CANAAN, consisting of Mauro (guitars, keyboards, samples and vocals), Luca (drums and keyboards) and Matteo (guitars and bass) was formed back in January 1996 after the split of RAS ALGETHI, universally known as the one of the forefathers of funeral doom and the one and only doom band ever born out of Italy. The new project's musical approach was directed towards a contamination of dark, wave and experimental music, something nobody tried before. The extremely important role played by samplers and keyboards, mixed and intertwined with "traditional" instruments (guitars, drums and bass) led CANAAN to new frontiers, disclosing a personal and peculiar way of composing music.
The band's first album BLUE FIRE (recorded in various locations and in various periods between 1995/1996 and released in November 1996 through EIBON RECORDS) came out as a pretty innovative canvas, destined mainly to open-minded listeners. Without any kind of promotion, this cd received extremely positive reviews from virtually everywhere, and reached a satisfying worldwide spreading, selling an almost incredible 5.000 copies. In May 1997, a bass player (Anthony Duman) was recruited in order to add depth to the band's rhythmic section and strengthen the songs' arrangements. With this new line-up CANAAN started (in May 1998) the recordings of the second full-length album (always under the wise supervision of sound engineer Paolo Sannazzaro), at Avatara studio in Milan. After two months of recordings, the new double cd WALK INTO MY OPEN WOMB: THE APATHY MANIFESTO was brought to completion; released by EIBON RECORDS in September 1998, this album progressed further into the fields open with BLUE FIRE, and turned out as a pretty successful release as well.
After a long break, in mid 1999 the band started new rehearsals and in March 2000, having signed a contract with the german label Prophecy Productions, CANAAN entered the studio again to record the third cd BRAND NEW BABYLON, always at Avatara Studios but this time with a new sound engineer - Max Moioli. BRAND NEW BABYLON was released in July 2000, in two different versions: a luxurious leather bookpack with 6 cards and booklet and a regular digisleeve + booklet. Once again the album was welcomed warmly - very warmly to say the truth. After a 6-months break, the band was ready to rehearse again, but had to replace on bass Tony who quit the band for lack of time. The newly acquired bass player Nico joined in February 2001 and CANAAN started composing new material for the fourth album. After a few more weeks spent with this 4-members line-up, Andrea joined on drums, Luca focused exclusively on keyboards and Mauro switched to second guitar.
These line-up changes granted extreme flexibility and brought in a sensible overall improvement. With this new lineup CANAAN started the recordings of a new album in august 2002, this time at Sound Factory studio and again with Max Moioli as engineer, and completed them in mid September. The following weeks were dedicated to post-production and graphic design; the final result was the album A CALLING TO WEAKNESS, that rapidly turned into the band's best seller (more than 6.000 copies so far) and according to many listeners their best album to date too.
2003 was a quiet year for the band, though during the last part of the year, Mauro and Nico set up a small recording-studio, with the perspective of a new album, whose recordings begun in early 2004. The recording process this time was pretty unusual. Rather than rehearsing the tracks then going into the studio to record them in a rush, the band took a different way, never rehearsing with the complete line-up. Basic songs structures were improvised with reduced line-ups (usually drums, 1 guitar and bass or keyboards) during a few sessions in February/March 2004. these improvisations were recorded, then completely de-constructed and re-assembled in various periods, with each member acting separately on them, adding and changing things over time. This process took a long time (actually several months), and led to a monster-amount of "puzzle-like" sound fragments. In April and May 2005 Mauro and Nico took all of these fragments, put them together and shaped them into the form of "songs". Vocals were then recorded (including the two vocal lines sung by COLLOQUIO's vocalist Gianni, taken at the band's own recording studio in June 2005), and final arrangements were done.The songs were then masterfully mixed by Alessio Camagni at Noise Factory Studio (a top-notch recording studio with extremely powerful outboard modules and a warm and rich analog mixer) during 8 days in July 2005. Once again, mastering and graphic design completed the process, and led to THE UNSAID WORDS. Perhaps the band's darkest album, THE UNSAID WORDS retained the very powerful sonic trademark of despair and desolation....
In 2006 CANAAN was put under ice. Luca relocated permanently to Torino, Matteo changed his day-job and started travelling around Italy and the band thus suffered a quite long and partially unexpected stop. Mauro's composing impulses were channeled towards a new project called NERONOIA. Two albums were recorded in Alessio's mighty Noise Factory studio and released via EIBON RECORDS: UN MONDO IN ME in late 2006 and IL RUMORE DELLE COSE in 2008. Both were sung in italian by Gianni, and welcomed very very warmly, though sales weren't exactly stellar (please keep in mind the chainging "downloading-versus-buying" attitude of the listeners). NERONOIA's line up basically consisted of Mauro, Andrea, Alberto (and Gianni working on the vocal side of things in his own home-studio in Crevalcore), with Nico and Matteo kicking in as appreciated jollies in UN MONDO IN ME, and Matteo alone lending his precious hands & guitar skills in IL RUMORE DELLE COSE. Nico, due to family and job troubles, in fact estranged himself from the band(s) for a few years (late 2006 to mid 2009). After the release of IL RUMORE DELLE COSE, it was NERONOIA's time to be put to rest. Nico re-surfaced from the fogs of time, and took back his place in CANAAN; new songs were composed, recorded, assembled and disassembled at the band's home-studio, then brought to Noise Factory for mixdown and mastering. Here came CONTRO.LUCE: it lifted more than a few eyebrows, not only because it was entirely sung in italian, but also because it was hardly comparable to what the band had ever done before. The concept of "dark music" still - obviously - fitted, but it was way too narrow and restrictive to describe what CANAAN year 2010 were playing. Cold Wave ? Ambient ? Dark ? Ethnic music ? All of these and a lot more, making impossible to frame the band in a specific genre. During 2010 the band re-started playing like a "real band", with a few rehearsals taking place in the band's own small studio. Once a few new songs' structures were created, CANAAN decided to try adding a female vocalist - Arianna. A talented semi-pro soprano singer, she had her debut in the band's cover version of Zeromancer's "Houses of cards", a song done for the norwegian compilation tribute to Kim Ljung. The cooperation worked out very well, and it was a natural consequence adding Arianna's voice to the new songs too. Darker, deeper, doomier than anything CANAAN recorded since 1998 WALK INTO MY OPEN WOMB, OF PRISONERS, WANDERING SOULS AND CRUEL FEARS was mixed and mastered at Noise Factory in April 2012, and represents the zenith of the band's musical production so far. The cd contains 22 tracks equally divided in the two cds: the first one contains "personas" (each song is dedicated to a peculiar character); in the second one Personas turn into prisoners, and the songs transmute accordingly into ambient/ethnic pieces. All in all, the new cds contains 101 minutes of pitch-black soundscapes, rough and filthy songs that take the word "DOOM" to new levels, deperate hymns of self-deception and rage. If you're brave enough, try walking through these shadows without being bothered by demons.
NOTHING. NEVER. NOWHERE.