Cruz Del Sur and RAFF at ACCIAIO ITALIANO Fest

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English Version
We will be present at the 4th ACCIAIO ITALIANO Festival on Saturday 24th May in Brescia, Italy, to support RAFF and other Italian heavy metal stalwarts old and new!

Remember that the entrance is FREE of charge, and there will be a metal market with some of the best Italian record labels. Cruz Del Sur will be present, of course.

This is the complete event line up:


Italian Version
Cruz Del Sur Music sarà presente al festival “Acciaio Italiano” con il proprio stand, un evento curato dalla Jolly Roger Records ed in programma al Palabam di Mantova sabato 25 e domenica 26 maggio.

Oltre che alla presenza dei RAFF, il festival prevede l’esibizione di nomi storici dell’HM italiano (Strana Officina, The Black, Unreal Terror tra gli altri) e ricordate che l’ingresso e’ gratuito.
Sarà possibile acquistare in anteprima il vinile dei RAFF ed il loro merchandise. La band si esibirà alle 19.30 di sabato 25 maggio, non mancate!

RAFF: Cult 1980s Italian Metal Available on Vinyl Now

RAFF shares the story of dozens of other young, hopeful bands that entered the florid but unorganized Italian metal scene of the 1980s. A scene fondly remembered for its quality and creativity, but also for its chronic lack of opportunities if compared to other foreign countries where metal was flourishing at the time. The situation mirrored the bleak Italian recording industry, one unable to understand the potential of rock and metal Made in Italy”, even if it came to punch the executives in their faces.
Truth be told, it’s even sadder to consider that RAFF were the only Italian band able tokeep at par with the explosive energy of other contemporary British Heavy Metal stalwarts. RAFF in fact had above average technical skills, and a great level of professionalism for such a young band.

Formed as Trancefusion in 1978’s Milan, it was in Rome that RAFF bloomed to their fullest, progressing quickly to reach the milestone of their career in 1981: a supporting slot to the Italian tour of a young Iron Maiden, the very first with Bruce Dickinson on vocal duties. RAFF received only compliments from the British combo, and collected very favorable press comments that described them as “the best British-inspired Italian rock band of the moment“.

As illustrated perfectly by Giovanni Loria in the liner notes accompanying this vinyl edition,  the vicissitudes of RAFF’s early career brought them to publish only an EP in 1985, after which the band swayed in limbo, until their official break up came in 1987. Read more “RAFF: Cult 1980s Italian Metal Available on Vinyl Now”

CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC: exciting news for April and May 2014

April is the month of Keep It True Festival, which will be taking place on the last weekend of the month. Cruz Del Sur Music will be present as usual, enjoying this great festival and supporting our recording artists Atlantean Kodex (their show is scheduled for Saturday 26th April at 6 pm).

During the festival we will also present two of our May releases, Vestal Claret “The Cult of Vestal Claret” and Battleroar “Blood of Legends”.

For years Vestal Claret has been very hard to find and listen due to the nature of their mysterious existence.  Only in 2011, with the release of “Virgin Blood” (Sarlacc Productions) 7’’ vinyl EP and the “Bloodbath” full-length album, the band was finally able to reach out to the fans.
Their Cruz del Suir Music’s 2014 release “The Cult of The Vestal Claret” is introduced by the art of Juha Vuorma, and is a sum of Vestal Claret’s blackened essence. It features re-recorded versions of their tracks from their split with Ungod and the long, creepy suite “Black Priest” (from their split with Albatross). Besides, it introduces some new occult metal classics such as “The Stranger” and “Great Goat God”, and a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Who Are You”.

 “The Cult of the Vestal Claret” will be available, in compact disc, vinyl (with different tracklist) and digital in all stores from May 2nd , and also pre-sold at Keep It True.

Copies of their previous releases “Bloodbath” (compact disc) and “Virgin Blood” can be found at our e-store. Read more “CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC: exciting news for April and May 2014”