ANCILLOTTI – Hell on Earth

ANCILLOTTI - Hell on Earth
  • 7.6/10
    ANCILLOTTI - Hell on Earth - 7.6/10


Pure Steel Records
Release date: May 29, 2020

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All in the Family

Northern Italy has brought forth another fine Classic Metal band featuring 2 brothers and a son from the Ancillotti family, and with their 3rd album Hell on Earth they have certainly showed us how a family that plays together, stays together. Staying true to the roots of Classic Metal gives the band a familiar sound, with riffing guitars through Marshall amps, sweet double bass drums and vocals that remind me of Lemmy (who needs no introduction here) and American Metal singer Matthew T. McCourt of The Wild Dogs and Dr. Mastermind. All in all a great combination.

Hell on Earth

The new album has 9 tracks and comes in at over 43 minutes, giving us a perfect bite of metal in the tradition of Judas Priest and Accept. The guitars are tight, catchy and in your face. The melodies are strong, making each and every song easy to sing along to and remember after the album is ended. Drums are deftly handled by the 2nd generation of Ancillotti metallers son Brian Ancillotti, who at times reminds me of Scott Travis with his precision and tight, snappy fills.

Top Tracks

For this reviewer the top tracks that stuck in my mind include “Fighting Man”, “Firewind” and “Blessed by Fire”. Another track that really has a groovy feel and keeps me coming back is “Broken Arrow”. I like it better every time I hear it. The vocals get more enjoyable with each listen, and the longer you play this album the more it grows on you.

Final Notes

Ancillotti has produced a very strong album, the engineering and production are top notch and the song writing and musicianship are excellent. Hell on Earth is a very strong 3rd album, and one that any fans of Classic Metal would be proud to have in their collection.


Ancillotti band photo


Daniele “Bud” Ancillotti – vocals
Luciano “Ciano” Toscani – guitars
Sandro “Bid” Ancillotti – bass
Brian Ancillotti – drums

Special Guests:
Simone Manuli – keyboards
Vittorio Barbato, Niccolò Saul D’alario, Francesco Noli, Gerardo Altieri, Joe Eleim – backing vocals


  1. Fighting Man
  2. Revolution
  3. Firewind
  4. We Are Coming
  5. Blessed By Fire
  6. Broken Arrow
  7. Another World
  8. Frankenstein
  9. Till The End

Running Time: 43:53 min


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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