The Hadal project was born in the end of 2009 from the ashes of So Cold, in a depressive Italian town named Trieste. While the former band was mainly inspired by the Finnish gothic metal movement, the new ensemble tried to find a more personal view in the extreme musical landscape. At the beginning this was the only statement about compositions and arrangements. The Hadal main core wanted to merge atmospheric verses and dark metal riffs, to create a slow groove with melodic yet powerful guitars. At that point the definition of a new vocalist was fundamental, there was the intention of using both clean and raw voices to convey different emotions. The first experiment was carried out with Alessia, four tracks were recorded in 2012. The Dark Water promo stimulated some live activity and good hopes. Unfortunately she decided to move in the UK for studying.
One year passed by, new songs were written and played. Alberto entered the band in 2013 and changed the achieved perspective. His strong personality and charisma charged the entire project with creative energy. Performances were convincing and enthusiastic to drive them to the recording of a new promo, The Obscure I (2014 – self released).
Many live gigs and nice reviews later, Hadal decided to produce their first full-length, "Painful Shadow". This album is inspired from the true origins of the band. Every detail is a tribute to the '90ies, starting from the composing process and ending with the sound production. Of course we are talking about legendary outfits as Paradise Lost, Tiamat, Moonspell, Amorphis, etc. Hadal extract their sad melodies from their dark feelings, it is a cathartic procedure to face the human tragedies. Some tracks are quite old, coming out from their first period, while others are more experimental and recent. Nevertheless there is a unique stream of consciousness that will guide the listener throughout the “Painful Shadow” experience.
All the tracks have been mixed and mastered at Track Terminal Studio by Francesco “Bardy” Bardaro, who has proven to be a real sonic institution in the northeast Italian landscape (Damned Pilots, Tytus, Concrete Jelly).
Post scriptum: we remember shortly that Franco was also part of the Italian death metal legend Necrosphere, while Teo played even in the first Rhapsody incarnation, Thundercross with Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli.