Italy's MARTIRIA will release its new album, "R-evolution", on February 10, 2014 via Rocksector Records. The CD celebrates the 10th anniversary of the band's first album, "The Eternal Soul", and includes a guest appearance on all tracks by legendary drummer Vinny Appice (KILL DEVIL HILL, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL, DIO).
Based in Rome, MARTIRIA was originally formed in 1987, focusing mainly on playing doom metal. After a several-year hiatus while the members pursued other projects, the band regrouped in 2002 and released the aforementioned debut in 2004. A further four albums followed, including 2012's "Roma S.P.Q.R."
MARTIRIA went through several lineup changes over the years — former members include Rick Anderson (WARLORD) — culminating in the band's 2013 incarnation: Andy Menario (guitar and keyboards), Flavio Cosma (vocals), Derek Maniscalco (bass), Vinny Appice (drums), Marco R. Capelli (lyrics).
The resulting style of "R-evolution" is a combination of the band's original doom metal vision, including references to the sounds of CANDLEMASS and BLACK SABBATH, mixed with the uplifting influences of classic and power metal. There's drama and poerty in the superb vocals and lyrics, while the soundscape is epic and moving. Finally, of course, the drumming of Vinny Appice adds a further dimension of undeniable quality.
The relationship with Vinny Appice was forged when in 2006 both Andy Menario and Marco R. Capelli worked with the drummer on the POWER PROJECT, which also featured Carl Sentance (ex-KROKUS), Carlos Cavazo (ex-QUIET RIOT), and Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN).
"R-evolution" will be released physically in Europe, and digitally worldwide. A pre-order package will be available from January 10.
"R-evolution" track listing:
01. King Of Shadows (Orpheus)
02. Steam Power
03. Southern Seas
05. The Road To Tenochtitlan
06. Grim Reaper
07. Light Brigade
08. Dark Angels
10. The Mark Of Cain
11. The Viol And The Abyss
12. Across The Mountains
The CD was mixed and mastered at Antfarm Studio in Denmark by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, HATESPHERE, EKTOMORF). The drums were recorded at Freedom Studio in the U.S. by Thomas Le Blanc.