Ephel Duath
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Through My Dogs Eyes
1/27/2009

Pain Necessary To Know
12/13/2005

The Painters Palette
6/17/2003
 
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Pain Remixes The Known CD

Pain Necessary To Know CD

Rephormula CD

The Painter's Palette CD
 
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Ephel Duath Releases New Song
October 24, 2008
Italian avant-garde metallers, Ephel Duath, have released a brand new song from their upcoming new album, 'Through My Dog's Eyes'.

The song, titled "Guardian" is available for streaming now at the band's MySpace page.

Ephel Duath has never been one to take the traditional approach to creating music and their latest effort takes this outlook even further. 'Through My Dog's Eyes' is based on a bizarre concept conjured up by guitarist and founding member Davide Tiso, in which the entire album is written from the perspective of a dog. Tiso explains: "I wrote a few short stories and it was really fun for me to imagine myself as a dog and to imagine the world from a dog's perspective. The challenge was to translate the words into lyrics."

From opening track "Gift", which Tiso describes as being about "A cat that the dog kills for the owner as a gift, and he asks the owner if he is happy with the present," to the thought-provoking "Promenade", a song about a walk in the park which takes a twist when the owner questions why he's not as carefree and happy with life as his dog is, the barking mad brilliance runs throughout the course of the whole album. "Every song is a window into the dog's mind or an event," Tiso continues, "The album touches on a lot of things, both deep and sometimes silly."

The artwork for 'Through My Dog's Eyes' was created by Seldon Hunt (Neurosis, Isis, Sunn0)))) and can be viewed at this location.

'Through My Dog's Eyes' is due to be released through Earache Records on January 26th, 2009.
 
 
 
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Ephel Duath Reveals Guest Musician On New Album
July 14, 2008
Italian avant-garde metallers Ephel Duath have revealed that Ben Weinman, founding member and guitarist of Dillinger Escape Plan, will be appearing as a special guest musican on Ephel Duath's highly anticipated upcoming new album, 'Through My Dog's Eyes'.

Ephel Duath are proud to announce that Ben Weinman will be composing the electronic parts of the song "Bark Loud".

Weinman comments on his experience working with Ephel Duath:

"Ephel Duath is one of those bands that truly understands the essence of what experimental and fusion music should be about. Touring with them was an amazing experience and it is great to finally be collaborating in this way!"

Ephel Duath are set to enter Outer Sound Studios in Rome on July 14th to complete the recording of 'Through My Dog's Eyes' with producer Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre, Klimt 1918). The drums for the album have already been recorded by Marco Minnemann (who recently played drums for Necrophagist on their Summer Slaughter tour) at Seacoast Studio in Imperial Beach, California. Mastering for 'Through My Dog's Eyes' will take place at Finnvox Studios (HIM, Nightwish) in Helsinki, Finland, while the artwork for the album is being done by Seldon Hunt (Neurosis, Isis, Sunno)))).

Due to be released this October by Earache Records, 'Through My Dog's Eyes' will have the following track listing:
01. Gift
02. Promenade
03. Breed
04. Silent Door
05. Bella Morte
06. Nina
07. Guardian
08. Spider Shaped Leaves
09. Bark Loud

For more Ephel Duath news and info, visit www.myspace.com/ephelduath.
 
 
 
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Ephel Duath Guitarist Comments On New Album
June 21, 2008
Davide Tiso, guitarist and founding member of Italian experimental jazz metallers Ephel Duath, has spoken about the band's upcoming new album, 'Through My Dog's Eyes'.

Commented Davide: "'Through My Dog's Eyes' is a generous album and we are extremely proud of it. After tons of preproductions we are ready to enter the studio this next July 14 to complete the recording sessions. We have tried to limitate intricate structures, and dissonant arrangements, offering a warm trip not too difficult to capture and appreciate. This album arrives directly to the stomach of the listener, but not using any kind of violence. The body of TMDE is massive, his eyes are delicate and gentle: what you find in a big size dog.

Considering our career so far, this is the album that in the composition phase had the chance to breathe the most, and this has let us keep just the best of it. The core of every song became the song itself. We've gone through so many things while making this record that it can be felt in the music but contrary to the past the outcome is positive: no matter how painful the journey, you have to find something good in it too. This album is an ode to life, simply."

Ephel Duath are set to enter Outer Sound Studios in Rome on July 14th to complete the recording of 'Through My Dog's Eyes' with producer Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre, Klimt 1918). The drums for the album have already been recorded by Marco Minnemann at Seacoast Studio in Imperial Beach, California. Mastering for 'Through My Dog's Eyes' will take place at Finnvox Studios (HIM, Nightwish) in Helsinki, Finland, while the artwork for the album is being done by Seldon Hunt (Neurosis, Isis, Sunno)))).

