Long-running Italian groove thrash metallers EXTREMA are going to release their seventh studio album, “Headbanging Forever”, on May 10, 2019 via Rockshots Records/Universal Music!
EXTREMA‘s mastermind Tommy Massara comments: “It’s a 100% Metal Album that leaves the listeners breathless. The songs are well balanced, there’s a lot of double bass, tempo changes and screaming lead guitar solos like in the old days. The songwriting of the album reminds of something classic with a modern production.”
Today, the band reveals the first single “For The Loved And The Lost”.
Listen to the brand new song here: http://smarturl.it/Headbanging
EXTREMA frontman Tiziano Spigno states: “I’m really excited for “For the Loved and the Lost” being the first single taken from the new album, as it’s one of my favorite tracks
It is a tribute to the friends and the great artists who left us in thelast years. The lyrics is full of quotes and I believe that fans willhave fun trying to sort them out. The chorus take inspiration fromthe viking’s prayer to odin before the battle and I really hope thiswill become a great aggregation moment during the next shows, withall the fans raising their glasses of beer, paying tribute to all theseterrific artists and their immortal art.”
The album will be available in CD Digipack Deluxe or Vinyl Gatefold Limited Coloured Edition. Pre-order it now here: http://bit.ly/EXTREMA_Store
For this album, the band enlisted Gustavo Sazes (MACHINE HEAD, ARCH ENEMY, ANGRA, ICED EARTH, GUS G., AMARANTHE, a.o.) to create the album artwork.
Tommy commented on the cover, “We had a list of artists in mind with which we would like to work with, in the end we decided for two. With one it didn’t work, with Gustavo, after some emails and some ideas exchange, we decided to leave him blank paper to let his own vision and concept free, and the result is awesome! A cover with a strong impact.”
“Headbanging Forever” has been produced by Tommy Massara & Gabriele Ravaglia. Recorded and mixed by Gabriele Ravaglia & Maxx Canali at the Fear Studio in Italy, it has been mastered by Alberto Cutolo at Massive Arts studios in Milan.
Below is the track listing for “Headbanging Forever”
01. The Call
02. Borders Of Fire
03. For The Loved And The Lost
04. Heavens Blind
05. Pitch Black Eyes
06. Headbanging Forever
10. The Showdown
BIOGRAPHY (by Emanuele Biani)
EXTREMA’s original line-up was established between 1985 and 1986 in Milan, Italy, where the band recorded the first EP “We Fucking Care”and, within a single year, opened for Slayer on the Italian leg of the Reign In Blood tour. The huge success achieved by the performance led Tommy Massara’s band to play all over Italy and to sell over 3000 copies of their debut album in a short time.
Tommy was the only remaining member of the original line-up, and over the years he also played the role of artistic and executive producer. The real leap in artistic and professional quality for EXTREMA arrived in 1988, when the line-up was completed by Gianluca Perotti (voice), Mattia Bigi (bass) and Cristiano Dalla Pellegrina (drums) and turned into an unstoppable unit thanks to an incessant live activity in Italy and abroad.
Hundreds of concerts made the band more and more close-knit and open towards a constant growth path, capable from the beginning of welcoming influences external to heavy metal, a consistent choice within an evolutionary framework which saw EXTREMA start from the rebellious attitude of Motörhead to later incorporate the style of Californian thrash metal, a scene with which the band shared the utmost care for the technical side of music and a devastating presence on stage.
The result of these efforts is the masterpiece “Tension At The Seams”(1993), still considered the best Italian heavy metal record ever. A work which clearly shows EXTREMA’s will to experience and anticipate the times while placing its foundations on a solid and aggressive style. This mental opening pushes the band to modify their own sound in the following albums, while never turning away from prestigious collaborations in the meantime.
Such is the case of “Mollami” and “Vai Bello”, songs written together with Italian rap superstars Articolo 31, which reaffirm the band’s modern attitude, free from the constraints of a mostly static and traditionalist scene. A tendency to contamination that is clearly reflected in the stark evolution of the following albums, “The Positive Pressure (Of Injustice)”of 1995 and “Better Mad Than Dead” of (2001).
