|Origin Pesaro, Italy (1977)|
|Genres heavy metal, doom metal, speed metal (early), industrial metal (later)|
Years active 1977 - 19841988 - present
Labels Minotauro RecordsDiscomagic RecordsContempo RecordsLucifer Rising RecordsLive Global
Members Steve Sylvester, Paul Chain, Thomas Hand Chaste, Steve Minelli
Albums in Death of Steve Sylvester, Do What Thou Wilt, Black Mass, The Story of Death SS 1977, Humanomalies
Death ss the darkest night
Death SS (later also intended as a contraction of In Death of Steve Sylvester) is an Italian heavy metal band.
- Death ss the darkest night
- Death ss zombie 1988
- Live albums
Death ss zombie 1988
Death SS was formed in 1977 in Pesaro by Steve Sylvester (born Stefano Silvestri), who was a member of the Ordo Templi Orientis, and Paul Chain (born Paolo Catena), who would later embrace an experimental form of doom metal with his solo project, Paul Chain Violet Theatre. The band combined elements of horror, occultism and heavy metal to become a pioneer in horror metal and black metal; the musical style is called “horror music” by the band. Sylvester left the band in 1982 and Chain replaced him with Sanctis Ghoram (featured on the Evil Metal EP) before closing the project in 1984 to start his solo career. Sylvester reformed the band in 1988 (with him being the only original member). This new incarnation of the band recorded their first full-length album, ...in Death of Steve Sylvester. There would be many line-up changes in the years to come, with Sylvester once again being the only constant.
The album Panic was partially recorded in the USA, with Neil Kernon as a producer, because the band liked his work for artists like Queensrÿche, Judas Priest, Dokken, Nevermore, David Bowie, Rush and Skrew and had, according to Sylvester, “a particular touch in the dark side of Heavy Metal […] that we were looking for”. The band’s management contacted Kernon, who accepted after listening to the band’s demos of the new songs. The album was released in 2000 by Sylvester’s own label, Lucifer Rising, and Dream Catcher.
The band is one of the sources of inspiration for the Swedish heavy metal band Ghost.
Horrible EyesBlack Mass · 1989
Kings of EvilBlack Mass · 1989
Let the Sabbath BeginPanic · 2000