Chapter VII: Irenthoth’s Dream (Nemuer Fullmoon Blog #3)

Chapter VII: Irenthoth’s Dream (Nemuer Fullmoon Blog #3)

What is Irenthoth’s Dream album about, what is its meaning, how and why it came to existence, and who is Irenthoth?

I (Michael) will try to discuss these questions while avoiding spoilers regarding the book as best as I can.

Book? Yes, Nemuer’s music is the official soundtrack for my upcoming fantasy book. Each album corresponds to one chapter of the book.

Meaning

Although we think music do not necessarily have to have a given definite meaning, we know you would like to know more about our debut album. I think it could lose some of its magic if explained to much in detail and it is best for everybody to find its meaning by themselves. Last but not the least, there are certain hidden small things in the book and in the music as well that I simply cannot reveal and deprive you of finding out yourself.

What I can do, though, is to give you a decent background that can help you understand or arise your own ideas.

Settings

Irenthoth's Dream AlbumAlthough many of our listeners connect this album to nordic or pagan music, it is essentially set in ancient Maya empire. One of the important things for this civilization is their perception of time that is similar to most of the ancient people and very different to ours. It is known that it was common to perceive time in repeating circles not as a line.

Every single track corresponds to a scene, object, or thought in the book. The album does not cover the entire story but only a selected part of it. Without saying too much I can only reveal it is set in the very “Forgotten Mountain”.

Instruments

1The album features several ethnic instruments: jaw harp, didgeridoo, djembe, and udu. Deliberately there are no recognizable words, and I produce sounds we call “primordial chanting”. This vocal style enhances the tribal feeling of it, since we perceive it as a link to a distant past; it also gives us space to express the unutterable–the ancient gods’ will and presence.

Acoustic guitar, the core of the entire album, represents here a certain out-of-place artifact (instrument from a different time period). It is the storyteller’s main instrument.

The whole album is a journey constantly jumping between shamanic and dreamy experience.

Creative Process

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Irenthoth’s Dream recording at Studio Plesna, Czech Republic 2014

While some tracks had their basis a long time ago, even before I started thinking about the book (Forgotten Mountain, On The Run), others were created within a very short time in a spontaneous outburst of my creative energy and unexpressed feelings (Red Moon, Under The Tree of Memories). But they all evolved and formed to fit perfectly to the theme eventually. There was no struggle in that, it was a natural process. Some parts (mostly vocals) were created during the recording session with Jan Petrik.

“End of the World” track played a very special role in the album making and Nemuer’s direction in general. It was the newest and the most surprising track that gave the whole album and Nemuer its identity. I composed it shortly after I returned from my stay in the Northern Finland. In fact, back there I started spontaneously composing a new track that did not fit 1st nor 2nd album, but helped me to develop our style and vocal techniques. And that very technique was used in the “End of the World” track. It struck me as a great idea to use the same chords as in the opening track “Forgotten Mountain” to close the circle but close it with vigour and certain divine ferocity.

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Our very first concert and celebration of the debut album release. Czech Republic, Brno, Cajovna u Zeleneho Listku

Why did we make the album? I never really felt like I had a choice. It came to me as a need more than anything else. I knew there was something strange, oddly interesting about it, and I loved it. I did not expect many people would appreciate it, but I admit I hoped there would be some. And indeed there were and there are!

Irenthoth

And who is this mysterious Irenthoth? He is one of the main and oldest characters from my upcoming book. I regret to tell you I cannot tell you more at this moment. Join our newsletter on the right and get notified when the book is released to be among the firsts who will read it.

Irenthoth’s Dream Album Released!

Irenthoth’s Dream Album Released!

Nemuer just had their first public performance and the Irenthoth’s Dream album release celebration at the same time!

Debut Album Released

Listen to a little teaser for just released album Irenthoth’s Dream, the first out of upcoming eight albums.

It is now possible to order your physical or digital copy at Nemuer’s Store.

Our first concert

At the beginning of August 2014, Nemuer initiated a crowd-funding campaign (despite no fan base) for the debut album “Irenthoth’s Dream”. The result was sufficient to cover the most of the recording expenses and the physical CD album was manufactured in 300 copies.

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Our very first concert and celebration of the debut album release. Czech Republic, Brno, Cajovna u Zeleneho Listku

Nemuer had their first public performance in local tea-room Čajovna u Zeleného Lístku, Czech Republic, where they have ritually launched the album with Puerh tea.

Nemuer was started by Michal Krca in 2014 along with Katarina Pomorska. Michal had many ideas concerning the music several years ago and had participated in several bands of various genres ranging from classical music, jazz and funky to melodic death metal. The final decision to create a project of such a manner came when Katarina joined him and the concept included the connection with his book.

Irenthoth’s Dream Preorder Open

Irenthoth’s Dream Preorder Open

Our debut album Irenthoth’s Dream is about to be released!

The crowdfunding campaign ended and helped us to cover at least the major part of our outcomes connected to album recording.
With delight we announce the official release date of the Irenthoth’s Dream album – 12/01/2014. The pre-order of the digital high-resolution download and the physical album are now available on Bandcamp.

Irenthoth’s Dream Recording

Irenthoth’s Dream Recording

The first chapter of upcoming octalogy in production!

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Irenthoth’s Dream recording at Studio Plesna, Czech Republic 2014

Nemuer just started the recording of the Irenthoth’s Dream album! Michael Mist is going to play the guitar parts and the lead vocals with a little bit of primordial chanting. Katarína Pomorská is going to record the jaw-harp instrument, didgeridoo and female vocals.

Nemuer are also working on a little teaser for the album which will be available very soon.