Title: Blood, Fury, DominationLabel: Scarlet Records
origins of Thrash Metal may have come out of the Bay Area of
San Francisco, but for the future of the genre you have to
cross the Atlantic and even the North Sea, into the heart of
Europe and into Italy where you will find the mighty
Arthemis. A band that has grown in stature since its
by the six-string wizard Andrea Martongelli, aided and
abetted by vocal supremo Fabio Dessi and the hard hitting
rhythm section of Giorgio Terenziani and Francesco Tresca,
the band bring their own brand of Melodic Thrash back with a
bang, with their latest opus ‘Blood, Fury, Domination’.
album showcases perfectly the bands ability to mix high
octane riffs with a powerhouse bass and drum sound, capped
off with a powerful towering vocal, which all combined in a
tight, speed infused mix of traditional Thrash and modern
the opener ‘Undead’, the band lay down their intensions
for the album for the world to hear. A blistering mix
of classic Slayer driven styled riffs, but with the vocals
of bringing that modern edge to proceedings.
no-hold barred Melodic Thrash is given a little Middle Eastern edge with the excellent ‘Black Sun’, before ripping
into the massive speed fest that is ‘Blood Red
Sky’. This is where Martongelli really lights up the
fret-board, throwing out great lick after great lick.
given no chance to catch your breath as it's heads-down
metal all the way with the storming ‘Blistering Eyes’,
then the breather comes with the stunning Metal Ballad ‘If
I Fall’. This is where frontman Dessi really shows
what a great talent he is and how his addition to the band
in 2009, has really brought band forward.
back to the blistering Metal with the stunning ‘Warcry’,
again with Martongelli really showing he can shred with the
best of them, as he takes the six string to Warp Factor
9. And speaking of speed, Tresca really kicks major
ass on the drums. I don’t know how many skins this
guy gets through, but I bet it’s a lot!
favourite track off the album has to be ‘Into The
Arena’. This one has it all, blistering riffs, a
huge back-beat and a superb vocal. Which is where the
band shows that Melodic Metal element to more effect and it
is this talent that makes them stand out from the other
Thrash Metal bands. Anyone can play fast, but mixing
speed and melody successfully is an art form, and Arthemis
have enough to start their own gallery.
a touch of the Power Metal about ‘Dark Fire’, before the
band really mix things up with ‘Firetribe’, as they
bring in some South American tribal drums in to the
mix. Now there's something you don't hear every day on
your typical metal album! All this before the guys
bring back that Melodic Thrash element with the massive
album closes as it started, with a heads-down, horns in the
air slice of Metal with ‘Ritual’.
This is without a doubt the bands finest album to date and shows the diverse Metal that these guys can deliver. If you’re looking for modern Thrash that can stand the test of time, then look no further, because Italy has it and it just goes to show ... “YOU HAVE TO EAT MORE PASTA FOR MORE POWERRRRR!!!”
Review by: Barry McMinn
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