|Label:||Depressive Illusions Records|
It doesn't really happen every day to stumble upon black metal projects from the Campania region, albeit the area is actually full of potential sources of inspiration (as proven in other fields of music by Corde Oblique). Therefore, it goes without saying that I have welcomed with some degree of curiosity the debut demo by one man band Taur-Im-Duinath, founded by Francesco Del Vecchio from Eboli (Salerno), already heard in several other bands such as Throes Of Perdition.
The name of this project, although inspired by the work of Tolkien, still retains some connection with Del Vecchio's surroundings. Taur-Im-Duinath ("land between two rivers" in Sindarin) is in fact the name of a mysterious and unexplored part of Middle-Earth, while Eboli is also located between two rivers (on the Sele and, a bit further West, the Tusciano) and is a quite unknown place at least in terms of metal music.
The title "Randir" means wanderer in Sindarin again, and this is the narrator who takes us on this journey through nature, sharing his reflections with us. The main influences on all elements of music, imagery, and content, come from the folk/atmospheric black metal of Northern European background and generally speaking from the more naturalistic takes on the genre. Del Vecchio unexpectedly chose to use lyrics in Italian, which in fact work really well in this context, despite the initial impression of having in one's hands yet another "Middle-Earth inspired" black metal album.
It is pretty clear that also Agalloch have been an important influence for the Italian musician, especially on his way of interpreting lead guitars and the quasi-ambient sections at the beginning and the end of the demo. The journey takes place throughout an introduction and three tracks that tend to communicate with each other, in terms of content and music (this is especially clear in "La Chiusura Del Cerchio"). The narrator reflects about the essence of nature, its survival, and what it means to us.
In about twenty five minutes, "Randir" gives away a positive impression about this emerging black metal project. We will see if, going forward, Taur-Im-Duinath will employ in a more evident manner the many suggestions coming from the environment. As of the moment, this is a self aware release, maybe a bit too keen on mid-tempos, that features really good elements.