Drastique (formerly known as Drastic) is an avant-garde gothic metal band from Italy with progressive metal and symphonic black metal influences.

OriginVenice, Italy
Wroclaw, Poland
GenresGothic metal, black metal
Years active1995–present
LabelsBeyond Productions
CD Maximum
MembersChris Buchman
Past membersAlessia De Boni
Chiara Donaggio


Drastique was founded as a one-man band in 1995 by Chris Buchman with the name Drastic. The only demo of the band, Creator of Feelings, was released in September 1995 in 200 copies with a black and white cover and then reissued in 1996 by Beyond Productions with a color cover. The demo featured Chiara Donaggio on female vocals and was produced by Marco Biolcati, vocalist and guitar player of the bands Wrest and Blackburn.[1] Creator of Feelings was selected as "best demo" by Metal hammer magazine, Metal Shock magazine and Flash magazine.[2] In 1998 Drastic released on Beyond Productions its debut album titled Thieves of Kisses, featuring Alessia De Boni / Pamsy and Chiara Donaggio on female vocals. The album was recorded at Nadir Studios in Genoa, Italy and was produced by Tommy Talamanca, guitar and keyboard player of the band Sadist. Thieves of Kisses was selected by a journalist of the popular music magazine Metal hammer as "Best Italian Album of the Year"[2] and can be considered one of the first Italian avant-garde metal releases. In 2000 Drastic rearranged and performed the song "Black Mass" by Death SS: the song was featured on the tribute album Beyond the realms of Death SS, published by Black Widow Records. In 2003 Drastic changed the name into Drastique and released (once again on Beyond Productions, the label of such bands as Sadist and Theatres Des Vampires) the album Pleasureligion featuring the female vocalist Fay and the male vocalist Mahavira (formerly of Ensoph), even if some male parts were performed by Chris Buchman, who has written and performed the instrumental parts and is the author of the lyrics, written in English, Polish, Latin and Italian, with numerous poetic and philosophical quotations. The album was released in a limited digipak version and in a jewel case version. The CD is distributed by Masterpiece Distribution in Italy and by Adipocere, Relapse and Century Media worldwide. In 2004, the album has been licensed to CD Maximum for Russia and Eastern Europe.[3]


Studio albumsEdit




Current line upEdit

  • Chris Buchman – vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums (1995–present)
  • Fay – female vocals (2002–present)
  • Mahavira – male vocals (2002–present)

Former membersEdit

  • Chiara Donaggio – female vocals (1995–2001)
  • Alessia De Boni – female vocals (1997–2001)


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  2. ^ a b "DRASTIQUE - Biography". Drastique.com. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  3. ^ "DRASTIQUE". Cd-maximum.ru. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  4. ^ DAWN OF SADNESS – Extreme Metal Shop Online Archived 5 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ hiems Archived 28 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 January 2008. Retrieved 17 October 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Various - Metallian Sampler N°29". Discogs.com. Retrieved 5 October 2020.
  8. ^ "DRASTIQUE - News". Drastique.com. Retrieved 5 October 2020.

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