Rome’s NOVEMBRE are a band that has made a solid impression upon both the death metal and atmospheric metal scenes with equally strong results. Ever since their inception, word about the group has spread among the underground scene on a worldwide basis.
In September 1990 in Rome two brothers Carmelo Orlando (guitars and vocals) and Giuseppe Orlando (drums) formed the band CATACOMB. About a year later, in November 1991 they released their first demo, ‘Unreal’. The 7″ EP ‘The Return Of The Ark’ (released by Sacra Sindone Records) followed in early 1993 and due to its unusual mix of melancholic gothic doom with classic influences caused even more exposure and popularity in the world-wide underground.
Soon after they renamed the band NOVEMBRE. In the Fall of 1994 the band recorded their full-length debut album, ‘Wish I Could Dream It Again…’ in Dan Swano’s Unisound Studios.
After two more years of hard work NOVEMBRE released their second album, ‘Arte Novecento’, which showed the band developing into an even darker direction. In Spring of 1997 Massimiliano Pagliuso (guitars) joined the band as a second guitarist, and towards the end of 1998 they inked a worldwide deal with Century Media Records.
After months of intense rehearsals their third album, ‘Classica’, was recorded at the band’s own The Outer Studios in Rome in Summer 1999 and mixed in Andy LaRocque’s famous Los Angered Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden. Classica was supported by a European tour with MOONSPELL, KREATOR and WITCHERY in January, 2000, as well as a gig at Leipzig’s Wave Gotik Treffen Festival. Since the show went down great they were invited for the following year’s festival too.
Classica’s successor came to light in the Fall, 2001. NOVEMBRE entered The Outer Sound Studios again to record ‘Novembrine Waltz”. During November and December 2001, the band supported the album on a European tour along with the OPETH and KATATONIA.
As the first album became a rare thing to find NOVEMBRE decided to re-record the songs of the album, once more in their own Outer Sound Studio during the Summer of 2002. To mark the difference between “old” and “new” versions and avoid further confusion, the band decided to rename the album with the title ‘Dreams d’Azur’.
In 2004 the band signed British label Peaceville Records and locked themselves up in their garage to write their fifth album ‘Materia.’ The charge to give ‘Materia’ the best sound NOVEMBRE has ever had was given to the Helsinki’s Finnvox Studios where the band recorded all the rhythm guitars and completed the final mix.
‘Materia’ saw light in April 2006 and it’s been supported by a one month-long European tour with their friends and label-mates KATATONIA. Insatiate of the outstanding success the album has received world-wide, the band locked themselves up again to write their sixth studio album.