Stellar Filth is the debut album from Milan’s Rise Above Dead. Boasting some crisp and well produced tones that build steadily to mesmerizingly heavy melodies, this quintet have finally unleashed their first full-length since their inception back in 2009. The group play a fine mixture of Post Hardcore / Sludge / Experimental and Downtempo, their album is available now on vinyl via Moment of Collapse Records in Germany. The long wait has seemingly paid off and it is easy to tell from one listen, that these guys have worked incredibly hard to pull out all the stops on this. As the saying goes, the best things come to those who wait. Things kick off nicely on opener ‘Hide and Weep’ with an exasperated vocal performance from Andrea Rondanini. A dirty bass-line prowls through the claustrophobically sublime tones of ‘No Land Toward The Sea’, whilst erratic guitars pound and pummel the senses in equal measure and aplomb. ‘Bury Them In Dust’ has a scything guitar hook from the get go that is an air guitarists’ dream. I implore anyone to try and get through this track without nodding in approval, of this slow moving behemoth. Title track ‘Stellar Filth’ picks up right where it’s predecessor left off, with wondrous drumming from sticks man Luca Riommi and the wailing surge of walled guitars building the suspense with effortless cool. The exceptional originality that is exhibited in the guitar work of duo Stefano Bigoni and Matteo Sala continues to bear fruit on closing track ‘A Thousand Thornes’, which has a opening riff that is simply unforgettable. In conclusion, this is an essential purchase for fans of this genre and completists should also check out their 2010 self-released four track EP entitled ‘Human Disintegration’, which features artwork from renowned Californian artist Justin Bartlett, you will not be disappointed.
Rise Above Dead are:
Andrea Rondanini (Vocals), Luca Riommi (Drums), Stefano Bigoni (Guitar), Matteo Sala (Guitar), Diego Leone (Bass).