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by Dunwich

The long awaited return of one of the most interesting bands of the nineties, back with their medieval atmospheres, the intricate musical patterns and the strive to explore the boundaries of gothic, metal, folk and classical music.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Gothic Metal
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1. Aranmanoth
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2. La Casa dell' Alchimista
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3. Tales from the Ninth Wave
6:04 $0.99
4. Guardians of the Threshold
5:14 $0.99
5. Escape from Innsmouth
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6. Il Falso Principio
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7. Beowulf
6:58 $0.99
8. The Flying Fear
3:06 $0.99
9. Leaves on the Altars to the Moon
4:27 $0.99
10. Terra di Ambra Neve e Fuoco Nero
3:20 $0.99
11. La Lama il Ghiaccio e il Fuoco
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12. Heilagmanoth
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Album Notes
The Dunwich project was started in 1985 by Claudio Nigris, composer and keyboards player. Inspired by the tragic end of the town of Dunwich , the music tries to bring back those mystic and unique atmospheres through dark-metal sounds as well as classical instruments and on to ancient and uncommon ones.

Since the beginning the project took advantage of the friendly contributions of many talented musicians, and in this period of time Alessandro Vitanza (drums) has become a stable band element, until 1998. Also in this period took place many concerts and shows with a traditional/pagan theme and some clear references to the literary gothic of the 1900s. This has given the opportunity to be known through magazines, who took the time to review the demo-tapes and the concerts.

In 1991 Dunwich took part in the Arezzo Wave international festival, as a new promising band along with many other renowed artists, and gaining the opportunity for some television ecposure through the Videomusic network.

The encounter with Katya Sanna in 1992 led to the formation of Dunwich as a trio of artists - Katya being part of the project until 1999.

This was the startng point from which the trilogy was conceived, a project that through many mediums – literature, painting, photography, sculpture slowly took form. The basic Dunwich trio, stable from 1992 to 1999, was supported by 40 other guest musicians who contributed through their art and knowledge of over 35 musical instruments, ancient and modern. Celtic atmospheres, symphonic orchestration, and epic-gothic memories taken from the darkest heavy-metal.

This represents the true discographic debut for Dunwich. Starting with the CD/LP “Sul Monte é il tuono” (Black Widow, 1994), through “Il chiarore sorge due volte” (Pick Up, 1995) and ending with “L'eterna eclissi di ghiaccio” (“Eternal eclipse of frost”, Rising Sun, 1999).

After years of idleness, the encounter with Roberto Fasciani in 2002 was the first sign that the journey was to be resumed. Then, with the involvement of Francesca Naccarelli - Elayne - in 2004, Dunwich finally reverts to the status of an active and lively project. So a year later, in 2005, after publishing a demo that strenghtened the newborn empathy of the band, Dunwich started working on the new album. Luca Iovieno's energetic contribution helped stabilize the new course of the project.

The journey had started again, and the compulsory choice was the path of self-production. The task seemed almost impossible, and in the end it took two years to complete "Heilagmanoth"; again we've invited 26 guest musicians to perform in the recording session, each representing a different musical genre. The musical journey in Heilagmanoth follows the path of the previous recordings, with an acoustic/medieval/folk setting striving towards a gothic and dark atmosphere. Elayne's absorbing themes grace the album with pagan, historical and hermetic taste, typical of a culture that may be aspleep, but has not been forgotten, and inject the music with enthralling and charming vocals.



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Rolando Procupez

Almost 10 years after "Eternal Eclipse Of Frost" a revamped Dunwich comes to deliver "Heilagmanoth". By some magical spell they contracted time as if the album just came after the previous one by a year at the most. The band preserves all the enchant and finesse of the previous endeavours. Francesca is not only a good replacement for Katya, she's awsome on her own right. I was surprised discovering some of the songs are in English, I grew accustomed to be all in Italian, but that doesn't tarnish the album magic at all, and I guess it may open more markets for the band. For fnas is a MUST be and for someone looking to dicover something special, seek no more.


I was just introduced to this band who happened to get an invite from them on myspace. They are amazing. I truly respect a band that is willing to experiment with music. They did a great job. It takes amazing talent to mix metal, but they did. The fact that they use all live instruments too. A definite must for the music lover. No one sounds like Dunwich