There are a few punk, death metal and thrash bands called Warpath. This is the crusty punk influenced Warpath based in Milan, Italy. After the breakup of the bands Land of Devastation, Trauma, Attacco alle Menti and Disprogress some ex-members started Warpath who have played noisily in the squat community of Milan since 2009 with various lineups. Since then they have delivered a sound of an industrial city, fused by Doom, Hiatus and crusty DIY squat punk. With dual vocals, Marta and Martina deliver, one a guttural growl and the other the higher vocal. When I say higher vocal, I mean it is like the vocal chords are ready to rip. Before I say another thing about the band it has to be said chunky thick vinyl wins hands down for me. It will always mean that ‘Oblio’ will last years of multitude plays.
The album opens with a strong opener of heavy pummeling drums and old-school crust riffs in the vein of Doom mixed with Disrupt. Take a breath, then at instantaneous speed we are thrust straight into “Smetto Quando Voglio”, which has that fast punch that takes no prisoners. Warpath stick to their guns with their influences but have a taste of new heavy elements within their sound also. Next song I want to mention is the track ‘Bombardati Dalla Merda’ as to me it could sit nicely on Extreme Noise Terror’s ‘Phonophobia’ lp, it has that similar guitar echoing shriek reverberating between riffs towards the end too. Certainly a real stand out song on the album. Their music is sombre and melancholic without slowing down or being melodic. This is a straight up crust punk record, full of political criticism. So I like most people enjoy reading the lyrics while listening to the music. Singing in English and Italian they speak of peoples misinterpretations of squatters, media whitewash, nihilism and the feeling of hopelessness that can hang over us.
There are 300 copies of the album on vinyl from the band for €10. Or you can download the album for free at their bandcamp. Like all the best albums it has been released with the help of friends that gave them some money as individuals and the labels/distros Propaganda Sovversiva, Distrozione, Gustosissimo, Heresy Rex, Dog From Hell, Akaip and Peretta-Core, Senza Sonno Libere Autoproduzioni.
This three-piece punk band from Italy formed in 2010 and stayed together until 2012 and then changed the guitarist and then put out this four track EP. The first year they played fifty-six gigs, and some were with the MISFITS, MARKY RAMONE’s BLITZKRIEG, and the VIBRATORS. The EP starts off on a nice fast pace with the song “R U Ready” and keeps up the pace all the way through to the last track “Antisex”. The vocals are nice and rough, a little scratchy, kind of like found on the PLASMATICS old albums, but with their own feel to them, the band charges through the songs with energy and life, that it made me want to hear more of this band. This two male, one female band seem to be having a lot of fun on here and it shows, they really love what they are doing. The lyrics are in English and this is worth the hunting around that I did to find it. A very good release from a band that I will be keeping my eye on. (Rick E.)
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This four piece hardcore/punk band from Lodi, Italy has five slamming tunes for your listening pleasure for free, just click on your mouse and you can be slamming away to these tunes in your house. These songs have a nice old school hardcore feel to them and spice it up with some modern feeling and energy to make it sound fresh. The lyrics are nice and clear, really good production which makes this one to play loud with no distortion at all, all the songs are in English, they have a nice sing a long aspect to them, great background vocals, nice tight drumming, and the guitar and bass aren’t slouches either. This kicks off on the first track and kicks you in the pants to keep up with it for the five songs, and makes you want more from them. The vocals in some parts remind me a bit of Wendy O’ Williams from the PLASMATICS, but don’t copy them, just a hint of her in them. They have been around since September 2011 and with the addition of their new singer in January 2012, allowed Slut Machine to perform its first live concerts. Only a couple of months later, in March, the band held its first live concert, playing its songs at a motorcycle rally and meeting the crowd’s strong enthusiasm. I hope that they come up with more songs and a release to physically have because this is really good. Oh yeah, they are a four piece band of females, but that doesn’t matter, they rip regardless of what sex they are! (Rick E.)