hear to be honest.

Riexhumation

Riexhumation have their new full EP available in digital format on bandcamp (and YouTube as well, obviously). They play ordinary Death Metal with traditional growls and traditional structures including solos, double vocals and some keyboards as well. I am not too impressed but they have some good arrangements, a listen won’t disappoint anyone, and it’s free too, you lucky millennials.


Here I have my favorites from the list. Check these out at all costs.

Slowly Suffering

Now this is a jewel for you. An interesting, obscure band that is already ten years old but is keeping a somewhat low profile all the way. Their latest release was pressed in 150 copies. They play very old, raw Death Metal that sometimes remind me of a streamlined version of Crematory and other demo-quality unrefined Swedish Death. If I had to pick one from this list I’d go with these.

Necroprofanator

If I dubbed their songs on a blank tape and told you it was a rehearsal from Bolivia you’d believe it. Ultra basic, shittily recorded Thrash/Death the third world way and I completely adore it. If you too have a fascination for tropical, numb, raw music a la Necrofago they are definitely worth checking.

Something’s rotten (and festering) in Italy

I can’t certainly be identified as someone who blindly followed and supported bands from my country over the years, and I might say it with pride. On the contrary I have been often accused of hating Italian bands by default which might be not entirely incorrect. I do believe Italian bands on the average sucked amazingly during the nineties with just a short lived moment across the millennium when we had some interesting things going on. 90% of what I heard however in about 30 years is pure garbage, mostly composed of bands obsessed with technical Death-like riffing, usually self described as Thrash/Death but actually being just sloppy second rate, unimaginative thrash metal with stellar overproduction and a lot of ego. The last 10 years or so, however, basically the decade after I closed my old shop and drifted away from everything related to music, things got REALLY interesting. Possibly lead by a couple of dedicated individuals a whole layer of rot started to fester over the plastic post-Meshuggah shit mountain that the Italian “scene” had become. Is it just a new trend? Yes, probably. For some of these these might prove that to be true. Do I care? Hell no. Let this shit come over since it really looks like a new Renaissance to me. No, not exactly a Renaissance, that would imply a glorious past, which my country NEVER had except for VERY few bands. No this is really the real shit we were supposed to play in the early 90’s, we’re just 20 years late.

I will certainly forget about a lot of bands, some on purpose. I won’t list “Brutal Death” or Black Metal or Grind/Death, but just the sickest, darker more traditional sounding Death Metal shit I have been enjoying and discovering lately.

Funest

Funest

Funest is a relatively new band which recently had their 2014 Memento Mori album on vinyl repressed on Morbid Generation (boy what a horrible name is that for a label, right short of Brutal Bands). Their sound is massively Swedish, kinda old Grave with a crisper production and reminds me VERY much of the first Bloodbath EP in more than one aspect. Great vocals, great riffs, great sounds. Their album is just a must have.

Into Darkness

Into Darkness

Into Darkness is not just the title of one of the greatest Death Doom recordings ever, but also a relatively new Death Metal band from Como with a rather sparse discography. Their sound is definitely less Swedish and has strong references to Asphyx and has that kind of half-desperate, half-agonizing, half-hateful (yep that makes 150%) vocal style which is typical of Asphyx/Pestilence and Morgoth. I like their more minimalistic approach to Death Metal, just grab take some good riffs and start munching, no fillers. Like said before their releases are few and sparse, but I think everything is easily available.

Gravesite

Gravesite

Gravesite’s an highly interesting and also rather new band from my city and neighbors that inherited a great part of its sound and members from the troubled yet decently successful Undead Creep. Gravesite also rests in the moldy chamber of older-sounding Death Metal with a mix of sonorities closer to the American southern coasts ranging from earlier Death to Massacre with some faint reminiscences of crust in between. They released a full length on Xtreem last year but I feel like recommending their previous demo tape as well, where the double vocals were ever more distinct and the sound a bit darker. Good stuff.

