Numenor

96540_artistNumenor is a band of mine which I found during 2004, but it was known around under different names (like Franconian Frost, Esgaroth). Actually, you can track some ideas and some lyrics for the songs written back in 1999-2000 (like for the songs Over the Mountains Cold or Moria). Its hard to say when the exactly band was found since it was always the idea of mine, but is was hard to be released since there were always like problems with different line-ups. The final line-up as we know Numenor today was made somewhere around 2010 and since then Srdjan Brankovic (Alogia) and I are the core of the band. Of course, though the passing of time some members became also part of the band and the story like Mladen Gosic (Keyboars), Marko Milojevic (drums) and Zeljko Jovanovic (second vocals). Numenor has released its debut album Colossal Darkness in 2013 (Stygian Crypt Prod.). So far we’ve  worked with three labels Stormspell Records (USA), Stygian Crypt Productions (Russia) and now we are working with Elevate records (Italy). 

386163Colossal Darkness (Stygian Crypt, 2013) This is the debut record from Numenor. It was written and recorded during 2011 and 2012, but it was released a year after in 2013 since there were some usual delays. The debut full-length was our first answer of what we would like to create and record. Its like an answer to symphonic and epic black metal scene from 90s so you could hear there influences from various bands like Bal-Sagoth, Dimmu Borgir, Summoning, Covenant, Arcturus with some moments coming from power metal bands like Rhapsody or Blind Guardian…Porbably the most important song on the entire record was The Eternal Champion since later we develop the style of this particular one. All in all quite a unique work and which later on turned out to be a cult release. I still like to remember times when and how it was recorded and when it was released since it was my first ever CD so it has a special place in my heart and each track has its own vibe and quality. 

534126Sword and Sorcery (Stormspell Records, 2015) Perhaps the most important album of Numenor since the band has become much more known after this album was released. We started to create the music for second album when Vladimir was still in the band, but shortly after he decided to left all his metal bands. So, Srdjan took the main role as a compositor and already there were some noticeable changes in the music style. We develop our music from epic black metal to epic power metal with various epic black metal influences. Dragon of Erebor and Dragonheart were the first songs that marked the new era for the band. But, also we used still two song from Balint Kelemy which were written more in the mood of epic black metal and bal-Sagoth. The final result was a mixture between epic power and symphonic black metal. Moreover, during the recording process Zeljko Jovanovic has joined the band as a second vocalist. At the end of the recording sessions we’re quite surprised of what have we done. Later Sword and Sorcery has become popular, with some songs reaching easily over 200,000 views on YT. The album was written and recording during 2014-2015.

a4281120266_10Sword and Sorcery (Stygian Crypt, 2016) At the very early stage, just afterwards the recording sessions of Sword and Sorcery album, we had an offer from Stygian Crypt to have so to say Russian edition of the same album. Since we’re not so satisfied by the final mix and production we wanted once more to re-produce the album and we have used the chance to add some of the old songs that I’ve recorded years back so we added like 4 bonus tracks to the regular album. Furthermore, we changed the cover artwork and changed many details in the booklet, too. So, the final result was something like a special edition of our album Sword and Sorcery that later turned on to be the best-selling Numenor’s CD so. I am still dreaming to re-record the entire album with the real drums and to add at least two more songs since I feel the regular album turned out to be quite short. Originally, on the cover artwork (done by Slobicus Doomicus) I wanted to present Elric of Melnibone (not Witch-King) as many might think…

666533Chronicles From the Realms Beyond (Stormspell Records, 2017) This album was written and recorded under the most serious condition at that time. For the very first time we have used the real drummer since Marko Milojevic has joined the band after the cover version of Blind Guardian’s Valhalla. First of all Marko has done marvelous drumming on a new album and that has influenced Srdjan to write more dynamic songs. Although that the songs gained even more power and traditional heavy metal influences the brutal way of drumming has made very aggressive sound of each song (the best exemplars are songs like Over the Mountains Cold or The Last of the Dragonlords). Power metal songs in core, but with the sudden eruption of black metal parts. Album also includes the cover version of Blind Guardian’s Valhalla. Moreover, the album owns a song like Moria which was written more in the style of old Therion with Sandra on vocals which has done some vocals for Therion years ago. Still there were some avantagrde influences from Arcturus just like in the song Beyond the Doors of the Night or some more aggressive moments like in the song The Witching Hour (a mixture between At the Gates and Dimmu Borgir). Also, for the very first time we have used the real drawing cover artwork done by Dusan Markovic.  Maybe this was not our the best selling album but the reviews were the most excellent. Some scribers comment the band as a mixture between Blind Guardian and Summoning, while others mention a mixture between Rhapsody and Dimmu Borgir. All in all, most of writers agreed that this is Numenor’s most innovative and original album with the style and sound that is quite rare at the metal scene…

a2875663249_10Chronicles From the Realms Beyond (Stygian Crypt Prodaction, 2018) I always loved this second edition much more than the first one partly because of the cover artwork which is done by Dobroslav Bob Zivkovic and partly because it has two more songs The Hour of the King (which I think that is perhaps the best song that we have ever written) and Lords of Chaos. The only thing that the second edition lack is the bonus track cover of Blind Guardian Valhalla. In that way I think that this particular record will be fully completed and perhaps the best work that ever came from Numenor. Anyway, I was very happy when we have for the very first time received copies and still people are buying more this version than the first one. If I could change now few things it would be perhaps the title since The Hour of the King would go perfectly with the cover artwork.

 

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numenor-1-2Draconian Age (Elevate Records, 2021) This album took us more time that we might expected due to Covid19, re-release of Chronicles from the Realms Beyond and some waiting for Hansi Kursch to finish the recordings for Make the Stand song, but anyway we started to record the album in late 2018 and finish it in late 2020 which is quite regular for us since it took us 2 years. Draconian Age was the first album where we have a deal with a new label Elevate Records from Italy and it was the first album before we have a single out with 4 tracks. Also, for the second time we have used the cover artwork for Dobroslav Bob Zivkovic which originally was published as a front and back cover for The Lord of the Rings book in 1984. When it comes to music it turned out to be more aggressive than before although at the very beginning everything seemed to be the same as it was with previous album with first two songs written Feanor and Mirror Mirror, but yet with the rest of the songs we have explored some new musical horizons especially with Where the Battle Rages On and Twilight of the Gods. Moreover, each and every track on the record is strong from the opener one with Hansi Kursch on lead vocals, to the last one Numenor. Each song has something special to offer like for example Hall of the Mountain King or The Final Days of Frost which turned out to be complete black metal track. During some moments of writing process we were strongly influenced by Norwegian or Swedish black metal bands: Immortal, Emperor, Old Man’s Child or even Dissection. From our point of view this was our most complete full-length since we have spent to much time on every and each detail. And, of course, this album is going to be particular remembered since Hansi Kursch has appeared as leading vocalist on the opener track Make the Stand which turns to be one of the greatest and most important songs of the band. 

The interview from 2016 for national TV RTS