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Martiria is an epic/doom metal rock band formed back in the '80s and re-founded (after a long pause) in 2002. Five album published (last one R-Evolution, with ex Black Sabbath Vinny Appice - 2014).

The band was formed back in the '80s. At the beginning the band was very much oriented towards Doom/Metal sounds such as: early Candlemass and Black Sabbath. After releasing just a few demos and featuring various musicians, in 1998 the members of the group decide to take a break for a while in order to experience different projects. (continue)

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King of Shadows
(Menarini - Capelli)
from the album R-EVOLUTION (2014)


Orpheus was a legendary musician, poet, and prophet in ancient Greek religion and myth. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, his attempt to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, and his death at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music.(...) (source wikipedia)

Moreover, for the Greeks, Orpheus was the founder and prophet of the "Orphic" mysteries.

 

Orpheus, by Cesare Gennari (1637-1688)

Orfeo by Cesare Gennari


Every chord is a rolling thunder
meant to be heard from down under.
Every note is a promise of war
sent straight through the other shore!


She was young, she was mine,
made (of) honey’n’musk
She’s been taken by the dusk.


My guitar roars, my voice won’t quiver;
I’ll sing a song without shiver
That none on Earth would dare to play!
I cry, I die, I loose the way.


Her hair was long,
her touch light.
She doesn’t belong
To cold and night.


I’ll break the walls,
I’ll crush the doors!
Silence, through the caves,
flows across the waves.


Old and dark life tree,
give her back to me!
Or I’ll come till the halls of Hell
where (the) gray King of Shadows dwells.

 

(Menarini - Capelli 2014)

 

Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) is an "operetta" by Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880). The French text was written by Ludovic Halévy. The most famous part of it is surely the The "Infernal Galop" from Act II, also known as Can-Can.

Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus

Nymphs Finding the Head of Orpheus
by Pre-Raphaelite painter John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)

The most famous story in which Orpheus figures is that of his wife Eurydice. While walking among her people, the Cicones, in tall grass at her wedding, Eurydice was set upon by a satyr. In her efforts to escape the satyr, Eurydice fell into a nest of vipers and suffered a fatal bite on her heel. Her body was discovered by Orpheus who, overcome with grief, played such sad and mournful songs that all the nymphs and gods wept. On their advice, Orpheus travelled to the underworld, played his lyre to put Cerberus, the guardian of Hades, to sleep and by his music softened the hearts of Hades and Persephone (he was the only person ever to do so), who agreed to allow Eurydice to return with him to earth on one condition: he should walk in front of her and not look back until they both had reached the upper world. He set off with Eurydice following, and, in his anxiety, as soon as he reached the upper world, he turned to look at her, forgetting that both needed to be in the upper world, and she vanished for the second time, but now forever. (...)

The story in this form belongs to the time of Virgil, other ancient writers, however, speak of Orpheus' visit to the underworld in a more negative light; according to Phaedrus in Plato's Symposium, the infernal deities only "presented an apparition" of Eurydice to him. Ovid says that Eurydice's death was not caused by fleeing from Aristaeus, but by dancing with naiads on her wedding day. In fact, Plato's representation of Orpheus is that of a coward; instead of choosing to die in order to be with the one he loved, he mocked the deities by trying to go to Hades to get her back alive. Since his love was not "true" — meaning he was not willing to die for it — he was punished by the deities, first by giving him only the apparition of his former wife in the underworld, and then by being killed by women, the Maenads at the orders of Dionysus. Only after his death his soul could be reunited with Eurydice's. (source wikipedia)


The story of Orpheus (and Eurydice) has been present into Western culture fro two millennium and it has been used as a theme in all art forms. Examples are countless, in paintings, poetry, literature, sculpture and music.

Just to mention a few of them...

Gustave Rodin OrpheusL'Orfeo (1607) by Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), Franz Liszt's (1811-1886) symphonic poem Orpheus (1854), Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld) by Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880), Igor Stravinsky's (1882-1971) ballet Orpheus (1948).

The 13th studio album of the alternative rock band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is called Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus (2004).

Vinicius de Moraes' play Orfeu da Conceição, later adapted by Marcel Camus in the 1959 film Black Orpheus, tells the story in the modern context of a favela in Rio de Janeiro during Carnaval.

Also 2001 film Moulin Rouge was intended by Baz Luhrmann as "the tale of an Orphic hero who embarks upon a visit to the underworld (the demi-monde around Paris's Montmartre) to attempt the rescue of his doomed love" and include parts from Jacques Offenbach 's Orphée aux enfers-

Italian writer Dino Buzzati (1906-1972) adapted the Orpheus story in his ante-litteram "graphic novel" Poem Strip (1969). Neil Gaiman has his own version of Orpheus in The Sandman comics series.

In their 2013 album Reflektor, Arcade Fire alludes to the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice in their songs "Awful Sound (Oh Eurydice)" and "It's Never Over (Hey Orpheus)". On the album cover appears Auguste Rodin's (1840-1917) sculpture of Orpheus and Eurydice.

Poul Anderson's (1926-2001) Hugo Award-winning novelette "Goat Song", published in 1972, is a retelling of the story of Orpheus in a science fiction setting.

And then, Martiria, of course!

 

 

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