In Nomine Patris By Gabriele Nucci
Brvmak is a death metal band born over ten years ago in Italy, changing genre from a more blackened style to a more progressive death approach. The band so far released an EP in 2006 and the full-length album ‘Captivitas’ in 2013 and is now about to release the new album ‘In Nomine Patris’ in 2018. During Brvmak’s career there were a few line-up changes, and in 2015 the enter of Sergio as guitarist and singer meant a shift in the composite process and the sound, adding more progressive influences.
‘In Nomine Patris’ is a concept album focused on the biblical mythology. Each song is inspired by a story taken from the Bible, not with ascetic intentions but as a key to understanding the man and what concerns his behaviour in its most terrestrial dimension. Our record is, therefore, a story of passion and love, of hate, anger and jealousy; inspired not by Christian Mythology but by the way in which a book, objectively as important as the Bible, should be read, a starting point for metaphorical reflection to understand humanity.
For the music composition, we chose to make straightforward songwriting, defining a structure of the song and adding a layer of epic riffs and melodic parts. Each member of the band puts in his influences, and that includes riffs and sounds sometimes far from metal. We also had the honour to have Paul Masvidal, singer and guitarist of the acclaimed progressive band Cynic, as a special guest in our song ‘Omnipotence’. Working with such a fantastic musician was a beautiful experience for us. A new feature in our upcoming album is the viola parts played by Serj Lündgren, often composed in a more classical and romantic style, to get the listener more in the mood of the concept.
The cover artwork represents the most iconic and important episode for us, Cain killing his brother Abel in the first act of violence. It describes our music very well, because it’s elegant in style but brutal in the content, and it means a lot to us. The sun that comes up in the background also has a meaning of illumination besides violence and religion. The artwork was made by the Italian illustrator and painter Graziano Roccatani. We chose him because his style, between classical and modern, perfectly fits our idea of a front cover: to visualise what the album’s music is all about. We asked Graziano to redefine the classic scene of Abel’s murder with a layout that includes a standing Cain holding a donkey jawbone preparing the fatal hit, which starts the human being. A beautiful and mesmerising landscape surrounds the scene.
The stories from the Bible were the most inspiring towards the creation of the concept and the album lyrics. The researches were also completed by reading books of analysis and comprehension of religious mythology, such as ‘Les mystères de la Bible’ from Vincent Allard and Guy Les Baux, that was crucial for some lyrics parts. For the artwork, we got inspired mostly by classical and Renaissance authors such as Caravaggio, Tintoretto and Gaetano Gandolfi.
In the modern society the meaning of belief changed a lot from the past, people realised that the human knowledge had done everything that in the past was supposed to come from God, beginning with religion, and the Bible, for example, is the mirror of the human being in this sense. The search for a spiritual dimension for modern people is the price that we pay for the new consciousness of ourselves, and this translates to a loss of ideas. As a band with themes focused on the inner searching and elevation, we believe in a strong spiritual influence in our lives. We think that this belief, or more appropriately consciousness, of a spiritual elevation and dimension of Man, is very strong in our composition, especially in our latest album.
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