Bachi da Pietra

2004
Italy

Bachi da Pietra is a two-men band whose dark and resonating music wraps around tunes of desolate candour and lyrics (in Italian) as dark and imaginative as broken love can be.
A relentless drumming hovers over a huge wash of ride cymbal and a deep, plaintive voice, which is able to capture sadness, anger and yearning. The entire album is a visceral emotional journey: the dissonant blues-based songs develop around the steady drone of the singer’s voice, a trance-inducing vocal presence singing of grim meditations on life that are crafted and performed with disarming sincerity. Just like the mysterious and enigmatic characters that orbited their doom-laden, disturbing world, Bachi da Pietra is an unpredictable band that leaves the listeners feeling vulnerable, moved, and sometimes totally spaced out.

Necroide

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September, 2015
12inch LP
11 tracks
46 minutes

If 666 is the number of the beast, the beast is probably an insect. An insect that digs the stone.
With Necroide the evolution continues and there is no way to stop it. If with Quintale (2013) the timber had become stone, now Bachi Da Pietra are covered with a thick armor and the metal becomes opaque black.

The sixth studio album is a return even deeper to the roots music that marked their adolescence (many years before the Blues) and that coincided with the Heavy Metal scene of the early eighties.
The new challenge of Giovanni Succi and Bruno Dorella is to create a musical Frankenstein, something apparently paradoxical and unimaginable, a sort of songwriting Black Metal.

In fact, in the flesh and nell'esoscheletro of Bachi, these seemingly antithetical passions coexist.

Habemus Baco

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May, 2015
12inch LP
3 tracks
13 minutes

Bachi da Pietra celebrate 10 years in music with a ltd edition EP.
One sided white vinyl, one sided, 45rpm.

Two new songs and a spoken word, Amiamo la Guerra, by Giovanni Papini

Quarzo

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October, 2010
CD
12 tracks
56 minutes

Like a series of ironic similarities can clearly suggest, Quarzo, worthy ideal successor Tarlo Terzo, is the title of their fourth album.

An album that “stabs and smiles” from beginning to end. A desire for openness towards the listener is immediately clear in the proposed pills of his own poetry with which Bachi da Pietra introduce the novice (Bignami) and lead into very dark places, but this time they led it by hand. Of course, not before it killed on the Stone of the Pillory (Pietra della Gogna), which opens the tracklist of the 12 songs.

Quarzo, as material as often happens in the poetics of the duo, alluding to the stone, to primal electronics and time. It ‘a record that moves even further the boundaries of musical and lyrical project. Widens the vision and perspective, descends into the ground, from which comes genetically, but reappears, dirty and dusty.

Insect Tracks

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June, 2010
12inch LP + DVD
8 tracks
40 minutes

Tracks were recorded on analog tape, read by a Studer A80 tape machine and directly transferred on record by Roberto Barbolini in Bologna, in January 2010, using a Neumann VMS70 lathe and a SX74 cutting head.

The recording and disc-cutting process has involved the use of the most sophisticated monophonic technologies from the Fifties along the whole manufacturing chain, from tape recording to vinyl cutting by means of a mechanical lathe. Bachi Da Pietra underwent this experiment, conceived and proposed by Francesco Donadello, covering a day and a night’s span, when the operation scene was finally opened to the public.

Bachi Da Pietra have vivisected two previously unpublished tracks, as well as some mutant worms: songs which took on a different shape, compared to their originally issued versions, while being performed again and again over time. The outcome is a live record, divided into a day (without public) and a night (with public) section, and a movie, directed by Luigi Conte, witnessing the experiment by tracking its course.

Tarlo Terzo

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November, 2008
CD
11 tracks
43 minutes

Bachi da Pietra’s third work changes band direction without betraying himself.

With Tarlo Terzo Bruno Dorella Bruno & Giovanni Succi looking for new ways to continue telling with unmatched clarity the conditions of contemporary life and found an ideal and inevitable metamorphosis, after the teeming archaic blues metal in Tornare nella Terra and Non Io, both considered by critics one of the most interesting new music releases of recent years – start here towards more nocturnal and urban atmospheres.

Non Io

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April, 2007
CD
10 tracks
42 minutes

Bachi da Pietra is a two-men band whose dark and resonating music wraps around tunes of desolate candour and lyrics (in Italian) as dark and imaginative as broken love can be.
A relentless drumming hovers over a huge wash of ride cymbal and a deep, plaintive voice, which is able to capture sadness, anger and yearning.

The entire album is a visceral emotional journey: the dissonant blues-based songs develop around the steady drone of the singer’s voice, a trance-inducing vocal presence singing of grim meditations on life that are crafted and performed with disarming sincerity. Just like the mysterious and enigmatic characters that orbited their doom-laden, disturbing world, Bachi da Pietra is an unpredictable band that leaves the listeners feeling vulnerable, moved, and sometimes totally spaced out.

Tornare nella Terra

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May, 2005
CD
9 tracks
44 minutes

A wonder duo here…Batman and Robin?…nee…Bruno Dorella from Ovo/Ronin/Bar la Muerte fame and Giambeppe Succi from Madrigali Magri. Madrigali were a sort of depressed-blues/desertic-skeletal-rock combo both melodic and dissonant (if you wonna give a try I suggest Negarville), for all of you who can read italian language there’s a nice surprise since Giambeppe definitely knows how to write lirycs. Bachi da Pietra could be the final “d-evolution” of Giambeppe Succi solo performances as Madrigali Magri with Bruno playing a minimal drumset and giving the most of the songs an extra “weight” with his death-blues-Swans alike way of drumming. This two guys have received a lot of attention by the italian alternative magazines and you can bet they deserved it: good recording, ghostly ballads, visceral songwriting, deserted landscapes…this release speaks in terms of “mud and blood”. You can compare them to Nick Cave “depressed-Birthday Party-era” meets Songs Ohia‘s “Ghost Tropic” meets Faust’o (a.k.a. Fausto Rossi) gone bad (as if he could have been even worse) meets the the devil himself. The recording is ok and titles like Verme (Warm), Primavera di sangue (Spring of blood), Prostituisciti (Prostitute yourself) can give you an hint of “the air you’re gonna breath” while listening these “murder ballads”. This’ the soundtrack of a car break-down in the middle of the nowhere therefore take it or leave it. Anyhow if you never heard anything with Giambeppe I think you’d better start from Madrigali Magri…if you’re a fan instead: just go for it!
Andrea Ferraris, Chain DLK