HESPERIA

HESPERIA is the ancient name of the ITALIC lands dominated by the mythological sovereign Hesperus. HESPERIA plays the purest METALLVM ITALICVM and Hesperian Metal -”Hesperian” stands for “Archaic Italic”.

Hesperia is Hesperus: vocals, all instruments, effects.

1992-1996: Hesperus was a member of the Marchigian black metal band Sulphuria; he was then known as Ritus Tenebrarum (bass and backing vocals). Sulphuria was a three-man band which released a rehearsal demo and three other demos (two with Ritus Tenebrarum); one of their songs appeared on a compilation.

1993: “Funeral nation”, Sulphuria rehearsal demo tape

1995: “Ad jacendum sub fluminis infernalis”, Sulphuria’s second demo tape

1996: “Caelum sanguineum”, Sulphuria’s third demo tape with Italic vocals (1,200 copies sold; good reviews. Reprinted on CD-R in 2004 by “OLD ITALIA distribution”).

Nera celebrazione Elettrica”, forth demo: one of the songs was included in the compilation “Volume I of the Norwegian Compilation Asgardreien”; on the same CD there were songs by artists like Horna, Dornenreich, Frostmoon,… Sulphuria was the only Italic band on the release.

1996-1997: Hesperus leaves Sulphuria to realize his ideas of a conceptual one-man band dealing with more epic and introspective elements. The project came to life as Hesperia, ancient name of the Italic and Western European lands. Hesperus, in Greek mythology, was the ancient king who reigned on these lands (see Scriptum at www.hesperianlands.tk for more information). At the beginning, the music created by Hesperia was sort of a black metal with epic and folk elements and lyrics.
In 1997 a very raw rehearsal demo was recorded: “The return of an archaic civilization”, printed in very few copies.

After this, Hesperia decided not to limit itself with a restrictive type of music, and to include every kind of influence from different fields: literature, cinema, history, mythology, folklore,…
Hence ambient, theatrical, and progressive elements were included, leaving the rawest side untouched, a fundamental point to create an evocative and charismatic sound, distant in time and space, rich in Italic cultural elements and called METALLVM ITALICVM or Hesperian Metal (HM, archaic Italic metal).
Hesperia became a very long and complex concept, divided in three Compendiums: the Historical, the Old Hesperian, and the New Hesperian (see Hesperia’s Scriptum).

1998-2001: in 1998 Hesperus, with a four-track analogic recorder, began the recording of the first part, of the first volume, of the first compendium: it was called “Aeneidos Metalliapotheosis part I” and it had Italic vocals, and some Latin ones as well. It was inspired by Virgil’s “Aeneid”, and aims to describe the origins of the Italic history through mythology.
The recording took two years, and was made
in three different caverns on the eastern shores of the Italic lands (in the region of Marche, on the Adriatic coast near the Sibillian mounts, the mounts of Sibilla, where Hesperus lives, near the ancient Roman ruins of Helvia Ricina).
The mix and the mastering was finished in november 2001 at Patchworks dungeon.
The instruments chosen for “Aeneidos…” were
basses (4 to 8), octaved basses, bass effects instead of guitars , so in that first part there are no guitars and no keyboards; but the instruments will change on every cd.

2002-2003: “Aeneidos Metalliapotheosis part I” was released in a deluxe jewel box. The 200 copies of this cult product were completely sold out in a very short time.
This first part is a concept album based on the books I and II of the “Aeneid”, the Roman poem about the mythological origin of Rome.

2003: “Aeneidos Metalliapotheosis” was reprinted by Il Male Production, in a paperboard sleeve package, limited to 50 copies. The bonus track of the album also appeared on the “I Fiori del Male” compilation, released by Il Male Production.
An association called
Civiltà Crepuscolare della Seconda Era was founded, and is today known as Civiltà Hesperiana (www.hesperiana.org) .

2004: in April a very rare single taken from the 2004 album was released with a bonus videoclip.

A song appeared on the compilation “I Fiori del Male II” by Il Male Productions.

In November the second full-length “Il Ritorno di una Civiltà Arcaica” (Hesperian metal) was released. It’s conceptually based on the old 1997 demo, completely re-recorded in various places on the Sibillian Mountains, and re-produced. Many guitars were used (not only basses, this time).

2005: “Aeneidos Metalliapotheosis part I” was reprinted for the third time by Forart (www.forart.eu).

2006: in March Hesperus appeared as a guest on the TV show “Extreme Metal” on Rock TV, hosted by Aleister (Faust’s member). During the show he presented his second videoclip “Il Ritorno di una Civiltà Arcaica”, and talked about Hesperia and the Civiltà Crepuscolare della Seconda Era’s goal.

2007: A promo version of “In Honorem Herois – Aeneidos Metalliapotheosis part II” was released. A website to support the Italic scene was created: Scena Italica
www.scena-italica.org) This album is a concept album based on the books III to V of the “Aeneid”, the Roman poem about the mythological origin of ROME.

2008: “In Honorem Herois – Aeneidos Metalliapotheosis part II” was officially released in a jewel box with a booklet, by Blazing Productionshttp://www.blazing.ws .

DISCOGRAPHY

1997: “The Return of an Archaic Civilization”: rehearsal promo-demo tape

2003: “Aeneidos MetalliApotheosis parte I” first full-length limited to 200 copies.

