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The Hourglass (RO)

The Hourglass (RO)

“Requiem (Demo 2011)”
“Through Darkness And Light (2014)”

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Band(s) Alike / Related: Bucium (RO)

Origins & Connections: Band from Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Activity Periods & Styles: “The band started slowly as a studio project in 2010, having at first only a 4-5 songs demo recording in plan. The main reason to start this way is that a band cannot aim high or represent any interest to the local scene until there are at least some demo quality songs to be presented to the local public on social networks (Facebook, Reverbnation or Myspace). The recording of the demo begun in late 2010 in a formula of three, the bass being recorded on the first three tracks by session musicians. In the summer of 2011, Mircea Petreus joined the band as a bass player and shortly after that, the last two songs on the demo were recorded. The goal of this band was to create something new, something that could combine different genres into a new sound. After many musical experiments in songwriting regarding subjects, atmosphere and sounds used, the band crystallized a sound represented by heavy guitars and strong rhythmics, symphonic and industrial keyboard sounds, all combined with a classical soprano voice. A symphonic/industrial metal hybrid. On the 30th of December 2011,The Hourglass released online the first self-produced studio material, “Requiem”, a 5 songs demo that represents a mixture of feelings, harmonies and styles. From a ballad (In Remembrance) to a strong industrial metal influenced song (The Fall), they tried to explore the strongest human beliefs and feelings. The spring of 2012 brings the last missing member in the band: Ioana Dirva, a pianist drawn by the idea of playing on a synthesiser and trying a different musical approach. After a strong live debut as an opening act for Theatres des Vampires (Italy) in Cluj-Napoca, one of the founder members, Vlad Negrea (guitar) left the band for personal reasons in April 2012, followed by Mircea Petreus, three months later. Even so, the formula of five was completed quick, without affecting the band’s rehearsals schedule and upcoming concerts. With Andrei Buciuta (guitar) and Traian Toderean (bass), The Hourglass is complete again, ready to rock the local stage (and more) with the new members and compositions.” – Source: band website.

Best Musical Skills: female vocals & guitars

Short Bio & Review: The Hourglass is a symphonic/gothic/industrial metal band, formed in 2010 by Alma Vomastek (vocals, keyboards, songwriting, lyrics), Bogdan Mara (drums) and Vlad Negrea (guitar), in the city of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The name was carefully chosen to represent a connection between old and new, classical and modern (musically speaking) and also, to keep a general idea that everything that has a beginning, also has an end.

Additional Info: The band goes on the steps of bands like Magica and Nightwish with additional industrial elements.

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