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Still At War – 2007 – Dragonheart
S= ALEX MEREU
G= EROS MELIS - IVANO 'MUAD 'DIB' SPIGA
B= ROBERTO FRAU
D= The Killing Machine>>DANIELE "TUNNO" FERRU
This Cagliari-based band was formed in 1994 and issued demos with names like Demo 1998, Demo 2001 and Demo 2002 in the subsequent years. A concept MCD called Hail To Hellas was issued in 2003. The demo was based on the myth of the battle of Thermopylae, which was fought by 300 Spartans. Vis Et Honor appeared in turn in 2005. The band signed with Dragonheart Records for its official debut which appeared in 2007.
Former bassist Roberto Frau played as session member at the Keep It True II festival in 2004 because Andrea Mucelli's was drafted into the military. By the middle of 2005 Andrea Muccelli had permanently left the band in order to enter the Italian air force and Roberto Frau officially re-joined the band.
The group was working on a new album in 2007 as well.
HOLY MARTYR – STILL AT WAR – DRAGONHEART
I recently read on Metallian that ‘80s band At War has reformed. Italy’s Holy Martyr must have stolen the perfect album title right before the Americans could use it. Having never heard At War I cannot provide a comparison, but this album is directly comparable to the music of bands like Manowar and Virgin Steele with touches of Iron Maiden in the guitar rhythms and melodies. Songs about the glory of ancient Roma (or Roma) and Hellenic battles last almost as long as the battles themselves and give a new literal meaning to the word ‘epic.’ There are several good songs on Still At War, which is all the more impressive since these songs last forever, but sadly the slower songs move at a plodding pace that brings the average down. The Italians best moments are during the up-tempo tracks. Holy Martyr’s album is recommended for fans of simple and epic battle metal and history buffs. – Anna Tergel