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Hexperos
The Veil of Queen Mab
Digipak CD
"The name Hexperos derives from the characters Esperidi and from Hesperos – the first being three mythological figures, the nymphs of the evening, who take care of a tree of golden apples and sing with(...)"

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Out March 10th 2018, on Equilibrium Music
Urze de Lume (Portugal)
EQM045 - "As Árvores Estão Secas e Não Têm Folhas" Digipak CD 2018 [ out 2018.03.10 ]
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"...The trees have grown dry and bare, as have I..."

On their third album, Urze de Lume turn inwards for a soothing journey which illustrates not only departure, but also homecoming, meticulously setting to music memories imbued with both nostalgia and longing.

Inspired by Iberian traditions, their music aims to celebrate the roots which identify a people and bind them to their land.

"As Árvores Estão Secas e Não Têm Folhas" is the second and final chapter of Urze de Lume's ode to Autumn, in a follow-up to the acclaimed "Vozes Na Neblina" EP released in early 2017.

Although predominantly focused on guitar-based pieces, the leading role in "As Árvores..." is often taken over by the rebec, a bowed stringed instrument whose fiddle-like timbre brings forth an archaic, medieval-like, character to the album's instrumental canvas, which further expands on occasion to include wind instruments, discreet percussions and bagpipes. The intentionally minimalist aesthetics seem to match the beauty of bare trees to perfection, yet Urze de Lume's use of multiple field recordings allows the hues of autumn to embed deeper into the music. Now and then, they turn also to narrated poetry to lead us further into the recesses of remembrance, urging the embrace of loss as one welcomes back nighttime, the cold, and a sense of void for times bygone that the arrival of Autumn inevitably brings about. This is the season where days start to run increasingly shorter and quieter, much like the lives of those to whom Urze de Lume dedicates this solemn work.

Bonds to both Nature and tradition are at the heart of the band's rendition of Dark Folk, and both skillfully come together on this acoustic introspective incursion into life's ever-looming solitude.

"As Árvores..." is appropriately robed in an Autumn-tinged matte-varnished Digipak.

» Urze de Lume official website
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- tracklist -
01. Sobre Folhas de Carvalho (01:56)
02. As Árvores Estão Secas e Não Têm Folhas (04:48)
03. Prenúncio de Gelo (04:26)
04. Da Tua Ausência (05:10)
05. Solidão (03:29)
06. Fantasmas das Horas Mortas (05:26)
07. Encruzilhadas (05:01)
08. Sombras no Vento (05:42)
09. Margens do Rio Outono (02:50)
10. Entardece em Mim (04:04)
11. Longa é a Noite (05:14)
12. Alvorada de Destroços (02:26)
Out September 1st 2017, on Equilibrium Music
Daemonia Nymphe (Greece)
EQM039 - "Macbeth" Digipak CD 2017 [ out 2017.09.01 ]
14.00EUR (Buy now, with PayPal - Shipping included worldwide)
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Well known for their compositions and improvisations performed with reproductions of ancient Greek instruments manufactured by Nikolaos Brass, the ethereal essence that dominates Daemonia Nymphe‘s pieces allows them to reach beyond the scope of World Music and forge their own idyllic liaison with Greece’s cultural heritage.

Given their project’s unique artistic concept, an invitation for Spyros Giasafakis and Evi Stergiou to create soundtrack work would inevitably surface. Although they had already been involved in similar projects in the past, the opportunity to compose and record a full score ultimately came to fruition with a commission from the National Theatre of Northern Greece to create an original soundtrack for their theatre production of “Macbeth”. The play was directed by Anastasia Revi and performed at the Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies in Thessaloniki, Greece, between 15/01/2016 and 27/03/2016.

The challenge of producing an aural backdrop to Shakespeare’s classic finds Daemonia Nymphe introducing discreet traits common to Dark Ambient or Neo-Classical in their music to more adequately portray the idiosyncrasies inherent to the play. While employing their trademark combination of traditional archaic instrumentation and dreamlike female vocals, Daemonia Nymphe also expand their palette to include brass instrumentation, orchestral percussion or Scottish bagpipes, resorting to a myriad of guest musicians for these recordings. The complete work brings together mesmerising lullabies sung in whispers and hushed voices, epic interludes driven by bombastic trumpets, battle passages paced to martial drumming, enticing dances set to exotic rhythms, or even the odd Medieval jig heard during Macbeth’s coronation. However, even while perfectly mimicking and expanding upon each of “Macbeth”’s dramatic moments, the score also successfully stands as one of Daemonia Nymphe’s most complex and mysterious albums to date.

