A new black death metal band comes storming from Viterbo, Lazio of Central Italy. Voltumna were formed in 2009 with the intention to mix old school death metal with black metal, inspired lyrically by the local myths and history. In 2011 they self-released the 4-track EP “Chimera” and started touring around Italy, spreading their music. Next year they began recording their first full-length album “Damnatio Sacrorum” that was self-released on March 2013. The band signed a deal with the British label Abyssus Records that will re-release and spread “Damnatio Sacrorum” worldwide on September 2nd, 2013.
Even if am not that much into death metal anymore, I recognize that the band has a very interesting sound. They combine their beloved genres very cleverly and their obvious references to early death metal brought me back great memories of good old times… They present this mixture in a modern fresh blackened sound and the experiment is very successful. The base of their music is death metal, with great technical, yet brutal rhythmic guitars and a “dry” natural sound in their drums, while their faster riffs are flirting in my opinion with thrash metal. Few background synths and some more melodic parts bring them closer to black metal. Simone Scocchera’s vocals are the perfect mixture of old school death metal growls and black metal screams, fitting perfectly to the band’s sound. They move mostly in fast tempos, nothing too extreme though, but there are also some slower and mid-tempo atmospheric parts. “Damnatio Sacrorum” contains 10 songs, which last for a little less than 37 minutes, but seem much longer! Their production is perfect for what they play, especially if you consider it is actually a self-released debut. Their lyrics are all in English, dealing with Etruscan civilization’s history and mythology, something that can make their work interesting to bigger audience.
Voltumna’s debut full-length album is a very decent effort that fans of old school death metal and black metal shouldn’t ignore. For now, “Damnatio Sacrorum” is released and available directly from the band in a standard jewel-case edition with 8-page booklet, including all the lyrics. The “old-school” cover is painted by Grindesign. Soon it will be re-released by Abyssus Records, so it will be easier to find it. You can visit the band’s official pages to get a taste of their music.