Derhead – Via

Rating: 2.5/5
Distributor/label: http://www.vianocturna.com/
Released: 2016
Buy Album [URL]: https://derhead.bandcamp.com/track/via
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/derheadband/?fref=ts

Band line-up:rsz_cover1

Giorgio Barroccu: Vocals, guitars, bass, drums programming

Tracklisting:

01 – Cenere
02 – Piombo
03 – Via
04 – Lamina (Bonus – Demo 2013)
05 – Circle (Bonus – Demo 2013)
06 – End (Bonus – Demo 2013)
07 – I (Bonus – Demo 2003)
08 – II (Bonus – Demo 2003)
09 – III (Bonus – Demo 2003)

Review

As someone who is bored by bands who replicate the old sounds over and over again, I was excited to read that Italian one man black metal band Derhead claim to add something different. The band logo is legible- at least that’s a good start.

Unfortunately the new three tracks here offer the same blast beats and the same discordant riffs that have dominated the genre for 25 years. However, I praise Derhead for having the ambition to create an atmosphere of their own. Despite being a debut EP, this record has all the melancholy of a swansong.

Vocally, Giorgio is a more unusual black metal artist. His performance is akin to that of Attila Csihar on Mayhem’s ‘De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas’. He sounds twisted and conceited, offering an unpredictable delivery that keeps the listener guessing. The use of distortion adds a 21st century mark, and listening to the bonus demo tracks it’s clear his style has evolved and become more sophisticated in a relatively short space of time.

The demo tracks aren’t worth much if only for comparison to the new material. The sound is classic black metal, with badly mixed programmed drums. Nothing impressive.

Derhead’s improvement with these new three tracks shows promise. This Italian project is heading in the right direction, but need to avoid the familiar chord progressions and moods if Giorgio is going to be able to truly claim he has created something new. If you enjoy chaos and misery, this could be a band for you, but it has been done before.

Review by Jarod Lawley
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