Origin: Padova, Italy
Genres: Black Metal, Progressive Metal
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Ephel Duath  

The two genres of progressive and black metal seldom meet together, but Italy's Ephel Duath is one band where that description is apt, though even that alone doesn't fully describe where they are coming from, or indeed where they might be going. Formed in 1998 as a two-man studio project, their debut release was Phormula, on the small but up-and-coming Code666 label. Simply put, this is one of the most adventurous albums ever put out under the black metal banner. The arrangements are complex but never get out of hand, with swirling keyboards intertwined with guitars and mostly typical black metal rasp vocals (though some effective clean vocals are heard as well). Programmed drums are used throughout to very good effect, allowing for some intriguing technical arrangements. Phormula is very much an in-your-face album, demanding the listener's full attention, and is absolutely a recommended album for those into technical black metal.

Following Phormula's release, much transpired in the ED camp. They signed to Elitist Records (a subdivision of Earache), and repackaged the debut with demo tracks, releasing it in 2001 as Rephormula. A new lineup has materialized, with founder Davide Tiso recruiting a diverse set of musicians for the band, hailing from backgrounds in hardcore, jazz, and progressive music. The first album with this lineup was 2003's The Painter's Palette, an album even more adventurous and genre-expanding than their previous efforts. A new album, Pain Necessary To Know, was released in late 2005.

Current Members

Karyn Crisis

vocals (Crisis)

Marco Minnemann


Former Members/Guests

Luciano George Lorusso


Davide Tolomei


Davide Tiso


Giuliano Mogicato


Riccardo Pasini


Fabio Fecchio


Steve DiGiorgio (guest)

bass (Artension, Autopsy, Control Denied, Charred Walls Of The Damned, Death, Dragonlord, Futures End, Iced Earth, Painmuseum, Quo Vadis, Sadus, Scariot, Testament, Vintersorg)

Davide Piovesan



2000 Code666
  1. Embossed
  2. The Greyness Grows Already Old
  3. Danza
  4. A Flickering Warmth
  5. Myriad
  6. Pursuing The Instinct
  7. The Blow's Rhymer
  8. Elapsed
  • Davide Tiso
  • Giuliano Mogicato

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Lords Of Metal  Metal Observer 

2001 Elitist
  1. The Embossed
  2. Greyness Grows Already Old
  3. The Danza
  4. The Flickering Warmth
  5. Myriads
  6. Phormula
  7. The Blow's Rhymers
  8. Insomnia's Desert
  9. Embossed (on the corpse)
  10. Instinkt
  11. Opera 1
  12. Aldulta Hieme: The Magnificence
  13. Falling ...
  • Davide Tiso
  • Giuliano Mogicato

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 

The Painter's Palette 
2003 Elitist
  1. The Passage
  2. The Unpoetic Circle
  3. Labyrinthine
  4. Praha
  5. The Picture
  6. Ruins
  7. Ironical Communion
  8. My Glassy Shelter
  9. The Other's Touch
  • Luciano George Lorusso
  • Davide Tolomei
  • Davide Tiso
  • Fabio Fecchio
  • Davide Piovesan

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

Pain Necessary To Know 
2005 Elitist
  1. New Disorder
  2. Vector, Third Movement
  3. Pleonasm
  4. Few Stars, No Refrain And A Cigarette
  5. Crystalline Whirl
  6. I Killed Rebecca
  7. Vector
  8. Vector, Second Movement
  9. Imploding
  • Luciano George Lorusso
  • Davide Tiso
  • Riccardo Pasini
  • Fabio Fecchio
  • Davide Piovesan

Reviews:   Sea Of Tranquility  Lords Of Metal 

Pain Remixes The Known 
2007 Earache
  1. Hole I
  2. Hole II
  3. Hole III
  4. Hole IV
  5. Hole V
  6. Hole VI
  7. Hole VII
  8. Hole VIII
  9. Hole IX

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

Through My Dog's Eyes 
2008 Earache
  1. Gift
  2. Promenade
  3. Breed
  4. Silent Door
  5. Bella Morte
  6. Nina
  7. Guardian
  8. Spider Shaped Leaves
  9. Bark Loud
  • Luciano George Lorusso
  • Davide Tiso
  • Marco Minnemann

(EP) On Death And Cosmos 
2012 Agonia
  1. Black Prism
  2. Raqia
  3. Stardust Rain
  • Karyn Crisis
  • Davide Tiso
  • Steve DiGiorgio
  • Marco Minnemann

Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness 
2013 Agonia


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