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Merendine Atomiche: RAW

Merendine Atomiche is an Italian 5 piece metal outfit which has been around for over 11 years, and RAW (Mausoleum Records) is the band's 2nd full length release. RAW is a very solid and well rounded effort, full of thick chunky guitar riffs courtesy of the dual attack of David Bisson and Luca Securo. The band also possesses the super tight rhythm section of Dario Bianchi on bass and drummer Luca Cerardi. Vocalist Luca (I know that's 3 Luca's) Zandarin has a superb delivery and a great metal voice, albeit with a touch of an accent but nothing distracting. Merendine Atomiche can rock it super heavy, but also seem just as comfortable when they slow things down for example on a track like "Ocean's Shadows", a song which features some great melodic soloing from Bisson. The band has a great metal / hardcore vibe flowing throughout their heavier tracks but they never lose their sense of melody. RAW is a very impressive, solidly produced effort from this relatively new band, at least to North American ears. Even though I don't know exactly what Merendine Atomiche means, I do know the music on RAW packs one hell of a sonic punch.

Track Listing
1) In The Cage
2) Roads And Beers
3) Raw
4) Peace Means War?
5) I Want To Be A Man
6) Ocean's Shadows
7) Zero Degrees
8) Breathe The Big Apple
9) We Didn't Know
10) Shake For Me
11) 0,41

Added: November 4th 2006
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: Official Website
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Language: english

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Merendine Atomiche: RAW
Posted by Butch Jones, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-11-03 13:43:04
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When you think of homes where metal lives and breathes, Italy isn't the first place that you think of, is it? Thrash metal Italian outfit, Merendine Atomiche have released their 2nd full CD, entitled Raw (Mausoleum Records). This CD is a very mature step forward for the Italian quartet.

Raw, co-produced by Jack Frost (Seven Witches, Savatage) is a very well produced record. Frost was able to get the most out of this band, and it shows. Taking almost 2 years to write & record, Merendine Atomiche found the collaborations with Frost to be powerful and that energy is evident on tracks like "Shake For Me" and the title track.

The musicianship of Merendine Atomiche is very good, and singer Luca Zandarin, has a very cool voice. Not a "classic" singer and not quite a Hardcore metal growler either. A manly vocalist, for sure! Sonically, Raw is a very good sounding CD. The production is top notch, with the guitars leading the way (as it should be!). 2 years in the studio did pay off for the band.

Merendine Atomiche's Raw is an 11 track CD for metal fans of early Motley Crue to Primal Fear to Pantera. There is a little bit of something for everyone on this disc. It's a good CD with its mix of "Old School" metal & Modern Metal. Heavy & still melodic. Look for more metal coming out of Italy!

Merendine Atomiche: RAW
Posted by John Larocque, SoT Staff Writer on 2006-08-25 08:07:13
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Merendine Atomiche is an Italian band on the rejuvenated Mausoleum Records. Raw is a basic "metal and potatoes" album with agressive but clean vocals, simple songs and an emphasis on heaviness rather than melody, reflecting perhaps the hand of co-producer Jack Frost. "In the Cage" is a mid-paced track with a catchy melody and bellowing chorus. The energetic "Roads and Beers" chugs along, leading up to a minute-long guitar solo. "Raw" is what it is, full of heavy bass guitars and screams, basically just a pile of noise. One of the better tracks, "Peace Means War?", starts out with acoustical guitar and segues into a heavy section and doesn't return to acoustical territory until three minutes later, leading up to guitar solo and an agressive drum fadeout. "Oceans's Shadows" is a pleasant acoustical number, with more natural-sounding vocals and melody, and I wish there more songs like this on the album. "Zero Degrees" is another blast of concentrated heaviness that doesn't seem to go anywhere until the short solo at the end. "We Didn't Know" has a level of Steve Vai-like funkiness to it that marks it out as one of the standout tracks. "Shake For Me" is one of the faster numbers but still not that interesting and plods along in parts. And "0,4 L" provides the acoustical fadeout. All in all, I found it an average album with occasional musically interesting ideas.

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