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More about Ephel Duath

Country of origin: Italy
Founded: 1998
Status: Active
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Band History - Ephel Duath (Online Aug. 2003)

Ephel Duath



EPHEL DUATH started out as a duo in 1998 thanks to the determination of the then 18-year-old Davide Tiso, to try his hand in the beleaguered Black Metal scene; a scene where the leading lights were dying and the rot was starting to set in...

The Duo (with Giuliano Mogicato) published its first and only demo in 1998, entitled "Opera", and the distinctive traits of this project immediately emerged. Even though their roots are solid, with an evident influence in the Black Metal Scandinavian scene (EMPEROR), the band were ready to take some bold steps forward with their ideas, Avant-garde tendencies and a strong will to propose something new.

The demo went on to sell 2000 copies and brought them to the attention of the newly founded Italian label Code666 (today the producers of ABORYM, AGHORA, KONKHRA, ATROX, VOID OF SILENCE, and many more) who, before all others sensed the great potential of EPHEL DUATH, directing them towards the Fear Studios, with Paso at the console, to record their Debut-album. In the meantime Code666 decided to put the tracks of Opera online, to make their music more easily accessible to an international audience and to prepare for the introduction of their new album. The move is successful and the resulting feedback is enormous. The band remained at number one of the MP3.com Black Metal charts for a staggering four months, clocking in 35.000 certified downloads along the way.

The anticipation for the new album becomes nerve-racking and when "Phormula" was finally released in the summer of 2000, the feedback from the international press is fantastic… In comparison to the demo, "Phormula" is an enormous step ahead in every area. Other avenues are explored in depth, higher production values and a further improvement of the duo's technical ability serves to make this album touch levels never reached before by similar bands… EPHEL DUATH with "Phormula" drove themselves to the limit, of the limits what up to then was considered Black Metal as a whole.

Just at the most promising moment, Giuliano decides to quit music, leaving Davide by himself and putting EPHEL DUATH's career at risk They do however find new energy thanks to the management contract with code7 (a branch of code 666) which brings them, after only a short period of time, to the first important result. The prestigious British label Earache (NAPALM DEATH, CARCASS, ENTOMBED, MORBID ANGEL…) offers Davide an important long-term agreement, via their new sub-label Elitist. The restored enthusiasm starts the search for a rightful line-up, as the will to abandon the duo status and the intent to become a proper band becomes strong again. In the meantime, in accordance with code666, Earache/Elitist, reprints "Phormula" with the addition of bonus tracks, giving birth in 2002 to "Rephormula". This allowed a good amount of time to allow Davide to assemble his eclectic brand of musicians, and also pushed EPHEL DUATH's name further with a dedicated American release for their music for the first time.

After nearly a year of hard work, they returned with "The Painter's Palette". The new line-up is quite bizarre, apparently inappropriate and incompatible, yet somehow making complete sense.

Davide Piovesan was drafted in at the drums. He's a 47-year-old percussion instrument and polyrhythmic teacher with a Jazz-Blues background. He is admittedly absolutely unacquainted with Metal, but this was a determining factor for this choice. The desire to assemble musicians with a new and unconditioned approach was one of the most important standards during the auditions. The next recruit is a highly experienced bass player of Prog-Fusion extraction, Fabio Fecchio, also quite lacking in his knowledge of extreme Metal. The melodic voice of the group is Davide Tolomei, an old friend of Davide Tiso, who in his free time loves to emulate Jeff Buckley. The last selection to be made was the front man Lucio Lorusso, the only member not from Padua. A total stage animal with a Hardcore-Noise Apocalyptic background, he was the final part of this bizarre jigsaw. Davide Tiso remains the band's only guitarist and also the heart and soul of EPHEL DUATH; The composer and lyricist and all-round musical guru.

The result of 3 months in the recording studio, with faithful producer Paso, is the album "The Painter's Palette". It's a remarkable achievement by any stretch of the imagination. The 9 tracks on display are impossible to categorize, meaning EPHEL DUATH have achieved in this cynical age what many would have considered impossible: They have created a genre all of their own… This is not an album to try and define with standard parameters. The band's desire and creativity to innovate and articulate their vision has reaped massive rewards for themselves and the listener.

Conceptually inspired from the connection between sounds and colours, "The Painter's Palette's" artwork is published strictly in black and white. The intention of EPHEL DUATH is to give colour through their sounds or, if you prefer, to play the sound of colours. Every song is depicted by a different chromatic shade, where the listener's mind becomes a painting with infinite possibilities of sounds and colours, musical tonalities and contrasting hues.

Current Line-Up:
Davide Tiso - Guitars
Davide Piovesan - Drums
Fabio Fecchio - Bass
Lucio Lorusso - Vocals

Previous members:
Davide Tolomei - Vocals (on "The Painter's Palette")
Giuliano Mogicato - Guitars & Synth (on "Opera", "Phormula" & "Rephormula")

Discography:

The Painter's Palette

Davide Tiso - Guitars
Davide Piovesan - Drums
Fabio Fecchio - Bass
Lucio Lorusso - Vocals
Davide Tolomei - Vocals

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2003 "The Painter's Palette" - Elitist/Earache

Total playing time: 46:33
  1. The Passage (Pearl Grey)
  2. The Unpoetic Circle (Bottle Green)
  3. Labyrinthine (Crimson)
  4. Praha (Ancient Gold)
  5. The Picture (Bordeaux)
  6. Ruins (Deep Blue And Violet)
  7. Ironical Communion (Amber)
  8. My Glassy Shelter (Dirty White)
  9. The Other's Touch (Amaranth)
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Rephormula

Davide Tiso - Guitars, Synth & Vocals
Giuliano Mogicato - Guitars, Synth & Vocals

2002 "Rephormula" - Elitist/Earache

Total playing time: n/a
  1. Embossed
  2. The Greyness Grows Already Old
  3. Danza
  4. A Flickering Warmth
  5. Myriad
  6. Phormula
  7. The Blow's Rhymer
  8. Insomnia's Desert
  9. Embossed (On The Corpse)" (Remix)
  10. Instinkt" (Remix)
  11. Opera I (Demo Tape "Opera")
  12. Adulta Hieme: The Magnificence (Demo Tape "Opera")
  13. Falling... (Demo Tape "Opera")
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Phormula

Davide Tiso - Guitars, Synth & Vocals
Giuliano Mogicato - Guitars, Synth & Vocals

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2000 "Phormula" - code666

Total playing time: 42:33
  1. Embossed
  2. The Greyness Grows Already Old
  3. Danza
  4. A Flickering Warmth
  5. Myriad
  6. Pursuing The Instinct
  7. The Blow's Rhymer
  8. Elapsed
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Opera (Demo-Tape)

Davide Tiso - Guitars, Synth & Vocals
Giuliano Mogicato - Guitars, Synth & Vocals

1998 "Opera (Demo-Tape)" - Independent

Total playing time: n/a
  1. Opera
  2. Adulta Hieme
  3. Falling
  4. Lost In The Mist Of Time
  5. Beneath The Smooth Veil Of Shadows
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