Marțolea is the pagan black metal project from Câmpulung, Romania, founded in 2008 by Alin Drimus, who also contributed live and studio pipe parts to Negură Bunget and Dordeduh. Marțolea is a demonic entity in Romanian mythology who lives up in the mountains and descends on Tuesday nights to lure with his singing and punish the women caught working.
The first demo, "Gâlmele Întunericului", was released in 2009. The title is old Romanian for "the fiends of darkness". It is musical expression that combines elements from black metal and Romanian traditional folklore. Each track refers to a mythological creature from the folklore of Bucovina. They are considered malefic forces of nature, that take different forms, from maidens, to ugly old hags. These creatures are present in the deep woods, always at night. Unlucky travelers may be lured and charmed by them. Few manage to escape from the horrible things that await them. Even nowadays, these supra-natural beings have a strong influence over the lives of people, being present in many folk tales and stories in Bucovina region. All acoustic instruments were recorded in the surroundings of Rarău Mountains, capturing the unique atmosphere of the forest (fluier, caval) or open spaces (bucium).
In the dark Tuesday night of October 19th, 2010 a new unholy full-length titled "Noaptea dihăniilor" (Romanian for "night of the beasts") has been released (free download at www.martolea.com). In august 2011 "Noaptea dihăniilor" has been released in a digipak CD version on Dedesubtul Rarăului Întunecat Productions and can be purchased from www.martolea.com.
2009 - Gâlmele Întunericului (demo)
2010 - Noaptea dihăniilor (full-length)
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