Hortus Animae - Waltzing Mephisto 20th Anniversary
Совместный релиз Symbol Of Domination и BlackHeavens Music: переиздание альбома "Waltzing Mephisto 20th Anniversary" итальянской progressive black metal группы Hortus Animae выходит 31 октября 2023!
Co-release of Satanath Records sub-label Symbol Of Domination with BlackHeavens Music: reissue of album "Waltzing Mephisto 20th Anniversary" of Italian progressive black metal band Hortus Animae is out on October 31, 2023!
В 2003 году итальянские некроманты выпустили свой первый официальный опус "Waltzing Mephisto". Спустя 20 лет пришло время отпраздновать такой великий артефакт. И это событие принимает форму звукового амулета под названием «Waltzing Mephisto 20th Anniversary». 23 песни на двух дисках, включая стремительную и готически-траурную кавер-версию песни Нормы Танеги "You're Dead", открывающую музыкальную тему телесериала "Чем мы заняты в тени". Waltzing Mephisto — это путешествие через атмосферу готики, величие прогрессивного рока, оркестровую помпезность и первобытную ярость black/death metal. В состав оригинального альбома входил Grom из норвежской банды ANCIENT, в нынешний состав входят участники MARTYR LUCIFER и CRAWLING CHAOS. Звучание HORTUS ANIMAE, несомненно, подойдёт для открытых умом и смелых сердцем меломанов. Рекомендуется к прослушиванию поклонникам CRADLE OF FILTH, MY DYING BRIDE, ENSLAVED, DIMMU BORGIR, EMPEROR, NOVEMBRE, ANCIENT, KATATONIA, ANATHEMA и ранних OPETH. Ремастеринг сделан в 2023 году. Переиздание содержит новый артворк, бонус CD и треки.
Hortus Animae is a progressive/gothic extreme metal band formed in 1997 in Rimini (Romagna, Italy). After the release of their self-produced debut “The Melting Idols”, they began an active live streak with bands like Lacuna Coil, Konkhra, Ancient, Mortuary Drape and Napalm Death. At this point, they recorded their second album and first official release “Waltzing Mephisto”. Following the recording, the band signed a deal with Greek label Black Lotus Records in October 2002 and subsequently with Sleaszy Rider Records (EMI distribution) for their third and most evolved concept album “The Blow of Furious Winds” in May 2005. The band has since achieved cult status within the extreme metal underground, partly due to their secretive live appearances, but mainly due to their unique and eclectic blend of styles and cover songs. Their music drew from 70s progressive rock, gothic, classical and ambient. All blended with their original form of death/black metal. They incorporated instruments such as piano, viola, violin, mandolin, synth, and very diverse vocal styles into their music. This was rare and uncommon during those years. In between the two albums, the band appeared with another 'now cult' cover song on the Black Lotus Records' release “The Lotus Eaters: Tribute to Dead Can Dance”. Hortus Animae recorded their metalized epic interpretation of "Windfall" and "Summoning of the Muse" featuring a joint effort with gothic singer Liv Kristine (Theatre of Tragedy, Leaves’ Eyes, Cradle of Filth) on lead vocals. Hortus Animae has been proclaimed 'best emerging band' and 'best Italian album of the year' in the polls of the top Italian magazine Metal Maniac in 2005. The group disbanded on 18 January 2006, yet, years after their split they released a 10th anniversary commemorative boxset (sold out) called “Funeral Nation: 10 years of Hortus Animae” through Sleaszy Rider Records. After 4 years of the box set release and sell-out, increasing requests and popularity in the underground demanded a further re-release of the band's historical discography. Hortus Animae teamed up with Thrash Corner Records (USA) to release their definitive collection in 2012, aptly called “Funeral Nation MMXII”. On 25 January 2013, the band officially stated that the time was ripe for their comeback, under the guiding light of the renowned producer and sound engineer Simone Mularoni (DGM, empYrios), which was also the band's session bass player, they produced “Secular Music”, released in 2014 by the British historical rock label Flicknife Records (Hawkwind, etc.). Simultaneously, a double CD of rare and unreleased material called “Godless Years” was released. New members joined, Adamant on bass and MG Desmadre (Crawling Chaos) on guitars and two years later the band teamed up again with Liv Kristine for the “There’s No Sanctuary” maxi EP, which also contained cover songs from the Norwegian cult black metal scene. To promote this release Hortus Animae embarked on a tour with the German thrash metal titans Necronomicon, and travelled through East Europe. The final date of this tour gave origin to “Piove Sangue - Live in Banská Bystrica” that was released later in 2018 celebrating 20 years of activity of the band. The same year another commemorative live album was released, “Live at Velvet - April the 14th, 2001”, official bootleg soundboard recording taken during a gig with Lacuna Coil. Due to the great distance with Grom (USA), the band began collaborating with drummer Jotunn (from the band Outer). The fruit of this collaboration gave birth to "Godless Years Live" (bonus CD for the 20th Anniversary edition of “Waltzing Mephisto”) and "You're Dead Pt. 1 & 2" (bonus tracks for the same release). The band is currently involved in the song-writing process for their next album. "Waltzing Mephisto" 20th Anniversary edition of Hortus Animae's cult debut album, now presented in a double CD, which features bonus tracks and a completely unreleased bonus live disc. The Italian wizards of avantgarde extreme metal waltz again. Album out on October 31, 2023. Happy Halloween!
Нынешний состав / Current line-up:
Martyr Lucifer – vocals
Hypnos – guitars
Bless – synth, piano, keyboards
MG Desmadre – guitars
Adamant – bass
Jotunn – drums
In 2003 the Italian necromancers of avantgarde extreme metal released their first official opus "Waltzing Mephisto". After 20 years it's time to celebrate such great dance and artifact. And this commemoration takes shape through a sonic amulet called "Waltzing Mephisto 20th Anniversary". Let's go frolic in the woods, with the Devil. 23 tracks in 2 discs, including an uptempo yet gothicly funereal cover version of Norma Tanega's "You're Dead", opening theme song for the "What We Do in the Shadows" TV series. "Waltzing Mephisto" is a journey through gothic atmospheres, progressive rock majesty, orchestral grandeur and the primal fury of black/death metal. The original album's line-up featured Grom from the Norwegian black metal legend ANCIENT, the current line-up features members of MARTYR LUCIFER and CRAWLING CHAOS. HORTUS ANIMAE's sound is unquestionably for the open-minded and the brave-hearted, yet we can warmly recommend the listening to fans of CRADLE OF FILTH, MY DYING BRIDE, ENSLAVED, DIMMU BORGIR, EMPEROR, NOVEMBRE, ANCIENT, KATATONIA, ANATHEMA and early OPETH. Remastered in 2023. Re-release includes new artwork, bonus CD and bonus tracks.
Трек-лист / Track-list:
CD 1 – Waltzing Mephisto
01. Enter (Part 1)
02. Enter (Part 2)
03. A Lifetime Obscurity (Part 1)
04. A Lifetime Obscurity (Part 2)
05. Springtime Deaths
06. Souls of the Cold Wind
07. Welcome the Godless
08. Freezing Moon including Terzo Incontro and Tubular Bells (Mayhem / Il Balletto di Bronzo / Mike Oldfield covers)
09. A Feeble Light of Hope
10. You're Dead (Part 1) (Norma Tanega cover) [bonus track]
11. You're Dead (Part 2) (Norma Tanega cover) [bonus track]
Длительность / Length - 61:29
CD 2 – Godless Years Live
01. A Dream of Wolves in the Snow (Cradle Of Filth cover)
03. God and His Disgusting Children
04. Chamber of Endless Nightmares
05. At the End of Doomsday (Parts 2 & 3)
06. Aqualung (Jethro Tull cover)
07. Medley (I - In Adoration of the Weeping Skies / II - Cruciatus Tacitus / III - Souls of the Cold Wind)
08. There's No Sanctuary
09. Across the Sea of Pain
10. The Bless of Eternal Bleeding
11. Raining Blood (Slayer cover)
12. Aqualung (Jethro Tull cover) [bonus track]
Длительность / Length - 76:58
Доступно для предзаказа! / Available for pre-order!
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Каталожный номер / Catalog number:
SODP158 | BHM010
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