Europe is a huge hub for rock music, with Summer festivals in countless countries showcasing the best music throughout the continent. This year sees major bands from a host of different locations like Black Sabbath, Rammstein, Volbeat, Ghost, Abbath, Behemoth, Nightwish and Gojira to name a few, yet we seem to have hit a drought in the amount of Italian bands hitting the circuit. With Lacuna Coil off an album cycle, Rhapsody of Fire losing key members over the last couple of years and Fleshgod Apocalypse perhaps being too extreme for the limelight, it really has been a slow couple of years for the Italians – even their own ‘Gods of Metal’ festival this year hasn’t announced one band from their own country yet.
So where is the new wave of bands? Who do Italy look to now? We caught up with Vicenza post-hardcore newcomers Fall of Minerva about the future of Italian music and which bands from Lo Stivale that you should be checking out.
First time I saw these guys live was during the aftershow of Full Tension Festival in 2013, and their live show was so intense and atmospheric that I thought it was good to keep an eye on them. A few months later Ornaments released the video for the song “Aer” and it was kind of a confirmation that what I felt during their concert was the right feeling.They are supporting Converge on their only Italian show next Summer.”
Your Own Way
Back For Good
Un Telefono Che Non Squilla
Fall Of Nibiru
A few months ago they signed with Lifeforce Records for their new album release, and now they’re ready to hit Europe supporting the band Bermuda as well as last Summer they supported Trivium, in Udine. I like their song ‘Dissipating Martyrs’ more than the others because they gave a melody to the sound, and so they have been able to create something unusual and unexpected for this kind of music. Big up guys!”
Act IV: Herald of Blindness
Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef) with contributions from Fall of Minerva