'Theomachy' is the long-awaited sophomore album from Tragodia. Hailing from Italy, Tragodia has been into the world of metal for more than 15 years, bringing forth an endless musical quest in the field of gloomy metal. 'Theomachy' is by far Tragodia’s most challenging release to date, one which the band worked upon for some three years, pushing even further the boundaries of its never quiescent sound: with Theomachy you will experience a modern blend of classic heavy metal, well-crafted low-tuned guitar riffing, versatile vocals, thrashy edges, and cinematic arrangements, provided by a real string quartet which performed on several tracks. Mastered at world-famous Finnvox Studios by renowned producer Mika Jussila, the album also features a stunning guest appearance by German ‘a cappella metal band’ Van Canto’s lead vocalist Philip Dennis Schunke on the track ‘The eve of the end’, a rocking epic tune which sets the mood for the entire album, a very coherent one when it comes to lyrical content: 'Theomachy' will lead you through tales of Epic and Tragedy, ancient Lore and lost Beauty; it’s a modern metal soundtrack for the one willing to go back in time and witness the rise and fall of empires and human ephemeral greatness. Warmly suggested for those with a wide array of metal musical tastes!
released January 16, 2012
Luca Meloni - lead vocals
Francesco Lupi - lead, rhythm, acoustic guitars, keys, additional vocals
Riccardo Tonoli - lead and rhythm guitars
Luca Paderno - bass
Daniele Valseriati - drums and percussion
‘Theomachy’ was engineered, recorded, edited and mixed by Daniele Mandelli at Elfo Studio, Tavernago, Italy, between 2010 and 2011, with additional recording and editing duties provided by Alexander Lizzori.
Mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios, Helsinki, Finland, May 2011.
Drums technician: Alessandro Bissa.
Guest vocals on ‘The eve of the end’ by Philip Dennis Schunke, courtesy of Van Canto and Napalm Records.
Strings on tracks #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9 performed by Matry quartet:
Gianandrea Guerra - 1st violin
Paolo Costanzo - 2nd violin
Lorenzo Quero - viola
Elena Castagnola - cello
Matry quartet conducted by Carlo Pisani.
All music composed, arranged and performed by Tragodia (see credits), except ‘The eve of the end’, written by Francesco Lupi with additional vocal arrangements by Philip Dennis Schunke.
All lyrics by Francesco Lupi, except track #10, lyrics by Francesco Lupi and Daniele Valseriati.
Additional string arrangements by Carlo Pisani.
Middle section horn arrangement on ‘The stones of Uruk’ by Carlo Pisani.
Booklet concept by Tragodia, designed by Riccardo Tonoli.
Band’s logo by Alessandro Bonini.
Band’s photo by Giuseppe Cavalleri.
Additional live photos by Dario Lanzetta.
Released by My Graveyard Productions in 2012.
Produced by Daniele Mandelli and Tragodia.