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The Modern Age Slavery – 1901 I The First Mother

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Emerging amidst a sea of deathcore, Italy’s THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY separated themselves from the rest with their visceral sense of the genre. Coming equipped with grinding blast beats, merciless brutal vocals and slaughtering rapid-fire double bass patterns their sound developed and became increasingly unique over time.

Since forming in 2007, THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY have triumphed over their challenges. After the release of their demo, which was nominated “Demo of the Month” in Rock Hard Germany, they got signed to Napalm Records for the release of the debut album “Damned To Blindness” (2008).

Thanks to significant acclaim from the metal world, THE MODERN AGE SLAVERYextensively toured across Europe both as headliners and as support act, joining the Evisceration Plague Tour featuring CANNIBAL CORPSE, DYING FETUS OBSCURA and the Doomsday X Tour featuring MALEVOLENT CREATION and VOMITORY. The band also played selected shows with FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE, SEPULTURA, DECAPITATED, SUICIDE SILENCE and many more.

The release of the second album “Requiem For Us All” via Pavement Entertainment in 2013 pushed their death metal war machine one step forward again, this time with a fierce mix of blazingly fast drumming, technical riffing, epic atmospheres, and crushing groove. Listed as the best metal album of the year by metalsucks.net, it brought the band on tour again with bands as GORGOROTH, VITAL REMAINS, HYPOCRISY, plus many gigs on national soil.

Four years later THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY released their third full-length “Stygian” after a line-up change, which signed a new chapter in the sound of the band, introducing black metal riffing, keyboards, atmospheres and orchestral elements. Released by Innerstrength Records, this new album brought the band once again touring and getting acclaimed around Europe, co-headlining Metalcon Festival (NL) with INGESTED, and supporting VADER and ENTOMBED A.D. in their European Chaos Tour 2018.

Before the pandemic, they shared stages with JINJER, DECAPITATED, INCITE, and recently they hit the road again, having played in big festivals with SLIPKNOT, SABATON, BEHEMOTH, and many more.

The year of the corona-pandemic, when the music world was forced into a standstill, THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY focused on the writing and recording of their new piece of art, “1901 | The First Mother” which will see the light of the day on May 5th, 2023 via Fireflash Records.

Any fan of extreme metal will be blown away by the crushing music of the latest THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY’s full-length album. Praised by metalsucks.com as “the most underappreciated metal band in all of Italy, and possibly all of Europe”, on “1901 | The First Mother” the five-piece lies somewhere on a vast spectrum of blackened deathcore and aggressive metal.

The Modern Age Slavery
1901 I The First Mother

Label: Fireflash Records
VÖ: 05.05.2023
Genre: Metal
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“1901 | The First Mother” is not a concept album, but there are some pivotal themes throughout. While intense and aggressive, Giovann Berselli’s performance shines on its own through the use of clear pronunciation and philosophical lyrics.

The album title hides a twofold meaning. On one hand, ‘1901’ recalls the year in which Queen Victoria, of the House of Saxe, passed away decreeing the beginning of Modernism in Philosophy or, in other words, the establishment of the Modern Era. The subtitle – ‘The First Mother’ – underlines that, in my mind, this album is the first chapter of a trilogy in which I will try to paint, with words and music, several forms of self-imposed slavery. ‘1901’ draws inspiration from Pre-First World War poets, philosophers, and scientists. The following chapter shall try to describe the post-world war scenario, whereas the third and final chapter will resemble the yet-to-come, though inevitable, future in which we will all let part of our lives to be driven by others. These last lines, somehow, pull me back to the actual The Modern Age Slavery manifesto, initially inspired by the book ‘Escaping From Freedom’ by Erich Fromm, which investigates the psychological state of mind of uneducated masses, willing to avoid the responsibility to choose for their own future”, explains the frontman Giovanni Berselli.

As of today, armed with the finest record of their career and hungry for the return to the live circuit, THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY are enjoying that kind of impetus which just the unswerving dedicated are endowed with. With their upcoming album “1901 | The First Mother”, they are about to shatter all the previous expectations.

The 10 chapters of wrath which make up “1901 | The First Mother” have been written and recorded over the course of two very alienating years for the world, a situation which only strengthened the level of mastery seen in these 37 minutes of refined, harsh fury. The record has been produced by THE MODERN AGE SLAVERY with engineering duties undertaken by the band’s guitar player, Luca Cocconi, along with Simone Sighinolfi who took care also of mixing and mastering at Audiocore Studio, near Parma, Italy.

01. Pro Patria Mori 03:56
02. KLLD 02:52
03. Irradiate All The Earth 03:25
04. The Hip 03:14
05. Lilibeth 04:19
06. Overture To Silence 03:47
07. OXYgen 03:55
08. Nytric 03:47
09. Victoria’s Death 01:24
10. The Age Of Great Men 04:06
11. Blind (KORN cover) 03:11

Giovanni Berselli – vocals
Mirco Bennati – Bass
Luca Cocconi – Guitars
Ludovico Cioffi – Guitars
Federico Leone – Drums


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