Due to be released later this year by Earache Record, 'Through My Dog's Eyes' will have the following track listing:

01. Gift
02. Promenade
03. Breed
04. Silent Door
05. Bella Morte
06. Nina
07. Guardian
08. Spider Shaped Leaves
09. Bark Loud

For more Ephel Duath news and info, head to www.myspace.com/ephelduath.
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1998
HOME TOWN: Milan, Italy
MEMBERS:
Luciano Lorusso George (vocals)
Davide Tiso (guitar)
Fabio Fecchio (bass)
Andrea Rabuini (drums)

The project Ephel Duath was created in February 1998 with the precise intent of experimenting in the sphere of extreme music. At the root of the group’s name lies the concept of a dark and fleeting sound: Ephel Duath is in fact the mountain range that defends the kingdom of evil in Tolkien’s masterpiece. Initially the band started out as a Duo, with Giuliano Mogicato (voice, guitar, sinth and programming) and Davide Tiso (guitar), the only founding member still in the line-up, both were eighteen at the time. In October of the same year the demo tape “Opera” is released; 6 tracks of extreme metal with symphonic traits which brought the name of Ephel Duath to be compared with the style of Limbonic Art and Emperor. At the end of 1999 the first discographic contract was signed with code666, at the time an emerging Italian label known for its courageous decisions and opposition to the general trend. In May 2000 the debut album “Phormula” is released, produced at the time by Riccardo Pasini, who then becomes a sort of added band member. The 8 new tracks of this record make it a highly ambitious and rich piece of work, distinguished by a genuine research for originality in the choice of stylistics, to emphasize one of the goals that still motivate the band today: not to belong to any specific type of music or movement. The critics reward their courage but the public’s opinion, and the need to classify, intrinsic with extreme metal, place Ephel Duath together with “Black metal Underground” a label that the band will try very hard to eradicate during the coming years. After the recording of Phormula, Giuliano Mogicato leaves Ephel Duath due to personal and musical incomprehension. Then follows the most difficult period for the band, they remain inactive for approximately one year and with only one actual member left. In the summer of 2001, Lee Barrett, founder of the label Candlelight, launching label of Emperor and Opeth, shows an interest in Ephel Duath after having heard a few mp3 on the web. Then, a few weeks later, the English company Earache offers them a long-term contract through their new trademark Elitist of which the A&R is no other than Lee Barrett. In 2002 Earache/Elitist decided to add a few bonus tracks to “Phormula”; change the title to “Rephormula” and reprinted, this gave Davide Tiso the chance to assemble a new line-up and start from zero on a new album. At a first glance the new formation may seem bizarre. The forty seven year old Davide Piovesan, with a Jazz-Blues background, is the percussionist; at the bass a very versatile Fabio Fecchio with experience in jazz, pop, funky. Davide Tolomei who has a delicate and deeply anguished timbre is the melodic voice. Determining factor is the decision to assemble musicians with no extreme music experience, therefore with an unconditioned approach. Last but not least the frontman, Luciano Lorusso George, with a Hardcore-Noise background, the only member, together with Davide Tiso, with a solid experience in extreme music. In the meantime it takes approximately one year to arrange the pieces composed by Davide Tiso. In the summer of 2003 they start work in the studio with their friend and producer Riccardo Pasini. After 3 months hard work the band is rewarded with the album: “Painter’s Palette” which is fundamental to their flying (re)start. Nine brand new tracks which all reveal and emphasize the bands intention of launching their own personalized sound. The outcome is really quite fresh and impossible to classify. A marked imprint of jazz is associated with a solid origin of extreme music which translates into a sophisticated sound. The crossover effect was avoided so that the distinct idea of a rich combination would prevail. Even though this album was conceptually inspired to underline the connection between sound and colour, the Painter’s Palette artwork is produced in stark black and white, to represent Ephel Duath’s desire to create colour with sounds, in fact each track stands for a different chromatic shade and it is the listeners mind that becomes the canvas. The band is awarded hundreds of positive reviews. Worthy of note, is the vote of 5 “K's ” of the British magazine Kerrang, they wrote about the Painter’s Palette saying: “This is what albums of the year are made of”. After the debut as supporting band to Lacuna Coil, preparations continue for the first live performances, a handful of dates in Italy, including a festival with the Entombed and Ephel Duath's debut in Great Britain together with Mistress. Davide Tolomei, the melodic voice, leaves the group for personal reasons just before Ephel Duath are to face their most important live performance: the Norwegian Quart Festival. They leave for Norway all the same, rearranging after only a few rehearsals the entire set list. The stage is shared with personalities such as Red Harvest and Cult of Luna. Then, during the summer of 2003 two other important festivals follow: Brutal Assault in the Czech Republic together with Necrophagist and November, the Headway in Holland together with Sieges Even and Biomechanical. And finally the debut in Germany, Trier, as headliner. The composition of the new album begins in Autumn. The bands absence from the stage is interrupted by the Great Britain mini tour, together with Locust and Beecher, and then another festival in Norway, the Moxsty, together with Extol and Mind Grinder, also a few dates in italy as supporting band to Katatonia, Dillinger Escape Plan, Chimaira and Nasum. Just before they start recording the new album, in December 2004, they receive an invitation to join the British Tour with Dillinger Escape Plan and Poison the Well, 16 intense dates, with the accompaniment of Federico Nalesso on the trombone. In February 2005 they start recording the new album “Pain Necessary to Know” the most ambitious record ever produced by the band. Riccardo Pasini as always at the console. Immediately after recording the drums, Davide Piovesan leaves Ephel Duath pleading economic, humanistic and artistic problems. After months of hard work, in the summer of 2005, the album is completed. Again nine tracks, and again extreme music with a touch of jazz, however with a much more updated sound. The concept of a song is put aside and the repetition of the riff is nearly extinct. The songs resemble a long musical suite in which the instruments and also the voice support each other while constructing a soaring but solid architectural sound. A fluctuating monolith. The artwork was entrusted to the Norwegian duo Tryne Og Kim, who cooperate with Jester Records, Ulver and Arcturus. The minimalism of the images perfectly connect the title, lyrics and music. The cover presents images of dirty water and medusa tentacles, the creature that is symbolically associated with the title of the album. “You cannot claim to know a medusa if you have never experienced its painful touch. You don’t know what’s best for you if you have never experienced pain. Pain is necessary to know”.