«Not all were born to do great things. Not all are worthy to be mentioned in the history books and their names to be repeated throughout eternity. But for a select few, those who are born under a guardian star, that very immortality is within reach.»
Wötan: The Untold Story is Andres Guazzelli's first long-playing album, following his debut EP "Wish You Could Hear", based on the novel of the same name.
While technically considered, in the lack of a better term, a rock opera, "Wötan: The Untold Story" is heavily influenced by Renaissance and medieval music, as well as progressive and symphonic rock, and epic film scoring.
Its main plot revolves around the tribulations and struggles of its main character, Wötan, a Germanic tribal warrior whose Achillean quest for eternal glory and inmortality jeopardizes his tribe's own survival, when the world as he knows it is on the verge of disappearing.
The story, first written in 2004, takes place mainly in continental Europe, more specifically in the northern city of Aachen and the southeasternmost region of Bavaria circa 783 AD during Charlemagne's rule of the Frankish realms; and the tribal societies borrow certain characteristics from ancient societies like saxons, vikings, ostrogoths, gauls and other celtic and germanic groups.
The album is 1 hour and 45 minutes long, spread across 2 CDs and it features an eclectic contrast between a symphonic orchestra and the edginess of modern instruments.
released September 18, 2015
Andres Guazzelli: Vocals, piano, keyboards and orchestral arrangements.