2011 - Unexpected Fate [Special Edition]
2009 – Unexpected Fate
1992 – Trilogy: Dance Got Sick EP
1990 – Alive In Poland
1989 – Neurodeliri
1988 – IX
1986 – The Final Separation
1985 – The Day Of Wrath
1984 – Fallen Angel 7”
AC Wild – Vocals, Bass
Andy Panigada – Guitar
Manu – Drums
“The worst record of all times”…
In 1984 BULLDOZER released their debut 7” single ‘Fallen Angel/Another Beer’. This record shares the dubious honour with Hellhammer’s debut EP as being rated “The worst record of all times” by respected UK magazine Kerrang!.
A band called BULLDOZER was formed in 1982 by Darrio Carria and Andy Panigada. Panigada left the band shortly thereafter. He met AC Wild in 1983. Together with drummer Rob K Cabrini and second bassist Fabrizio Grossi, who would go on to play bass with Steve Vai, they played cover versions of Motörhead songs. Panigada was contacted again by Carria who wanted to record a single in Milanese dialect. Panigada instead not only suggested two different tracks but also a new singer, AC Wild. The two infamous songs ‘Fallen Angel’ and ‘Another Beer’ were recorded in one take and released as BULLDOZER’s vinyl debut.
Notwithstanding the dubious honour awarded by Kerrang!, Roadrunner Records signed the band in 1984. The contract contained a special clause noting the fact that AC Wild, as a conscientious objector during the Spadolini government in Italy, did not have a passport and could not travel outside of Italy to perform, for an unknown period of time.
Before the Roadrunner contract was signed, bassist Carria and drummer Galli, still minors, were caught with tattoos by their parents and both left the band. The new bassist, Don Andras, was nearly 30 years old and had a criminal record, but he was the only drummer around who could thrash a kit. AC Wild, originally a bassist, replaced Carria on bass but invited him to record bass on the album version of ‘Fallen Angel’.
“Too punk” according to King Diamond in 1985…
In 1985 BULLDOZER released their first album, ‘The Day Of Wrath’, on Roadrunner Records in Europe, USA and Japan. The band wanted King Diamond to produce the record, he claimed the material was “too punk” for his taste. Roadrunner appointed Algy Ward from Tank as producer. In a twist of fate Tank had themselves been produced by “Fast” Eddie Clarke of Motörhead whose songs BULLDOZER covered at the beginning of their career. The British press labelled the band “Venom clones”. In fact Cronos even jokingly asked for royalties!
Roadrunner encouraged this erroneous labelling and even re-signed the band for a second album, choosing a rejected photo for the cover. From there on the relationships with Roadrunner and the foreign press broke down completely.
The band, and particularly AC Wild, never accepted the labelling used by the British press. Starting with The Exorcism all the songs were about true experiences, real people or events. Nothing was invented.
‘The Final Separation’ was a darker and more serious album. But it had a weak sound and sales dropped. Roadrunner did not take up the option for a third record.
Don Andras left the band, replaced once again by Rob K Cabrini. AC Wild took a leave of absence to perform 20 months of community service.
‘IX’ was given the first ever “Zero” rating by magazines
The band decided to self-produce a four-track EP which later became “side A” of the full length album ‘IX’. They signed to Italian disco label Discomagic. The cover of ‘IX’ was an AC Wild concept. It contained certain hidden messages and intuitions. The record was strongly criticised in northern Europe and even received the first ever “Zero” rating by UK magazine Kerrang! and German magazine Metal Hammer. The lyrics were targeted as being too extreme and direct. Obviously they completely missed the irony of songs such as ‘Mysoginists’, ‘Ilona The Very Best’, ‘The Derby’ etc. Only BULLDOZER’s hardcore fans in Italy, Poland and Japan liked the album.
In 1987, just before performing in Livorno, the band learned of the death of Dario Carria. From that moment on their playing became more urgent and determined.
They dedicated the next album, ‘Neurodeliri’, to him. This time the album was received with respect by certain leading European publications like Aardschok and Metal Forces. The album features keyboards, symphonic sounds, drum sampling – innovative elements adopted by many bands from the nineties until today.
After attending a festival in Poland, AC Wild was inspired to perform with the band and record a live concert. ‘Alive In Poland’ was recorded in one take, with no studio retouching, in front of 5500 people in the city of Katowice. BULLDOZER’s last concert was held in Milano, Italy, in 1990. The band knew it was over. In an interview AC Wild said “We hope to take steps forward in the future, otherwise we can forget the whole thing. If it means recycling the band’s name with nothing new, it’s useless to carry on ...”.
BULLDOZER goes experimental and it’s labeled a “fiasco”
In 1992 AC Wild and Panigata decided to record an experimental EP ‘Trilogy: Dance Got Sick’ with rapper Dr. D.O.P.E. Three tracks in three distinctive styles were recorded. ‘Dance Got Sick’ was called a “fiasco” by many hardcore BULLDOZER fans. Others would call it “winning the lottery”. One track was covered by the Japanese band Abigail and another was discovered by a famous British DJ in Japan, turning it into a hit. It was re-released on many compilations selling over one million copies. A new style of music was born. We can say that even PRODIGY were inspired by it.
Whereas ‘IX’ and ‘Neurodeliri’ were made with the heart, ‘Dance Got Sick’ was made with rage and a stroke of genius.
Resurrected from the grave in 2009
Strengthened by the renewed legacy of original members AC Wild and Andy Panigada, Bulldozer released their long-waited come back album ‘Unexpected Fate’ in 2009, after signing a worldwide deal with Scarlet Records. The album was a huge success among all the real thrash metal purists around the globe: fast & furious as never before, with a lethal dosage of heavy riffs and disturbing vocals, plenty of attitude, an intriguing lyrical concept and special guest appearances by renowned musicians Jennifer Batten and Billy Sheehan.
May 26th, 2011 (Europe) and June 14th, 2011 (USA) will see Scarlet Records releasing a special edition of the album including 4 bonus Bulldozer classics (‘Minkions’, ‘Micro V.I.P., ‘Willfull Death’ and the ‘IX/Desert’ medley) recorded live at Rock Hard Festival 2010 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, where the band annihilated the audience with their notoriously electrifying performance. ‘Unexpected Fate Special Edition’ will be released in a captivating digipack CD format.