Black Fortress of Opium

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    Original copies of debut album, featuring original artwork by Paola Savarino, Thom Martin, and Derek Kouyoumjian. Only a few remaining!

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New album "Stratospherical" for release March 6th, 2012!!!

Black Fortress of Opium's 2008 self-titled debut was produced and recorded in NYC by Martin Bisi (The Dresden Dolls, Sonic Youth, Live Skull, Lydia Lunch, CopShootCop, Foetus, John Zorn, Brian Eno, Bill Laswell, and more).

"Black Fortress of Opium are a brawling, dark monster of a band that seems like it should be playing shows with, say, Nicki Jaine or the Dresden Dolls rather than Gogol Bordello." – Ned Raggett, All Music Guide

"Treading a darker almost gothic path, probably through a Victorian cemetery at dusk, Black Fortress of Opium, are moody and magnificent on their self-titled album...a beautiful collection of brooding and melancholy songs" - Terrascope UK

"Intensity and dark regality… dominant feelings of haunting, other-worldliness and mystique…Black Fortress of Opium truly makes you believe that you just may be listening to something highly monumental." – Northeast Performer Magazine

"You needn't be a visitor to a drug den to be carried far, far away by this album's potent blend...a truly interesting new band…coming through loud and clear on this amazing debut, and if its exotic stylings were any stronger, they might induce hallucinations...or at least permanent rejection of conformity" – Playback STL

credits

released 18 March 2008

Ajda the Turkish Queen: vocals, mandolin, tenor banjo, acoustic/classical guitars, percussion, flute, keyboards, melodica, field recordings
Tony Savarino: electric guitars, electric sitar, theremin, percussion
Joel Simches, bass, backing vocals, percussion, keyboards
Joe Turner: drums

Recorded on 2" tape February-July 2007
Produced, engineered, & mixed by Martin Bisi at BC Studios, Brooklyn
Mastered by Fred Kevorkian at Absolute Audio, NYC
Cover painting: "Black Fortress of Opium" © 2007 Paola Savarino
Cover photo: Carolyn Corella
Graphic design: Thom Martin

All songs © 2008 Black Fortress of Opium (ASCAP)

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Black Fortress of Opium Cambridge, Massachusetts

New record to be released late 2014/early 2015! Since 2006, Boston's Black Fortress of Opium has specialized in exploring the psychic sub-conscious and creating a mood with music that is "rootsy yet ethereal (think Turkey by way of Texas)," - gothicana. Female vocals and unique instrumentation in addition to a rock lineup. Two albums out to date. ... more

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