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'Reverse (Passaggio Inverso)'
(BloodRock Records)
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scott adams


Living in that splendidly bombastic area on the borders of trad Metal, and crushing, sludge-infused Sabbathian doom, Italians Doomraiser bring one hell of a noise to the 2015 Metal party.

Elephantine riffs, jackhammer rhythms and hauntingly off kilter vocals are the order of the day, and when all three of these ingredients are mixed correctly, there seems to be little point trying to stop this doom juggernaut.

Opening brace 'Addiction' and 'Mirror Of Pain' lay the Doomraiser template bare for all and any to see; with a refreshing reluctance to resort to mindless death grunts or cookie monster growling any more than is absolutely necessary, vocalist Nicola "Cynar" Rossi is a fine singer cut from the cloth of latter day doomish heroes such as Robert Lowe, whilst the guitars of the enigmatically-monickered Montagna and Serpico, whilst obviously bowing down to the altar of Iommi, often take their cues from more classically metallic sources such as Marcus Jidell as a source of inspiration. And of course, with a name like Serpico you can be sure there are no criminally poor riffs to be found here...

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This gives the sound a nice, sleek sheen to go on top of the seventies bombast, though rhythm section Andrea "BJ" Caminiti (bass) and drummer Daniele "Pinna" Amatori both keep the bottom end resolutely anchored in a lumbering early eighties groove that takes no prisoners and offers no hostages to the modern day at all. Amatori, in particular, shines throughout, hammering seven shades of the proverbial out of his kit in best, lumbering Vinnie Appice fashion.

The chugging 'Ascension 6 to 7' is almost – wait for it – uptempo, the band breaking into a trot as Montagna peels off a splendid solo, but the band loses it’s way slightl;y with a pointlessly meandering mid section which drags on and on until it becomes the end section and the song rather peters out whilst Amatori clatters away on his kit. It’s a lost opportunity given the strong nature of the start of the song, and evidence that the band still has a way to go as far as learning to self edit is concerned.

Still, the chug returns for 'Apophis', and it's accompanied with some judiciously-applied double kick action and some aggrieved howling from Rossi, making this song the most "modern" sounding in the set. Think of a slightly-less-miserable-than-usual Triptykon and you're getting some way to conjouring up visions of the desolate majesty of 'Apophis'.

'In Winter' continues this misanthropic diversion, being a nine minute journey into crushing despair and bottomless ire, paced slower than it's predecessor and thus hitting even harder. True sounds of misery indeed.

Final track 'Dio Inverso (Reverse)' hammers home the point, if any such clarification were needed, that Doomraiser really are a very fine band indeed, a band who deserve the attention and adoration of committed doom fans everywhere. Splendid stuff.

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Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

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Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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