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EXTREMA / Press

“T hese prolific heavy metal loving, attitude-driven guys hail from Italy. Prolific because they present their sixth studio album, plus they have a live album and a double DVD celebrating at that stage of their career, their 20th birthday. Since releasing an E.P. back in 1987, Extrema have unleashed all manner of brutality inspired by events from around the world. In this case with The Seed of Foolishness, they were motivated by the recent mess that unfolded with our worldly economic crisis. The words ‘Thrash’ and ‘Metal’ both spring to mind once you set this long player to run. Pyre of Fire and opener Between The Lines both deliver a hasty pace and urgency with razor-sharp riffs accompanying the very competent vocal display from Gianluca ”GL” Perotti. Bones finishes with a high-pitched sustained note, and then the rampaging The Distance maintains the ebb and flow of what The Seed of Foolishness is all about. Unlike their previous studio outing, Pound For Pound, there”

“Being led into thinking that "The Seed of Foolishness" is an album governed by nothing but the thrash etiquette is the ultimate way to get Punk'd. I'm not saying that to a point where the record steers entirely clear from the general 'tude and metalosophy of the genre (towards gay lands ruled by dragons and harp players) but I'm still adamant about the fact that you gotta gear up for one heck of a flurry of genres punching you in the eye with a nice spiked set of rings on each finger. EXTREMA flip their bird way fucking high with this sixth release of theirs, and honestly, I never expected it was possible to mesh the straight-forward southern-coated, rampant Signature Dime groovery with fairly accessible, hooky, clean choruses, since I was brought into this world and existence. Well, those dudes do it in a jiffy and they don't fucking aim their guns to the ground for sure. Ultimately, I would say half of the tracklist is actually rooted in modern, staccato, flame-throwing thrash galore”

“My thrash itch needs scratching every now and then, but damned if Extrema didn't come along and do it wearing a sandpaper glove by way of their new masterpiece, The Seed of Foolishness. Admittedly, I feel a little sheepish saying that I've never heard of this band considering the fact that they've been around over 25 years. Perhaps their relentless touring is why they have so few albums out, but if this is the kind of material they've been making for a quarter of a century, it's crazy that they aren't more widely known. The Seed of Foolishness is only the band's sixth studio album, but they've clearly been honing their craft to a razor's edge. Their thrash opus screams with moral outrage in all of its crunchy metal fury at the evils of modern society - particularly about the well-worn subject of government malfeasance. And I can't stress enough my satisfaction in the delightfully heavy rhythyms reminiscient of 80s era thrash legends like Testament or Anthrax. Toss in the occasional B”

“Plugging away since 1986, Italy’s Extrema has transformed beyond their thrash origins into a more palatable groove oriented metal act without forsaking their heavy roots. Their sixth full length The Seed Of Foolishness is a 10-song recording chock-full of entertaining hooks, easy on the ears vocal melodies with the right chorus work to encourage sing-a-long bursts and a killer rhythm section that hones in on all the right accents to the riffing on display. A lot of time the thrash chops still shine through- check out the Exodus-meets-Annihilator-like stomp of “The Distance” or the fierce neck breaking riff-o-rama that opens “The Politics” and you’ll see guitarist Tommy Massara hasn’t lost any affinity for the early roots of thrash/speed metal. But the majority of Extrema’s sound in 2013 definitely possesses a lot of Pantera at the heart of it all – the right squeals, the vocal roar from Gianluca Perotti when he’s not mirroring John Bush, and an alluring bass/drum d”

“ On the metal circuit for around 25 years Extrema are now ready to return to their thrash metal roots with ten new tracks all ready to be unleashed. The Seeds of Foolishness takes its ideas from what is happening in the world today and are indeed at the Gates of Shred! To sum up: This album has its glory moments and at the same time it has its disappointing ones. The last track is an anthem that sounds like it should be on an Eagles album. Don’t get me wrong the Eagles are superb but this kind of track on a thrash album is asking for trouble! Overall a harsh but mediocre listen with highs and lows. The highs being the guitar it literally sizzles with ferocity. 7/10”

“Time for some good ol´ thrashmetal from Italy, Extrema have been around since 1987. They have shared the stage with titans like Metallica, Slayer and KoRn and released 6 studio albums including the new one "The seed of foolishness". Page Hamilton of Helmet did a guest appearance on their previous album from 2009 but now they´re back with some classic Bay Area influenced thrashmetal, just listen to the new single "Pyre of fire" that bring thoughts to Metal Church and Anthrax. The 6 minute long "Ending of prophecies" has a majestic ending that would do just fine on a Queensryche album, the more grunge-like "Bones" will please fans of Alice in Chains. What a powerful song. The album closes with a real singalong chorus in "A moment of truth", a nice classic rock tune that could´ve been written by Ugly Kid Joe. This is great metal folks.”

“Fronted by GL Perotti's growls which match that of Mudvayne and Hellyeah's Chad Grey and guided by Tommy Massara’s abrasive guitars and energetic personality "The Seed Of Foolishness" is the sixth album for the much celebrated Thrash Metal Machine! Powerfully introduced by track 1.Between The Lines with elbow throwing Thrash at it's most brutal and not taking the boot off the pedal either for tracks 2, 3 & 4. Slowing down briefly to the acoustically crafted melody of 5.Ending Prophecies which blends into the more Groove Metal sounds of 6.Bones but then straight back to the heavy ass chugging on the back end of the release. With only a handful of the tracks being more relaxed with an aftertaste similar to the likes of Puddle of Mudd and as described above it really is fitting to describe it as "Combat Metal" with Extrema going back to their roots. A video for the first single ‘Pyre Of Fire’ is in the making and will be released 22/4/2013 as a teaser for this awesome release so whe”

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