[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”From Roadburn’s presentation of Epitaph”]Hailed as a lost treasure of the late 80s / early 90s, Italy‘s “purple doomsters” Epitaph released three demos back in the day, only to fade silently into obscurity.

Luckily, the band crawled from its dusty coffin, delivering their chilling, long awaited first full-length — 2014‘s Crawling Out Of The Crypt (High Roller Records). This record sees Epitaph re-working old tracks by way of adding modern touches to their haunting sound – delivering enough crunch and heaviness, without losing sight of their traditional doom approach.[/pullquote]

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Yet another Italian band to show off the great diversity of the doomy landscapes of that particular scene, Epitaph attacks their doom from yet another different angle than Nibiru and Abysmal Grief which I have presented earlier.

Starting out the journey firmly based in good old-school doom’n’metal with reference-points in something like the earlier works of Fates Warning and Amorphis, adding a solid dose of regular doom and then following up with a touch of the more forward-thinking part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal (think a cross between Satan and Diamond Head), and Epitaph have created an irresistible mix of great music and haunting atmosphere.

[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”From interview/presentation by ArtistTrove”]As far as we know, doom seems now stronger than ever before! In contrast to the old pioneers, the new bands easily master all the tricks! Usually, this is good: We get a lot of quality albums from so many great bands. Sometimes – though – this makes the albums of today feel a little less spontaneous than those first awkward blunders into uncharted lands… Italy gets its own solid share of talented bands, no doubt. We hope that in the decades to come, this current of Spaghetti Doom movement is to retain its characteristic traits. In a country scarcely rooted in rock, the doom scene might stand out as a distinguishable tradition, just like those hallowed Italian prog-rock bands from the seventies![/pullquote]

In fact (and that might seem like a piece of inexcusable nostalgia – but who cares) they invoke some of those feelings of wildness and irreverence that originally made me fall head over heals in love with metal in the first place.

In the essence, with all the hunting for the latest festering black metal expression, or the newest boundary-expanding avantgarde experiments going on, listening to a band like Epitaph is refreshing and nostalgic at the same time. Both a sobering remembrance of where we come from, musically, and a testament to the fact that given sufficient musical vision, it is possible to create something new and fresh by looking backwards, combining the past with the present.

Epitaph deliver well-executed incantations with some really wicked tempo shifts and rhythm breks, promising a great, headbanging experience at Roadburn Festival 2016.

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Roadburn-2016-EpitaphCome join the black mass at Roadburn 2016 when Epitaph will deliver pure doom metal excitement on Thursday, April 14 at the 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands.

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Crawling Out Of The CryptLP (2014)spotify

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Interview quote from ArtistTrove