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Posted: Posted June 12th, 2017 by Famov
Today I received a CD in the mail. Let's take a look at it!
That sure is a gruesome image. It was evident upon opening the shipping parcel that what I received wasn't quite as advertised: The plastic surrounding the ostensibly "new" CD was a poor approximation of shrinkwrap, and the condition of the jewel case betrayed its gently used nature. You might think I'd regret the ten dollars I spent on it, but I don't. What matters to me are the sounds that disc can make.
As if the cover art wasn't indication enough of its lineage, these images leave no doubt that this is a rock and roll product from the 1980s. Look at that leopard print! But this band with a logo made out of razor blades is not merely an exercise in heavy metal. This is Italian heavy metal.
And it's hard to get more Italian than these guys, though I suspect I am giving up the game with this image. Max Numa looks like a pseudonym, but the rest of these names predictably assault the eye with vowels. And yet something here looks all too familiar. Lets' get a closer look at the gentleman with the big... sorry, biggest hair.
Anyone remember? I suspect Xhin does. I shouldn't be the only one, but then again it has been quite a long time: Hallowed is Masse's band, and this self titled album is (as far as I know) their only release. The back of this disc indicates that it was printed briefly in 2006, which lines up about perfectly with when I remember Masse first telling us that he was approached by a former bandmate with an offer to try and make a bit of money off their old record. For a while the entire album was uploaded to some euro metal archive site, but I'm pretty sure that's long gone. For years I toyed around with trying to track down the original vinyl release, but honestly it's just too much of an expense when it does manage to show up somewhere.
Anyway I just wanted to share this and see if anyone would recognize it. As with anything, this sort of music is from a particular time and place and it's not going to appeal to everyone, especially in 2017, but for my money I still maintain (much as I did ten years ago) that "Flight to the Moon" is their best song.
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