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Adramelch are formed in 1987 in Milan. The original line-up features Gianluca Corona at the drums, Franco Avalli at the bass guitar and Lorenzo Marconi at the guitar. Later, in Art High school, Gianluca meets Vittorio Ballerio, lead singer of Phoenix - a Hard rock band playing its own music in live gigs in the Milan Area, and asks him to join Adramelch

Initially the band performs solely cover songs of other "HOLY MONSTERS" bands: Queensryche, Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. Vittorio will be major influence in pushing Gianluca and Adramelch, to write their own songs.

In September 1987 the band structure changes completely: Gianluca, being the author of Adramelch's music, switches to the best suited guitar, and a new drummer enters the band: Luca Moretti. Lorenzo leaves the group to form DEATHRAGE and his place is taken by Sandro Fremiot.

After six month spent totally focusing on composing, rehearsal and song arrangement, the five musicians enter Hammill Studio in Milan to record their first Demo, Irae Melanox.

The demo is acclaimed by the critics and specialised press, simultaneously, arousing interest in some Italian labels, among which LM records of Ravenna. LM records invites Adramelch to take part to one of the first Italian Metal compilation: Heavy rendez-vous together with other bands like CREPIN DEATH, MOON OF STEEL, DUNKARDS...
Meanwhile the band starts playing concerts in the Milan area.

Thanks to the intervention of milanese music label Metal Master, in June 1988 - in a short time and with very little money - Adramelch record their first Album Irae Melanox.

Soon after the release of Irae Melanox, the band undergo a crisis due to various reasons.

The album is acclaimed by national and international specialised press (e.g. the english magazine Kerrang, usually very caustic about Italian productions, awards the album a flattering 4 out of 5!!!). Sadly, maybe due to the total lack of promotion by the label, maybe because of the italian xenomania of that period, the public response is poor.

Though very proud of the final result, the band is quite disappointed for the poor sound quality of the album, the result of a low budget production.

Irae Melanox complexity makes it an album of not easy listening, that will eventually take years to be appreciated by the public all over europe.

Franco and Luca departure due to military service implies enormous difficulties in carrying on the mak...
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3.94 | 13 ratings
Irae Melanox
1988
3.64 | 10 ratings
Broken History
2005
3.96 | 7 ratings
Lights From Oblivion
2012

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 Lights From Oblivion by ADRAMELCH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 7 ratings

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Lights From Oblivion
Adramelch Progressive Metal

Review by Second Life Syndrome
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4 stars I gotta admit that I wasn't that excited about listening to this group. Yet, something compelled me to do so. What I found, though, is that this is great group that I hope receives more attention!

This band is labeled as progressive metal, but I'm not really hearing much metal here. To be sure, there isn't much standard metal here at all. This band has a fairly unique style that is more concerned with overall sound and presentation than with technicality. I admire that. I do find that they remind me a slight bit of The Hourglass, a band from Utah that may or may not be writing music right now. Their masterpiece, "Oblivious to the Obvious", is one of my favorite albums, and it features much of the same style: appropriate drums, complex riffing and soloing, strong melodies, incredible bass, and maturity/restraint.

So, if you're not a metal fan, don't let the label fool you. This group isn't bombastic or heavy, but they know how to create great grooves and intricate guitar work. Give them a shot.

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 Lights From Oblivion by ADRAMELCH album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.96 | 7 ratings

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Adramelch Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
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4 stars If ever there was a band that doesn't like to rush things, Italian proggers Adramelch has to be it. Their debut came out in 1988, but they split up soon afterwards. The lead singer Vittorio Ballerio and guitarist Gianluca A. Corona decided to create a new version of the band in 2004, primarily to record songs that they had written before the original split, and the follow-up 'Broken History' came out in 2005. So now, only seven years since the release of their second album (this came out in 2012 but I have only just come across it), and the same line-up from the last album have stuck around to record a third. These guys are coming towards prog from the areas of hard rock and metal, but also bringing in melodic rock as well. The result is an extremely well crafted and constructed album that is going to appeal to fans of many genres.

Imagine Savatage combining with Porcupine Tree, City Boy and Uriah Heep and you may just come close to what these guys are all about. Twin guitars and a very strong rhythm section (hats off to bassist Maurizio Lietti who provides some incredible runs when the mood requires it) means that this is an album that hits the spot on so many levels. It is easy to listen to and enjoy from the very first play, and the more attention it gets the more rewards it gives out. It has now got me wondering what the other albums are like, and just how long we may have to wait for the next one! Not for those who really want crunching riffs, as they certainly are no Threshold, but if well-crafted music is what you are after then look no further. www.adramelch.com

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 Irae Melanox by ADRAMELCH album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.94 | 13 ratings

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Adramelch Progressive Metal

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars I was approaching this album with a very substantial amount of scepticism. I am not a fan of progressive metal. In particular progressive metal from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

This is Adramelch's debut album, released in 1988. It has just been re-released by the band themselves with a bonus CD with earlier material. But I am concentrating my review on Irae Melanox.

It is pretty obvious that speed metal was a major influence on Adramelch. To be even more precise; the German, more melodic version of speed metal. This album cannot be compared to Reign In Blood (of Slayer) at all. Adramelch played speed metal infused with progressive rock and progressive metal. That and some church music you will find played in the many cathedrals in Italy. It is a special mix of metal Adramelch did on this album.

It is also a surprisingly good album too and one of the better albums from that period. The songs are powerful, but yet melodic. There is an undercurrent of RPI and symphonic church music (Johan Sebastian Bach) in their music. The songs are pretty long and well developed. The vocals are an acquired taste, but slightly tiresome. The guitars sounds a bit dated. The bass and drums are keeping the music honest.

The best tracks here by far is Zephirus and the title track. Both tracks draws in a lot of influences from other genres. There is a couple of slightly dubious tracks here too. But this is still a very good album which should really appeal to the progressive metal fan out there. In particular the new luxury version with the bonus CD. This is not an album I would rate as great, but it is in the same area. If I had reviewed this in 1988, it would had been a five stars album though.

3.5 stars

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 Irae Melanox by ADRAMELCH album cover Studio Album, 1988
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Adramelch Progressive Metal

Review by vxn123

5 stars Irae Melanox is one of the masterpieces of the history of epic/power metal. No doubt about this...If this LP had a good production then it could easily stand next to the best albums of Manowar,Warlord,Jag panzer,Gargoyle etc.The band managedto make its own personal sound and that is something very few undeground 80s bands achieved in the history of heavy metal. Adramelch is part of a group of immortal undrground metal bands that although they didn't become known to the metal world, their quality was as high as Iron Maiden,Metallica,Helloween,Queensryche etc (e.g metal gods like Exodo, Leather Nunn, Hammeron,Breeze Least, Surrender, Legend (france), Dark Quarterer, Venin, Excalibur (spain), Black Knight etc

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 Broken History by ADRAMELCH album cover Studio Album, 2005
3.64 | 10 ratings

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Adramelch Progressive Metal

Review by vxn123

5 stars After 17 years the Italian legend came back with a 2nd album. Irae melanox was almost a flawless LP and I say ''almost'' because of the very bad production of that record. Fortunately, Broken History has a fair production that allows the listener to understand fully the parametres of the album. I will not say more as the new album must be heard by all power metal funs. Simply perfect....

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