Local Oriental Metal band Nawather have released their full length debut album Wasted Years under the French label M & O Music on 08 January 2016. Nawather, which has been formed by a number of music scene veterans from previous bands (including the likes of Agony’s Serenades, Melmoth, Myrath, Occulta, and Out Of Body Experience) have used their collective experiences to embrace traditional musical instruments and create a powerful soundscape which bridges the gap between two different cultures and contrasting worlds.
“The Qanûn is a permanent instrument used in Nawather. For the album, we also used other instruments such as the aoud, the zokra, the nay, and violins. We also used some oriental Percussion Instruments like the Bindir, Darbouka, Tar…” ~ Raouf Jelassi (vocals / lyrics, Nawather)
The Qanûn is widely regarded as “the king” of Arabic musical instruments, and is thought to have been used for the first time in a metal with the arrival of Nawather in 2013. Raouf describes the band as being strongly influenced by occidental figures, and as such aim to smoothly transition between malouf (Tunisian classical music) and more modern Western music. Lyrics are sung, and shared between male and female vocals, in alternating use of English and Arabic (Tunisian Dialect), and further emphasizing the contrast and harmony reflected on the Wasted Years album.
Wasted Years was recorded by Hichem Ben Amara at Cagoule Productions, Tunisia, then mixed and engineered in Canada by Zachary Spence At Capital Arts Production, and then shipped to the USA for mastering by Derek Moffat At 608 Studios before arriving in France for release via M & O Music. With such an international effort and indeed, a very worldly sound, Nawather have yet to appear live outside Tunisia, but they are optimistic for plans in the near future.
“We are working on it. We have some propositions to play in France, USA, Germany, Algeria and Morocco.” ~ Raouf Jelassi
We are excited to hear if/when these plans materialize and will indeed share news when the time comes. In the meantime, you can purchase Nawather‘s Wasted Years digitally via the likes of iTunes, AmazonMusic emusic and others. A limited edition of hard copies have already been sold out, although there are rumours of more digipack versions to be pressed for collectors in due course.
Artwork, Photo & Design by Bader klidi ART, Tunisia