2020 has been a miserable year for hundreds of millions of people world-wide, but a great year for the Italian black metal duo Hornwood Fell (guitarist/vocalist/bassist Marco Basili and drummer Andrea Basili). On March 3rd they digitally released an 80-minute, two-part concept album named Cursed Thoughts. Since ten it has been picked up by Kadabra Music for a June 26 release in a 4-panel digipak CD edition, and no wonder, because it is a spectacular accomplishment that musically extends well beyond the (continually expanding) boundaries of black metal.
The first part of Cursed Thoughts (tracks 1-6) explores Les Fleurs Du Mal (“The Flowers of Evil”) by Charles Baudelaire, and the second part (tracks 7-13) takes the poems of Edgar Allan Poe as its inspiration. The band have explained: “We were inspired by two great poets who speak of human despair. Inner monsters and ghosts, horror and pain. Two authors with different voices, with whom we have imagined and played with, and made different musical lines with the intent of evoking human and earthly energies.”
We have already reported on the advance release of the song that opens Part 1 of the album (“The Joyous Defunct“), and today we have a lyric video for “The Giantess“, which closes Part 1.