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Ephel Duath

Formed: 1998
From: Padova, Italy
Last Known Status: Active

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Ephel Duath Streaming Full New Album

Avant-garde heavy metal act Ephel Duath has teamed up with NPR.org to launch an advance first listen album stream of the band's impending release "Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness," due out November 26th on Agonia Records.

"Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness" can be streamed in its entirety this week right here.

"This album holds together all that Ephel Duath's music has touched in the last 15 years, and pushes its boundaries even further," commented guitarist and songwriter Davide Tiso. "Lyrically, the new songs dig deep in higher self-subject matters, combining brutally visual imagery with a painfully honest soul searching quest."

The track listing is as follows:

I. Feathers Under My Skin
II. Tracing The Path Of Blood
III. When Mind Escapes Flesh
IV. Within This Soil
V. Those Gates To Nothing
VI. Through Flames I Shield
VII. Hemmed By Light
VIII. Shaped by Darkness (watch the lyric video here)

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Ephel Duath Streaming New Track

Avant-garde heavy metal act Ephel Duath has teamed up with MetalSucks.net to premiere new song "When Mind Escapes Flesh." Check it out below.

The song comes from the band's upcoming album, its first in five years, "Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness," which is due out November 26th (November 19th in Europe) on Agonia Records.

"This album holds together all that Ephel Duath's music has touched in the last 15 years, and pushes its boundaries even further," commented guitarist and songwriter Davide Tiso. "Lyrically, the new songs dig deep in higher self-subject matters, combining brutally visual imagery with a painfully honest soul searching quest."

Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness can be pre-ordered now in Digipack CD, Double LP and Digital formats right here. More...

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Ephel Duath Releases New Lyric Video

Experimental metal band Ephel Duath premieres a lyric video today for the song "Shaped By Darkness."

This is the second song to be released from the "Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness" album, due for release on November 19th in Europe and November 26th in North America via Agonia Records.

The video is available for viewing below, courtesy of Lambgoat. The previously posted song "Feathers Under My Skin" can also be heard at this location.

"Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness" includes a unique line-up of Marco Minnemann (Kreator, Necrophagist, Joe Satriani) behind the drums, Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Joe Satriani) on bass, lead singer Karyn Crisis (Crisis, Karyn Crisis Band) along with the founder, guitarist, and songwriter Davide Tiso. More...

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Ephel Duath Posts New Song

"Feathers Under My Skin" is the first song to be revealed from Ephel Duath's new album, "Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness," which is due for release on November 19th in Europe and November 26th in North America. Check it out below. Ephel Duath's Davide Tiso also comments:

"Hi there kind people of the web, I'm thrilled to finally give you a new Ephel Duath song to listen to. This album means the world to me, I literally did everything I could to offer you the finest release this band has ever recorded.

"This is 'Feathers Under My Skin,' the opening track of 'Hemmed by Light, Shaped by Darkness.' The song features Erik Rutan at backing vocals and here below you can read the lyrics. Enjoy and please share your thoughts about it!"

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Ephel Duath Posts Album Teaser

Experimental metal act Ephel Duath returns with its first full-length album in 5 years, "Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness." This album follows previous EP "On Death and Cosmos" (reviewed here).

The album is scheduled for a November 19th release in Europe, and November 26th in North America via Agonia Records. A video trailer featuring album artwork created by Dehn Sora and Aeron Alfrey can be seen below.

"This album holds together all that Ephel Duath's music has touched in the last fifteen years and pushes its boundaries even further," comments Davide Tiso. "Lyrically the new songs dig deep in higher self subject matters, combining brutally visual imagery with a painfully honest soul searching quest."

Featuring 8 new songs and reaching over 50 minutes of total length, "Hemmed By Light, Shaped By Darkness" includes a unique line-up of: Marco Minnemann (Kreator, Necrophagist, Joe Satriani) behind the drums, Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Joe Satriani) on bass, lead singer Karyn Crisis (Crisis, Karyn Crisis Band) along with the founder, guitarist n' songwriter: Davide Tiso.

The album was produced by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal) at Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Studios, NY. The track listing is:

I. Feathers Under My Skin
II. Tracing The Path Of Blood
III. When Mind Escapes Flesh
IV. Within This Soil
V. Those Gates To Nothing
VI. Through Flames I Shield
VII. Hemmed By Light
VIII. Shaped by Darkness More...

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Ephel Duath Issues Album Update

Next July, experimental metallers Ephel Duath will return to Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida. Together with producer Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Goathwhore, Hate Eternal) the band will complete the recording sessions for this new album, which started last February. Alan Douches will master the songs at his West West Side Studios, NY.

Ephel Duath's new album will once again feature Marco Minnemann (The Aristocrats, Kreator, Necorphagist) on drums, joined this time by his band mate Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats, Dethklok, Joe Satriani) on bass. The recording line-up is as follow:

Davide Tiso - guitars
Karyn Crisis - vocals
Marco Minnemnn - drums
Bryan Beller - bass

Featuring 8 new songs and reaching over 55 minutes of total length, Ephel Duath's new album is a multilayered hybrid of death metal, jazz, and post rock, blended together with a strong will to experiment and with no boundaries in sight. More...

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Ephel Duath Issues Album Update

The 6th full-length album from avant-garde metal band Ephel Duath will be released in spring 2013 via Agonia Records. The album title as well as album artwork have been set and will be revealed later this year.

The follow up to the "On Death and Cosmos" EP (reviewed here) will introduce a line-up change in the rhythmic section. All bass parts have already been recorded by Bryan Beller (Mike Keneally, Steve Vai, Dethklok, The Aristocrats, James La Brie, Dweezil Zappa) in replacement of Steve Di Giorgio. Marco Minnemann returns playing drums for Ephel Duath, which according to a press release "brings the creative relationship between drums and guitars to a dynamism never reached before by the band."

"Ephel Duath's new album is the musical statement I wish this band will be remembered for," comments Davide Tiso (founder/guitarist). "All I've learned or not learned musically, all I've always wanted my lyrics to be, live and breathe in these eight new songs. This album holds together all that Ephel Duath's music has touched in the last fifteen years and pushes its boundaries even further. I feel that a whole new expressive world is opening up to me and this band. My intent is to blindly follow this recent path and to bring Ephel Duath to higher and higher levels of intensity, riff after riff, song after song, with patience and obstinacy, an open heart and dedication."

In January Ephel Duath will enter Mana Recording Studios is St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan to record guitars and vocals and to mix the album. At the moment the band is busy putting the last touches on what will be the final guitars and vocals tracks. The band's current recording line-up is:

Karyn Crisis - vocals
Marco Minnemann - drums
Bryan Beller - bass
Davide Tiso - guitars

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Ephel Duath Comments On New Album Recording

Avant-garde metal act Ephel Duath recently released the "On Death and Cosmos" EP (reviewed here), and the band is now working on a full-length follow up album. Ephel Duath commented on the recording process:

"Drums for the new Ephel Duath album have been recorded. When Marco completed the last track he wrote me something I was very, very grateful for. He said: 'thank you for the harmony.'

"I believe that this simple and beautifully zen thank-you note well represent the dynamic between our instruments in the album. In this new ED chapter, the chemistry, the interplay between guitars and drums reached a new, beautiful form.

"Both guitars and drums seem to be composed by the same mind, they seem to complete and reinforce each other. I couldn't be more proud for what we created together this time around."

Further details on the new album will be announced as they are made available. Ephel Duath is Karyn Crisis, Davide Tiso, Steve Di Giorgio, and Marco Minnemann.

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Erik Rutan Discusses New Ephel Duath EP

On August 14th, "On Death and Cosmos" (reviewed here) - the new EP from progressive/avant-garde metal band Ephel Duath - will be released for the North American territory. Mastermind and guitarist Davide Tiso commented: "It was impressive to see the amount of European press we got with just three songs. Now that we are seeing the same thing happening in the US, it feels like we have the chance to celebrate this fortunate EP twice!"

Ephel Duath had the pleasure of working with producer and studio owner Erik Rutan (also guitarist in Hate Eternal / ex-Morbid Angel) behind the mixing board of "On Death and Cosmos." As a result of this cooperation, Erik Rutan has prepared a video in which he discusses his own view on the new EP and talks about working with the band.

Check out the clip below. For more info on the new EP, as well as Ephel Duath's upcoming full-length album, you can also read our recent interview with Davide Tiso. More...

