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Ancillotti: Hell On Earth
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Ancillotti: Hell On Earth

Heavy Metal
3.5/5.0

Since 2009, Ancillotti has been an all in the family heavy metal tradition. Founded by the Ancillotti brothers Sandro "Bid" (bass), Daniele "Bud" (vocals), and son Brian (drums), the band also features "adopted" family member guitarist Luciano "Ciano" Toscani. After a four year absence the quartet arrives with their latest and third studio album, Hell On Earth.

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Ancillotti's music needs little explanation. The band plays "keep it true" classic heavy metal, invigorated by a strong dose of speed metal. In arrangement, the songs vary little from previous incarnations. Start with sharp, roaring riffs, drop in the gallop and groove from the rhythm section, and then, basically, race to the guitar solos. Above all this, Daniele "Bud" Ancillotti's traditional metal vocal rises clean and melodic, yet perhaps a bit raw to screamo. At times, he's backed up with gang background vocals as within We Are Coming, by example. The Ancillotti musical formula is a familiar one with no surprises, simply traditional heavy metal.

Sampling a few more songs, for some roaring and racing heavy metal listen for Blessed By Fire, Fighting Man, Another World, or Till The End. Alternatively, songs such Frankenstein or Broken Arrow can dial back the speed for something more heavy and steady. That latter song along with Revolution finds Ancillotti bumping up the rock groove, so you can windmill your hair while you tap your toe. Of course, there's no pretentious, pretty metal ballad to be found.

All said, Hell On Earth finds Ancillotti in fine form, delivering some galloping traditional heavy metal with soaring guitar work. Nothing new there. If you liked anything they've done in the past, you will enjoy this album.



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The Bottom Line

Hell On Earth finds Ancillotti in fine form, delivering some galloping traditional heavy metal with soaring guitar work. Nothing new there. If you liked anything they've done in the past, you will enjoy this album.

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