ADE – Spartacus

ADE - Spartacus

Origin: Italy
Genre: Death Metal Folk Death Metal
Label: Blast Head Records
Year: 2013

ADE is an Italian death metal band from Rome, formed back in 2007 by Messor (guitars), who recently left the band. Since their beginning, they tried to marry this brutal genre with the unique atmosphere of their ancient history, adding Roman and Greek music elements in their sound. The band released its debut EP “Ultima Ratio” in 2008 and next year their first full-length album “Prooemivm Sangvine” was out via Casket Music. Four years later, ADE return with a brand new full-length album entitled “Spartacus“, released in April 2013 by the Canadian label Blast Head Records.             

Generally I am not the biggest fan of death metal. On the contrary, I rarely like or even listen to bands of the genre… ADE though is a very different case! The first thing that made me give them a listen is the album title “Spartacus” and his epic story. ADE are playing technical death metal with a breathtaking ancient Greco-Roman atmosphere in their songs. They have a perfect solid powerful sound and a very professional production. Their music is brutal, fast and aggressive, but also melodic, mid-tempo and atmospheric. Fast, staccato guitar riffs and technical lead guitars by Fabio and Messor, accompanied by great drums, played in this album by George Kollias of Nile, are combined with several acoustic ancient instruments performed by Simone D’Andrea. Flavio’s growling vocals are perfect for their music that describes an epic dramatic tale of a very brutal era. Few clean male and female vocals and background choirs add even more to their unique ancient atmosphere. “Spartacus” includes 10 songs and its total duration is a little over 42 minutes. All of their lyrics are in English, with only a few verses in Latin, telling the story of Spartacus, a Thracian slave gladiator who dared to question the Roman slavery and began a major slave uprising against the Roman Empire.

Deeply influenced by bands like Nile and Behemoth, ADE add their own personality in the genre. If you are a fan of these bands, I totally recommend you ADE and especially “Spartacus“. Their ancient Greco-Roman atmosphere and folk elements will also attract more audience and if you like extreme folk metal you better check them. It is released by Blast Head Records in a standard jewel case edition with 8-page booklet illustrated by Phlegeton Art Studio, including all lyrics. You can visit their Facebook profile to listen to their music, or watch below their official video for the second track of the album “Sanguine Pluit in Arena“.


Rating:  (9/10)

ADE @ Facebook


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