Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Full Length Review: Frostmoon Eclipse "Gathering the Dark (Alternate Version)" (Immortal Frost Productions) by Brynn Kali StarDew

Band: Frostmoon Eclipse
Country: Italy
Genre: Black metal
Format: Digital album
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Release date: May 24, 2024
The beginning of 'Where No Light Burns' was pretty sick. It comes in kinda heavy but I'm like "well it's called Heavy Metal for a reason". I don’t know, it just kinda got me into this song more. The ambient break around 3:59 was stunningly beautiful as well before it goes back into the brutal pounding drums and screaming. Definitely an original 10/10! Track number two 'Worms On Mankind' had a cool intro and kind of had an old school Thrash Metal sound that was totally priceless. 'Ashes' and 'Ruins' both were really beautiful songs as well and gave the album a nice medieval ambiance. 'I Am My Worst Enemy' was really good; I mean they are all good but the lyrics on this one were interesting to me. The part where he says "Demons in me" was pretty cool in my opinion. All in all this album really has changed my perception of Black Metal now and will definitely recommend it to any fans of Black Metal music! –Brynn Kali StarDew

Lorenzo Sassi: Vocals
Claudio Alcara: Guitars
Davide Gorrini: Bass
Gionata Potenti: Drums

Track list:
1. Where no Light Burns
2. Worms on Mankind
3. Dragon Millennium
4. Ashes
5. I am My Worst Enemy
6. Let the World Burn
7. Dusk to Exalt My Triumph
8. Ruins

Monday, June 10, 2024

Full Length Review: Cosmic Jaguar "El Era del Jaguar" (Independent) by Dave Wolff

Band: Cosmic Jaguar
Location: Zhytomyr
Country: Ukraine
Genre: Avant garde/technical thrash metal
Full length: El Era del Jaguar
Format: Digital album
Label: Independent
Release date: May 29, 2024
On May 29, Cosmic Jaguar unveiled their new full-length which as usual demonstrates eclecticism and dedication. The forward thinking and drive to push themselves of their last album, "The Legacy of the Aztecs", is reaching new pinnacles as their elements of metal, progressive rock, jazz fusion, and folk are much closer in structure. It’s as if Voivod, Kreator, King Crimson and a Mesoamerican folk ensemble brainstormed together during long, intensive meetings as this album was the result.
With the band's advanced progressive elements, their heaviness and aggression have not diminished, which should be a reassurance to purists who prefer to see bands maintain their edge. In "El Era del Jaguar", they channel their aggression in radically new ways we hadn't heard, adding heaviness to the folk and prog they write with. One example is the integration of a stronger classical influence into the blast sections in some of the songs, as well as more prominent classical themes in the guitar solos.
With its nuanced sophistication, there is a greater presence of guitars on "El Era del Jaguar". Juan Maestro and Pablo "el Sicario" are given much free reign to display their dexterity and ability to handle time changes, different genres and subgenres, and Spanish-Mexican-Mesomerican melodies. Their respective handling of acoustic guitars and keyboards take the album to places connoisseurs of jazz and progressive rock would swear by. Mazatecpatl, a guest musician from the Mexican prog-power-thrash-folk band Cemican, contributes wind instruments giving the material a timeless autochthonous feel.
Several guest and session musicians contributed their own unique vibe to the album, including Morgoth, Blind Illusion, and Sadist. It’s most noteworthy that Dionisio Oscuro (Dark Matte Secret, Denis Shvarts, Ritual of Descent) contributes acoustic guitars and solos and Regina "The Bishop" aka Chimalma (Bestial Invasion, Lord Erektus) provides additional vocals. Chimalma in particular has a revenant-like bearing comparable to Livia Zita (King Diamond) and Tarja Turunen (Nightwish, Tarja).
Finally, Cosmic Jaguar dives deeply into Aztec legends and myths. Their homages to the Aztec sun god Huitzilopochtli, Tepēyōllōtl, the god of the Eighth Hour of the Night, the goddess of erotic love, fertility and childbirth, Xolotl, the god of lightning, fire and death, and Coyolxauhqu, the goddess of the moon are accorded to ensure familiarity with these and the other legends lyrically imparted, and something about their presentation will inspire you to conduct research on your own.
"El Era del Jaguar" shows a band getting its act together and working hard to fulfill their potential. Give it a close listen. –Dave Wolff

