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SCALA MERCALLI
12th Level

6.90

CD NEW AND SEALED (Sealed with plastic bag Not Sealed at the origin)

The Band was founded in 1992 in Fermo (Italy) and began writing very soon his own repertoire of original songs. Then, several concerts were followed to record the first demo tape “Hellbringer” in 1995. It received a good response in Italy, Germany and Greece too.

Afterward, because of a formation’s change, they recorded another demo tape in 1999 “Gargoyles”; it also well recorded and reviewed by European and Italian Critic. However, one step away from Record Deal, the Band changed again vocalist and bassist.

Then, they resumed recording only in 2003 with the EP “My Daemons” and from there to a year they released their first album in November 2004, entitled “12th Level”. It received a very good response by audience and Italian and European critics too. They did 2 years of Tour; some dates with Blaze, Shaaman and Lacuna Coil. But afterward, they stopped again for a short period, even for a formation change. Live Concerts were resumed, and the Band was successful to bring out new album “Border Wild” in 2009. It was also very well reviewed and accepted by audience, enough to take them into three years of live concerts in Italy, and on European Tour with Tarja and some dates supporting Exodus. Afterward, another formation’s change made them stop, but fortunately, only for a short period. Indeed, they restart with new live dates, again on tour with Tarja and supporting WASP. In 2015 they record their new album “New Rebirth”, based on Italian and European Resurgence’s period of 1800; as an example and inspiration to the problems that trouble Italy, Europe and all the world in this historical period.

Genre of Band: Heavy Metal with Thrash and Speed Metal influences.

Descrizione

Album from Italian Metallers SCALA MERCALLI released in 2005

Tracklist:

  1. SCREAM OF REVENGE
  2. MY DAEMONS
  3. BANSHEE’S WHISPER
  4. DISSOLVED IN TIME
  5. BLOODY NIGHT
  6. DAY OF FIGHTER
  7. QUEEN OF DRAGONS
  8. THE NEW KINGDOM
  9. THE SIGN
  10. 12TH LEVEL

Label : SG Records

Format: CD Digipak

Band Website:  www.scalamercalli.com

Band Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Scala-Mercalli-380880702120586/

2 recensioni per SCALA MERCALLI
12th Level

  1. From Metal.it: Dopo la più che buona impressione lasciata dal demo “My Daemons”, gli Scala Mercalli fanno ancora meglio realizzando un album d’esordio in grado di rivitalizzare il vecchio e sano Heavy Metal, rassicurato da pulsazioni ad altro gradiente metallico e da impennate thrashy.
    Per “12th Level”, vengono recuperati tutti i tre brani originali (a suo tempo, il demo era stato completato dalla cover di “Be Quick or Be Dead”) inclusi su “My Daemons”, cosi come alcuni arrivano dal precedente “Gargoyle” (1999), mentre non ne recuperano nessuno dal preistorico (era il 1996!) “Hellbringer”, primo demo del gruppo uscito poco prima che una costola degli Scala Mercalli si sviluppasse nei Centurion.
    Ma il tempo scorre e dalla nascita della band nel 1992 siamo così giunti a “12th Level”, che si apre con l’inedita “Scream Of Revenge”, dove è evidente il richiamo ai Megadeth, nel guitarwork (e qui un pensiero va anche agli Annihilator) e sopratutto nella prova di Christian Bartolacci, sempre incline ad un cantato su toni acuti ed in falsetto, in grado anche di proporsi in screaming Halfordiani. Le chitarre di Mauro Mancinelli e Riccardo Ricci scorrazzano in lungo ed in largo, accompagnate dal basso di Lorenzo Petrini e dalla dirompente batteria di Sergio Ciccoli. Stesso discorso per le già conosciute “My Daemons”, ricca cambi di tempo e di feeling eighties, e “Banshee’s Whisper”, superbo esempio di Heavy Metal, un ponte che gli Scala Mercalli gettano tra la NWOBHM ed il Thrash/Speed Metal, brano che sarebbe potuto benissimo uscire dalla penna degli Exciter dei tempi d’oro.
    “Dissolved In Time” e “Queen Of Dragons” non risentono assolutamente del peso degli anni (entrambe erano incluse su “Gargoyle”), con la prima che potrebbe far pensare ai Mercyful Fate mentre la seconda è un ottimo episodio di puro Heavy Metal, sicuramente quella dai connotati più epici dell’intero album.
    Oltre all’opener, tra i pezzi nuovi si mettono in evidenza la ballad (largamente acustica) “The Sign” e la conclusiva e devastante titletrack, un po’ meno “Bloody Night”, martellante ma ripetitiva (un po’ il difetto di “Day Of Fighter”), e l’articolata “The New Kingdom”, che mancano di quella scintilla presente in altri brani, con “Banshee’s Whisper”, “Queen Of Dragons” e “12th Level” ad imporsi su tutti.

    Un primo passo, valido e già in grado di “dare un sonoro scossone” alla scena metallica!

  2. From Metal Temple: First of all I don’t understand what their name means so please people… send an email explaining me what the heck is going on. I knew Scala Mercalli from their previous demo My Daemons, that apparently was part of this full length release (and also featured the same artwork).
    The band was formed back in 1992. Their first official release came with their debut demo titled Hellbringer in 1995 that was followed in 1999 with Gargoyle. In 2003 another demo followed My Daemons. With that demo and lots of live shows the band got a contract with Italian label AB Records for the release of their debut full length album.
    Scala Mercalli walk in the fields of a genre quite popular in the Mediterranean countries – power metal with a dash of thrash / epic metal here and there. OK so they are not the first neither the last act in the genre and definitely they cannot be considered innovative but their music is pretty good. Boosted by a good production (check the bass sound – cool) their rough power metal is rather interesting and many of the songs can be considered generally good but as a package it is quite obvious there is a huge distance the band needs to cover before they can make a difference in the genre. What I found the biggest disadvantage in the band is the, annoying at times, screamer vocalist that lucks the necessary color in his voice.
    In conclusion Scala Mercalli need a lot of work. They are in the right direction but there are several steps need to be taken. Fans of the genre should check them out.

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