Wötan: The Untold Story
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Andres Guazzelli — Wötan: The Untold Story
Release date : Sept. 18, 2015
Label : Melodic Revolution Records
Tracklist:
  1. Overture (4:14)
  2. A Meeting for All Times
  3. Charlemagne Advances
  4. The Old Legends
  5. The Legendary Eisenspeer
  6. Unnamed Track
  7. Legend Of The Berserkers
  8. The Terms
  9. Unnamed Track
  10. The Oracle
  11. For The Ages
  12. Unnamed Track
  13. Unnamed Track
  14. Unnamed Track
  15. Into the Battle
  16. Assault At The Twin Peaks Valley
  17. A Hail Of Arrows
  18. The Kiss of Death
  19. Godric's Soliloquy
  20. Unnamed Track
  21. The Last Stand
  22. The Mighty Knights
  23. The Face-Off
  24. Furor Teutonicus
  25. Rise of the Berserkers
  26. Berserkergang
  27. Into The Battle (Reprise)
  28. The Return
  29. A New Order
  30. Into Exile
  31. The Oracle (Reprise)
  32. Unnamed Track
  33. Unnamed Track
  34. Unnamed Track
  35. Unnamed Track

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«Not all were born to do great things. Not all are worthy to be mentioned in the history books and their names to be repeated throughout eternity. But for a select few, those who are born under a guardian star, that very immortality is within reach.»

“Wötan: The Untold Story” is an upcoming Andres Guazzelli’s release, following his debut album “World Citizen”.

While technically considered, in the lack of a better term, a rock opera, “Wötan” is heavily influenced by Renaissance and medieval music, as well as progressive and symphonic rock, and epic film scoring.

The album is 1 hour and 45 minutes long, spread across 2 CDs and it features an eclectic contrast between a symphonic orchestra and the edginess of modern instruments. Celtic anthems, joyful fiddles, norse lyres, epic percussion ensembles, furious guitar lines, angelic choirs, 70s synthesizers, and the sheer power of progressive songwriting, everything together in an album of epic proportions.

By his own admission, Wötan is closer to a “movie without image” than a true rock opera or a concept album.

“I call it a rock opera because I find no better way to call it. In terms of storytelling, recording & mixing techniques and overall sound, “Wötan” is approached closer to Film Sound Design than as a regular album. Besides the music, Wötan features considerable dialogue, character interaction, ambients, sound effects, battle scenes, footsteps, foley, and most sonic aspects you’ll find on a movie. It is a blend of Musical Production and Audio Post-Production for Films, in terms of technique. It is, truly, a movie without images. You can close your eyes, and it would be no different”

Its main plot revolves around the tribulations and struggles of its main character, Wötan, a Germanic tribal warrior whose Achillean quest for eternal glory and inmortality jeopardizes his tribe’s own survival, when the world as he knows it is on the verge of disappearing.

The story, first written in 2004, takes place mainly in continental Europe, more specifically in the northern city of Aachen and the southeasternmost region of Bavaria circa 783 AD during Charlemagne’s rule of the Frankish realms.

Aesthetically and musically wise, ‘Wötan’ draws inspiration from musicals and rock operas such as Les Miserábles, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, and from epic films such as Troy, King Arthur, Centurion and Lord of the Rings.

The physical release will be accompanied by a 400 pages long novel, which further explores details absent in the album and expands the Wötan universe. You can read a short snippet from the Chapter 34 of the novelization following the next link:

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“Wötan: The Untold Story” is not Andres’ first international collaboration. Having already worked with british musicians Colin Tench and Andy John Bradford, finnish artists Petri Lindström and Pasi Koivu, Marco Chiappini from Italy, Stef Flaming from Belgium and Americans Robert Wolff, Victor Tassone and Blake Carpenter, “Wötan” features a worldwide ensemble cast of singers and musicians, yet giving special emphasis to local artists.

More than 70 artists from 25 different countries have already confirmed their participation.

The album is currently under production. The ‘Overture‘ was officially released on September 18th, 2015. The official cast will be announced soon.