ITHILIEN is a Belgian folk metal band providing an epic mixture of black and death metal surrounded with Celtic, Viking and Norse traditional folk music. Because of the territory’s history, these ancient cultures are still very present in the warriors’ spirit and blood, and they have become the main inspirations in the unique universe of ITHILIEN.
The forming In 2005, Pierre Cherelle (Lead Guitars/Vocals) founded the Belgian Folk Metal band ITHILIEN. A lot of personal reflections, years of work, a first EP and a few line-up changes later, the core of ITHILIEN was sealed with the arrival of Benjamin Delbar (Bass) in 2011.
The band’s rise into the European metal scene started that same year with a stable line-up including Jerry Winkelmans (Drums), Olivier Bogaert (Keyboards) and last but not least Geoffroy Dell’Aria (bagpipe and Whistles). A lot of ambition has brought the band to be part of the finest Belgian metal performers. In 2013 alone, the band played more than 20 shows in Belgium, Holland and France without having an album out!
The story behind Ithilien When earth and sky were one, an evil creature known as “Ithilien” was born. Manipulated from the deepest depths and the highest mountains, its only goal is to destroy mankind. A few valorous warriors united their strength and started an epic journey from the ashes of their home to the frozen land where dwells evil. Reckless of what might happen, they seek revenge. Those warriors are known as “The Hunters of Ithilien” and this is their story.
So take a breath and enjoy the playful and fierce universe of “The Hunters” in ITHILIEN. With the use of traditional instruments such as the Flemish Bagpipe, they are a new folk metal band that is out to impress.
“From Ashes to the Frozen Land” is released December 9th through Mighty Music/Target.
Pierre Ithilien – Vocals/Lead Guitar
Benjamin Delbar – Bass
Jerry Winkelmans – Drums
Olivier Bogaert – Keyboard
Geoffroy Dell’Aria – Bagpipe & Whistles
CD – 2013
Danish release: 09.12.2013
European release: 09.12.2013