Romanian Symphonic Gothic Doom Metal sensation WHISPERING WOODS have officially signed with LOUD RAGE MUSIC, becoming the first act to join the label’s roster! The signing will see the production of Whispering Woods‘ second full-length album scheduled for an early 2015 release.
This is what the parties had to say about this:
“Since the beginning of Whispering Woods we always dreamed of having a collaboration with a label that could complement all of our work. We are extremely delighted and honored to have the opportunity of working with this highly dedicated and professional team. Thanks to Loud Rage Music, we can now mark the beginning of the newest and most exciting chapter of our fairy tale!” – Doru Cailean (Whispering Woods’ guitarist and founding member)
“Having such a professional and hard-working band as Whispering Woods as the first signing on Loud Rage Music is a definite statement that we only aim for the best. It’s an honor to have them aboard and we, as much as the band, promise the new album will be not only a confirmation of the huge band’s talent but also one that will take the World by storm and give Metal fans a new band to cheer for!” – Adrian (Loud Rage Music owner)
The idea of Whispering Woods came to life during 2008 when two good friends decided to start a musical project which would have as a main character the symphonic genre. Even though it was a common genre at the time and many bands had both commercial and stage success, the idea was kept alive by the thought of making a kind of musical show based on a conceptual idea. Thus, the songs which developed in time to form the debut album, Fairy Woods, are sustained by a concept story in which the listener is the main character who takes part in an imaginary journey through a mystical place where everything is possible.
The band went through many lineup changes, but from the beginning, the idea of a musical concept and not a group of people was the main element which drove things forward. Fortunately, summer 2010 brought the long desired stability within the band when Cătălina Popa (flute – also plays alongside Haggard) agreed to join the group. Even though the flute wasn’t part of the initial plans, it turned out to be a great addition and a big plus from a musical point of view. Cora (keyboards) and Alexandra (soprano) made contact through her and so the band was in a complete formation.
The same year brought the 3rd demo attempt (the previous ones were made with the old lineups) which included 4 songs. Finally, in the end of June 2011, almost a year after the lineup was defined, the band started the recording process of its full length debut album. The raw material was recorded in Romania and it was mixed and mastered by Frank Renner, known for his work with Haggard, Crow7 etc., both in Romania and Germany.
Fairy Woods, their debut album, was released in digital form on September the 30th 2011 and in physical form in April 2012 and was very well received by the metal community as well as the industry critics.
In the middle of 2012, Corina Hamat, a mezzo soprano who collaborated over the years with the band, obtained the status of full member. Having both a soprano and mezzo soprano was an old dream which is now accomplished. 2013 brings a new addition to the band –István Vlădăreanu joins the ranks as the new bass player.
Whispering Woods has quite an extensive stage experience (all of the members have performed in other bands in the past), with a number of live appearances in this formula (in Romania for the time being) at festivals, private concerts and club gigs. Their shows have been described as “magical”, “creating a dreamlike atmosphere”, “enchanting”, “with mind blowing vocals”, and so on. Their shows are characterized by a high level of professionalism, impeccable performance and great stage presence.
The band is currently working on their second album and they will begin the studio work in the following months.
Alexandra Burcă – soprano
Corina Hamat – mezzo soprano
Cătălina Popa – flute
Cora Miron – keyboards
Alex Dascăl – drums
Istvan Vlădăreanu – bass guitar
Doru Căilean – lead guitar