2014: “[g]host“ (CD/LP/MC) (Auric Records/Gadget Records) (to be released May 2014)
2013: “Worship” (7” EP) (Auric Records)
“[t]horns“ (LP) (The Ritual Productions/Auric Records)
2012: “Last Judgement /First Assault” (DLP) (F.O.A.D. Records)
“Life of Immortality ‘87” (MC) (The Ritual Productions)
2009: “[t]horns“ (CD) (NonStopMusic Records/Twilight)
2007: “Angels to Some, Demons to Others“ (CD) (NonStopMusic Records/Twilight)
2005: ”Arise“ (12“ Picture-Disc/limitierte CD-Edition) (Motörbööt Records, a division of Much Music)
2005: “The Return- live Abart Club, Zürich (CH), November 10, 2005“ (limited CD-Edition)
1991: ”Anno Domini – an anthology of the past” (CD/MC) (Turbo Records/JL America)
1987: ”Last Judgment” (MLP) (Chainsaw Murder Records/We Bite Records)
Formed in 1984 to smash juvenile frustration and aggression into a hostile world with terms such as Death, Doom & Thrash Metal.
Their first demo had remarkable airplay in US-underground radio stations and even reached No.1 for several weeks.
Excruciation’s first official release “The last Judgment” sold over 15,000 copies and reached Switzerland’s Top 100.
Following the release was a successful tour of Switzerland and abroad, as well as becoming the first Swiss metal band to
tour in ex-communist Germany.
EXCRUCIATION was ready for international take over with the 1991 world wide release of “Anno Domini…” which sold over
20’000 copies , a very respectable amount at the time for an underground metal release.
In 1991 due to various musical and personal differences EXCRUCIATION took an indefinite time out.
In 2005 for old times’ sake and seemingly long forgotten friendship all the original members came together again.
After that eventful evening EXCRUCIATION was reborn and resurrected from the dead. And contrary to expectations,
in 2005 “Arise“ saw the light of day!
Re-energized and reinspired by the music the band focused on the first full length album in their entire history
“Angels to some, demons to others”, released in early 2007, followed by “[t]horns” in 2009 and in doing so re-established the
bands status once again.
2012 saw the re-release of Excruciation’s early works “Last Judgement” & “First Assault” on vinyl by the Italian label
“F.O.A.D. Records” and a live recording from 1987 being released on tape by “The Ritual Productions” from the Netherlands, who also
released [t]horns on vinyl in 2013.
"In remembrance of all those souls who lost their young lives at
Waldniel Hostert /Kent School from 1937 to 1943. May their ghosts be the hosts of our memory fot time and time again.
"I have seen Hell in Murmansk"
Fans of Doom
Metal where are you? It's time for an unexpected spell, casted upon
you by a mesmerizing album. Do you want to feel a sense of anguish and
death brought by memorable melodies and by solid riffs? May 2014 has just come to
its end but has left a fresh released gift for you: an awesome album
indeed, entitled [g]host from the Swiss band Excruciation (label
Auric Records). I adored and still love “Angels to Some, Demons to
Others“ from this band, their 2007 CD whose follower was the
LP [t]horns in 2009. The Swiss kings of Doom have created now, after
the 2013 EP "Worship", another little masterpiece,
their third studio album which is again very emotional, and (again)
very intelligent: [g]host . The package is elegant, the booklet is incredibly interesting with
lyrics, symbols and photos of Waldniel Hostert facility (where Nazis
euthanized in horrible way handicapped children, now a spooky place
for sale) , which will anchor your attention and will invite you to a dark journey into some deprecable moments of
mankind`s recent history. In [g]host, that sense of desperation , typical of this musical subgenre, roots back to a past that should be never forgotten, because it should be never be repeated.
The music, composed mainly by guitarist Hannes (HNS) Reitze is harmony of pain and grief, with a distinctive distorted slow rhythmic
sound in which icy clear lead guitars are nested . The lyrics, by frontman
Eugenio Meccariello ,
describe an abyss of darkness in which the humanity has been able to fall in.
The opener While The Sea Mounts Up is magic yet at the same time fear inspiring. It is an example of Doom with modern
psychedelic elements and rock gothic atmospheres for 5 minutes of involving , reiterate loops which are always fresh
and reinvente themselves thanks to a great capacity of small but significative tempo changes and to the dance of the previous mentioned multilayered atmosphere. This track is the ideal opener with
quite long surreal instrumental intro until Meccariello`s clean and robust vocals tell us then about the
"ghosts" of the seas. Mother South in pure Death-Doom has powerful melody as well as touching guitar riffs. It is one of the
longest tracks of this album ( 6:40), but you dont even perceive it. Under The
Linden Tree is angrier and rocks a lot, yet it shows sacral facettes at the end when
words of exorcism are clear and spoken in Latin.
Murmansk II (associated with a videoclip) is the hit that lets the heart beat
faster because this track is faster paced, with faster riffs and a faster and mighty groove. Then comes the moment to enjoy
3 minutes of instrumental interlude, composed by HNS Reitze: Ghost
(An Interlude) marked by intertwined beatiful guitars which
represent the summit of a spheric ghostly atmosphere. At this point, this breathtaking album has already enchanted and involved us. So comes implacable the splendid
Crawl, characterized by memorable loop, increasing crushing intensity, unholy vocals.
Its lead guitar is addiction and perdition, so beautiful, so clear, so
agonizing. the first time i listened to the CD,i was occupied of rewinding infinite times
Crawl and i didnt even want to hear the last 3 songs. I didnt want to end up disappointed, the album for me could have ended here, in the neverending agony of
Crawl. But i know that Excruciation dont insert any
filler in their albums: every song is a doomy rocking anthem. Indeed i asked myself then why i have waited so
long to approach Sacrum Quod Vivit which is another killer because its middle part rocks
enough. Murmansk I is slower, nostalgic. Devil Wears Christ is full of
disdain, of disillusion and is, how i can say..., the sour side of this
album; the only song that doesnt get me crazy. Its outro closes the album in a last
solo, in a last slow anguishing mood.
f. c. di giacomo
Box 137 - CH 5443 Niederrohrdorf
201367 - D Waldshut- Tiengen