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Feltia

by Luna Obscura

Luna Obscura is a mixture of female and death male voices enhanced with atmospheric keyboards and powerfull melodic guitars that gives Gothic metal tones.The album "Feltia" defines the human psychic situation when melancholically and emotionally charged.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Gothic Metal
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1. Enochian Chant
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2. The Burden of Solitude
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3. Oronar
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4. Ex Caelis Oblatus
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5. Symphony of Sighs
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6. Codex Daemonicus 1516
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7. The Ancient One
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8. Waltz Into Darkness
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9. Away
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10. Dance of Forsaken Souls
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11. 5 Visions
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Originally formed in 2000. Luna Obscura’s vision has always been to create a mixture of Heavy, Atmospheric, Melodic and yet above all challenging music. In May 2004, LO released their first demo album under the name “Darcanda”. Receiving great reviews from numerous European Metal Magazines and soon Enclave Records proposed “With My Demons I’ll Celebrate My Fall” to be feautured in their compilation cd.

Second release followed was the self funded EP “Evilyn” in February 2007 which was used for promotional purposes. In 2008 LO have finished recording their debut full length album titled “Feltia”.

“Feltia”, a mind trick pun (fell - feel) defines the human psychic situation when melacholically and emotionally charged. Lyrically inspired from our dreamscapes and nightmares alond side with avant-garde poetry and enochian chants. Including 11 powerfull trakcs featuring guest appearance by Andy Giolmas (Mencea, Nebora) and Steve Dickins (STV Studios). “Feltia” is what descripes LO’S musical style and preferenece.

“Feltia” was edited and mixed at 210 STUDIOS in Berlin by Stamos Koliousis ( Mencea, Stonegard, Funeral etc.) and mastered at FINNVOX STUDIOS in Finland by Mika Jussila (To Die For, Children Of Bodom, Nightwish, Moonspell, Sonata Arctica, Amorphis, Apocalyptica etc.).

The album artworks were made by Zilas (Bloodcult Zine). The official Luna Obscura Logos & Symbols, web design & photography were made by MEL DESIGN ( Theodore Ziras, Bob Katsionis, Into The Woods etc.).


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METAL HAMMER (GR)

Panagiotis Fountoukidis
"In nowadays metal scene the combination of female and brutal male vocals accompanied by atmospheric keyboards has become a cliche. But there are always some exceptions. Here is a definite one for you. Why?
Initially because Luna Obscura are straightforward. They have a clear vision on what they are doing which keeps them determined and precise on their work. Furthermore because LO know how to compose their music. Their music is mature with all musical elements and structural basis being nicely placed and well-arranged. Above all worth mentioning are the amazing siren melodies undertaken by Gogo’s vocals.
Frankly this genre was not much to my taste but certainly “Feltia” made me reconsider, enjoy and appreciate. Personally it reminds me of early Theatre of Tragedy with a fair amount of The Gathering (era "Mandylion").

Luna Obscura are really worth to check. Their debut album “Feltia” will be soon available in music stores. Do not miss out..! This is a diamond..!"

Tony Cannella

Femme Metal
From Greece comes Luna Obscura. The band play a dark style of gothic, atmospheric metal with some avant-garde elements thrown in as well. The band has two singers, the female vocalist is Gogo Melone and Aris Potonos handles the more extreme male vocals. The band is completed by Dimitris Papachristos on guitars and orchestral programming and Stratos Kountouras on bass. The band has just released their full-length debut titled Feltia and I can say that it is 11-songs and 46-minutes worth of some of the most powerful and atmospheric music I've heard in quite some time.



