Catch Dordeduh on tour this month

Dordeduh is currently enjoying the half-time break of their short European tour this April. If you missed Romania’s most fascinating metal innovators on the first half of their DisHARmony...
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Dordeduh is currently enjoying the half-time break of their short European tour this April. If you missed Romania’s most fascinating metal innovators on the first half of their DisHARmony Tour 2024, you’ll find some more scheduled shows below.

The band comments: “We are excited to be back on the road, and we’d love for you to become part of it”, frontman Edmond “Hupogrammos” Karban writes. “Our performances are a heartfelt expression of music and emotion, touching on themes of life and spirituality. We’re looking forward to sharing these moments with you in a series of live shows. We sincerely hope that you’ll join us in this musical journey. It’s an opportunity for us to connect, share, and enjoy the power of music together.”

Dordeduh are touring in support of their highly acclaimed latest album Har

DORDEDUH live EU April 2024

08 FEB 2024 Pilsen (CZ) Pod Lampu
09 FEB 2024 Berlin (DE) Frostfeuernächte Fest
10 FEB 2024 Praha (CZ) Underdogs
11 FEB 2024 Salzburg (AT) Rockhouse
20 FEB 2024 Wien (AT) Escape
21 FEB 2024 Erlangen (AT) New Force
23 FEB 2024 Huy (BE) L’atelier Rock
24 FEB 2024 Bitterfeld (DE) Festung

The video Pândarul (Live at Quantic) is an excerpt from a 70-minute performance that the Romanians recorded at their 10-years anniversary show in Bucharest in 2019 which is fully included as both audio and video in the sold out 3CD/DVD artbook edition of their current album Har.

Tracklist Har

1. Timpul întâilor
2. În vieliștea uitării
3. Descânt
4. Calea magilor
5. Vraci de nord
6. Desferecat
7. De neam vergur
8. Văznesit

About Har

With their sophomore full-length, Har, Romania’s Dordeduh have created a rare and unique metal record that defies easy categorisation, pushes boundaries, and offers something new and previously unheard. Dropping names of such game changing artists as Faith No More, Celtic Frost, and Devin Townsend is by no means intended as a musical comparison. Obviously, it’s rather used to indicate the astonishing level of innovation offered by Har.

Based on previous experience, guitarists and founders Edmond “Hupogrammos” Karban and Sol Faur aka Cristian Popescu were expected to deliver an album oscillating in the musical space between dark folk and black metal.  And, while they did indeed draw from those sources, they also fearlessly incorporated electronic, gothic, rock, psychedelic, prog, and even pop elements without prejudice.

About the songs on Har

This open-minded approach resulted in a stunning artistic achievement. From the fierce and epic opening track Timpul întâilor to the catchy Descânt… Also, from percussive interludes like Calea magilor and cinematic blockbusters such as Vraci de nord. Indeed, Har stubbornly resists any attempt of an easy stylistic categorisation. Each song has its own distinct personality, but all are tied together by the band walking an artistic left-hand path. Meanwhile, a lurking sense of occult mystery and underlying darkness permeate even the most joyful moments on Har.

Actually, it is not the first time that Hupogrammos and Sol Faur have been involved in creating an iconic album. Both had leading roles in composing Negura Bunget‘s masterpiece Om, which essentially put Romania onto the map of heavy music. After an acrimonious split, the duo from the city of Timișoara founded Dordeduh. Thus, they delighted critics and fans alike with the EP Valea omului (2010) and debut full-length Dar de duh (2012).

Beyond the obvious point of lyrics in the musical Romanian language, the native element also hides in Dordeduh’s melodies and rhythms as well as in subtle touches of traditional instrumentation. The effect easily compares to the often unnoticed way System Of A Down have organically incorporated traditional Armenian music into their sound. Despite a strong presence, those regional components will only reveal themselves to connoisseurs of Caucasian. Or, in the case of Dordeduh, Carpathian – folk. Yet, at no time such knowledge of traditional ingredients is compulsory to fully enjoy or become immersed in their work.

About the production

Furthermore, the remarkable production of Har is another factor in making the album special. Although Hupogrammos is an experienced sound engineer, the band entrusted mixing and mastering to celebrated producer Jens Bogren. Renowned for his singular approach and impact on the work of major artists including Opeth, Dimmu Borgir, Katatonia, Moonspell, Devin Townsend, and Ihshan, the Swede proved to be an excellent choice, and he brought this dark diamond to perfect brilliance.

Beyond the music, Dordeduh created Har as a journey into the unknown.  The Romanians offer their songs to connect listeners with a cosmic heritage buried deep in the subconscious. Also, guiding an aural journey into the collective memories encapsulated within. According to Hupogrammos, “the title could be translated as grace, talent, or as being gifted in the divine sense”.

Har is a milestone – and not just for Romanian metal. The band has taken an artistic quantum leap that promises worldwide recognition… As one of the finest and most individual metal albums of the year. And, perhaps, even the decade.

Line-up

Edmond “Huppogrammos” Karban – vocals, guitars, keyboards, mandola, tulnic
Cristian “Sol Faur” Popescu – guitars, keyboards, hammered dulcimer
Andrei Jumugă – drums & percussion, toaca
Flavius Misarăș – bass

Traditional instruments: Cimbalom, xylophon, toaca, tulnic, panflute, shepherd flute, Kaval, dube, timbale, lemne, mandola

Recorded at Consonance Studio by Andrei Jumuga, Sol Faur, Edmond Karban
Mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios by Jens Bogren
Artwork & Layout by Costin Chioreanu

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