A thrilling overdose of Blackened Post-Hardcore by an Italian horde presenting to us all “the gospel of our Messiah” in the form of their sophomore opus.
Brought into being in 2016 in the city of Rome, Italy, Blackened Post-Hardcore project I MAIALI has found their dimension in a dirty, no-nonsense sound between Post-Hardcore and Noise without forgetting the 90’s and the whiff of novelty that it brought to the world of underground music while remaining tied to a modern and impactful sound, and all that can be fully appreciated in their sophomore opus, titled cenere/CENERE. Produced, engineered, recorded and mixed by Davide Rosati at ACME Recording Studio, mastered by Gianpiero Ulacco at Hologram Studios, and displaying a wicked artwork by Coito Negato, “cenere/CENERE is the gospel of our Messiah, starting from his genesis up to the stake that will reduce him to ashes; however, it is not just a story, but a journey, which will first see him indulge, then oppose the will of a superior entity: a master whom he recognizes as a father. The deeds he performed and the continuous struggle with his conscience are the basis of the 12 tracks that mix post-hardcore and black metal, with some forays into psychedelia. We will explore the concepts addressed in the debut album CVLTO, making you know our God better and showing you how easily we humans are conditioned. Our Messiah is now among us, listen to him,” commented vocalist Francesco Foschini, guitarist Daniele Ticconi, bassist Matteo Grigioni and drummer Angelo Del Rosso about the album.
Daniele ignites the band’s wicked musical voyage with his guitar in Genesi, being gradually accompanied by the devilish vocalization by Francesco in a nice way to kick off the album with a huge dosage of modern-day Post-Metal. Then enhancing their rage and animosity it’s time for the quartet to crush our senses with Ora, Sorgi!, showcasing an excellent job done by Angelo behind his drums and, therefore, resulting in a vicious depiction of Blackened Hardcore; whereas L’Orrore follows a similar pattern as its predecessor, which means it’s awesome of course, with Matteo hammering his bass mercilessly while Francesco roars and screams nonstop. There’s no time to breathe as those Italian noisemakers are on fire in the Post-Hardcore extravaganza Parassita, spearheaded by another round of flammable riffs by Daniele, and Stanza 101, a recommended option for banging your head in the name of pure darkness, also presenting elements from the unique music blasted by Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie. And more of their eerie sounds comes in the form of Oblio, where Francesco’s vocals walk hand in hand with the progressive beats by Angelo.
Messi∀ focuses exclusively on the anguished vocals by Francesco while the background music is comprised of pure noise; whereas in Sculture da Autopsia the band is back to a more melodic, introspective vibe where Daniele an Matteo continue to extract electricity and groove form their stringed weapons in another shot of their trademark Blackened Post-Hardcore. Assalto Cannibale is as demented as it can be, with Angelo dictating the pace and offering his bandmates exactly what they need to smash us all with their sick, darkened Hardcore, and getting closer to the end of the album I MAIALI keep embellishing the airwaves with their obscurity and heaviness in (r)Umore Blu, with Francesco stealing the spotlight with another visceral performance on vocals, followed by Plumbeo Giudizio, sounding modern, vibrant and piercing as our good old Blackened Hardcore demands, bringing forward more of the caustic riffage by Daniele and the classy bass punches by Matteo. Finally, featuring a guest guitar solo by Davide Rosati, the tribal beast by Angelo will hit you hard in the head in Io, Brucio, ending the album on a beyond climatic and acid note.
In case you’re curious to know what Blackened Post-Hardcore is all about, you can enjoy cenere/CENERE in its full glory on Spotify, and don’t forget to follow the band on Facebook and on Instagram to stay up to date with all things I MAIALI, to subscribe to their YouTube channel for more of their wicked music, and obviously to purchase the idiosyncratic cenere/CENERE from their own BandCamp page. As aforementioned, the music by I MAIALI is not just dirty and modern, but it effectively represents everything the band stands for, their passion for heavy music, their hopes and dreams, and I bet it won’t take long for those Italian rockers to invade our senses with more of their incendiary, uncompromising music in the coming years.
Best moments of the album: Ora, Sorgi!, L’Orrore, Parassita and Plumbeo Giudizio.
Worst moments of the album: Messi∀.
Released in 2022 Overdub Recordings
1. Genesi 2:22
2. Ora, Sorgi! 1:44
3. L’Orrore 2:05
4. Parassita 2:12
5. Stanza 101 1:49
6. Oblio 1:49
7. Messi∀ 1:29
8. Sculture da Autopsia 2:14
9. Assalto Cannibale 2:58
10. (r)Umore Blu 2:14
11. Plumbeo Giudizio 1:58
12. Io, Brucio 5:50
Francesco Foschini – vocals
Daniele Ticconi – guitar
Matteo Grigioni – bass
Angelo Del Rosso – drums
Davide Rosati – guitar solo on “Io, Brucio”