Out of the murky depths of the Black Forest rise IMPERIUM DEKADENZ. The dark chasms of these steep mountains have witnessed the rise and fall of empires in bloody battles and glorious history. Celts, Romans and Germanic tribes have lived and perished in these fog ridden, harsh and yet exquisite landscapes. The ancient past and lost peoples left lingering feelings of longing and a deep melancholy, which none have ever captured more intensively than native IMPERIUM DEKADENZ on their fourth full-length "Meadows of Nostalgia".
German musicians Horaz and Vespasian manage to enhance and deepen their intricate atmospheric style, which already received tremendous praise for their previous album "Procella Vadens" (2010). Although this music evolved out of Norwegian Black Metal, IMPERIUM DEKADENZ soon built their own sonic realm on majestic structures imbued with fierce darkness, which are contrasted by melodic interludes and fragile acoustic parts. Founded in the year 2004, this duo quickly gained a dedicated following with debut album "…und die Welt ward kalt und leer" (2006).
This album has been described by the band as a core fusion of two very dissimilar characters, which are still connected through their mutual penchant for highly emotional yet dark music. Destruction, loneliness, despair and anger are all clad into sound on "…und die Welt ward kalt und leer". The album was recorded during the coldest and most snow plagued winter of the new millennium of 2005/6. Yet despite the harsh condition, this work was a dream come true for the two protagonists and the beginning of their deep and lasting friendship.
As the debut had gained immediate acclaim by critics and fans alike – mainly in Germany but also already beyond their native borders, the follow-up "Dämmerung der Szenarien" (2007) fell on already fertile ground. The seeds IMPERIUM DEKADENZ had sown started to blossom: sound, songwriting, lyrics artwork and live performance went up by several notches and ensured their final breakthrough in the German scene. The duo painted their work as a collection of tableaus in colours of melancholy, epic drama and dark impression.
Having thoroughly shaped their own sound, IMPERIUM DEKADENZ proceeded to climb on new peaks with "Procella Vadens". This "Wanderer in the Storm" amazed with ingeniously constructed multi-layered hymns plunged into the pure passion of ancient wrath and mournful melancholy. As a result the Germans were not only performing at major festivals of their home country including the famous Wacken Open Air as well as Summerbreez, but also received an invitation to the prestigious Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway. Being one of the few foreign bands playing at this cult event comes close to a knighting within the black scene.
As drummer Vespasian and singer Horaz are sharing all other instrumental duties from guitars to synthesizers in studio, IMPERIUM DEKADENZ enlist the aid of guitarists Naavl and Kaelt supported by bassist Harvst on stage.
Lyrically IMPERIUM DEKADENZ clad metaphors of human transience, ashes, dust and shadows into an antique attire with a penchant for the Roman Empire, while declining to deal with stereotypical political, religious or misanthropic genre themes. The same obvious intelligence is applied in their complex and multi-layered compositions, which combined with emotional passion and intuitive skill turns "Meadows of Nostalgia" into a dark masterpiece. Delve deep into the secrets and detailed riches of IMPERIUM DEKADENZ. Glory to the new German emperors!
|Vespasian||Drums, E-Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Synthesizer|
|Horaz||Vocals, E-Guitar, Synthesizer|