If you asked me to introduce the genre of metallic hardcore or d-beat hardcore to the uninitiated and unaccustomed to the more uncompromising end of the punk spectrum, I wouldn’t start from the biggest, well known names that defined or are still in the pipeline concerning developing of the harsh sound. Instead, I would get them to learn about dozens of incredibly potent and creative DIY bands that I’ve profiling here on IDIOTEQ for years. Venice, Italy’s THE MILD are one of them and today we’re giving you the first listen of their new track “Undeserving Entities” and “Against You”, coming from their new record “Coffin Tree”!
Coming out more than 2 years since their debut EP “Left To Starve”, “Coffin Tree” was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Mal DeTesta Recording Studio in Padua, Italy. The offering smashes the hurdles between crusty, d-beat punk, powerviolence and grindcore infused hardcore and good old thrashy metal, and will be available in full on March 24th via Assurd Records, Grim Reality Records, Hecatombe Records, Rip Roaring Shit Storm Records, Sonatine Produzioni, Tanato Records, Zas Autoproduzioni Records, Good Times Records, Mustard Mustache, Toten Schwan Records, and Youth Of Today Collective & Label.
Here’s what the band had to say about the interesting concept of the record:
The concept behind Coffin Tree is the death related to social status and civic sense. The two themes addressed in the lyrics are the reflections that lead to suicide and death that find their meeting point in the tree that acts as a coffin. Starting from these subjects I focused on the Massacre of Pedescala (a small village near Vicenza, Italy) during which more than 60 people died among men, women and children, in 1945, at the end of the war. The German army killed the population along the main road of the village and it is still possible to see the gravestones of the civilians nailed to the trees along the road to the cemetery. Another important subject for writing the lyrics was the Aokigahara forest in Japan. The peculiarity of this dense forest is the ease of getting lost inside it and it is also known to be the site of many suicides by the Japanese population, exasperated by the logorant and unnerving conditions of life and work. Obviously the title “Coffin Tree” is a clear allusion to suicide by hanging.
The Mild is a metalpunk band from Venice (IT). Its Ep “Left To Starve” was released by several labels from Europe, United States and Brazil in November 2015. Thanks to “Left To Starve” the band had the chance to play at Venice Hardcore Fest, FFud Fest, Monteparadiso Fest and Disintegrate Your Ignorance Fest. It also had the opportunity to share the stage with Today Is The Day, Birds In Row, Hierophant, Doom and Ufomammut. THE MILD is: Alessandro Cossu – Drums; Andrea Alfier – Bass Guitar; Vanny Piccoli – Guitars/Vocals.
“Catharsis”, the first new track from “Coffin Tree” was released in mid December last year, along with an amazing music video, directed by Daniele Bagolin of Moba Studio:
“Coffin Tree” will have its record release show at Youth of Today Collective Festival #4 on March 24th, alongside CONFINE, GAME OVER, TYTUS, 360 FLIP, RESTOS HUMANOS, MISERY FOR A LIVING, 3ND7R, MALOTA, KIRLIAN, GroG and AYUB TRIO.