Tillian is a new progressive rock band from Tel-Aviv, Israel. Influenced by artists such as Pain Of Salvation, Ayreon and Kate Bush, their musical scope ranges from epic rock/metal orchestrations to intimate ballads with deeply touching lyrics. In Tillian universe Leah Marcu’s vocals are at the forefront, and there are plenty of bombastic and theatrical moments, but also some metal riff and nice stirring cello. The debut album is Lotus Graveyard and from that album the track I’m Too Close is a symphonic rock ballad depicting a fundamental conflict in human relationships, the need to get close and be seen versus the fear of losing the magic of otherness and the freedom of being a stranger.
Tillian’s journey began in 2014 when singer-songwriter Leah Marcu started writing and composing a solo album around the concept of alchemical transformations of the self. Leah Marcu drew from her personal turmoil’s as well as her background in psychology and mysticism. She explored a cycle of inner progressions, love to pain, pain to beauty, beauty to spirit and spirit to love. Working with producer Erez Yohanan (Orphaned Land, Amaseffer) the music began to crystallize into Tillian’s Ddbut album: Lotus Graveyard. The album was recorded by hand-picked musicians and mastered by Forrester Savell (Karnivool, The Butterfly Effect). The track Black Holes, is a progressive metal piece from the heavier side of the album with oriental and electronic influences. It tells of a dance with an inner demon and the need to find hope through personal struggle.
In 2017 the solo project transformed into a band of 7 members, forming an active musical clan that is as diverse as their music. As frontwoman, Leah Marcu’s vocal style merges melody and storytelling. The band elevates the compositions, forming a unique sound by combining powerful drums and guitars with the soft richness of cello, keyboard and vocal harmonies.