STRANA OFFICINA "The Faith" [12" 2-LP, Black Vinyl, Gatefold]
2018 - Heavy Metal from Italy
Strana Officina, from Livorno (Italy), has been active since the second half of the seventies, and its first album, the self-titled debut, out in 1984, is completely sung in italian, going against the trend, immediately showing a strong creative personality. The following years saw the release of two more albums, this time with english lyrics, "The Ritual" out in 1986 and the following "Rock'n'Roll Prisoners" out in 1988. Unfortunately the tragedy is around the corner and the two founding members, brothers Fabio and Roberto Cappanera, respectively guitarist and drummer, lost their lives one night in July 1993 due to car-accident. Also guitarist Marcellino Masi, from the line-up of "Strana Officina", soon disappeared. It seems like the end of a dream, but it is not like that. In the following years the band reformed for some commemorative gigs and recorded a demo-tape in 1995: to Daniele "Bud" Ancillotti (voice) and Vincenzo "Enzo" Mascolo, bassist and founder of the band, join the cousins ??Dario and Rolando (son of Roberto) Cappanera, but the demo-tape does not produce the realization of any, initially planned, new album. In the summer of 2006 the Strana Officina was called to play live as headliner to the "Italian" Gods of Metal (day of the well-known HM festival, but only dedicated to italian bands) and is a triumph, the first true "engine" of a "truck" finally put back into motion. In 2007 they released "The Faith", the first official recording of the Strana Officina, containing all the tracks from "The Ritual" and "Rock'n'Roll Prisoners" and also some unreleased tracks, never recorded before, but already well known in live performances. The whole album benefits of new life, the songs enjoy of a second youth, but still remaining very faithful to the originals. This new version has been completely remastered, as the initial sound had never fully satisfied the band and is available for the first time also in (double) vinyl format.