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81db / Bio

“Time to challenge your idea of how heavy rock music sounds today.”

The music of the Italian, Florence based, band 81db has been often described as an original rock and metal musical kaleidoscope. It combines heavy riffs, crazy tempos, progressive and alternative rock melodies as well as eastern sounds played with bouzouki, sounds taken from the Greek background of the founder of the band, Kostas Ladopoulos.

After 81db were chosen to be the opening band for Deep Purple in Torino/Italy in 2007, the band had their first album "Evaluation" out on 2009 in Italy and in Greece (EMI). The album received great reviews in Italy, Greece, Holland and other European countries and it was voted as the best album for 2009 by a Greek Metal Hammer editor. The first single “Voices” was played in MTV Greece and MAD TV.

After many concerts in Italy, a UK tour and two Greek tours, 81db were contacted by the Grammy nominated producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash and many collaborations with Rick Rubin) for the recording and realization of the second album, follower of Evaluation. The album was recorded during October, November 2010 in California at the Radio Star Studios of Sylvia herself. After some different record label proposals the band decided to make a deal with the experienced UK label Rising Records to
publish their second album.

The new album “Impressions” is a 13-piece musical journey, grabbing all the different elements that made the 81db sound unique, taking it now to a further, more complex, step. “Impressions” was published in April 25 - 2011 and available worldwide by Rising Records.

General Info

Band Members
William Costello - Vocals, Kostas Ladopoulos - Guitars/Bouzouki, Filippo Capursi - Drums, Vieri Pestelli - Bass
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Metal / Alternative / Progressive

Contact Info

Florence, FI, IT

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