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Although rarely heard about outside their homeland, Italy’s Necrodeath have already been around since 1984, when thrash steel heroes like Slayer and Kreator inspired vocalist Ingo, guitarist Claudio, bassist Paolo, and drummer Peso to perpetrate a few of their very own sonic mayhem. After getting glowing reviews because of their four-track demonstration, The Glowing Pentagram, the music group proceeded to record two today hard-to-find LPs (these getting 1987’s In to the Macabre and 1989’s Fragments of Insanity) that combined old-school speed steel and thrash using the recently popular black steel design pioneered by Venom and Bathory. However, record firm and business-related complications drove Necrodeath into hibernation for over ten years before Claudio and Peso reconvened the music group with new associates Flegias (vocals) and John (bass). Italy’s very own Scarlet Information snapped them up and, after reissuing both of their 1980s albums on Compact disc for the very first time, also released a triplet of follow-ups in Mater of most Evil (2001), Dark as Pitch (2002) and Lot(e)s of Hate (2003). Many of these demonstrated a far more eclectic mixture of affects while modernizing the band’s post-thrash sound to wait to new-millennium tendencies.

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