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Extreme Metal Music Signs Italy's MEMBRANCE For New Album "Undead Island"


Extreme Metal Music a subsidiary of Rockshots Records is proud to announce their signing of Italian death metallers Membrance for the release of their new album "Undead Island" due out later in 2023.


The band comments:

"We are happy and proud to see Undead Island to be released. This record is the most violent, direct, visceral, and introspective work we have ever thought and conceived since we started playing. In addition to being the first album with Giacomo, who joined the group with our best album, we are particularly pleased to announce our new artistic direction introduced by the Venetian dialect.

We have worked hard to create a good record, not only have we spent almost three years completing all the compositions and rearrangements, but we have also found sonic solutions that we didn't think possible or feasible when we finished the last work. We didn't really believe it was possible to have an old school.. with modern sound!


We are so excited by this release that now we can't wait to be able to make the next record!"

Membrance was born in Venice in 2012 from the mind of founding member Davide Lazzarini as a Death Metal and Black Metal crossover project, it wasn't until 2014 and onwards, after several line-up changes, that the group stabilized in old-school Death Metal with blues/rock n' roll influences, which was reinforced by the entry of lead guitarist Pietro Battiston.


After an intense period of live activity in the underground and various demo recordings, in 2017 Giovanni De Fraja joined as the drummer and Membrance decided to work more seriously on their own music. They immediately recorded and produced their own debut album "Abyss", initially released independently it was quickly picked up by the Ukrainian label Envenomed Music.


Thanks to this first release, the group received a fair amount of approval in the Italian and European underground scene, and we're contacted to play at Metaldays of Tolmin 2018 in Slovenia, along with the Winterdays of Metal of the same year, plus asked to be opening support for various international bands on tour in Italy such as Marduk, Brujeria, and Necrodeath.


These successes pushed the group to collaborate again with Envenomed Music and with the support of Narcoleptica Productions, Membrance produced their second studio album "Morality's Collapse", which was released at the beginning of 2019 with the sound evolution of 16th Cellar Studio in Rome (Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hideous Divinity, Hour of Penance), starting a path towards the Swedish old school Death sound "HM2 style".


However, with the arrival of the Covid pandemic, despite growing approval and greater support for the international live scene such as Entombed A.D., Cripple Bastards, and Benediction, after 5 years of activity, Pietro decided to abandon the group leaving to Gregorio, the rhythmic player who just recently entered the group, the task of replacing him.


Giacomo Rusconi also entered the band as the second guitarist, the group embarked on a path of musical evolution in the following years in which it abandoned the blues influences to embrace a more black metal style and worked on texts in Venetian dialect along with lyrical influences inspired by the lagoon folklore.


During the summer of 2022, the recordings of the third studio work "Undead Island" were concluded with the support of the AudioCore Studio, which further develops the sound path started on the basis of the Swedish HM2 sound.

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