This is the début album from Italy’s Epitaph, only a mere quarter of a century or so after they first formed…
Epitaph play Doom Metal, Black Sabbath-style, with a decent amount of Heavy Metal thrown in. It’s ancient and grand sounding, with mystery and the occult bleeding out of every wicked pore.
Resolutely Old-School, this is nonetheless infused with vitality and interest as if fresh out of the mortuary. You can always tell a good album when you can quickly point out individual songs because each one has its own feeling or unique twist to the formula.
You can tell that some serious time and effort has gone into this album as each song has character and style. The album feels very complete and has a lot of personality to it.
The musicianship is at an advanced level, as is the songwriting, with the tracks being very well developed. Dynamics, pacing, hooks and melodies; all are here in abundance.
Each instrument is represented clearly, even the bass, and the subtle keys add further atmosphere to what is already a strong selection of riffs and song structures. The guitars are heavy and the beats are solid.
The singer has a strong voice that handles the tunes with ease.
Epitaph may have only just produced their début after such a long time, but now that they’re here they have the potential to become a force to be reckoned with in the Metal scene.
Let’s hope that this isn’t the band’s epitaph, and let’s hope album number two doesn’t take as long.