LEMURIA - winner of the GMM talent quest 2012!
Conceived in 1999 under an alternate moniker, Lemuria recorded their first demo in April 2002 entitled ‘The Vault of the Witness’. Although very primitive, the music lay the foundation for what was to come. After winning competitions and supporting major metal acts (Destruction, Altar, Enthroned) ‘Tales, Ale & Fire’ was forged during the summer months of 2004. Produced entirely independently, the concept album created a truly unique sound, unprecedented and unheard of within the Belgian metal scene. Held in the same vein as Finntroll, Ensiferum, Thyrfing, Bal Sagoth and even Rhapsody, the CD showcased huge step forward for the band and was praised by metalheads and non-metalheads alike. The CD brought fame (and some fortune) to the band, playing all over Flanders and thus gathering a substantial following, headlining many a concert and supporting even more big names (Korpiklaani, Ill Disposed, Aborted, Pig Destroyer, etc.). The album sold out very quickly and is even now still highly sought-after.
Unfortunately, the group was put on hold in August 2006 due to internal disputes. However, exactly two years later, Lemuria was reborn with two new guitar players and a whole new musical arsenal and concept. New in the line-up are Shadow’s Veil guitar wizard Jan Bergmans, whose Jazz studio education will add a new dimension to the band, and Roman Samonin, known from his creative work for FolkEarth and Morituri. New recordings (composed, orchestrated, recorded, mixed and mastered by the band members themselves) attracted all kinds of attention and new style references, without forsaking the band’s folk metal roots. With this new incarnation, the sextet continued to write new music and started performing again in late 2008, much to the satisfaction of the fans and reviewers.
In November 2010, the brand new concept album ‘Chanson de la Croisade’ was released, telling a tale of conflict, tragedy and religious strife. Running for over an hour in total, the album takes the listener on a journey trough medieval France, during the age of the crusades. Recorded at Midas and Red Left Hand studios and mastered by Peter in de Betou (Dimmu Borgir, Septic Flesh), with cover art by the acclaimed Flemish artist Kris Verwimp.
Mixing heavy music with orchestral, bombastic scores and daring instrumental and symphonic parts, ‘Chanson de la Croisade’ will carve them a niche previously untouched by any Belgian band.