Historica – “Historia Magistrae Vitae” EP (2011)


Independent Release

Review by Luisa Mercier

Born in 2009 thanks to an idea of the singer Danielle Fiore, Historica hail from Turin and deliver a powerful debut EP. The tracks are based on historical events such as the Protestant Reformation or the 30 Years War. The genre proposed is a death/thrash metal which leaves almost no space for melody and it’s very guitar-driven. Since it is an indipendent release, the production is not at its best, but you can hear that there is a great potential. The performance of Danielle is especially worth mentioning; she is able to handle different singing styles from growling to rock vocals to opera. “30 Years of War” is a clear example of what I am talking about. Another highlight is “Luther”, a very up-tempo song which we’ll leave you completely breathless at the end. Impressive guitar work. The closing track is “Rebellion”, a cover of the classic by German heavy metal band Grave Digger. Danielle replaces effectively the legendary Chris Boltendhal and the bag-pipes are substituted by nice guitar riffs. This debut EP showcases interesting qualities, we cannot wait to hear more from Historica!

Rating – 70/100



  1. Historia Magistrae Vitae
  2. Luther
  3. Glorius Defeat
  4. Lightning Maker
  5. 30 Years of War
  6. Rebellion


Line Up

  • Danielle Fiore – Harsh Vocals
  • Danilo Bonuso – Guitars
  • Dario “Dax” Casaletti – Bass
  • Claudio Berruto – Drums
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