Back in 2012, Cristina R. Galván “Lady Carrot”, from the Castilian folk music scene, and Nightmarer, from the avant-garde metal projects As Light Dies and Garth Arum, entered a haunted house and began a musical improvisation with guitar, tambourine and found artifacts from the kitchen. Their inspiration came from forms of Spanish traditional music, unknown even to most Spaniards, which they melded with the eccentricities of black metal. Thus was Aegri Somnia born, with a melding of very different worlds under the spectral watch of phantoms.
Ad Augusta per Angusta is a compilation of Iberian popular folk songs from the late 19th and the early 20th century. It encompasses the crucible of wisdom passed down through ancestors and culture, and the darkest parts of Spain’s story, driven by the innate brutality of human beings.
The sound of Aegri Somnia is less sparse than one might expect given the limited instrumentation used creating it. Instead, it has a sanguine gothic sweep with drama and history layered like the skirt of a flamenco dancer.
Ad Augusta per Angusta will be released officially on January 30th, however, we have a preview of what you can expect here with ‘Molinero Vengo de Moler’.
The album represents nearly five years of work, from the initial, spontaneous recordings through the production process. It can be pre-ordered here.