GETTING INTO: Italian Music, As Chosen By Fall Of Minerva

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.


“‘Instrumental Spiritual Drone Suites’ is how the band describe themselves.
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.”

Best tracks:


“This amazing band sounds similar to some bands we like, such as Deafheaven, Cult of Luna, ISIS just to mention some of them. We had the opportunity to play at their first EP release show, and they played a really great, loud show. Though this band was born just 2 years ago, they’re really growing up so fast, supporting many good bands such as Birds in Row, Suis La Lune, Celeste and many more. We expect something great is going on this year for them.”

Best tracks:
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“These guys are really good friends of ours, and they play great punk rock stuff, similar to Basement and Title Fight. We used to be friends even before the band started, because some of these guyswere playing in a hardcore band called Step On Memories, and we were part of the same local scene. If you are interested in punk rock/emo music you should definitely give a listen to these songs”

Best tracks:
Your Own Way
Back For Good
The Rain


“Screamo band based in Vicenza, similar to Raein, Touche Amore, Suis La Lune, La Quiete. These guys play a fast and powerful show that, if you ever have the occasion to see them live, will let you understand what we are talking about. Great people, great musicians. Last December they toured Japan, and it seems it was a great experience. We have shared the stage with them many times – and it’s always good times.”

Best tracks:
Un Telefono Che Non Squilla
Fall Of Nibiru

Despite Exile

“Deathcore/Metal band based in Udine. We want to mention them cause although we are not really into this kind of music, their live shows are a great experience. They really deserve a lot, and luckily they are growing up so fast.
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!”

Best tracks:
Act IV: Herald of Blindness
Dissipating Martyrs
Perfection Neutralized

Fall Of Minerva’s brand new album, ‘Portraits’, is available now via Basick Records, and you can keep up to date with the band on (Facebook) and (Twitter).

Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef) with contributions from Fall of Minerva