Assumption

Assumption

They might be catalogued as Death/Doom but I would just say Assumption is really just straight backed Death Metal at its best and probably in my top 5 list bands from Italy today. They’re not more Death/Doom than Incantation, so to speak. Apparition’s only EP is just four tracks (still runs longer than Reign in Blood) but it’s just flawless. Minimalist structures, no filler riffs, Mortician-like zombie vocals, and that tiny pinch of harmonies that is just like that white pepper in the batter for fried chicken, or the stem of vanilla in whipped cream. This is for lovers of the Finnish darker side of Death Metal. Top quality here too.

Profanal

Profanal

Remember when the most Swedish-sounding band around was Fleshcrawl which was not even a Swedish band? Profanal discovered the same fountain of youth rot that defies borders with the dedication of a Syrian immigrant. They manage to sound just like a band from Nicola Costantini’s fetish books and, while in the past the similarities with early Dismember sometimes just overlapped a bit too much, their upcoming “Supreme Fire” really sounds like all weak spots have been addressed. Contaminations from all the cult classics are here, including some early Necrophobic, but the mix is just evenly balanced. It is really one of the best albums I have heard in 2016 even though lampredotto is still nowhere to be seen, mister.

Morbus Grave

Morbus Grave

Formed this very year Morbus Grave is probably the youngest band of this report, but features members of Sepulcral, Funest and Into Darkness. Still another nail haling from the land of fog and panetùn ready for the vacant coffin of OSDM. To be completely honest the band still sounds a bit unripe to me, I like them in general but they just don’t have anything that clicks incompletely yet. No killer riff, dark but not too much and so on, you get it. Possibly the most interesting element in the demo are Erman’s vocals, eerie and malignant and with a barely perceivable accent just like Angelripper on “In The Sign Of Evil”.

As far as I know the band only released one demo so far and moreover that one is also limited to only 200 copies on our inexorable and inoxidizable Unholy Domain recordings so it might not be so easy to obtain in the future BUT we shall take into account that they have a track on Youtube for listening and the fact that people just don’t buy anything anymore (me included sadly but I have already done my homeworks in the past so fuck off that’s another story) so 200 might as well be the right number.

Voids Of Vomit

Voids of Vomit

The band might not have an impressive array of releases despite being over a decade old now, yet they might be considered one of the cornerstones in the new renaissance of our beloved Metal of Death in this shitty peninsula. Necrovore and Sadistic Intent aptly demonstrated in the past how releasing one full-length a year doesn’t necessarily means quality – just saying. Truth be told, all Voids releases have a slightly different feel, from the messy 2006 debut to the latest 2016 promo on Unholy Domain, even though there are at least two common recurring elements: a massive, ultra-down tuned sound (which might be the reason Asphyx come up so often in their reviews) and the eerie feel of the lyrics, which are generally made of short one liners and deal about things dark and creepy hidden beyond our veil of conscience. Things might have changed a bit on the last tape however as I think* the theme shifted a bit on the topics of ancestry and blood valor. Nevertheless the sound is till there: massive vocals, massive riffs and that general feel of decrepitude.

*haven’t read them, just judging by the titles.

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Hateful

Hateful might be the only band in this list together with Valgrind that has roots back in the nineties. They are also the less “plain old school tribute” of them all as well so it barely fits this list. We all love the sound of the early 90’s when the genre was fresh but Hateful just don’t grab full hands and build their sound upon influences, preferring to go entirely personal, a choice which definitely doesn’t follow the market, preferring to create a corner of its own. We can certainly grab a couple of technical Death Metal bands from Florida and make some comparisons now but I think the elements that make Hateful what it is cannot be easily identified. The songs are pure Death Metal, crisp and technical without sounding scholastic, chock full of tempo changes and variations without being another brick in the Unique Leader pyramid. If I had to choose three words to describe the band those would be drive, honesty and inspiration. Their second full length was released in 2013.

