The music of the Italian, Florence based, band 81db has been often described as an original
rock and metal musical kaleidoscope. It combines heavy riffs, crazy tempos, progressive and
alternative rock melodies as well as eastern sounds played with bouzouki, sounds taken
from the Greek background of the founder of the band, Kostas Ladopoulos.
After 81db were chosen to be the opening band for Deep Purple in Torino/Italy in 2007, the
band had their first album “Evaluation” out on 2009 in Italy and in Greece (EMI). The album
received great reviews in Italy, Greece, Holland and other European countries and it was
voted as the best album for 2009 by a Greek Metal Hammer editor. The first single “Voices”
was played in MTV Greece and MAD TV.
After many concerts in Italy, a UK tour and a Greek tour, 81db were contacted by the
Grammy nominated producer Sylvia Massy (Tool, System of a Down, Johnny Cash and many
collaborations with Rick Rubin) for the recording and realization of the second album,
follower of Evaluation. The album was recorded during October, November 2010 in
California at the Radio Star Studios of Sylvia herself. After some different record label
proposals the band decided to make a deal with the experienced UK label Rising Records to
publish their second album.
The new album “Impressions” is a 13-piece musical journey, grabbing all the different
elements that made the 81db sound unique, taking it now to a further, more complex, step.
“Impressions” will be out in April 25 - 2011 and available worldwide.
Stay tuned for the news from a band that could be easily considered as one of the most
promising alternative heavy sounding bands to come.
William Costello: Voices
Kostas Ladopoulos: Guitars, Bouzouki, Electric Sitar and Additional Voices
Filippo Capursi: Drums
Vieri Pestelli: Bass