IN THE DAWN OF TIME THE GODS SENT MYTHICAL CREATURES TO GIVE COURAGE TO THE MORTALS...
Aqvilea is a passionate international music project based on the creative and compositional work of Pier Lando Baldinelli. The name recalls the ancient Roman city of Aquileia, founded in 181 BC as a military colony, and later became a prominent city of the Empire. The whole project is dedicated not only to the origins of the city but more generally to the celebration of the lost beauty of Latin culture and mythology: A choral fantasy-historical romance set at the dawn of a new civilization, dedicated to the brotherhood of peoples and to the eternity of human passions – beyond the Elysian fields.
The greatest cinematic symphonic metal DEbut
Aqvilea first album, Beyond the Elysian Fields, is a manifesto of cinematic symphonic metal, an explosion of vocal and instrumental power that blends into the glorious background of a sublime orchestra. The album, released on 20 November 2020, promises to live an epic and unforgettable adventure through the pages of History: from the navigation towards the port of Alexandria of Egypt to the march through Mediolanum swamps, from the crossing of the inaccessible Alpine passes to the bloody and tragic battle of Aquae Sextiae… the Gods will guide this fatal journey…
Melodious and solemn, the sound of Aqvilea is inspired by the classics of symphonic metal (in particular by the pioneers Nightwish) and by the masters of Opera (one above all: Giuseppe Verdi), imposing itself strongly for its modern cinematic imprint: a tribute to the soundtracks of cinema masterpieces, from Ennio Morricone to Hans Zimmer, from James Horner to Two Steps from Hell.
Beyond the Elysian Fields is recorded between Italy and Sweden and mixed, mastered and produced by Fredrik Nordström, leading figure in the so-called “Gothenburg style”, guitarist and founder of Dream Evil and known for having produced historical albums by renowned groups such as: At the Gates, Arch Enemy, Bring me the Horizon, Dark Tranquility, Dimmu Borgir, Hammerfall, In Flames, Opeth, Septic Flesh, Soilwork, and many others.
Aqvilea’s live shows involve historical reconstructions, dancers and expert reenactors. The image of the band is also inspired by Hollywood movies: the musicians’ costumes – an integral part of the concept and also the result of a fine work of tailoring and craftsmanship – are based on the most famous movies set in ancient Rome, like Spartacus, Anthony and Cleopatra and The gladiator: a pasionate tribute to the history of cinema.