Supernatural horror, set to an 80s metal soundtrack
PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR US WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOU AND YOUR MUSIC AND TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.
The Dark Horde is a collective of internationally recognised musicians, vocalists and actors from Melbourne, Australia. Together they have created The Calling, a concept album written and directed by Andrew ‘Brewin’ Drage, who is here today to answer your questions.
The Calling is a musical narrative experience featuring a supernatural horror story set to an "eighties heavy metal" soundtrack. It is the prequel to Brewin's award-winning horror novel The Dark Horde, set in south-eastern Australia in 1989.
Music for the album was written and performed by Hanny Mohamed (Black Majesty) and Logan Jacobs, with the exception of two guest tracks by Chris Kane (Eye of the Enemy) and James Lowe respectively. Main vocals are performed by Danny Cecati (Wicked Smile, ex- Pegazus and Eyefear), with narration by Kevin J. Powe, demonic vocals by Shaun Farrugia (In Malice’s Wake), and acting appearances by Dexter Seamus, Jane Brewin and Andrew Carolane. Artwork is by Aldo ‘Valgorth’ Requena (Hammerblaze). Mixed by Ricardo Borges and mastered by Jens Bogren (both of Fascination Street Studios).
TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE?
The Calling tells the story of Henry Wilcox, a young and broken man living alone, who records his last words in the hope that someone hears his words and knows of the horror that is the Dark Horde to come. He tells of his life and how he reached the point that he’s at now. The story told on the album ends where the horror novel that follows begins.
The Calling has received some great reviews so far – for instance Metal Temple 100%, Metal-Rules 90% and Rock Hard Germany 80%.
WHAT INSPIRED THE ALBUM OR SINGLE?
The original inspiration for the concept comes from Jeff Wayne’s musical version of War of the Worlds, whereby a story is set to a soundtrack complete with both spoken and sung parts from a variety of actors and singers.