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Ephel Duath Streaming New EP

Agonia Records has issued the following announcement about avant-garde metal act Ephel Duath streaming the band's entire new "On Death and Cosmos" EP online:

"For the next 7 days, the award winning website Metal Sucks will be streaming the entire new EP from Avant-garde/Progressive/Jazz Metal masters Ephel Duath.

"Featuring a fabulous new line-up made of Karyn Crisis, Davide Tiso, Steve Di Giorgio and Marco Minnemann, the EP entitled 'On Death And Cosmos' is available for a free listen for everyone at this location!"

The new EP is set for release on June 21st in Europe and on August 14th in North America, with an upcoming full-length album also currently in the works from Ephel Duath. The "On Death and Cosmos" track listing is as follows:

1. Black Prism
2. Raqia
3. Stardust Rain

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Ephel Duath Streaming New Track

A new track has been posted online from Ephel Duath's upcoming EP "On Death and Cosmos." You can now check out the song "Black Prism" courtesy of Lambgoat at this location.

After fulfilling the band's contract with Earache Records in 2009, Italian progressive metal act Ephel Duath disappeared for a bit. In 2011, songwriter and guitarist Davide Tiso announced that he had assembled a new Ephel Duath lineup and signed a deal with Agonia Records.

Boasting a formidable roster of Tiso, vocalist Karyn Crisis, bassist Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Autopsy, Testament), and drummer extraordinaire Marco Minnemann (Adrian Belew, Necrophagist, Kreator), Ephel Duath hit the studio to record a new EP titled "On Death and Cosmos."

The EP will be available as digipack CD, limited 10" EP, and digital download on June 21st in Europe and August 14th in North America. For more info, head over to the Ephel Duath Facebook profile.

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Ephel Duath Announces New EP Title

"On Death and Cosmos" is the title chosen by avantgarde metal band Ephel Duath for the upcoming EP being released through Agonia Records.

Release dates have been set as June 21st in Europe and August 14th in the United States. You can check out the artwork created by French artist Dehn Sora below.

"On Death and Cosmos" is a 20 minute mini concept EP that develops through three songs: "Black Prism," "Raqia," and "Stardust Rain," creating some of the most intense and mournful music Ephel Duath has ever offered. A studio update from the recording sessions can also be viewed here. More...

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Ephel Duath Issues EP Update

Italian avant-garde act Ephel Duath is currently in the process of working on a new EP to be released later this summer via Agonia Records. Ephel Duath's Davide Tiso has issued the following update about the EP's progress and working on songs for a new album:

"Rutan is working on my guitars, previews sounds crispy and heavier than my usual standards. I'm 100% confident this EP will be the band's stronger statement so far. In the meantime I'm working on the fourth songs for next album. Feeling good and hungry for more."

You can also check out a previously posted studio video from the recording of the new EP at this location.

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Ephel Duath Posts Studio Video Update Part II

Italian progressive post metal act Ephel Duath posted the second in a series of studio video reports from the recording of the band's upcoming EP, due in summer 2012 for Agonia Records.

In the following video guitarist/keyboardist Davide Tiso plays an extract from the song "Stardust Rain" and vocalist Karyn Crisis plays the song "Raqia":

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Ephel Duath Posts Recording Footage

Ephel Duath has posted a video clip online from the recording of the band's upcoming EP, due in summer 2012 for Agonia Records.

In this video Marco Minnemann plays an extract from the song called "Stardust Rain" and Steve Di Giorgio performs the intro of the song "Black Prism." At the end we enter Sharkbite Studios and get a glimpse of what’s coming up next…

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Ephel Duath Issues Recording Update

Ephel Duath is currently in the process of recording a new EP to see release via Agonia Records. The band checked in from the studio with the following update:

"The vocals for two of three songs are done! ED vocals have never sounded so angry and intimidating! On Wed Karyn will sing the third one, then we'll pack everything and send it to Erik Rutan for mixing!"

Ephel Duath also previously commented on the guitar recordings: "We are way ahead of the schedule for what concern recording the guitars. Today I've covered almost the whole EP. It sounds huge. Together with my belowed Fender Hot Rod Deluxe I've used a Lugosi amp built by Ryan of Sharkbite Studios. I'm blown away, best guitar sound I've ever head."