Sergio Lunático: Vocals, bass
Pablo "el Sicario": Rhythm guitars, acoustic guitar
Juan Maestro: Lead guitars, keyboards
Alejo Bárbaro: Drums, percussion

Session musicans:
Chimalma: Female vocals
Dionisio Oscuro: Solo guitars, acoustic guitar

Special guests:
Mazatecpatl (Cemican): Wind instruments (track 1 and 3)
Tommy Talamanca (Sadist): Guitar solo 1 (track 5)
Miguel Slam Tornado (Fusion Bomb): Vocals 2 (track 5)
Mark Biedermann (Blind Illusion) Guitar solo 4 (track 5)
Marc Grewe (ex-Morgoth): Vocals 3 (track 5) and vocals 1 (track 7)
Thomas Zeller (MP (Metal Priests)): Vocals 2 (track 7)
Michael Wehner "Micky" (ex-Vendetta): Guitar solo 2 (track 7)
Achim Daxx (ex-Vendetta): Guitar solo 3 (track 7)
Vakhtango: Vocal “Cortes” (track 8)
El Mesías Digital: Guitar solo 2 (track 8)

Track list:
1. God of Sun and War
2. The Eight Lord of the Nights
3. Solar Logos
4. Ashes in Eyes
5. Obsidian Mirror
6. Decapitated Lunar Goddess
7. The Shorn Ones
8. La Noche Triste

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Full Length Review: Gurthang "Martyrium" (Immortal Frost Productions) by Brynn Kali StarDew

Band: Gurthang
Country: Poland
Genre: Black/funeral doom metal
Full length: Martyrium
Format: Digital album, jewel case CD, standard black vinyl, opaque mustard/black swirl vinyl
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Release date: May 31, 2024
I don't really see a lot of METAL bands nowadays where I am like “WOW that was truly original”, but I definitely felt that listening to Gurthang’s “Martyrium”. The lyrics were really interesting and I liked the part in “Aestherics of Solitude” at the end where he says “there are no gods in me” I can really relate to this as a Satanist. The ambient effects are excellent as well as the Musicianship/vocals. The transitions from slow, slow ambient sounds to fast guitar and drums are nicely done as well. This is definitely demonstrated on “Antithesis of Creation” and I think the ambient sounds are really nicely incorporated into the music in “Discernment”. However all the tracks have a good touch of it as well that brings out the real magic of the genre. -Brynn Kali StarDew

A.Z.V.: Drum programming, guitars, vocals
G.H.: Synthesizers
Turenn: Drums, bass

Track list:
1. Aesthetics of Solicitude
2. Conundrum Unfolds
3. Antithesis of Creation
4. Discernment
5. In Voidwards Begotten

Thursday, June 6, 2024

The SelfMadeRecords L.L.C. Roster by Erik Leviathan

SelfMadeRecords LLC is a beacon for independent artists striving to make their mark in the music industry. Run by a team of passionate music enthusiasts and artists from various genres, the company understands the unique challenges faced by independent musicians. Their mission is to provide a robust platform that helps artists transition from underground obscurity to mainstream success. Through strategic partnerships and protective measures, SelfMadeRecords LLC ensures that their artists are not only heard but also fairly compensated for their work. The label focuses on building a solid platform for success, ensuring that artists have access to the best tools and opportunities. This includes everything from digital distribution to marketing support, all designed to help artists reach their full potential. SelfMadeRecords LLC has formed a strategic partnership with Earache Digital Distribution to ensure that their artists' music reaches a global audience. This collaboration allows artists to deliver music to your fans efficiently and effectively, leveraging Earache's extensive network and expertise in the digital music industry. To safeguard the rights and earnings of their artists, SelfMadeRecords LLC provides A.S.C.A.P. protection. This ensures that artists receive proper compensation for their work and that their intellectual property is protected. By aligning with A.S.C.A.P., SelfMadeRecords LLC demonstrates a commitment to the long-term success and security of their artists.

