International chamber black metal project Antiqva unveils their second single “Anadem Gyre” along with a music video.
Antiqva was conceived by Xenoyr and Lindsay Schoocraft through touring in the mild European autumn of 2015. They had both felt the need to explore different musical pathways within the same band, ultimately starting a project that combined the age and elegance of classical music with the wild fervour of black metal, bringing both worlds together to create something altogether truly immense yet intimately detailed. Featuring an experienced ensemble of past, present and live musicians from well established bands; Ne Obliviscaris, Negator, Karkaos/Blackguard, Black Crown Initiate, Susperia/Abyssic, and The Ocean; Antiqva hope to pay homage to an old organic sound whilst bringing to the fore the varied influences within the band.
Antiqva debuted with a single “Funeral Crown” in December 2020, followed by an acoustic piece “Anadem Gyre”. Xenoyr comments on the track: “Based on Romanian folklore, ‘Anadem Gyre’ is a more emphasized dark folk element from within our sound, a portion of this infused into our chamber black metal backbone is what we’re working towards on our debut album. With all our tracks we utilize the Romanian tongue, and because of this we thought it fitting that we pay respect to the country, one so rich in spirit and character. In short and on a surface level, the song is about the Iele, the daughters of the woods, mythological creatures (in this interpretation) who would lure and bring misfortune upon men.”
“Over the next couple of seasons we’ll be wrapping up the composing details to our debut album and move towards recording throughout 2022,” promise the members of Antiqva. Stay tuned!