What do you get when you mix metal with the terms “power” and “folk”? Angeli Di Pietra, of course! This Belgian band has been tagged all kinds of styles, from melodic over gothic to folk metal, none fitting yet all true.

This Belgian band has been tagged all kinds of styles, from melodic over gothic to folk metal, none fitting yet all true. The band members themselves refer to the style as “powerfolk”: a combination of powerful up tempo riffs, pounding bass, pumping drums, dark grunts and enchanting female vocals in a well-balanced dialogue, with a touch of folk to lighten it up. Technicality versus melody, catchy although not easy listening. None of the songs are alike, yet they all bear a clear “Angeli Di Pietra”-stamp.

The diversity in the songs reflects the diversity in the band: seven members with different influences, all blended into a new sound.

The band was formed in 2002 by guitarists Gaël Sortino and Quevin Smeyers. After a rocky start they found the right musicians to pursuit their common goal of world domination: Sjoera Roggeman (female vocals), Kurt Hermans (bass), Guy Van Campenhout (grunts), Vincent Pichal (drums) and Sam Vos (keyboards). In 2004 they released their first demo “Songs of Solace”. Successor “Believe in Angels” saw daylight in 2005 and was very well received in both national and international press.

 

Meanwhile, the fan base grew steadily. With over 70 performances, Angeli Di Pietra became a very convincing live band. In 2008 they won the Paganfest-contest and opened the Belgian edition, supporting Tyr, Eluveitie, Moonsorrow, Korpiklaani and Ensiferum before 1000 outrageous metalheads.

Anno 2009, Angeli Di Pietra was ready to unleash their first full-length album onto the world. “Storm Over Scaldis” was recorded in August 2008 in the world-famous Excess Studios in Rotterdam and released in May 2009 via CCP Records in Austria. The band signed a contract for no less than three albums in the next five years. So in 2010 Angeli Di Pietra hit the studio again, to record the successor for their debut. Once more Excess Studios was chosen, but this time the mastering was done by another producer, namely Jacob Hansen from Hansen Studios in Denmark.

Two years after releasing their debut-album, Angeli Di Pietra is proud to present to you “Anthems Of Conquest”. 13 Tracks of world conquering powerfolk!

 

Submerge yourself in the dark world of Angeli Di Pietra and discover the pearls within!