The SelfMadeRecords L.L.C. Roster

The Distinguished Order of Disobedience (The D.O.O.D.)
Location: Sarasota, Florida
For Fans Of: Slayer, Bring Me The Horizon, Pantera and Disturbed
The Distinguished Order of Disobedience (The D.O.O.D.) is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the metal music scene. With their unique blend of extreme stage performances and powerful music, the band has solidified their spot as one of Florida's premier acts and is now making waves nationally.

Chuck W Chapman
Location: Greenville SC
For Fans Of: Cheap Trick, Kiss and good ol' fashioned Rock & Roll
Singer/Songwriter/Musician, Rock n' Roll Band & Horror Author Published by Black Bed Sheet Books.

December Screams Embers
Location: DFW Texas
For Fans Of: Ice Nine Kills, Nevermore and Escape The Fate
Unveiling their stirring force in the world of Rock and Metal, December Screams Embers was founded in 2016. The dynamic band has been steadily making waves with their unique fusion of musical styles, capturing hearts and minds with their diverse sound.

Location: Phoenix AZ
For Fans Of: Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson and White Zombie
An Unapologetic, Unfiltered, and Riveting Heavy Metal Experience
Founded in March 2018 by Scott Rowe, REDRUMED’s evolution from hard rock to a formidable metal sound has been fueled by a relentless pursuit of authenticity. REDRUMED is a rising powerhouse in the metal realm.

Honeybunches Of DEATH
Location: Denver, CO
For Fans Of: Steel Panther, Gwar and Green Jelly
Comedy Groove and Metal Find a New Light- The music world is not ready for the eclectic tastes of honeybunches of DEATH- bringing audiences a little bit of humor, a dash of groovy riffs, and a whole lot of chaos. Hailing from Denver, Colorado, the dynamic group, comprised of five uniquely talented individuals, is here to turn the world upside down with their blend of Comedy Groove Metal.

A. Moortal
Location: Lake County CA
For Fans Of: Wage War, Slipknot and Lamb Of God
Aaron Moore, known professionally as A. Moortal, is a talented guitarist, songwriter, and producer who has made a mark in the music industry with his passion for heavy metal and nu metal genres.
Alongside his bass guitar skills, Aaron's interest in heavier music led him to explore bands like Pantera, Cannibal Corpse, and As I Lay Dying. The combination of distorted guitars and intense screaming became an obsession for him, inspiring him to further develop his own musical style. 

A StateOfMindTX
Location: Beaumont Texas
For Fans Of: Dio, Iron Maiden and Queensryche
Modern Classic Heavy Metal. Their songs are written to shine a light into people's darkness. To give hope and understanding to those who are lost in the dark. With their hard hitting rock and metal tunes, Tto their dark ballads, John Ferris, turns the pages of his own life with every song. Addiction, heartbreak, self reflection, and life are the inner demons that we all keep. “We want our music to reach everyone and maybe heal something inside.” -John Ferris

Misanthropik Torment
Location: Lexington KY
For Fans Of: Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus and Deicide
Misanthropik Torment have been pushing the boundaries of extreme metal since their inception, Misanthropik Torment's sound is a unique blend of man-hating death metal with a truly unique sound. Their music is full of passion, anger and vitriol, making them a must for all extreme metalheads. Website: https://selfmaderecordsllc-business.com/misanthropik-torment

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Full Length Review: Dystopia "De Verboden Diepte I: Veldslag op de Rand van de Wereld" (Immortal Frost Productions) by Brynn Kali StarDew

Band: Dystopia
Country: Netherlands
Genre: Black metal
Format: Digital, jewel case CD, standard black vinyl, transparent crystal clear / multi-colour splatter vinyl
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Release date: April 26, 2024
Although I couldn't really understand what they were saying because it was in Dutch I really enjoyed this album. I thought the medieval elements on the album were good, but I wasn't like "wow". I also think they could benefit greatly by having some pauses with maybe some slow keyboards added to the background for ambient effect. I think even though it's not amazing, there was definitely some potential here. I really thought the end of 'Giftige Woorden' was well done. This, or perhaps 'De Val' was probably my favorite song on the album. Excellent Musicianship and the Vocalist sounds good but it just seems a little basic. -Brynn Kali StarDew

Cees de Wit: Drums
Dennis Onsia: Lead vocals, guitars
Rick JongmanL: Guitars, backing vocals
Thomas Cochrane: guitars, trumpet, trombone, backing vocals

