From: Pescara, Italy
Last Known Status: Active
Zippo starts in Pescara (Italy) and takes its first steps in the summer of 2004. The original aim was to play a thousand-faces-stoner-rock, from massive and pachydermic sounds to moments of quietness and peace.
Our guys work hard creating their music, entrenched night and day in their little and humid rehearsal room, turning their anger into vibrations. The results of their efforts can be heard on their self-produced debut named 'Ode To Maximum', released in the early days of 2006 and well acclaimed from fans and critic for its freshness and good attitude.
However, the only way to enjoy the band’s sound is to be at one of their gigs, the very high volume is the necessary condition to feel and live their energy. Live activity has always been a priority, as you can see from the good many concerts around Italy and Europe, sharing the stage even with great bands such as Orange Goblin, Colour Haze, Brant Bjork And The Bros, Witchcraft, Solace, Stereochrist and more...
Meanwhile, the sound got heavier, darker, more psychedelic and prog-oriented; somewhat far from labels of any kind. Self-will and addiction lead to Zippo's second album, a conceptual work inspired by the highly discussed book by Carlos Castaneda, 'The Teachings of Don Juan' (1968), a true report of his experiences with a Yaqui indian shaman. Recorded and mixed in Italy at Twelve Studio by Andrea Di Giambattista and Francesco Di Florio and mastered in California by John Golden at Golden Mastering Studio (Neurosis, Melvins, Primus), this work denotes awareness and determination, as well as a glowing production.
After this process, the all-time line-up – Dave (vocals), Sergente and Silvio (guitars), Stonino (bass) and Ferico (drums) – loses an important member. Silvio leaves the band due to personal reasons, soon replaced by Devis (also axe-man in the Italian thrash/death metal bastards Sothis). The band is ready to hit the road again.
In Summer 2008 Zippo signs a deal with the roman label Subsound Records. 'The Road To Knowledge' has been released by the end of 2008 and distributed worldwide from the early months of 2009.
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Latest Zippo News
Below is our complete Zippo news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.
A new fourteen song Black Sabbath tribute compilation titled "Hands of Doom" is streaming over on bandcamp. The introduction to it is written by well-known Italian writer Stefano Cerati, who has released the book "Masters Of Reality" on Black Sabbath's lyrics. Below is the running order of the bands and the songs they are interpreting, all of which you may stream below.
1. Black Oath – Electric Funeral
2. Buttered Bacon Biscuits – A National Acrobat
3. Confraternita del Vuoto Immenso – Solitude
4. L’Impero delle Ombre – Snowblind
5. Sergeant Hamster – Into the Void
6. Hopesend – Embryo/Children of the Grave
7. Witche’s Brew – Paranoid
8. Fuzz Orchestra – Behind the Wall of Sleep
9. Viscera/// – Wheels of Confusion/The Straightener
10. Zippo – Wicked World
11. Vitales Exsequiae – Who Are You?
12. Quiet in the Cave – Sweet Leaf
13. Misty Morning – The Wizard
14. Malanoctem – Sabba Sanguinario (Sabbath Bloody Sabbath)
The fourth installment of the Desert Sound compilations is upon us and streaming online at this location. Desert Sound Vol. IV – In The Mouth Of Fuzz packs 25 cuts from the scene defined by chugging guitars, dirty fuzz, psychedelic visions, feedback and cowbell fills. It's a trip deep into the Italian heavy stoner psycho doom panorama, with tracks that are stoner to others that are on the psychedelic side, as well as the doom mantras and spacey compositions. Stream it all below, and check out the full alphabetical band listing with tracks and cover artwork after the jump.
ANUSEYE - Orb Weavers
BLACK CAPRICORN - Call Of The Goat
BLACK RAINBOWS - Mastermind
BONES & COMFORT - Orange Blossoms & Four Swans
CANNIBAL MOVIE - Fame
CARONTE - Ghost Owl
CHORIACHI - Birkat Habayit
DA CAPTAIN TRIPS - The Merkfolk Ride
ELEPHANTE - Toporagno
GODWATT REDEMPTION - Circles
HERBA MATE - Imargem
KAYLETH - The Survivor
KILL THE EASTER RABBIT - Silent Hour
MANTHRA DEI - Xolotl
MR. BIZARRO & THE HIGHWAY EXPERIENCE - Mastodont
MUFFX - Voices
PATER NEMBROT - The Weaner
SPACE PARANOIDS - Three Lonely Pines
T.H.U.M.B. - Superlover
THE DALLAZ - Losers
THE WHIRLINGS - Calcutta's Sewers
THE WISDOOM - The Wisdoom
THREE EYES LEFT - La Fee Verthe (The Green Fairy)
TURBOMATT - Kong Ché
ZIPPO - Man Of Theory [Feat. Ben Ward]