“Macbeth” is released in beautiful full colour Digipak CD. The physical release includes two additional short pieces as bonus tracks and features original artwork by Spyridon created especially for this release.

DAEMONIA NYMPHE - Macbeth Digipak CD
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- tracklist -
01. Macbeth's Triumph (3:59)
02. Witches' Lullaby (5:25)
03. Never Shall Sun That Morrow See (5:14)
04. The Fallacious Glance (3:29)
05. A Dagger of the Mind (6:08)
06. Suspicion (4:00)
07. Macbeth's Coronation (3:37)
08. Into the Woods (4:35)
09. The Dinner (3:50)
10. Hecate's Wrath (3:18)
11. Lady Macduff's Lament (3:21)
12. The Battle in Bernham Forest (5:39)
13. Malcolm's Victory (2:11)
Bonus tracks (CD exclusives):
14. The Letter / Hypnovasia (4:33)
Out June 21st 2017, on Equilibrium Music
Àrnica (Spain)
EQM035 - "Cabeza de Lobo" Digipak CD 2017 [ out 2017.06.21 ]
14.00EUR (Buy now on Digipak CD, with PayPal - Shipping included worldwide)
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12" LP + 7" set and limited editions coming soon - contact us for pre-orders!
A Wolf’s head shape is tearing apart the mist. Howlings in the distance bring silence to an end, the throbbing of blood now resounding in wardrums.

For well over 10 years, Àrnica have been patiently carving their niche in the Neo-Folk scene. The genre's free form aesthetics have served as a perfect starting ground, yet were quickly subdued by Àrnica's own vision as they delved into Iberian lore and tradition to find both a wealth of musical references and the spiritual elements that would shape them into a unique entity.

Well acquainted with the Post-Industrial school of experimentation and sound manipulation, Àrnica were quick to make good use of its tools and techniques. Loops, samples and field-recordings merge seamlessly into traditional acoustic instrumentation, adding fine details and rural textures to their vivid portrayal of a world forgotten. This primal legacy to which Àrnica are devoted further manifests through the savage drumming, the warhorns and the battle cries, as sound ultimately transforms into a mesmerizing ritual.

Following numerous live appearances, which have brought Àrnica to share the stage with bands like Wardruna, Death In June, Blood Axis or Tyr, the band now join Equilibrium Music for their third full-lenght album, one which successfully captures the raw archaic energy of their shows into recorded form.

Much like an alchemic transmutation of lead into gold, Àrnica’s new offering shapes Ur-Folk into Ritual music, distilled under the scorching sun of Iberia to bring one of the most menacing and intense releases ever related to the genre. The album speaks of an old ruler that inspired his kin to fight back against those who sought to take their ground, back in an age forlorn where man and beast were as one. Now, more than pay mere tribute, Àrnica call upon Cabeza de Lobo to lead the Wild Men once again, in a much needed return to wilderness.

"Cabeza de Lobo" is available on CD (gold disc on spot-varnished Digipak) and vinyl (limited edition 12” + 7” set, on heavy gold-colored vinyl, featuring collaborations with Trepaneringsritualen and Apokalypse Projekt). Each version holds a different tracklist. A limited edition boxset is also available.

» Àrnica official website
» Àrnica on facebook

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- tracklist -
01. ¡Leukade! ¡Leukade! ¡Leukade! (04:43)
02. Gira La Rueca (04:01)
03. Dioses Ocultos (04:45)
04. Rueda Dextrógira (03:54)
05. Nieve En Llamas (04:57)
06. Eburos (03:32)
07. Cabeza De Lobo (06:18)
08. Rueda Levógira (04:40)
09. La Tésera Se Ha Quebrado (05:11)
10. Ataan (05:21)
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