Track list:
1. Dood van de Wachters
2. Giftige Woorden
3. Eerste Enkelen, Toen Honderden, Toe Duizenden
4. De Val

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Full Length Review: MNHG "Necare" (Immortal Frost Productions) by Brynn Kali StarDew

Band: MNHG
Country: Germany
Genre: Black n roll
Full length: Necare
Format: Digital, jewel case CD, standard black vinyl, transparent red/black marble vinyl
Label: Immortal Frost Productions
Release date: March 29, 2024
All the tracks on this album are really Brutal with well thought out lyrics and musical composition. The melodic guitar riffs throughout the album are Masterful and all the music really gets me worked up and in a headbanging mood. The album art is simple, but it gets the job done and I think it looks great with the black marble Vinyl.
I also like that with MNHG I can understand the Vocalist K (it's just the lyrics are really cool and its a shame when you cant understand them). I haven't really listened to a lot of 'Black N Roll' but if this is it I like it. I like how 'Far From Home' started with the pounding drums slowly fading in, very nice. However I would have to say my favorite song on the album was 'The Fall of Wormwood' but in all honesty you can't really go wrong with any of these Dope and Brutal Tracks. -Brynn Kali StarDew

K.: Vocals, bass
J.: Lead guitar
N.: Rhythm guitar, backing vocals
R.: Drums

Track list:
1. The First Sacrifice
2. Fratricide
3. The Fall of Wormwood
4. Agony and Pain
5. Lucifer's Claim
6. The Devil Eyes
7. Dying Faith
8. Blessed by My Hand
9. Far From Home

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Full Length Review: Pulmonary Fibrosis "Severe Pulmonic Valve Regurgitation" (MELTAAARGH!!!! Records) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: Pulmonary Fibrosis
Country: France
Genre: Death metal, grindcore
Full length: Severe Pulmonic Valve RegurgitationSevere Pulmonic Valve Regurgitation
Format: Digital, cassette
Label: MELTAAARGH!!!! Records
Release date: April 12, 2021
More recently I have been reviewing albums and EP’s that were freshly released in 2024. With that said I stumbled upon a LP by Pulmonary Fibrosis from 2021 that I did not hear (or do not remember hearing). As I am a fan of Pulmonary Fibrosis I figured it was worth my time to give this musical abomination a view! The LP title is “Severe Pulmonic Valve Regurgitation” and after listening I can state that it is by far a sordid little blast of nauseatingly delicious goregrind!
The vocals are pitched (think Rompeprop and bands similar) and the guitars are deep and booming. The percussion is steadfast and vicious—and once these things are combined what is offered up is abysmally delightful!
Nine tracks in just under fourteen minutes is what is on the platter and every minute is on par! Even the sampling is on point, although “sparse” in comparison to a lot of gore within this vein! As stated in the YouTube bio Pulmonary Fibrosis is a “goregrind band from Yzeures-sur-Creuse, France since 1998. This is their awesome single-sided LP from 2021. Released in December 2021 on 12" vinyl format by MELTAAARGH!!!! Records.”
The LP is also available in digital format at the band’s Bandcamp page and is available for streaming on YouTube. Once again this was uploaded by the wonderful Gore Grinder account! So buy it, download it, or at the very least give it a stream or two! I hope you enjoy it just as much as I did! -Devin J. Meaney

Reno: Bass
Simon: Vocals
Adrien: Vocals
Guyome: Drums, guitar, vocals

Track list:
1. Pleural Effusion
2. Juices Digested From Each Pus Swollen Pore
3. Acute Peripancreatic Post Necrotic
4. Severe Pulmonic Valve Regurgitation
5. Maggots Drown In Suppuration
6. Slow Decomposing Of Verrucos Amorphus
7. Stomatitis Aphthosa
8. Corrosive Digestion Of Embryonic Corpus
9. Infected Remains

