White Skull Biography
Sharp voice, screaming guitars, hammering rhythms, a stunning mixture of power and melody: the result is a high incendiary gradation sound, coming from the heart of these five musicians! All this is White Skull !!!
In 1991, after the recording of their first demo-tape, the band got noticed by the audience and the specialized Italian metal press. They started a live-promotion in order to increase their own experience.
In May 1992, the band released their second demo entitled "Save the Planet". Still excellent reviews and extensive live appearances brought the band in touch with a few Italian labels. However, their music was considered "not suitable for the market"… thus, the guys were asked to change sound and music style. Being fond of classical Heavy Metal and followers of bands like Iron Maiden, Helloween, Scorpions, Black Sabbath, Saxon etc... the Skulls decided to go on with their type of music, because of their belief in true Metal life-style. White Skull then contributed to two Heavy Metal compilation: "Nightpieces 4" (in January '95) and "Area Sismica" (in June '95).
Finally, a few months later, the Italian indie Underground Symphony gave them the chance to record their debut cd entitled: "I Won't Burn Alone". The album received a lot of positive responses from the press and local audiences and White Skull started to play in pubs, local festivals and biker meetings.
The excellent results achieved pushed the band to write down immediately new songs. Those caught again the interest of Underground Symphony which released in March 1997 the new album titled "Embittered". The "Embittered Tour" started soon after the distribution of the album and kept the band busy until 1998. The guys played also with the likes of Overkill, at the Italian "GODS OF METAL" festival and in Berlin with UDO and DORO.
In the meantime the band kept reharsing and writing new songs which ultimately brought to the release of the EP "Asgard" and the cd "Tales from the North", a concept album about the myths of the North (Vikings and Nibelungs) with CHRIS BOLTENDAHL, singer of GRAVE DIGGER, as special guest. The album was released in 1999 by Nuclear Blast in the whole of Europe. White Skull then played in support of Grave Digger in the "Excalibur Millenium 2000 Tour" in Germany and Switzerland and in March 2000 in Italy.
In March and April 2000 they recorded the new album "Public Glory, Secret Agony". It was released in august 2000 on Breaker Records (Udo Dirkschneider's record company), with worldwide distribution by Nuclear Blast.
The only line up change happened in February 2001 when original singer Federica "Sister" De Boni left the band due to personal problems. Federica was replaced with the male voice of Gustavo Gabarrò "Gus": a metal singer from Argentina.
Finally the band came back into the studio at the end of 2001 in order to produce their most ambitious record to date. A concept album entitled "The Dark Age" based on the middle ages and on the crimes of the Inquisition. Recorded at New Sin Studio (Labyrinth, Eldritch, Vicious Mary) this new album immediately arose the interest of Frontiers Records which signed the band to a multi-album deal making White Skull by far the heaviest band in their roster !!!
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