Getting right into, the CD begins on an interesting note right off the bat with the 2 and-a-half minute intro track "Enochian Chant". This sets things up quite nicely some eerie music and a male spoken word section before the rest of the band joins in and the vocals of Gogo Melone come to the front. This song definitely creates a strong atmosphere and you can't wait to see what is next. That is answered with the next track "The Burden Of Solitude". Aris Potonos takes the lead early on and his voice is very fierce and when Gogo joins the fray you see how well the contrasting styles work together. I like both vocal styles a lot. I love the way Aris's vocals are produced, they are not too low in the mix and not too far out in front so that it overwhelms everything. They are done just right. Gogo's vocals are nice as well. She's got a great range and a great deal of emotion and passion in her voice. "The Burden of Solitude" is a great song and one of the highlights for sure. The next song "Oronar" is another great song that features a cinematic element and again the vocals leave the listener breathless and in awe. "Ex Caelis Oblatus" is next and it starts off with a heavy riff and we are off and running again. The two vocals share equal time on this one, sometimes singing together. The next song "Symphony Of Sighs" is probably my favorite song. It starts off at a slower pace but then really gets going. This is also one of the more aggressive songs. Other highlights include: "The Ancient One", "Waltz Into Darkness", "Away" and the instrumental closer "5 Visions".

Luna Obscura are a very impressive band and Feltia is a tremendous debut. The songs, the feeling and attitude all combine to make it one of the better debuts I have heard in awhile. The song writing is also top notch with the lyrics evoking a poetic feel. Overall Luna Obscura come highly recommended.

Steve Beebe

KERRANG! Magazine
DARK AS NIGHT GREEK GOTH METALLERS MAKE FULL-LENGTH DEBUT.

ADRIFT SOMEWARE on a sea of gothic weirdness are Greek band Luna Obscura who seem to have made self-funded releases their own speciality,with no expense spared on either production or artwork.This thoughtful and knowingly esoteric band produces edgy and occasionally disturbing music that is freaky enough to elude classification.Their lush soundscapes bring Nightwish to mind,but Aris Potonos' guttural groans are pure death metal.Female singer Gogo Melone adds an ethereal, operatic grace that weaves strange melidies into the nightmare.One thing you won't be doing much of is humming along,but losing youself late at night to this surreal and immersive voodoo is very much on the agenda.

Metalight Zine

Metalight (French Webzine)
Pour un premier album, c'est une réussite! En effet, Feltia fait suite aux deux premières démos de Luna Obscura, et le groupe nous propose un condensé de son style: du métal atmosphérique à souhait, accompagné de heavy doom à tendance death (principalement dans les vocaux masculins), le tout saupoudré de mélodies accrocheuses, une belle réalisation. Pour les plus nostalgiques, le duo de vocaux et certaines ambiances vous rappelleront After Forever, sans pour autant vous faire penser à une pâle copie; Luna Obscura se pose plutôt comme un groupe qui mélange au mieux ses diverses influences (on pense aussi à Trail of Tears). Parlons de ce Feltia, qui recelle de nombreuses merveilles. Dès l'ouverture, Enochian chant, le ton est donné avec les vocaux masculins qui lisent le texte, repris par des chants féminins choraux, pour diffuser une ambiance gothique, évoquant la mélancolie, qui se distille tout au long de l'album. Certains morceaux se détachent nettement de l'album pour laisser croire que l'on a un groupe "pro" à écouter. A commencer par Symphony of signs, qui mêle de multiples bonnes idées à l'exemple de la mélodie à la guitare, soutenue par l'ambiance atmosphérique qui donne une tonalité toute particulière à cet album. Les vocaux sont au diapason, la rythmique vous entraîne dans le monde de Luna Obscura, et le break au beau milieu du morceau se révèle être une excellente idée qui donne une nouvelle dimension à ce morceau, dont on retient avant tout la mélodie. De même, le morceau Codex Daemonicus 1516, outre l'ambiance moyennageuse, commence par un texte déclamé avec une voix et un écho d'outre-tombe...pour vous glacer le sang! On retiendra également Waltz into Darkness pour son ouverture au piano et l'utilisation de choeurs pour donner encore une autre ambiance à l'album, accentuant le gothique. Sans vous détailler chaque morceau, on peut affirmer que les ambiances sont variées tout en gardant en fil rouge l'idée de l'atmosphérique gothique. Les qualités du groupe sont multiples et l'interprétation est sans faille : vocaux variés et soli de guitares bienvenus. Vous l'aurez compris, cet album est une petite pétite à conseiller vivement car on ne s'ennuie pas et on adhère de suite à la musique gothique de Luna Obscura.