Vihmana is the solo project of the spanish musician Nacho Hernandez who is responsible for music, lyrics, vocals, guitars, synth, themes and patterns. The info sheet explains: “Vihmana is a flying machine described in the ancient text of the Indian literature. It flies through the atmosphere of the earth, being said that it could travel under the waters and in the space. It was used even in wars.” Not only the explanation of the project’s name is extraordinary and really interesting, but also the music. The tracks combine dark metal with vocals like in Black or Death Metal with ethnic sounds, mainly Arabian and Indian music. There are heavier parts with metal instrumentation and more atmospheric parts, sometimes progressive, sometimes reminding of esoteric music. There are heavy guitars, but there are also flutes, cello and bagpipes. Yet there are bands in the Black / Death Metal genre that add folk style music to their metal. But this goes beyond, because the parts of the dark metal and ethnic music are nearly equal. There’s only one project I remember that offered a comparable, but different mixture of dark metal with traditional instruments and that is Nada (whoever remembers that band). Generally the darker side of metal – Black or Death Metal – is not my kind of metal to listen to. But I have to admit, that Vihmana offers an interesting combination that should draw the attention of every metal fan who likes the darker genres, especially with atmospheric parts. So all you fans of the dark side of metal, have a look under www.myspace.com/vihmana. Ah, one thing I forgot to mention: the lyrics are Spanish, what in this genre really shouldn’t stop anyone interested.
released 28 February 2009
Music & Lyrics by Nacho Hernández
Recorded and mixed in Madrid between January and November 2008 by Nacho Hernández.
Mastered by Javier Guarino
Nacho Hernández: Vocals, guitars, synths and samplers
Jaime Pascual: Bass
Eva Borondo: Flutes
Antubel: Cello on "Carros Solares"
Jose Luis Frias: Bagpipe on "El Camino"
Irene Morell: Flute on "Como Rios Sin Afluente"