Proemio and two suites (Tyriae Turres and Iliae Memoriae) inspired by the first two books of Virgilio’s “Aeneid” anddivided in scenes (length: over 64 min. + bonus track + CD-rom track).

2003: “I Fiori del Male vol. 1” A.A.V.V (il MALE production).

2004 (April): Reprint of “Aeneidos Metalliapotheosis parte I” (Il Male production).

2004 (March): “Il Ritorno di una Civiltà Arcaica” single (Forart)CD-r single + videoclip.

2004 (May): “I Fiori del Male vol 2” A.A.V.V. (Il Male production).

2004 (November): “Il Ritorno di una Civiltà Arcaica” second Hesperian metal full-lenght limited to 300 copies (Forart, Old Italia, Il Male production, ATC)

2007 (February): “IN HONOREM HEROIS-Aeneidos Metalliapotheosis pars II” Promo version (Forart) third full-lenght, sequel of the first album (it continues the concept on VIRGILIO’s ENEIDE

Session drummer on this album: HERCULES (of Emperial Abyss, http://www.emperial-abyss.tk/).

2007: “IUT DE ASKEN” A.A.V.V CD attatched to the famous underground zine

BLUTEVERGEISSEN, featuring cult bands as Kroda, Yggdrasil, Wolfnacht

2008-2009 (February):

“IN HONOREM HEROIS-Aeneidos Metalliapotheosis pars II”

Official CD version (BLAZING PRODUCTIONS)

http://www.blazing.ws

An album distributed worldwide from USA to Japan, a fair success

2013 (December 23) :

“SPIRITVS ITALICVS (Aeneidos Metalliapotheosis parte III)”

SLEASZY RIDER RECORDS

The most famous album of the band til now

SPIRITVS ITALICVS is the third part of a concept divided in four albums, and titled “Aeneidos Metalli Apotheosis”. This title stands for “Metal Consacration of ENEIDE”, which is Virgilio’s Roman epic poem that celebrates the birth of ROME from Troian-Latin roots. This is a COLOSSAL METAL EPOPEA.

SPIRITVS ITALICVS is an album MANIFESTO about the rebirth of the true ancient ITALIC SPIRIT

SPIRITVS ITALICVS has an hidden spiritual/ritual meaning: there’s another album hidden inside/under tracks

SPIRITVS ITALICVS was recorded in the ancient castle of PIEVEFAVERA built over the ruins of the ancient roman town of FAVERIA

SPIRITVS ITALICVS photos and video was taken in the Ancient Roman Amphitheater and Ruins of the old ancient town of URBS SALVIA (Urbisaglia, MC, ITALY)

Filming Location “under courtesy of”:

“Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali-Direzione regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici delle MARCHE-Soprintendenza Beni Archeologici delle MARCHE”

for a trailer preview go to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSkXFlDkx9s

In the album there re some Guests musicians from wellknown italian extreme metal bands:

Mancan (ECNEPHIAS)
Lord Inferos/Flagellum (LEGION OF DARKNESS)
Abibial (IMAGO MORTIS)
Fervs (L’EFFET C’EST MOI/MORKAL)
Namter (GASZIMMER/NAMTER/AB AETERNO)

2015 (January 25) : the new album

“METALLVM ITALICVM” (Aeneidos Metalliapotheosis parte IV)”

SLEASZY RIDER RECORDS

METALLVM ITALICVM is the last part of a concept divided in four albums, and titled “Aeneidos Metalli Apotheosis”. This title stands for “Metal Consacration of ENEIDE”, which is Virgilio’s Roman epic poem that celebrates the birth of ROME from Troian-Latin roots. This is a COLOSSAL METAL EPOPEA.

METALLVM ITALICVM is an album MANIFESTO about the spiritual/cultural/musical genre called METALLVM ITALICVM (ITALIC METAL)

METALLVM ITALICVM was recorded at the ancient roman Theater on the ruins of the ancient roman town of HELVIA RECINA (Macerata, MC, ITALY)

METALLVM ITALICVM photos and video was taken at the ancient roman Theater on the ruins of the ancient roman town of HELVIA RECINA (Macerata, MC, ITALY)

Filming Location “under courtesy of”:

“Ministero per i Beni e le Attività culturali-Direzione regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici delle MARCHE-Soprintendenza Beni Archeologici delle MARCHE”

for a trailer preview go to:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyLZlckE4XY

Exceptionally among the Special Guests:

Knjaz Varggoth (NOKTURNAL MORTUM)

Mario “the black” di donato (REQUIEM, THE BLACK)

Special guests: Fervs (L’EFFET C’EST MOI, ex MORKAL), Figlia della Tempesta (L.S.L.), Lord Inferos, Adranor, Flagellum (LEGION of DARKNESS), “M” (The True ENDLESS, SKOLL), Gianluca Mandolesi (CENTVRION), Marco Vitali (IBRIDOMA), Mancan (ECNEPHIAS), Chiara Malvestiti (CRYSALYS), Christian Bartolacci (IBRIDOMA, SCALA MERCALLI).

contacts & details:

hesperus@email.it

Official HESPERIA website:

http://www.hesperianlands.tk

myspace:

http://www.myspace.com/hesperiaofficial

facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/HESPERIA/46936777723

twitter

https://twitter.com/Hesperia_ITA

soundcloud:

https://soundcloud.com/hesperia-1

Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/user/HesperiaOfficial

Hesperia conceptual circles : www.hesperiana.org