Rockshots Records is the label behind the Italian symphonic folk metal band Aexylium and their new album The Fifth Season is due out October 29th. The music is FFO Eluveitie, Korpiklaani, Alestorm, and here are the first You Tube track, The Bridge,
The opening track of the full length, The Bridge, featuring Samuele Faulisi (Atlas Pain), is an instant war call, a powerful rush of drums, symphonic speed, and heaviness to immediately convey this clan’s followers ready for battle.
Mixing traditional folk instruments (Flute, Violin, Bouzouki) with the modern symphonic metal, Aexylium‘s sophomore full length follows 2018’s Tales From This Land (Undergrund Symphony Records) and their 2016 self-produced EP The Blind Crow. Tales From This Lan” has had over 110k streams on Spotify along with its powerful single Revive The Village placing on the top 200 metal song charts in Germany on Apple Music. Aexylium has also released fan-praised covers of Game Of Thrones and Vikings main themes with reinterpreted folk metal sounds.
Since their inception in 2014, the Varese, Italy band has performed at renowned festivals in Europe such as Dumeltica International Music Festival, Montelago Celtic Festival, Malpaga Folk & Metal, Rock Inn Somma, Druidia and Strigarium along with sharing the stage with Elvenking, Wind Rose, Nervosa, Furor Gallico, Temperance and more. In August 2020, despite Covid restrictions, Aexylium was chosen by the city of Milan to perform at the historical Castello Sforzesco.
Their new album The Fifth Season is a concrete step towards growth and musical maturity with its offering of festive ballads, tighter riffs, advanced orchestrations and heavier dark songs that are all inspired by Norse Mythology. The record also features guest vocals from Samuele Faulisi (Atlas Pain), Arianna Bellinaso and the members of Coro Facoltà di Musicologia Vocal Ensemble. The album was recorded at Twilight Studio by Davide Tavecchia with the artwork done by Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design (Manowar, Testament, Korpiklaani.The track Tales From Nowhere,
The band adds:
«This work is the result of different approaches toward music, and different interests between the members of the band. For example, An Damhsa Mór – one of our completely acoustic pieces – reflects the interest of our flutist for Irish tradition and Gaeilge, while Yggrdasil is obviously a reference to Norse mythology, which our singer is passionate about. The title track is dedicated to something we would prefer to avoid, but, on the contrary, since the world we are facing is showing its environmental and social limits, the song «The Fifth Season seems to express all our doubts and anxieties toward the future».