Recorded mixed and mastered at Valkiria Studio between november-december 2018.
This album is a tribute to the Lucanian metal, in particular my town Potenza, where in the 90s some kids released demo tapes like those from which I extracted these songs.
This album was the occasion for a very mystical travel into my past, inside the forest of my memories.
I have been involved, in different ways, in each of the bands covered in this album. I did a couple of days (june 95?) in Black Sunrise, they were looking for a session live vocalist. then I joined the newly formed Obscure Devotion in June 96, as a guitarist, remaining throughout the summer, in September of the same year I founded Valkiria, in 2003 I played the drums for Warnungs Traum where I also had to deal with the sung, but adverse forces interrupted that kind of experience, in 2005 I joined Ecnephias to record the "November" Demo. Since 2006 the "Foresta Lucana" has become more distant, in terms of kilometers, due to my transfer to northern Italy.
If you ask why the album is entirely instrumental despite the songs were originally sung, well the answer is simple words are useless!
I know that living in Lucania is not easy. I am one of those who had to leave, but I will always be proud of being born in this magical place, and believe it or not I chose to be born there!
Lucanian forest is not only a physical place, it’s something within us.
released December 21, 2018
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