Full Length Review: Flax "Carnage Craft" (Independent) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: Flax
Location: Wales
Country: UK
Genre: Goregrind
Full length: Carnage Craft
Format: Digital, CD, cassette
Label: Independent
Release date: February 23, 2024
“Carnage Craft” by FLAX! This is the second album I have heard from this guy and just like his previous offering this is quite the extravagantly tasty morsel of slamming goregrind!
This is coined as a “slamming one man band” (fitting overall) by a guy named Tom from Wales! Music wise I am highly reminded of the work done by Clay Lamanske of Cemetery Rapist (R.I.P. Cemetery Rapist)—though vocally there is quite a dramatic difference from Clay’s “cricket” vocals!
The vocal work on this release is varied and quite enjoyable, and the instruments are well played. Just like the last release I heard from FLAX the percussion is a bit weird—but I mean that in a good way. It is not uber-standard and the programming has a sound all of its own!
All 13 tracks on this album are spot on and although 25 minutes is a short release within most genres in terms of goregrind this feels a bit more “full” than a lot of the stuff I have been perusing over the past little while!
As stated on YouTube:
Self-released in February 2024 on cassette, CD and digital format.
Overall I just want you to check this shit out. It’s pretty golden! -Devin J. Meaney

Tom Hughes: Vocals, all instruments

Track list:
1. Mechanically Skinned
2. Carnage Craft
3. Suicidal Titration Pt I – Withdrawal
4. Forcible Separation Of Limbs
5. Corpse Sludge
6. Timewave Zero Cheese & Wine Evening
7. Cranial Necrolysis
8. Menticide Through Selective Social Outrage
9. Hyperactivity-Hypermobility
10. Suicidal Titration Pt II - Potential Underlying Pathophysiological Trauma
11. No One Will Remember You
12. Posthumous Depression From Sudden Familial Murder-Suicide
13. Petrol Enema

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

EP Review: Disrotter "Restless Death" (Old Shadows Records, Sewer Rot Records, Unholy Domain Records) by Devin J. Meaney

Band: Disrotter
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Country: USA
Genre: Death grind
EP: Restless Death
Format: CD, Digital, cassette
Label: Old Shadows Records (CD), Sewer Rot Records (CD, cassette) and Unholy Domain Records
Release date: April 1, 2024
Vibing with a bit of the death/grind I threw on “Restless Death”—the newest 2024 EP from the USA based Disrotter! Hailing from West Virginia this is Disrotter’s fourth release—after a demo and two singles!
The vocals on this EP are force-filled and annihilating, the instruments bring forth both talent and heaviness—and when paired together one can assume that what is brought to fruition is a sincere blast of underground mastery! This is a four track EP so I won’t get lost in description. With that said, this is quite the little heap of shreds and gutturals and I daresay it is well worth a view or two!
As listed on YouTube you can find this release available in these places: Old Shadows Records (CD format), Sewer Rot Records (CD and cassette format) and Unholy Domain Records (cassette format). Also available in digital format at Disrotter’s Bandcamp!
Just give it a listen! -Devin J. Meaney

Joe Adams: Bass, vocals
Adam Guilliams: Guitars
Garrett Guilliams: Drums

Track list:
1. Quietus, Grotesque And Dispalyed
2. Restless Death
3. Thriving In Decay
4. The Retched End

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Interview with Pierluigi Piras of Warpit by Dave Wolff

Interview with Pierluigi Piras of Warpit by Dave Wolff

Andrea of The Triad Records informed me your self-titled debut EP combines classic metal and thrash with traditional music from Sardinia, a region of Italy. Does this come from your familiarity with Italian culture? What characteristics of Sardinian music do you draw upon?
Pierluigi Piras (guitar): I could say that more than traditional Sardinian music, I draw inspiration from our culture and history! That’s far apart from Italian history, because Sardinia as an island has its own history way more ancient than that of the Italian people. A multi-millennial history in fact. In the song “Parabellum” I talk about a battle that took place in 1274 BC in Qaddes in which our Shardana warriors (an old Sardinian tribe) flanked the troops of Pharaoh Ramses II! In this song you hear a rather ancient, primeval instrument called the “launeddas” which has very deep and ancient roots in our region. Let's say I’m deeply inspired by the warrior culture of my Sardinian ancestors!!

Tell the readers how the band formed and what each member contributes musically.
Warpit is a personal idea, grown about twenty years ago. I've always thought about exporting and disclosing our history and culture, and what better way than using metal to do it? I contacted Manolo Frau (bass) a few years ago and explained to him the project. The four pieces were already arranged by me and when I finally found the last two members Antonio Roxx (vocals) and Giacomo Macis (drums), we tuned the songs in a very short time and were ready to record the EP. So Warpit was born!!!

