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Messa releases the first track »Orphalese« from their upcoming live album »Live At Roadburn«; out on April 28th via Svart Records!

Italian doom metal band Messa has released the first track »Orphalese« from their upcoming live album, »Live At Roadburn«, due out on April 28th, 2023 via Svart Records.

The band comments: “We are excited to unveil a track from our upcoming album »Live At Roadburn«, to be released April 7th 2023 via Svart Records. Every song in »Close« has its precise time frame as the whole creative process lasted for almost one year and a half.

»Orphalese« is a song about detachment from reality. It deals with not belonging to the world we live in, and the instability of certain moments in our lives. Have you ever felt you are never going to be enough? Have you ever felt useless?

This song is dedicated to the people that can be ‘swords before me’ (as the lyrics say). The very few close friends who see further than what you do when dark times approach and lay their drape on you. Listen »Orphalese« on all the platforms.”

Courtesy of Freeman Promotions:

Italian doom trailblazers, Messa captured live at the Roadburn Festival 2022 with a special extended lineup, have been immortalized on LP, CD and digital via Svart Records with their new album, »Live At Roadburn«. Relive Messa’s main-stage Roadburn Festival triumph, featuring songs from album »Close«, and joined by a unique constellation of musicians and instruments that give their massive new album its distinctive sound.

01. Suspended
02. Orphalese
03. 0=2
04. Pilgrim

This stunning new live album presents select cuts from the band’s critically acclaimed album »Close«, which the critics have called “the sound of a band fleshing out their place in doom metal’s past, present and future”(Metal Injection) and “If you’ve ever longed for an album that could reconcile Stevie Nicks at her witchiest with the sublime gloom of »How The Gods Kill«–era Danzig, this is the LP of your dreams” (Spin).

Messa’s packed out Roadburn set was one of the most talked about of the 2022 edition, and left the audience gob-smacked in their wake. Invisible Oranges said it best when they described Messa live as “Captivating from the start, the band meld doom and Mediterranean influences to create a sound that inspires devotion, not least through vocalist Sara’s powerful voice and commanding presence.”

Of their Roadburn set Messa said: “Our appearance at Roadburn 2022 saw us performing a specially dedicated and one of a kind set. We played songs from our new record »Close« with a unique line-up that included other fellow musicians within our project. We involved Giorgio Trombino (oud, duduk, saxophone), Alex Fernet (mandolin, acoustic guitar) and Blak Saagan (synthesizers) to recreate the sounds of »Close« in their true form.Our aim with Messa’s performance was to embrace a musical wandering that could allow all of us – on and off stage – to drift away into another place. We couldn’t wait to be on Roadburn’s stage again and we were very excited to be part of the 2022 edition.”

Seeming to both embrace and defy everything it means to be a metal band, Messa mesh Mediterranean sounds with crushing doom riffs, with an emphasis on atmosphere and unusual use of instrumentation. Messa are one of the leading lights in the heavy underground, and this performance at Roadburn saw the band shine forth with a brilliant and dominating presence. Get closer than »Close« and witness for yourself what the bottled magic of Messa’s live alchemy can bring.

»Live At Roadburn« LP/CD/Digital is out on April 28th on Svart Records.

Pre-order here:

»Live At Roadburn« was recorded 21st April 2022 at Poppodium in Tilburg (NL) by Marcel Van De Vondervoort and his team. FOH by Alessandro Galli. Mixed and mastered by Maurizio “Icio” Baggio at La Distilleria in Bassano del Grappa (VI).

All songs were written and arranged by Messa.

Sara – Vocals
Marco – Bass
Alberto – Guitar
Rocco – Drums
Giorgio – Oud, Duduk, Saxophone
Alex – Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar
Samuele – Synthesizers

Bojan Bidovc // music enthusiast, promoter, misanthrop and sometimes a journalist as well

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