Valgrind

Valgrind

Earlier this year Valgrind released their second full length album, and boy it’s a devastating piece of Morbid Angel-influenced traditional Death Metal with paired guitars that contort and twist like snakes. Not so many bands use this many solos and riffs in their songs without sounding one of those Willowtip shitty bands with sideburns. Valgrind plays neat, quintessential Death Metal with some serious guitarwork, Another hit from Lord of the Flies that seems unstoppable. Go for it believe me.
Morbo

Morbo

Hailing from Rome Morbo is a tribute to the old school, putrid sound of Autopsy performed by musicians already active on other bands like notably Corpsefucking Art. They recently released a split Ep with Bunker 66 (which I haven’t heard) and yes, they’re actually quite good. They have all the good elements of the more punkish, rawer part of Autopsy including the classic tremolos, phlegmy vocals, mid tempo accelerations and so on. Being a huge fan of the band myself I can’t but recommend to hear this. The vocalist does a particularly good job in my opinion.

Hellish God

Hellish God

Another extremely recent band formed this year that offers a brand of Death Metal that you just don’t hear so often: kinda Deicide meets South American brutality. Think of bands like Throneaeon and Centurian and mix the sound with Ophiolatry and Fornication. The satanic aspect is exploited in full including the double vocals that recreate the feeling of being present at an exorcism. Needless to say, once more Lord Of The Flies is the way to go. To be honest I am not 100% into it all of the time, but we have a solid ground to work on. We wll see.Presumed Dead

Presumed Dead

I’ll make a bold statement here but I believe this is potentially the most interesting band in Italy right now. Presumed Dead from Treviso might be young, might be somehow untight, hell they might even lose control sometimes, but they have IT, which is something I seldom say anymore. They don’t have IT all the time, but when they do, they hit the G spot hard. I heard once them saying they sounded a bit like Grotesque and well. It’s true, they do. Add Kaamos, Pentagram, Revenant and something else in that vein in the mix and you might get an idea of their guitarcentric approach to Death Metal. I really feel like we haven’t seen anything yet, which is confirmed by the fact they have released just two split EPs so far, a total of 8 songs in 3 years.

Necro

Necro

I can’t forget to mention Necro even though I admit I bought their full length from 2012 (their last release) and I wasn’t particularly blown away. Maybe the expectations were too high according to the promotion that mentioned Impetigo, Repulsion, Autopsy and so on. Certainly the band from Como plays some decrepit sounding mid tempo Death Metal, but just lacks entirely of the sickness and nauseating feel of the band mentioned before. I think the band was trying to do what Cadaveric Incubator from Finland is doing brilliantly, but just ends up sounding a bit dull and boring in the long run.

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Verona based Sepolcro is an interesting band. In their innocent simplicity they might be the most genuinely 90’s sounding of the whole lot I listed so far. I particularly dig the vocal style, which has that feeling of coming from beyond the grave which is often absent these days, in particular when paired with that marked Italian accent. They play some very simple, mid tempo Death Metal that just feels like some demo tape I could have found my mailbox when Death Metal was fresh and vibrant. Nothing incredibly innovative again but definitely 100% authentic which is a big thumb up coming from the Crypt of Pus and Gore that is Nuclear Abominations. Great sound too on their split with Presumed Dead.

Cimitero

Cimitero

Another band from Como Cimitero is maybe a name that doesn’t come up as often but they’re not terrible at all. They sound sometimes a bit uneven, like a patchwork of different styles but often you actually hear something good in the mix. Full albums are free to hear on streaming (last one from 2012).

Haemophagus

Haemophagus

Another cornerstone of the NRoITDM (New Renaissance of Italian Death Metal) is obviously Haemophagus, a voracious, hyperactive and hyper-productive band with a long list of releases that include two full-length albums and a big compilation released earlier this year on Despise The Sun. After 12 years of intense activity Haemophagus are so well ingrained that their sound is solidly defined and doesn’t just sound like a mix of other band material blended together, it’s just Haemophagus with all its twists. I personally dislike the 70’s guitar leaks that sometimes head into the songs, but generally speaking every release they ever made is good. Even the lyrics are great stuff, all of them based on gore topics in pure Autopsy style. These guys are pros and you can’t really go wrong with them.