HORNWOOD FELL: Ruining New Generations

Hornwood Fell

Italian black metal trio Hornwood Fell released their sophomore album “Yheri” in September. Marco Basili had some time to answer our questions about the project’s mission, the album, and more.

Define the mission of Hornwood Fell.

There is no particular mission to accomplish other than to make music that we like. It is certainly important for us to be able to have good visibility in order to get as much feedback as possible. Let’s say that one of our intentions was to find a good label to promote our records and we are definitely in good hands with “Avant-garde Music”.

Tell me about the creative process that informed your second album “Yheri.”

We wrote the concept, a story divided into eight chapters. We worked with the music, carefully following the narrative in order to take advantage of each cue, with the aim of developing a polychrome music that was exciting for us, that would enable us to dream while playing.

I would say that “Yheri” is more diverse than the self-titled debut album. Can you describe the thread that holds it together?

Yes definitely, the fact that it is a concept has inevitably made the album more varied. There is a common thread between all the albums and it is the fact that we move more and more into black metal. In fact when creating the new album we were very careful not to cross that threshold in order to maintain continuity in Hornwood Fell.


How does the title of the album reflect on the material you present with this release?

Yheri is the name of the protagonist of the story. “Yheri” comes from the German word “Ihre” which means “Them” in English. We have rearranged the term a little with the aim of describing the concept from a visual point of view. Taking the first letter in the word and looking from bottom to top, the “Y” starts with a line which then becomes two, then there are letters that form a bridging narrative that leads towards the “i”, which is visually a line with a dot on the top. This has much to do with the concept: a single entity, a separation, a path and convergence on one point.

What kind of gear do you use for recording your music?

We have a small studio where we record the base of our albums and then we use a professional studio for mixing and mastering to finish the work. Therefore we use our own equipment to perfection and record the base of our albums.

Is the dynamic flow of the pieces carefully architected or is it an organic outgrowth of performing them together?

We create our pieces together. One of us helps the other to find possible musical directions. Together we succeed in creating something solid which would be very difficult to do alone.

Describe the approach to recording the album.

Unlike our previous projects with Hornwood Fell, we didn’t rehearse the pieces in the rehearsal room before recording them. The idea is to start recording the guitar on its own in order to create a foundation for the piece and then we add the drums in order to determine the possible directions that the piece should actually take in order to achieve its final form. When we were writing “Yheri”, we began with the lyrics, which helped us to set the music. In fact it was the words that inspired us in the structure of the music.

How long “Yheri” was in the making? 

About three months.

Which bands or artists influenced your work on the release?

Certainly all the original Norwegian Black Metal, I mean much more than the second wave. Groups like Darktrhone, Ulver, Emperor, Ved Buens Ende, Enslaved, Burzum, Satyricon, Kvist have greatly influenced us in all of the Black Metal parts of the album. As for the most avant-garde and rock parts that often come into play in “Yheri”, we played for years with a project called “Kailash” where we played a kind of avant-garde progressive metal naturally some of these elements are included in this new album.

What kind of gear do you use for recording your music?

We used a Rivera guitar amp with a Boss “Heavy Metal” pedal that has a very rough sound, which is the same pedal that the Ulver used for recording “Nattens Madrigal”. We used “Mapex Orion” drums without adding triggers during the mix.

What is your view on technology in music?

We view it positively except for the fact that everyone sounds good when they play in the studio aided by technology. You can create entire albums, even if they are badly played. We come from the early nineties, where this was impossible. If one knew how to play the album the demo sounded good, otherwise one ended up with a lot of mistakes on the recording. The difference is that what you hear is what we play and it is not created in the studio. However technology is a lifesaver!

Marco Basili

Do you see the band’s music as serving a purpose beyond music?

A socio-political purpose: we want to ruin the new generations.

What are your plains for the future?

We will record our third album soon and then we’ll see. We might do some gigs and tours. Thanks for giving us this space!

“Yheri” is available from Bandcamp here. Follow Hornwood Fell on Facebook.

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