Steva La Cinghiala – Vocals
Frater Orion – Drums
The Cyborg – Bass and Vocals
Pater Blaurot – Organs and Synth
El Calaver – Guitar
The Red Witch – Performances
Horror and Heavy metal have always walked hand in hand. Both are often maligned and shunned by the mainstream, both delve into the dark corners of the human psyche, and both celebrate the fantastical and the macabre. With all this in mind Italy’s Deathless Legacy set about trying to occupy the same demented space as the likes of Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie and more recently The Murderdolls. Their debut album ‘Rise from the Grave’ is a raw, gothic, and gruesome affair that is happy to revel in some of horror’s more lurid corners and some of metal’s more theatrical ones. It is, at times, a bit simple minded and has a tendency to slip into gothic pantomime; but it has enough grotesque moments to be worth a listen.
It doesn’t hit the ground running and takes a couple of tracks to build up a bit of steam, and as such opener Will o’ The Wisp is a bit underwhelming. It’s not a bad song it just lacks the punch you would expect from an album opener. The same goes for Queen of Necrophilia which, despite its twisted subject matter, is not as colourful it sounds. However as we get to the rather eloquently titled Bow To The Porcelain Altar the band start to sound more comfortable. It’s a surprisingly catchy number that manages to stick in the head long after listening and is the first to suggest a more experimental creative edge.
From here the album improves quite considerably and a more confident band begins to emerge. On the albums second half they take a few unusual turns with songs such as ‘Flamenco Del a Muerte’; a bizarre flamenco tinted song that shows the band are willing to step outside of their comfort zone. Admittedly, they are only dipping their toes in the waters at this point, and it isn’t 100% successful, but it is enough to hint that the band are willing to take a few risks and that there could be some really interesting work from them in the future.
Production here is very raw and the bands more epic ideas get lost in the mix, but it sometimes suits their delivery as well. With a punkier edge reminiscent of The Damned and more recently popularised by The Murderdolls the straightforward production often works in the bands favour giving the guitar a rusty edge and allowing Steva La Cinghiala’s spitting, throaty vocals the grit they deserve. So whilst it doesn’t have the bigger, more elaborate bombast of some of its influences, it does have a certain ruff edginess that suits its murderous subject matter.
Ultimately Rise from the Grave is the sound of a band taking their first steps out onto the stage, and from that perspective there is much to enjoy. It lacks enough personality to stand out in what is a very crowded market, but there is enough to suggest there will be bolder and more exciting things to come. So whilst it never enters the realms of its idols, it does loiter a little outside the doors.