Tassi, Dryad frontman’s Esoteric Post-Black / Blackgaze project from Bliss-Illusion today reveals the artwork and details of the western version of his debut album.
The albums released separately in China are grouped here under the name of “Northland I · II” (北之国 一 · 二) with new artwork. It will be released on April 10 via Anesthetize Productions which is already in charge of Bliss-Illusion. This date was chosen because it corresponds is the feast of the Great Guardian and all the Day of the Brave Father. It is also the festival of the Dragon King and the festival of the pharmacist Buddha. I hope these two albums can bring you peace and health.
To illustrate this double album Dryad wanted to call on Alcide Nathanaël, an unknown illustrator in the Metal but recognized in the world of tarot and divination card illustration. This mystical and esoteric approach to art echoes the initiatory journey of troubadour Tassi, the main character of these first two chapters. Then the artwork was entrusted to Abelito Herrero for the layout which had the delicate task of merging two CDs into a double.
The inspiration of the two albums ” Realm of North ” and ” Realm of North II ” are spiritually connected to the background of my own long prose collection “Caelum·Deva” and the song “Leave·Abhassara Deva” of Bliss-Illusion. The language of the lyrics in album ” Realm of North ” I&II is personally created by Tassi.
The story background is based on the intriguing journey that the troubadour Tassi has experienced along his way to find his beloved one Uni. He travels through various mysterious dimensions, witnessing the whole from the beginning to final perishing process of divinity. He at last comprehends the path of wisdom.
Uni has surpassed the embodiment of mankind in Tassi’s heart. She is his indestructible belief. They will meet on a farther and better journey.