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The origins of this band dates back to 1999 when Riccardo Prencipe and Pierangelo Fevola decided to collaborate and share their talents to create instrumental music. Riccardo employed his classical guitar abilities and Pierangelo contributed with violin. They began to employ many other instruments, samples, synthesizers and home-made authentic instruments from generations past to create their unique compositions. They concentrated on translating visual imagery into music that resulted in Gothic and Baroque styles with modern and classic styles.|
August 1999 would see the release of their first work Les Nuits des Samain. But it was later in 2000 when they signed a deal with World Serpent Distribution to release their debut full-length album Soehrimnir. At this time they were still releasing all instrumental music. It wasnt until shortly after the release of this album that soprano vocalist Claudia Floro joined the group to contribute her talented vocals to the music. With her contribution, the music takes on a complete and full sound while some tracks are still instrumental, the added vocals compliment the nice compositions.
Since 2001 they have brought other members on completing a full string quartet with Claudia and Riccardo forming the core of the group. In 2004 they released their sophomore full-length album Florilegium with Equilibrium Music.
Fans of some of the more classical-oriented ethereal music along the lines of sToa and Dead Can Dance should enjoy this album. The opera vocals add a true classical touch to the music that some people may or may not like depending on their own opinions. Take a minute to listen for yourself, visit their website and listen to tracks on the Gothic Paradise Ethereal radio show.
These Italian artists manage to do a nice mix of Neo-Classical and Medieval music for a unique release in this album. Florilegium is the second full-length album by this group, although it is the first of it's kind, adding soprano vocals from Claudia Florio to the classic violin, guitar and other instruments.
This album spans a number of tempos, themes, languages, instruments and compositional styles in it's 13 tracks. The most prominent track that fans of Gothic/Ethereal music will recognize is "The Wind That Shakes The Barley" because the popular band Dead Can Dance has also done a rendition of this traditional track. But because of the accapella nature of this one song, I would not mislead the reader in saying that this is the basis for most of the album. Most songs combine a festive or melancholy mood with the mixture of violin and guitar. There is also a very dark spoken word piece "Kundalini".
Overall, I really enjoy the musical compositions and as a classically trained musician and fan, I can really appreciate the beautiful soprano vocals. However, one thing that I haven't liked about the opera is the amount of vibrato used in the vocals, and while Claudia's voice is beautiful and talented by any means, that same vibrato can begin to wear on me after a while. So, I am of the opinion that in Neo-Classical music, especially when leaning toward the Gothic/Ethereal music with Medieval influences, not including so much vibrato is a huge bonus.
Don't let that little criticism detract the reader in anyway in thinking that this music isn't really great. A wonderful festive track that has quickly become a favorite of mine is "Axe". The festive melody of the vocals combined with the violin is really astounding. The guitar and additional instruments add a nice hook that almost is sure to get you up to dance around the room. There are others along these lines that are comparable as well as more tranquile pieces, but none quite surpass it in it's brilliance and beauty.
Label: Equilibrium Music