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Dome La Muerte


Domenico Petrosino, aka DOME LA MUERTE, is an icon of Italian rock'n'roll. In 1979, he was a founding member of the legendary CCM (Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers), the only Italian band produced by Jello Biafra when the early Italian hardcore scene was just dawning. In 1982, he joined the band Not Moving, taking part in the production of their milestones Movin’ Over, Black And Wild, Sinnermen, Flash On You, and Song Of Myself. They broke up in 1994. During those years, he shared the stage with punk bands such as D.O.A. and Damned. He met his friend and artist Christa Päffgen, aka Nico, on her last European tour, as depicted in the biopic "Nico, 1988" by Susanna Nicchiarelli. 

In the nineties, he founded the pioneering stoner group Hush, well-known for the album Om. The band also stuck out because it opened Italian tours for The Clash, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, The Fuzztones, Iggy Pop, and The Fleshtones. Dome has always committed to promoting Native American culture, and collaborated on several projects with Lance Henson (Cheyenne poet) and John Trudell (Sioux poet, singer, actor, and activist). He composed and performed soundtracks for plays and cinema. Most notably, he performed the electric guitar parts for Gabriele Salvatores’ "Nirvana" OST in 1996. 

In 2005, Not Moving reunited to promote the anthology box set Live In The 80s released by Go Down Records. The DVD features the participation of Gianni Maroccolo, Max Pezzali, Marlene Kuntz, and many others. In 2006, the same independent label put stock in his newborn garage band Dome La Muerte and the Diggers. "Diggers" evokes the American political movement founded in the late 19th century; in the 60s, it has been associated with satirical criticism of the US bourgeois system and its moralism, which was prevalent in society. Their self-titled debut features Emiliano Giuliani (former Liars and Not Right) on drums, Lady Casanova (former Not Right) on bass, Matteo "Basetta" Gioli (former Thunder Rod Company) on guitar, and guest star Rudy Protrudi from The Fuzztones on harmonica and backing vocals on 'Blue Stranger Dancer' 'Heart Full Of Soul' and 'Sorry, I’m A Digger.' This album was co-released by Go Down Records and Area Pirata on CD in 2007. 

In 2008 Bonnie Von Vodka (ex Les Valvolettes) replaced Lady Casanova. In 2010, the sophomore album Diggersonz was released via Go Down Records and Area Pirata, and it was analog recorded by Jorge ’Dr. Explosion’ Muñoz-Cobo Gonzalez at Estudios Circo Perrotti, Gijon, Spain. In 2013, their third chapter Supersadobabi was marked out with a more spontaneous, fiery, and street-style approach. The lineup features Dome La Muerte on guitar and vocals, Iride Volpi on guitar, JP Palazzino (former Hellvis) on drums, and Marco Serani on bass. The album was released by Go Down Records and includes nine original songs plus two covers, 'Little Doll' by The Stooges and 'The Shape Of Things To Come' by Max Frost And The Troopers. They performed with bands such as Dick Dale, Flaming Groovies, Buzzcocks, and Gravediggers V. 

Inspired by his debut solo album Poems For Renegades (2011), Dome La Muerte formed the new band Dome La Muerte E.X.P. The main themes ranged from Spaghetti Western soundtracks to the Beat Generation heritage, from India to the hippy movement, from the stream of consciousness to the deep respect and admiration for Native American culture. Members of this combo are Emiliano Giuliani on drums, Luca Valdambrini on organ, and Theremin, Alessandro Quaglierini on bass. Their debut album Lazy Sunny Day was recorded by Alfredo Gentili at Go Down Studio in Savignano sul Rubicone in June 2016 and released for Go Down Records and Cinedelic in February 2017. They performed supporting artists such as Marc Ribot and Vinicio Capossela. 

On September 25th, 2020, Dome La Muerte and the (faithful) Diggers came back with the two-track EP The House Of Lily / Shake Some Action, available on all digital platforms via Go Down Records. Soon after, on December 3rd, Italian publisher Agenzia X issued Dalla parte del torto, a rich and honest memoir recalling Domenico’s personal story, which epitomizes the nonconformity of a straightforward and outspoken musician, spanning from the 1970s to the pandemic (ed. highly recommended!). In 2023, the artist returns to work with the E.X.P. for their sophomore studio album El Santo, due out via Go Down Records on LP, CD, and digitally in September.