ANNIHILATIONMANCER - The Involution Philosophy

Annihilationmancer - The Involution Philosophy

8 songs
48:21 minutes
***** ****
Pure Steel


Annihilationmancer is an Italian thrash metal band that has been around since 1994. In the beginning they took things slowly, releasing only two demos in the years 1999 and 2009, before they now finally come up with their first longplayer The Involution Philosophy on which they are acting absolutely professionally.

As a true bred metal veteran, I had to think instantly of the now more or less obsolete term techno thrash. Just like the bands (Mekong Delta, Last Descendents,…) on the cult label Aaarrg Records that coined the expression, Annihilationmancer play a mix of raw thrash and incredibly complex structures that are not easy to follow. Starting with the intro, it becomes obvious that the bass is playing a dominant role. Luca Coppola is a true master on his instrument who always again sets the tone. The vocals of Bruno Masulli, who also plays the guitar, is quite aggressive and lies somewhere between Destruction’s Schmier and Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine. Apart from a short instrumental piece towards the end that allows for some respite, we are left with six pieces that are between six and nine minutes long. The vocal tracks have suspenseful arrangements, great rhythmic intricacy and a weird succession of riffs that reminds of the underground movement that even twenty-five years ago only reached a small but dedicated following.

Those who miss the good old times of crazy progressive metal are in good hands with Annihilationmancer. The Italian metal scene is known for its variety and quality, but I haven’t come across a band like this from Southern Europe yet. I could definitely stand more of this.

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