Prosthetic Records are thrilled to announce the signing of Italian post-hardcore band STORMO. Accompanying the signing announcement STORMO have today shared the news of their upcoming fourth studio album, Endocannibalismo, set for release via the Los Angeles label on February 10. Endocannibalismo’s lead single, Sorte, is premiering now!
Speaking on the signing and album announcement, STORMO vocalist Luca Rocco comments: “We’re more than glad to announce the planned release of our new album through Prosthetic Records! The label is currently working with some of our favorite bands. We couldn’t have imagined a better home for STORMO.
“The album speaks about the death of the world as we know it and its transformation into something different. Endocannibalismo is namely the practice of consuming parts of dead relatives in a display of mourning and to free the deceased’s soul. We’re being consumed by the cosmo and understanding death as transformation could probably lead us to a better world, ecologically and socially speaking.”
Of the lead single, Rocco adds: “On Sorte we tried to approach a kind of different sound, we used microtonal guitar and bass and we wanted to write a song that was fuzzy, psych, simple, heavy but still attributable to our own sound. It took some time but eventually it worked pretty well.”
Formed in 2007 in the Dolomite Alps region of Italy with a deep admiration for their native country’s hardcore punk luminaries in La Quiete and Raein, as well as eighties and nineties cult heroes in Negazione, Wretched and Indigesti.
STORMO’s steady rise from unassuming beginnings has been one of consistently stirring songwriting. Having amassed over 400 shows across Europe and the UK – including support slots to Converge, Full of Hell and La Dispute, as well as appearances at Fluff Fest – STORMO’s next chapter sees the band fully come of age.
Sequestered into isolated reflection throughout 2020 and 2021, it was not long before the band found themselves ruminating on concerns far bigger than themselves; namely death and ecological endings. The end not only of themselves, nor the human race as a whole, but of the world as we know it. Upon discovering Brazilian photographer Claudia Andujar’s work on the Yanomami tribe, STORMO soon found themselves intrigued by the concept of endocannibalism – the practice of which includes consuming parts of dead relatives in a display of mourning and to free the deceased’s soul – leading the band to take on death and egotism as central influences for Endocannibalismo.
Lyrically, Endocannibalismo was written entirely in the band’s native tongue; partly as a byproduct of the albums nocturnal and instinctive writing process and partly in honour of their history as a band. Recorded and mixed by Giulio Favero (OvO, Buñuel, Zu) before being placed in the hands of Giovanni Versari (Muse, Raein, Verdena) at La Maesta for mastering, Endocannibalismo’s 11 tracks possess a crystalline clarity to service STORMO’s surging blastbeats, spiralling rhythms and noise punk cacophony, whilst staying true to the each songs deep seated primal nature.
Seeking to tie together the whole process visually, STORMO took to artificial intelligence when creating Endocannibalismo’s art. Utilising specific prompts, the AI render was put through stages of mutation before culminating in its final form. A haunting graphic representation of living beings in a state of constant death and rebirth.
STORMO is: Luca Rocco – vocals, Giacomo Rento – guitars, Federico Trimeri – bass, Stefano Rutolini – drums