The Lunatic Creature By Angra Mainyu
Started as a one-man project in early 2007 by Angra Mainyu, Ayyur is a Black Metal act from Sousse, Tunisia. Several session members have taken part in the project over the years, but the band’s true nature remains elusive. ‘The Lunatic Creature’ is the first release after a long period of being inactive, almost 9 years.
It reflects some kind of resurrection. We were able to confer drums duties to Shaxul and we spent some time working on the release. We later worked with Sentient Ruin Laboratories and Vendetta Records to release it and they did a great job.
The songwriting is entirely done by Angra Mainyu, later joined by Dagon and Shaxul to start the whole recording. While Drums was recorded in France at “Le Caveau Studio”, Guitars, Bass and Vocals were recorded in our home studio in Sousse – Tunisia. Additional mixing/mastering are done by S.D at “The Empty Hall Studio” in Spain. It is clear that many people take part in the process so it takes time to be done and of course we encounter difficulties that slow down the progress. Before starting the recording, one member had an accident and it was necessary that he do surgery, the recording was delayed for 6 months until his full recovery.
The main inspiration comes from personal experiences and overall where the music is conceived, I am talking here about songwriting, we are not the kind of persons that you find in a crowded bar downtown or waiting for public transports early in the morning in a big city or living in a small apartment, we set a schedule but we really take our time in doing things. So remoteness, direct contact with nature and the way of living, in general, are reflected in big parts in AYYUR.
I would like to also mention a name of a book “The Book of the Sun of Gnosis and the Subtleties of Elevated Things”, written by a hermit called “Al-Buni” or “The Punic” that lived in a cave in a mountain located in the area, he ended up selling his soul to the devil and having supernatural powers. It is a grimoire book that contains ancient symbol texts and it is believed that it can summon spirits.
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