EPITAPH was given birth in 1988, by two former members of Black Hole: Mauro Tollini e Nicola Murari (a.k.a. Luther Gordon and Nicholas Murray, drummer and guitar/bass player respectively).
Right after leaving Black Hole – shortly after the realese of the debut “Land of Mystery” album (1985), which in turn was to be widely reckoned as a true gem of dark and occult doom rock – the two formed a short-lived project, SACRILEGE, meant to bring more Heavy Metal to their musical passion. EPITAPH proper then stepped in, a band well rooted in the Italian dark sound tradition, from its very beginning.
In the years that followed, alongside an intense live activity, the band released three demotapes, now relics much sought after.
Now, brought back to life by Mauro Tollini, EPITAPH are once more on course, after a hiatus of almost 20 years. Emiliano ‘Il Confessore’ Cioffi (who formerly sang in All Souls’ Day) and hard-bluesman Lorenzo ‘LOAH’ Loatelli were welcomed into the fold.
The long awaited full-lenght album “Crawling out of the Crypt”, featuring new material as well as revamped material from the old demos) was released in 2014 by the German Label HIGH ROLLER Records, and has been gaining praise ever since.
Early in 2016 EPITAPH released a split album with ABYSMAL
GRIEF, “Dies Funeris / Farewell to Blind Men”, celebrating their joint European tour in April. The Epitaph side of the split is a medley of Black Hole’s Land of Mystery: a fine way for Mauro and Nicola (Luther & Nicholas) to bury their musical heritage once and for all.
In september 2017 EPITAPH released their sophomore album, “Claws” (High Roller Records), that proved to be a gloomier and heavier effort. On its wake, Epitaph embarked on a new European tour, this time with transcontinental doomsters PROCESSION.
More recently, EPITAPH proudly contributed to the DEATH SS tribute compilation, “Terror Tales” (Black Widow Records). A fitting homage to the godfathers of the genre.
In just a few years since their comeback show, EPITAPH played dozens of gigs, including several revered festivals such as ‘Hammer of Doom’, ‘Heavy Days in Doomtown’ and ‘Roadburn’. January 2020 the new frontman Ricky Dal Pane (former Witchwood mastermind) arrives. The band is preparing their third studio album.
1 September 2017 -
1 April 2017 - FAREWELL TO BLIND MEN (with Abysmal Grief) SPLIT
28 October 2014 - CRAWLING OUT OF THE CRYPT
2 November 2018 - TERROR TALES - Compilation dedicated to Death SS
10 May 1995 - AREA SISMICA - Compilation
1 July 1994 - UNDERGROUND SYMPHONY - Compilation
1 February 1994 - MENTAL WALLS - Demo tape
30 October 1992 - SACRED AND PROFANE - Demo tape
20 May 1988 - THE LORD OF EVIL - Demo tape
26 July 1985 - LAND OF MYSTERY - BLACK HOLE
Ricky Dal Pane (Vocals)
Mauro "Tolly" Tollini (Drums)
Nico "Doominus" Murari (Bass guitar)
Lorenzo "Loah" Loatelli (Guitar)