Ancestral was born in January 1999 in Castelvetrano
Selinunte (Sicily), a small Town situated
in the extreme south of Italy, thanks to the Mendolia twins who had the intention to form a
band with an aggressive and melodic sound but without keyboards.
er many concerts, Ancestral entered the Riff Raff studios in Marsala (Italy) in January
2000 to record their first demo CD called
”Travel In A Forgotten Time”
which received a
large success in Italy and abroad, especially in Japan and Germany.
After one
year, in January 2001, Ancestral came back with a new demo CD called
“Breed Of
that confirmed the talent of the band thanks to a more mature work than the first,
more technical and with a personal sound really different from many Italian metal ban
Breed of Chosens was distributed also in Japan by Soundholic Recs and was among the best
selling imported CDs.
In the last years the band was present at many important Metal Festivals and has played with
bands such as Vision Divine, Vader, Extrema, U
do and more…, In February 2005, Ancestral
released a new promo CD called “The Walls of Troy” and signed a deal with the historic
Italian label Underground Symphony. The Debut album, called “ The Ancient Curse”, was
recorded at Zenith Recordings in Lucca (I
taly) and was released in July 2007 with a large
success confirmed by audience and critics.
After some years, Ancestral came back again with a new line up: Carmelo Scozzari
guitars (in
2010) and Jo Lombardo
vocals (in 2013). In October 2015 the band
entered the Hertz
Studio Recordings
in Poland
(Behmoth, Vader, Decapitated) to record their 2nd disc called
“Master of Fate”
with Fabio Lione (
Rhapsody of Fire, Vision Divine) as special guest
in the song “Lust For Supremacy” . “Master of Fate”
l be released in January 2017 as top
priority for the Ger
man L
Iron Shield Records/Soul Food
This new
displays a
personal and interesting mixture between thrash metal US style and Teutonic
speed power
Line up:
Jo Lombardo: Vocals
Olivo: Guitars
Carmelo Scozzari: Guitars
Domiziano Mendolia: Bass
Massimiliano Mendolia: Drums
Travel in a Forgotten Time (
demo 2000)
Breed of Chosens (
demo 2001)
The Walls of Troy (
promo 2005)
The Ancient Curse (Underground Symphony 2007)
Master of Fate ( Iron Shield Records 2017)