The band’s reputation as musicians and performers kept growing in a perpetual live context, with extensive tours and the participation to prestigious festivals with the likes of Metallica, Slayer and Korn. The publication of the anthology “And The Best Has Yet To Come” (2003) also saw of Cristiano Dalla Pellegrina’s quit the band after fifteen years of dedication.
This perpetual evolution welcomes new drummer Paolo Crimi and V2 / Edel the label under which the album “Set The World On Fire” (2005) is published. After only two years, EXTREMA decide to move on and sign a license agreement with Scarlet Records, an Italian label specializing in heavy metal. The DVD “Murder Tunes & Broken Bones” and the CD “Raisin ‘Hell With Friends”, both recorded live are soon published, a prelude to the European tour in support for Death Angel in 2008, which confirms the band at the top of the game and ready to work on a long-awaited new record.
“Pound For Pound” sees the light in May 2009 and makes it clear that EXTREMA are still a reference for European thrash metal, once again filtered by a groove always in step with the times. The album also features a few neat surprises, such as the presence of exceptional guest Page Hamilton (Helmet) and a brilliant cover of Deuce (Kiss). After having participated to many of the most important European festivals and to the Italian dates of legendary Motörhead, Mattia Bigi leaves the ranks.
Once new bassist Gabri Giovanna has been recruited, the long work on the sixth album “The Seed Of Foolishness” begins, to finally see the light in 2013. It is supported by an extensive European tour, at the end of which Paolo Crimi leave. New drummer Francesco La Rosa takes his place and, with this line-up, EXTREMA record “The Old School EP”, an exhilarating overhaul of songs dating back to 1987 and never before included in official publications.
Extraneous from the beginning to political and ideological implications of any kind, EXTREMA’s lyrics have always strived to alternate challenging and contemporary themes with lighter subjects, true to rock’n’roll form, but Gianluca Perotti -the main author of lyrics since the second album- had since grown a personal interests in conspiratorial theories. This led to neglecting the construction of melodic and effective vocal lines, sacrificed in favor of a kind of message that created an unbridgeable furrow with the public and the rest of the band.
In May 2017 the singer was let go and, at the end of long auditions of over thirty candidates, the choice of fell on Tiziano Spigno. Thanks to his entry, EXTREMA can finally release all the creativity repressed in recent years: a violent, direct and engaging approach which is -at the same time- also varied, courageous and experimental, resulting in the new album “Headbanging Forever”.
A record combining innovation and tradition (the sensational cover of Judas Priest’s The Ripper) with the experience and passion of a band that has always set its own course in the heavy metal world. In 2019, EXTREMA’s “Headbanging Forever” does not want to be a trivial manifesto of bad intentions, but rather represents the only possible way to understand and play their amazing music.
Tiziano “Titian” Spigno – Vocals
Tommy Massara – Guitars
Gabri Giovanna – Bass
Francesco “Frullo” Larosa – Drums
1987 – We Fuckin’ Care EP (Multimedia Attack)
1993 – Tension at the Seams (Contempo / EMI)
1993 – Proud, Powerful ‘n’ Alive EP (Contempo / EMI)
1995 – The Positive Pressure (of Injustice) (Flying Records)
2001 – Better Mad Than Dead (Seven Music / Self)
2003 – And the Best Has Yet to Come Best of (Anthology) (About Rock / Sony Music)
2005 – Set the World on Fire (V2 / Edel)
2007 – Raisin’ Hell with Friends – Live at the Rolling Stone (Scarlet Records / Audioglobe)
2007 – Murder Tunes & Broken Bones – Live at the Rolling Stone DVD (Scarlet Records / Audioglobe)
2009 – Pound for Pound (Scarlet Records / Audioglobe)
2013 – The Seed of Foolishness (Fuel records / Self – Scarlet Records / Soulfood)
2016 – The Old School EP (Punishment 18 / Night of the Vinyl Dead – Extremateam / The Orchard)
2019 – Headbanging Forever (Rockshots Records)