Tetrarchate – Symposium Of The Tetrarchs [EP] Review by Ashlinn Nash

Rating: [3/5]
Distributor/label: Unsigned
Released: 2013
Band Website: Facebook

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Band line-up:

Andrea Biondi – vocals, rhythm guitars
Nazario Biscotti – guitars
Andrea Aratari – bass
Alex Masini – drums

  1. Scar
  2. Massachertorte
  3. Genocide
  4. Chant of the Forsaken




Europe has been known to have various hubs of sound – with Sweden taking over the retro-doom themed albums, the Darkened Black metal of Norway,  the Teutonic thrash of Germany, the death metal antics of Poland, and the Symphonic metal  of Finland, however, the young troupe Tetrarchate are from Italy; who musical identity has always been variant.

The rise of thrash’s popularity in the UK however, seems to always been changing and excepting of the new styles, so with this EP being released at a great time. The four piece from Pesaro Urbino in Italy formed in 2006, with a traditional beginning of playing covers and gelling as a band, they soon departed from Luigi Coppone on vocals and replaced by Giuseppe “Pè” Leardini however, this didn’t last very long and band soon let go of another vocalist.

While the band took a while to take off and get going after now vowing to play their own material, it’s been a long in the making EP but it’s worth giving a listen to. The four track EP “Symposium of the Tetrarchs” was Recorded in winter 2013, at the Twilight Studios. The EP opens “scar” that comes with an array of crispy vocals that sound similar to Arch Enemy’s “Burning Bridges” Vocalist Johan Liiva and guitar hooks that slice into the skull the listener.

The EP is quick to flow into “Massachertorte” that departs away from the English Vocals and explore the native tongue and delves into the darker and blacker elements of thrash. While third slice of deliverance ; “Genocide” takes on a slicker and more death metal feel with tantalising drumming and captivating riffs that work in perfect unison.

Concluding with “Chant of the Forsaken” a song that is caked with creative melodies that brings the EP to finale, which itself has been an onslaught of adrenaline, boisterous energy and fuel for the ignition of the bands career.  Like all good thrash, this EP [just over 15 minutes long] has been quick in delivery and exploratory in its finer elements this band, are one to keep an eye on.

Review by Ashlinn Nash