The Swiss goth rock band Lunatica was formed in 1998 in Suhr. The band obtained a deal with Nuclear Blast to the north in 2001 and issued its debut. The group performed at the Swiss open-air festival Metaldayz. Then came a series of labels each dropping and abandoning the band. Fables & Dreams was produced by Sascha Paeth he of Edguy, Kamelot and others. A tour with Mob Rules and Domain ensued. This album charted in Switzerland as did album number three. Andy Leuenberger was gone and replaced by Toretti in 2008.
LUNATICA - NEW SHORES - NAPALM
To both the initiated and uninitiated, metal can be a laughable world filled with all kinds of configurations of abnormality. That’s certainly the case for every genre of music, but metal seems to have a slightly higher ratio of weirdos who believe bizarre things are worth writing music about: satanism, gore and anti-religious fixation (amongst many others) are all alive and well in the metal world, for better or for worse. What’s always struck me as extremely bizarre, however, is the level of escapism that finds itself in the metal realm, as essentially the entire subgenre of power metal seems to revolve around D&D conceptual centrepieces, all of which are just too geeky to be named here. Lunatica, while not power metal in its strict definition, seems to embrace said escapism, and in unsubtle, obvious terms too: witness the title track’s chorus, the laughable (and also very sad) “So come with us/On a journey to irrationality/Dreams and history/The adventure of your life/Let yourself go/Take a step into/The world of melodies/Where hope is everything.” The rest of the record follows suit causing, quite frankly, embarrassment for both the band and listener, and one is just compelled to shake their head and wonder why any of this made it off the proverbial drawing board. It goes without saying that Lunatica’s musical aspiration is equally fromage-ridden, the band alternating between gothy, danceable material to symphonic power, the end result really only palatable for those 17-hour online video game sessions of which I have never experienced nor care to. - James Tape