Atmospheric metal band Aquilus release the broody ‘Lucille’s Gate’

Legendary atmospheric metal band Aquilus release brooding new single ‘Lucille’s Gate’

Bellum I out 3rd December via Blood Music

Photo: Mortimer Bellchambers

Legendary atmospheric metal band Aquilus return with the broody and orchestral ‘Lucille’s Gate’, their second single from their second full-length album, Bellum I, out on 3rd December via Blood Music.

Listen to the new track ‘Lucille’s Gate’, premiered by Decibel, here: 

On the single’s concept, Aquilus‘ Horace Rosenqvist explains: “This track showcases some of the more blackened metal elements on the album and the killer drumming by the Aquilus live / session drummer Zebadee Scott.”

Preorder Bellum I here:

Bellum I is an atmospheric metal album with a fusion of classical film, folk, and black metal influences, continuing in the tradition of the work started on the first album, Griseus, and evolving to new levels,” says Rosenqvist.

‘Into Wooded Hollows’ and ‘Lucille’s Gate’ are the first tastes of new music from the enigmatic band since the release of Griseus, which slowly amassed a following of devoted fans, climbing its way to being voted one of the top albums of the decade on MetalStorm.

For eight years, a follow-up masterpiece was in the making. The opus grew so furiously, the decision was ultimately made to split the work into two parts, culminating with the release of the first album, Bellum I.

Bellum I showcases the band’s rare amalgam of authentic classical, European folk and black metal influences, alongside Aquilus‘ unique multi-instrumentation and compositional complexity.

Metal influences, ranging from early Metallica to the early works of SolefaldOpeth and Katatonia, combine with the classical romanticism of Rachmaninov and Chopin.

Bellum I also continues Aquilus‘ signature blend of acoustic elements, with an assortment of acoustic guitars and pianos to violins, mandolas, fipple flutes, balalaika, gusli and bowed psaltery, recalling the aura and dexterity of emotive film composers Bernard Herrmann (Psycho, The Twilight Zone) and Thomas Newman (Shawshank Redemption, Six Feet Under) . 

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Aquilus’ music is composed and produced by Horace Rosenqvist and recorded in collaboration with session musicians. The amount of detail poured into each note is immeasurable; years of dedication undertaken to produce the final product.

Bellum I is a testament to the beauty and chaos of creation.

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Track listing:

1. The Night Winds of Avila

2. Into Wooded Hollows

3. Eternal Unrest

4. Moon Isabelline

5. The Silent Passing

6. Embered Waters

7. Lucille’s Gate

8. Empyreal Nightsky