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Aquilus drop new album


Legendary atmospheric metal band Aquilus release new single 'Into Wooded Hollows'

Bellum I out 3rd December via Blood Music


Photo: Mortimer Bellchambers

Legendary atmospheric metal band Aquilus return with 'Into Wooded Hollows', their first single from their second full-length album, Bellum I, out on 3rd December via Blood Music.

Watch the music video for 'Into Wooded Hollows', shot in Hungary, here:

On the single's concept, Aquilus' Horace Rosenqvist explains: "The old woman lighting a fire in the dark represents death, and the young woman washing her clothes in the water at sunset represents life and rebirth."

Preorder Bellum I here:

"Bellum I is an atmospheric metal album with a fusion of classical film, folk, and black metal influences, continuing in the tradition of the work started on the first album, Griseus, and evolving to new levels," says Rosenqvist.

'Into Wooded Hollows' is the first new music from the enigmatic band since the release of Griseus, which slowly amassed a following of devoted fans, climbing its way to being voted one of the top albums of the decade on MetalStorm.

For eight years, a follow-up masterpiece was in the making. The opus grew so furiously, the decision was ultimately made to split the work into two parts, culminating with the release of the first album, Bellum I.

Bellum I showcases the band's rare amalgam of authentic classical, European folk and black metal influences, alongside Aquilus's unique multi-instrumentation and compositional complexity.

Metal influences, ranging from early Metallica to the early works of Solefald, Opeth and Katatonia, combine with the classical romanticism of Rachmaninov and Chopin.

Bellum I also continues Aquilus's signature blend of acoustic elements, with an assortment of acoustic guitars and pianos to violins, mandolas, fipple flutes, balalaika, gusli and bowed psaltery, recalling the aura and dexterity of emotive film composers Bernard Herrmann and Thomas Newman.

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Aquilus's music is composed and produced by Horace Rosenqvist and recorded in collaboration with session musicians. The amount of detail poured into each note is immeasurable; years of dedication undertaken to produce the final product.

Bellum I is a testament to the beauty and chaos of creation.

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Track listing:

1. The Night Winds of Avila

2. Into Wooded Hollows

3. Eternal Unrest

4. Moon Isabelline

5. The Silent Passing

6. Embered Waters

7. Lucille's Gate

8. Empyreal Nightsky

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