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Artist: Rivolta Dell'Odio
Title: Osanna! L'Angelo Sterminatore
Format: 2 x CD (double CD)
Label: Sometimes Records (@)
Rated: *****
Coming from Ancona and active during the early/mid 80s, Rivolta Dell'Odio were a band which musically started with an hc/punk sound, ending with a particular kind of post punk sound. The story of Rivolta Dell'Odio is deeply linked to the one of the label Attack Punk/Toto' Alle Prese Coi Dischi, label born thanks to people involved with the band Raf Punk (Gianpaolo Giorgetti, better known as Jumpy and now as Helena Velena and Laura Carroli). Influenced by the anarchic experience of Crass Records, they produced about sixty records of different bands such as CCCP, Borghesia, Disciplinatha, Rivolta Dell'Odio, etc. Rivolta Dell'Odio never had their releases reissued and this double album "Osanna! L'Angelo Sterminatore", contains all their recordings plus four live tracks. The band lyrics incarnated the anarchist, vegetarian, anti-clerical credo and on their first two releases "L'Affaire Marat/Sade" (split 7" with Cracked Hirn) and "La Danza Del Sangue E Del Sole", mixed hc attitude with will to experiment (check the monophonic synth noise on "Casa Rossa"). Their sound was obsessive and dissonant (on some tracks they also recalled the no-New York guitarism) and the declamative vocals made the audience focus on their lyrics. With "Il Cuore Della Bestia" EP, their sound became a bit more influenced by post punk. Try to think about UK Decay and the following band formed by Abbo: Furyo. The sound is still powerful but the drums were more tribal and the guitar arpeggios created a more focused melodic schema. To me this single has been their best release because the recordings were kinda rough but really energetic. "Osanna! L'Angelo Sterminatore" was their last release. Some tracks are re-arrangements of old ones (the opening "Metanoia", was a reworked version of "Altari Del Terrore", "L'Anticristo" was also on the their first tape, "Terezin" was on their EP with the title "Dal Fumo Di Terezin") and then there were new ones: "La Caduta Di Babilonia", "Per Chi Ci Ha Amato", "Golgotha", etc were good tracks but in my opinion the mix, which exalted the drums (they have been constatly filtered through a reverb like on some Sex Gang Children early recordings), vocals and the bass guitar invalidate a bit the whole result. Anyway, this is a nice reissue and thanks to Sometimes Records and Fono Arte, another piece of Italian music which meant something for the scene of the past, won't be forgotten.



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