And here we go! Hortus Animae’s “Doomsday” (radio edit) – Worldwide premiere on Blank TV!
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Contemporarily to the release of the new video Hortus Animae also opened their new official YouTube channel. Check in out HERE and subscribe! \m/
Hortus Animae are proud to announce that Christophe Szpajdel (also known as “The Lord of the Logos”) designed their new logo!
Christophe is very well known for having designed the legendary logos of bands like Arcturus, Borknagar, Covenant / The Kovenant, Dimmu Borgir, Emperor, Enthroned, Falkenbach, Moonspell, Old Man’s Child, Seth, Wolves in the Throne Room and many many many others! Also a big thank you to MM Productions for their precious contribution to the final result.
Moreover the logo has been officially presented on January 15, in the Marks of Metal exhibition in Denmark, curated by Vitus Vestergaard (whom we also heartily thank for his availability), a special exhibition about logo design and visuality in heavy metal, with a special spot dedicated to Hortus Animae.
This year 2014 is coming to an end and together with our best wishes to you all for a great 2015 we also announce the beginning of the year 2015 is going to deliver a trinity of treats that we’re sure will bring you visual and audial pleasure.
Come mai nel 2006 avete deciso di sciogliervi? (Martyr Lucifer) Dunque, in realtà non avevamo proprio deciso di scioglierci. In seguito alla pubblicazione di “The Blow of Furious Winds” nel 2005, ognuno di noi è rimasto preso dalle proprie vicissitudini personali, impegni lavorativi, situazioni familiari, cambiamenti in vista, Grom s’era trasferito nella terra a stelle e strisce, ecc. e quindi la cosa è avvenuta un po’ da sé. Facevamo le prove sempre più raramente fino ad arrivare al 2006 dove era diventato chiaro che non avremmo, almeno per il momento, fatto nuova musica assieme ne suonato dal vivo. (Hypnos) A causa di una serie di ostacoli. Un po’ legati al music biz un po’ fermo, ma soprattutto alle necessità lavorative ed alcune difficoltà finanziarie. Per 3 anni ho praticamente smesso di suonare. Read more...
Compared to the symphonic black metal of the early years Hortus Animae have moved towards a melodic avant-garde death-black metal, which incorporates elements of dark, progressive and electronica.
Conceptually more interesting and stylistically more intriguing than in the past, Hortus Animae in 2014 may be placed – in Italian ambit – ideally halfway between Necrodeath, Aborym and Maldoror.
Among the best tracks we point out the elaborate At the End of Doomsday and the ferocious Chamber of Endless Nightmares, but also an excellent cover of Aqualung (Jethro Tull).
Secular Music is overall a really strong album.
Hortus Animae succeed where the Italian national team has failed: to conquer Brazil!
Again a positive review, this time from the top Brazilian magazine Roadie Crew (July isse), 8/10 by André Gaius.
English translation: With each album, Hortus Animae strive more to explore the structures and tempos rather than holding to their Black Metal roots. And Secular Music, fourth album and it marks the return after a lapse of nine years, the Italian advance in the same direction. Basically, Secular Music could be classified as an album of “extreme prog metal”. But it is worth noting that the progressive references are very connected to the seminal bands of the genre. So expect psychedelic trips through keyboards emulating old organ / synth and not just endless changes of tempo. More modern influences can also be felt as some alternations between guttural and ripped strident vocals, the aggressive parts remind of Hecate Enthroned. Unlike previous albums, here the group does not invest much in melodies, which makes it difficult to be digested and instigates some auditions to become familiar with the songs. On the other hand, there are some sticky choruses. Hypnos (guitar), Simone Mularoni (bass) and the great drummer Grom (who honed his skills taking lessons from the monstrous John Macaluso) add strong technical dose that is balanced by the creativity of Martyr Lucifer (vocals) and Bless (Keyboards) in songs like At the End of Doomsday (Gothic meets Extreme Metal), The Poison of The Naga and the excellent version of Aqualung (Jethro Tull), which respects the original but has a very particular guise.
Hortus Animae made available for listening on youtube “Melting Waters”, a cover of the death metal band Baratro, included as one of two completely new songs (along with “Ungrateful Fate”, a cover of Entity) in “Godless Years”, a compilation of rare and unreleased material recently released by Satanica Productions. In the same video it is possible to listen to both Hortus Animae’s and original version of the song.