italy

Stroszek – Songs of Remorse
Whenver electronic/pop music writer Simon Reynolds weighs in on metal, it's always interesting. I've been chewing on a recent post of his: "metal has just swallowed whole goth (especially 4AD goth-lite), industrial, post-rock, shoegaze, techno, isolationism, folk...
Frostmoon Eclipse – Dead and Forever Gone
Speaking of Hiems, drummer Gionata Potenti also plays in Frostmoon Eclipse. The La Spezia, IT band is prone to bouts of acoustic guitar in its black metal, so it's perhaps logical that the band released an all-acoustic album, Dead and Forever Gone (ISO 666, 2005)...
Hiems – Cold Void Journey
Speaking of Italian black metal, in recent heavy rotation for me has been Hiems, of the northwestern city of Novara. Hiems plays good, strong black metal. With black metal, I don't often use "strong" to connote "powerful." I am a fan of black metal, but fo…
Belladonna – Metaphysical Attraction
Black SwanMystical Elysian Love
Self-Released2006
Not the Anthrax singer nor the adult film star, Belladonna is an Italian band that falls somewhere between hard and goth rock. But these terms are really too crude to describe this band. The former implies a certain simplicity, and the latter a certa…
SoulDaemon – Dead World
Wings of DeathOutro - The Breath of a New Day
Self-Released2006
I firmly believe in "it's not what you have, it's what you do with it." Italy's SoulDaemon is a great example. Using only bass, drum machine, vocals, and effects, this one-man band has crafted a strange …
Derdian – New Era (Pt. 1)
Eternal LightAnubi's Call
Adrenaline/Steelheart2005
Why haven't I heard of Derdian until now? Granted, symphonic Italian power metal ain't exactly my bag. But on their first album, these guys do the style so flawlessly, I wonder why their name isn't up there with certain others i…