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Steve DiGiorgio Among Cast on Ephel Duath EP

U.S.-by-way-of-Italy avant-garde metallers Ephel Duath have announced an all-star cast of musicians will appear on their forthcoming EP due in spring 2012 thru AGONIA RECORDS. Steve DiGiorgio (Death, Testament, Sadus, Obscura), Karyn Crisis (Crisis, Karyn Crisis Band) and Marco Minemann (Paul Gilbert, Necrophagist, Kreator, Tony MacAlpine) join the group.

The complete line-up presents itself as follows:

Davide Tiso - guitars

Karyn Crisis - vocals

Steve DiGiorgio - bass

Marco Minemann - drums

Being fully into the preproduction process and about to record drums for the EP, the band will keep posting regular updates and videos of the recording.

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Ephel Duath Signs With Agonia Records

Formerly Italian, currently U.S. based band Ephel Duath, known as a modern mixture of avant-garde metal and progressive rock with jazz-fusion and hardcore punk elements, has inked a worldwide deal with Agonia Records for the release of an EP and two full-length albums. Agonia Records commented:

"Under the leading role of talented guitarist and songwriter Davide Tiso, the machine of EPHEL DUATH is ready to send out a new musical impulse, with the artistic contribution of a new line-up of well-known special session musicians, soon to be announced.

"The upcoming spring release EP is going to be recorded in January 2012 at Sharkbyte Studios (Machine Head, Exodus, High On Fire) in Oakland, California. Erik Rutan will do the mixing at his Mana Recording Studio (Cannibal Corpse, Hate Eternal, Goatwhore, Agnostic Front) in San Petersburg, Florida. Alan Douches will master the material at West West Side Music (Death, Swans, Mastodon, Converge, Baroness, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Clutch) in New York. More news will follow shortly."

For more details on the craziness that is Ephel Duath, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.

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Guest Musicians Comment On Working With Aborym

Italy's Aborym had previously announced Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath) and Karyn Crisis (Karyn Crisis Band) are performing guest spots on the band's new album "Psychogrotesque," which is set to drop on November 8th, 2010. Davide Tiso commented on working with Aborym:

"I have nothing but respect for Aborym. I followed and supported the band since their '99 Kali Yuga Bizarre and I consider Aborym the boldest extreme metal act ever born in Italy. I find remarkable their ability in reinventing themselves album after album. Aborym is a lonely beast in the underground metal forest, and Fabban is a truly visionary leader: I'm proud of what he's reaching with his music. I'm sure Aborym will continue to surprise in the future, this is what they usually do. It has been a pleasure to do a guest appearance in their new album and I'm particularly touched by what Karyn did on those songs. I still have shivers thinking about that one vocal take she did on the album's closing song! I wish Aborym to receive the massive attention they deserve."

Karyn Crisis also added: "It's not often that I feel connected enough to someone else's music to want to sing on it. Music is a strange, foreign language to me, yet Aborym's new album was a language I identified with. It speaks a psychological dialect I understand, yet it's at the same time new and surprising. The concept and rhythmic ideas are great, and it's been a very real pleasure to be a part of it."

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Davide Tiso Forms New Project

Davide Tiso of Ephel Duath has announced a new project titled Manuscripts Don't Burn, which will see its first release in October via Aural Music. Tiso issued the following statement about the new project:

"I thought about a one man band since my Black Metal days back in the ’90s. The idea of taking care of every aspect of the creative process has always been something I’ve been into (see Ephel Duath), but with Manuscripts Don't Burn I take this to a new limit: not involving anyone in the performing and recording process too. A year ago I started to compose for the Karyn Crisis solo album. I wrote a lot of songs, probably too many and with too much going on: there was no space for vocals.

"The songs were ready and done, without her voice. I restarted to compose for her from scratch, in the meantime I remained with enough material to start the solo adventure of above. I’m totally absorbed by this new direction, there’s something magic about these songs, an extremely positive vibe surrounds them. They have been composed without any kind of effort, like they were already existing and ready to be caught on tape. There’s something that needs to be spread through these songs: genuine compassionate feelings towards whomever wants to deal with this music. This is what I’m proudly doing now, hoping that this new palette will become an important part of my career and last the test of fire (you people) like those manuscripts Bulgakov was talking about."

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