EXTREMA – Headbanging Forever

EXTREMA - Headbanging Forever
  • 8.7/10
    EXTREMA - Headbanging Forever - 8.7/10


Rockshots Records
Release date: May 10, 2019

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Headbanging Forever is the seventh release from Italian Groove/Thrash Metal band Extrema. The band was founded in 1985 in Milan, Italy by guitarist Tommy Masara, and currently features bassist Gabri Giovanna and drummer Francesco “Frullo” Larosa. Extrema have declared Headbanging Forever a true expression of repressed creativity, due in large part to the addition of new vocalist Tiziano Spigo. In truth, even a label as seemingly diverse as Groove/Thrash Metal does not adequately represent the sonic content of the record. While Thrash elements are present, the Melodic content, the Progressive elements, and the diversity of the music even within the genre is impressive.

Spigno’s vocals, while guttural and suited to thrash, have a surprisingly melodic quality and impressive range, at times even implying melody not present in the underlying music. Check out “Heaven’s Blind” for some of this. Larosa’s drumming is equally impressive throughout, as he seamlessly weaves between Thrash, Progressive, and Groove Metal themes. Check out how “Pitch Black Eyes” showcases stylistic diversity within one song. Headbanging Forever is 10 tracks of well produced, stylistically aggressive, genre bending Metal music. Good songwriting, excellent performances, and boundary challenging choices really make this record a must listen for any serious metal fan.



  • Stevie Shred

    Stevie was a reviewer here at Metal Express Radio. He is currently the lead guitarist for Melodic Rock band Red Reign, based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. Red Reign toured with Tesla in 2017, and shared the stage with Dokken, FireHouse, Lita Ford, Kix, Quiet Riot, and others at various dates around the US in 2018. Stevie heard his first KISS record at the age of 6 and was immediately hooked on Rock and Roll guitar. Over the course of years his tastes evolved, graduating from KISS to Ozzy and Van Halen; and then into Hair Metal. Over time, harder and faster music drew him. Bands like Metallica, Pantera, and Anthrax led the way, and Killswitch Engage took him over the top. Stevie has a deep passion for the guitar, not only playing them, but building them as well.

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