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Chanson de la Croisade

by Lemuria

Running for over an hour in total, the album takes you on a journey trough medieval France, during the age of the crusades, telling a tale of conflict, tragedy and religious strife, by mixing heavy music with bombastic scores and daring symphonic parts.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Black Metal
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Occitania, Anno 1209
1:54 $0.99
2. The Cross and the Crusade
5:24 $0.99
3. The Slaughter of Innocence
8:58 $0.99
4. Carchachouna
1:14 $0.99
5. Death & Submission (Requiem Aeternam)
7:34 $0.99
6. A Coming Storm
6:32 $0.99
7. Fields of Toulouse
1:22 $0.99
8. The End of a Reign
8:47 $0.99
9. The Conflict of Toulouse
3:12 $0.99
10. Court Music
2:23 $0.99
11. Crusher of Souls
10:56 $0.99
12. Als Catars
6:09 $0.99
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Album Notes
Conceived in 1999 under an alternate moniker, Lemuria recorded their first demo in April 2002 entitled ‘The Vault of the Witness’.

“Une excellente surprise que cette démo du groupe flamand Lemuria : le Black Metal folk qui s'y trouve est parfaitement exécuté, avec un son clair et des musiciens expérimentés.” (Sterput, Noz Pagan)
“A very promising start indeed.” (Wouter Roemers, deathmetal.be)

Although very primitive, the music lay the foundation for what was to come. After winning competitions and supporting major metal acts (Destruction, Altar, Enthroned) ‘Tales, Ale & Fire’ was forged during the summer months of 2004. Produced entirely independently, the concept album created a truly unique sound, unprecedented and unheard of within the Belgian metal scene. Held in the same vein as Finntroll, Ensiferum, Thyrfing, Bal Sagoth and even Rhapsody, the CD showcased huge step forward for the band and was praised by metalheads and non-metalheads alike:

"In comparison to Lemuria’s first piece of work, one can say that this band hasn’t known an evolution but a real revolution!” (Father Vik, Lugburz)
“…this cd is one of the best worked-out Belgian releases ever.” (Terreur, Tartaar)
“Deze band verdient een goed label waardoor ze kunnen groeien.” (Basil Cahuzak, Keys and Chords)
“Eine sehr kurzweilige Scheibe, die durch ihre Vielseitigkeit und ihre Atmosphäre besticht” (Andy Waldner, Mordor Magazin)
“The music is good, the concept is interesting, the visual side of the CD is more than remarkable, same goes for the production, even though some bands come to mind, the sextet still has its own touch and would have deserved a deal more than many bands that already have several discs out there…” (Alexander Melzer, Metal Observer)

80% - Aardschok Magazine
81% - Rock Tribune
Silver - Mindview
Album of the Month (May 2005) - Bloodchamber.de

The CD brought fame (and some fortune) to the band, playing all over Flanders and thus gathering a substantial following, headlining many a concert and supporting even more big names (Korpiklaani, Ill Disposed, Aborted, Pig Destroyer, etc.). The album sold out very quickly and is even now still highly sought-after.

Unfortunately, the group was put on hold in August 2006 due to internal disputes. However, exactly two years later, Lemuria was reborn with two new guitar players and a whole new musical arsenal and concept. New in the line-up are Shadow’s Veil guitar wizard Jan Bergmans, whose Jazz studio education will add a new dimension to the band, and Roman Samonin, known from his creative work for FolkEarth and Morituri. New recordings (composed, orchestrated, recorded, mixed and mastered by the band members themselves) attracted all kinds of attention and new style references, without forsaking the band’s folk metal roots. With this new incarnation, the sextet continued to write new music and started performing again in late 2008, much to the satisfaction of the fans and reviewers:

“Met alle respect voor de andere bands, dit Lemuria speelde alles en iedereen weg. Tales, Ale and Fire (en ook de demo ja) zit boordevol klassieke Vlaamse folk black metal-nummers, even vol als de flessen Gerstenat die zaal in lichterlaaie zetten.” (Bart Alfvoet, Zwaremetalen)

And now, for your consideration: the brand new concept album ‘Chanson de la Croisade’, telling a tale of conflict, tragedy and religious strife. Running for over an hour in total, the album takes the listener on a journey trough medieval France, during the age of the crusades. The lyrics and story are interweaved in the 28-page booklet and the whole is presented in the form of an attractive digipack. Recorded at Midas and Red Left Hand studios and mastered by Peter in de Betou (Dimmu Borgir, Septic Flesh), with cover art by the acclaimed Flemish artist Kris Verwimp. Mixing heavy music with orchestral, bombastic scores and daring instrumental and symphonic parts, ‘Chanson de la Croisade’ will carve them a niche previously untouched by any Belgian band. With a new live experience, every band member’s skills being pushed to the limit and a rigid dedication to their art, they aim to leave a lasting impression on the metal scene.



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