As far as you know, is incorporating your research into metal something that hasn’t been done before? Since the release of your EP, have listeners responded favorably?
As far as I know, others have done the same. Just think of the amount of bands naming Celtic cults, Viking stories or Norse gods. Or simply, as Iron Maiden did at the time, Alexander the Great! Up to now I’ve had very positive feedback from local and foreign listeners. Even listeners overseas appreciated the idea of bringing our origins to the fore. One of the most common comments is: "finally someone who talks about new topics which are unknown to most"!!!

What background do you have in Sardinian culture and history? How deep did you have to dig to obtain information?
Apart from being born on this wonderful island, I had to research thoroughly, reading several books and consulting articles about this topic! I’m in contact with historic experts, artisans or history enthusiasts who surprise me every time with new discoveries and details!!
Since the Italian domination, Sardinian culture has been buried and opposed; even the Sardinian language has been banned. Please note Sardinian is a language of its own, unlike other regional dialects spoken in the rest of Italy. So if you wish to study Sardinian history the only way is to study and research on your own. That’s what I and my bandmates do.
All the members of the band are Sardinian, and passionate about everything related to our history and origins!!

How hard was it to find books and articles? Which of them were most informative to you when you found them?
I can say it was not easy al all to find material or even reliable sources! Unfortunately, the history of Sardinia is so ancient it’s lost in the mists of time because of two main elements: the Nuragic Period sits between 1800 and 300 B.C. and the Nuragic culture left no written testimony.
The first fundamental knowledge come from the study of the work of the main Sardinian Historians of this century, such as Giovanni Lilliu and Massimo Pittau. They both the university chair in Cagliari and Sassari.
I had to search the web thoroughly, research paper texts and literary sources as much as I could. It took a lot of work to reach the right compromise between creativity and historical reality. In addition to historical facts, we draw from legends and folktales. So the source can be anywhere, from the most important museums where you can find plenty of information about the tens of Sardinian tribes, village festivals and celebrations and the carnivals where I found a lot of other enthusiasts like us with who exchange knowledge.

What articles and books were recommended by the historians you contacted? Are any of them published writers or educators?
Now I’m in contact with Andrea Loddo. He doesn't have a chair at the university but he is an archaeo-experimental technician, and an expert in Bronze Age artisan techniques and materials. He's a filmmaker of some movies about the Nuragic people, and his film “Roots of Bronze, the Land of the Sardinians” was released in cinemas! He is also the manufacturer of all the bronze, leather and various items that were used to make the movie. He is a great source of inspiration for me and my Warpit brothers.

What is the length of time you have studied Sardinian history, independently with the historians you contacted? What is the length of time your bandmates have studied?
My father passed down to me the passion for Nuragic culture and our history. I can therefore say the curiosity for discovery has always been in my DNA! My Warpit brothers started studying in depth as soon as the musical project started!

In what year was “Roots of Bronze, the Land of the Sardinians” released in theaters and how was it received after it came out? Is it possible to view this film online now?
“Roots of Bronze” came out in theaters just now. I think it will be published with English subtitles for the summer!

What efforts did Andrea Loddo make to ensure that the items in his movie appeared authentic?
Andrea has practically studied all the archaeological finds existing in the various museums around the island and throughout Italy, and has conducted various research with historians and sector experts!

How much of Sardinian culture and history do you represent on your debut EP? You mentioned the subject matter of “Parabellum”; what are the other songs about?
The whole album is deeply steeped in Nuragic history. “Tears”, despite being an instrumental intro, represents the tears of the priestess which I imagined are shed because her land will be set on fire by the war that will soon break out. “Monster”, on the other hand, refers to a mythological creature called the “s’Erchitu”. A man was cursed after a terrible crime, that during the moonlight nights he became a huge white ox with big horns made of steel. In those nights he walks in the village with a crew of demons. He who heard the ox, bellowing three times would die in less than a year.
“Dark Shadows” tells the nightmares of a Nuragic priest who during his sleep perceives an entity without really knowing whether it’s a good or demonic entity! The inspiration for this piece came to me from a small bronze figure (a typical manufacture of the Bronze Age) found at the end of the 1800s here in my town, dating back to 1500 BC. Approximately it represented a priest. Aristotele himself wrote about the Nuragic priests and the cult of incubation or “therapeutic sleep” at the tombs of the giants present in large numbers here in Sardinia!

