Well, you can't get more old-school than Baphomet's Blood from Italy. Just listen to their new album called "Second Strike", which has been released through High Roller Records (700 copies on black and 300 copies on red vinyl), and you will know what I mean. Almost immediately you are reminded of a certain cult band from the '80's. Their name? Bulldozer! Guitarist and singer Necrovomiterror loves Bulldozer but he does have respect for other Italian bands as well, namely: "Fingernails, Death SS, Crying Steel, Vanexa, Strana Officina, Dark Lord, Skanners, Astaroth, Revenge and Vanadium." One band he would love to share a stage with (maybe some day) is Motörhead, whose sound has heavily influenced Baphomet's Blood (along with Venom). Necrovomiterror started to play drums with Blasphemophagher in 2003 and he now also drums for Hatred. Baphomet's Blood themselves were founded in 2004, having been "pushed by the unsane desidere to play Heavy Metal". After a promo-only CD-R called "Satanic Commando" they signed with Brazilian label Dies Irae who put out their vinyl debut "Satanic Metal Attack". This was a strictly limited edition of 500 copies (50 on red, 200 on blue and 250 on black vinyl). Necrovomiterror explains how the deal came about: "We met Ader of Dies Irae at the Keep It True festival some years ago. He's a good guy with a great Metal underground feeling, but the overall distribution was not good." The main difference between the two longplayers "Satanic Metal Attack" and "Second Strike" he sees as following: ""Second Strike" has more heavy speed influences than the first album. The songs are about Satan, Metal, alcohol and destruction!" By the way, Baphomet's Blood are so old-school that they adore vinyl and hate CD's (not to mention downloads): "There won't never be a CD version of nothing! You'll never see Baphomet's Blood stuff on CD!" So get the vinyl or die! The current state of the Italian Metal scene is bad, as Necrovomiterror explains: "It's completely full of shit! Just a few good bands but not too many."
Matthias Mader (Iron Pages)