Dodekathlon By Mark Huisman
‘Dodekathlon’ is our second full-length album and was released January 2018 through Nuclear Blast Records. It is a concept album describing the labours of Hercules. Each track represents one labour, and thus the album narrates his tale in consecutive fashion. Our singer is a walking history encyclopedia, and he put us on the path of this epic endeavour to write our most complex work to date. Since we wanted to tell the tale as it should be told. We take the listener not only through all its brutality but also through the build-ups and journeys by using not only sheer brute death and black metal force but also classical interludes and spoken word parts.
Everything ties into the Herculean theme. Writing the lyrics was an epic journey in itself. As one can imagine, it is quite difficult to describe such an elaborate tale in just 12 tracks in 1 hour, so we did not choose an easy subject matter. Since we wanted to take everything we did previously to a whole new level we made sure to follow through 100% with our theme. We tried to think of every little detail; artwork, stage design, stage props, merch, our clothing, everything. Make sure to come to one of our shows, and you will understand; the drummer even drinks from a skull on stage…
For us, music and metal, in particular, is all-encompassing. It dictates our lives. Without music what would there be? Metal is a way of life. Period. Metal is an expression, and it is best-served extreme. We all need to vent, energy, creativity. Would you like to listen to metal describing fluffy bunnies or would you like a more, let’s say… interesting topic? Our band focusses on ancient civilisations and mythology.
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