In “Parabellum”, is the battle of Qaddes in 1274 BC presented as a first person narrative or as a historical narrative? Tell the readers about the battle and how much of it is reflected in the lyrics?
The narration in the song is in the first person, as if we were the warriors who fought it! It's something we feel we owe to our ancestors!!! The battle of Qaddes saw two different sides on the field, on one side the Egyptian forces led by Ramesses II and on the other the Hittites, known in the ancient world for the use of war chariots in battle!!! At some Egyptian sites it is still possible to see depictions of warriors with horned helmets and heavy lozenge swords, typical of Shardana warriors! Warpit's lyrics 100% reflect this battle as well as all the facets of the warrior culture of my Nuragic people!!!

Who is the priestess depicted in “Tears” and what war is about to begin? Does this idea originate with the band or is it based on a folk legend?
The priestess represented in “Tears” is based on a bronze found in an archaeological site in the north of the island; her clothing similar to that of a tribal chief suggests that the Nuragic matriarchal society was very devoted to these figures. Linked to the cult of the mother goddess, the pose with open arms as if to give protection, I imagined that the imminent departure towards the Egyptian coasts (and the thought that not all the warriors will return home) caused the tears of this very as important as it is mysterious!

Where did you obtain information about the “s’erchitu” and the legend associated with it? What accounts have you read about this legend?
As for the legend of “s’erchitu”, ours is a very rural, agricultural and pastoral culture, these types of stories and legends are lost in the mists of time! It is still told today in many countries, from father to son!!! However, it is possible to find several articles that talk about Sardinian popular legends, furthermore from this point of view we have a fairly extensive bibliography!!!

Are the majority of articles about Sardinian legends found on the Internet or on sites such as YouTube? If so, which of them would you recommend most frequently?
There are plenty of books about the topic. Also you can find a lot of material on amatorial web pages. You can even find some videos on the National Geographic channel about the Shardanan people. The topic is so large that you need a rather large amount of time to gather enough information.

When it comes to the transmission of legends, are they told and retold through written accounts? To your knowledge, are these topics discussed on television stations such as the History Channel?
Coming to legends and myths, unfortunately, there are very few official books, because we are talking about very ancient history (1800 BC) and the Nuragic people didn’t have a written language.
Some traditional legends have been well preserved, and have been kept alive during the centuries by folk festivals and carnivals, other have been rediscovered in the recent years. A lot has been handed down from father to son, and kept alive by groups of admirers. Also, we find traces and clues about our Nuragic civilization in the writings of classic age writers, such Aristoteles, the ancient Egyptians, and all the ancient civilizations that have been in touch with the ancient Sardinian tribes.
On the internet you can find a History Channel video that talks about the correlation between Egypt and the Shardana people, for example.

What videos on the National Geographic channel and the History Channel offer the most worthwhile information about the Shardanan people?
National Geographic mentions Sardinia and the Nuragic people several times, and spoke on several occasions about the “peoples of the sea” and the still unsolved mysteries about the warriors who sailed the seas 4000 years ago! As regards to the History Channel however, there is a very interesting documentary that can be found online entitled “Forbidden Archaeology”! I think it offers a lot of food for thought because it calls into question several arguments about the history that we were taught at school about the origins of Mediterranean civilizations!!!

Where do you expect to take the band musically and lyrically? Is there new material you’re working on or planning to release this year?
I talked about the Battle of Qaddes, the Shardana warriors and the Nuragic priest. The next projects are to close the circle and talk more about the tribe that inhabited my land almost 4000 years ago!!! We’ve been working on the full album for several months already! Surely the first step for this year will be to record a new single with an attached video!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for this very interesting interview! You gave me the opportunity to explain and make our warrior origins better understood as a band and above all as members of the Shardana people!!! Greetings to you and all your readers!!! Stay metal, stay Warrior... stay Nuragic!!!

-Dave Wolff