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Souls Of Diotima: Dresses in fur with heavy cowbells on its back…..

Souls Of Diotima – The Black Mask

There are myths and legends in my home country Norway, and it is natural that there are other places as well, such as on the beautiful island of Sardinia! The track The Black Mask,

Commenting on the song the founder member, lyricist and drummer Giorgio Pinna explains: «The album’s opening track is perhaps one of the most incisive songs, and immediately defines the record. The Black Mask’is about a well-known figure in Sardinia, the Mamuthones, a creature with a black mask who dresses in fur with heavy cowbells on its back. Together with twelve other similar creatures, it jumps rhythmically, sounding its bells to warn of its passage. This characteristic dance, often perceived as a little macabre, is reproduced in several parts of the song. The Mamuthones still perform today during pagan festivals and events in Sardinia. It’s a fascinating figure, somewhere between the devilish and the sacred, a man who dons a costume to become half human and half animal. The sound of their passing has been etched into our minds since our childhood».

Soul Of Diotima new album Janas is a concept, the second chapter of a journey that began with the previous album, The Sorceress Reveals – Atlantis. Janas tells the stories and legends of band’s land, Sardinia. Their island is full of wonderful mythological tales and characters, of esoteric stories that are often macabre, but which portray a truly fascinating historical and cultural journey. Janas was recorded, mixed and mastered by Oscar Nilsson at Crehate Studios in Mölndal (Sweden).

«We have a shared interest in the history and culture of the peoples of the sea, of the Mediterranean, and we are one of them. Much of Western history is rooted in the tales of the peoples of the sea, skilled conquerors who crossed the seas to conquer new lands or to defend their own. But there is more. Within Sardinia there are places that often remain undiscovered. Far from the more accessible touristic locations, these places are steeped in stories both true and fictitious, which we were often told during our childhood, and which probably formed the basis of our personality and the way we see the world. In brief, Janas talks about these stories, about us, and about the Earth we have been walking on since we were born», enthuses Pinna.

Janas track list:

1. The Black Mask

2. Sleep Demon

3. The Princess Of Navarra

4. Janas

5. The Dark Lady

6. Ichnos Superhero

7. My Roots

8. Maty

9. Mediterranean Lane

10. Sherden

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Om Ulf Backstrøm (6221 Artikler)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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