Κυριακή, 19 Νοεμβρίου 2017

AOR - Rare Tracks & Demos (2017)

Frédéric Slama’ s AOR all star project is back with a CD of rare tracks & demos. Featuring some incredible singers like Michael Kisur, Sarah & Mélissa Fontaine (Chasing Violets), Mikael Erlandsson (Last Autumn's Dream), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) & More. Don't miss the opportunity to listen to some incredible demos that were the blueprints of many songs of the AOR albums. A must have for any serious collector ! AOR was formed in 2000 by guitarist/ keyboardist Frédéric Slama always using the cream of U.S & European session players. In 2000, the first album « L.A Concession » was released and gave Frédéric a big respect in the Westcoast / AOR music scene. The second album « Next Stop L.A » followed one year later and again featured the help of several top session players.

LINE-UP: Frédéric Slama: All Instruments, Michael Kisur: Lead & Backing Vocals,
Sarah Fontaine: Lead & Backing Vocals, Mélissa Fontaine: Lead & Backing Vocals,
Mikael Erlandsson: Lead & Backing Vocals, Kelly Keaggy: Lead & Backing Vocals,
Tommy Denander: Guitars & Keyboards, Michael Thompson: Guitars, Michael Landau: Guitars, Tom Keane: Keyboards, Abraham Laboriel: Bass, John Robinson: Drums

1. Listen To Your Heart
2. Mary Ann
3. Lost In The Wrong Direction
4. Heartless
5. The Last White Wolf
6. Dinosaur Moves
7. How Will She Find Her Way Back
8. Tears In The Rain
9. Secrets In Her Heart
10. Desperate Dreams
11. Carry On
12. Closer To Zero
13. Circle Of Danger
14. The Crystal Heart
15. Once Off Guard 

Label: Perris Records

Unto The Wolves - Year One (2017)

"Unto the Wolves" is a Hard Rock/ Metal project with one goal in mind, to inspire tolerance and acceptance of all races, religious beliefs, and cultures. Every song is inspired by historical or religious writings found in books that are considered important by one religion or another. The songs are not based on the text found in these books, but rather served as inspiration for the ideas behind the songs.

The project began in September of 2016. "Unto the Wolves" is managed by the only official member who is singer/producer/multi-instrumentalist, John "Gage" Sifuentes. Each month, a piece of text or scribe is chosen from a single culture or religion. This text is pulled from writings such as the Bible, the Quran, the Torah, Book of Shadows, the Book of Mormon, Vedas, the Egyptian Book of the Dead, or the Tao Te Ching, to name a few. Once the text is chosen, it is methodically analyzed and discussed to then inspire lyrics for a song to be created and released at the end of the month. During the month, there is project inspired art and online articles posted along with video journals discussing the content, writing technique, style, and periodic interviews about the text chosen. At the end of the year, the music is compiled and released as an album. But to hear the new music as it comes out and get the full backstory behind every song, Patreon.com is the active online hub for the music project.

The music typically has a heavy edge but hesitates to label itself metal. The feel of the music is riddled with driving rhythmic guitars, a gritty bass, hard hitting drums accompanied by melodic and aggressive vocals. However, you'll also find an additional instrument or two in multiple songs based on what religious text and culture was chosen for the subject matter. Because of this, the music taps into multiple genres. In an effort to combine these ideas into a single project in a respectful manner, each set of writings is examined from multiple points of view. This work truly offers a unique perspective on how music can be inspired by the way all people choose to live.

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Σάββατο, 18 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Metatrone - Eucharismetal (2017)

Metatrone is a Christian power-prog metal band formed by musicians coming from many previous musical experiences, mostly involved in metal music. Davide Bruno, Jo Lombardo, Tony Zappa, Virgilio Ragazzi and Stefano “Ghigas” Calvagno whom formed the band in 1997 under the moniker of Metafora producing with Track Records Productions (TRP) a four track EP called “Reazioni e Memorie”, featuring some amazing anthems like “Una Parte di Me”.
As many things in life changes, it was four years later (2001) that one of the founding members, keyboardist Davide Bruno decided to begin a new spiritual journey bringing him to change completely his life becoming a Priest. After this important decision, another one will be essential: Metafora decided to change their moniker to METATRONE from that moment on. The new band’s name means “God is since now and forever”, consequently the band begins to write power-prog metal songs deeply inspired by a Christian Catholic view of life and human being. It was in 2005 when they produced with the help of TRP music their first album called “La Mano Potente” soon followed by the English version called “The Powerful Hand” distributed by Scarlet Records in Europe and King Records in Asia.
After its release, the band begun to play often live in Italy and around the world as well, playing at festivals like Elements of Rock twice, Tumbalong Park and World Youth Day in Australia just to name a few.
Following the extensive touring, the band began right away to create new material, which brought them to a new and higher musical and lyrical level. Their songs evolved with more influence from prog but powerful at the same time. Most of those songs were released on their third studio album, “Paradigma”. A stunning 13 track album produced by the band and TRP Music, it was officially released on December 25, 2010. The album featured songs sang in English, Italian, Latin and Spanish with some interesting growling vocal choruses performed by priest Davide Bruno himself and was praised with very positive reviews on some of the most popular metal magazines like Metal Hammer Italy, Metal Maniac and many other on-line publications.
In May 2012, METATRONE released their first video, “In Spe Resurrectionis” from “Paradigma” (winning the David Award as Best Italian Song at the V Premios David). 
In June 2013, the band released a single track called “Heavenly Field” written against the Zionist policy supporting Gaza population at the time featuring Italian hip hop band One Crew as special guest on vocals.

In 2015, Metatrone entered in the studio to record their third full-length album “Eucharismetal” with a different line up: Tony Zappa and Virgilio Ragazzi were replaced by Dino Fiorenza on bass (Billy Sheehan, Steve Vai, Paul Gilbert, John Macaluso) and Salvo “T-Metal” Grasso on drums (Hypersonic, DenieD). In November of 2015, the band released their video “Latest News From Light” in preview to “Eucharismetal” that was released in Europe by ROCKSHOTS Records on March 11, 2016. On the new album METATRONE re-released new versions of “The Powerful Hand” (remastered) and “Paradigma” as bonus tracks. "Eucharismetal" brought the band’s music to a wider audience with Christian Metal festival appearances in Europe and live gigs in Italy that included a triumphant concert in September 2016 at The Teatro Romano in Verona. In February 2017, the band released the second single/video “Molokai”. Soon after, just like in years past, another change with the band. It was after a very long internal discernment, that Davide made the decision to keep serving the Lord and the Catholic Church in the Laical form, giving up to practice as a priest. But with that change, the artistic mission with Metatrone is still on the run! "Eucharismetal" will be officially released in USA and Canada distributed by MVD Entertainment October 13, 2017.

Track Listing:
1. Alef Dalet Mem (4:54)
2. Molokai (5:22)
3. Beware The Sailor (3:31)
4. Wheat And Weeds (3:56)
5. Latest News From Light (4:36)
6. In Spirit And Truth (3:43)
7. Mozart's Nightmare (5:09)
8. Keep Running (5:44)
9. Salva l'Anima (5:25)
10. Una Parte Di Me (7:17)
11. Regina Coeli (4:46)
12. Alef Dalet Mem (Italian Version) (4:54)
13. Lascia Che Sia (5:44)
Album Length: 1:05:06

Album and Live Band Line Up:
Stefano Calvagno (Guitars)
Dino Fiorenza (Bass)
Jo Lombardo (Vocals)
David Brown (Keyboards/Growl)
Salvo Grasso (Drums)


Dustin Behm - The Beyond (2017)

RELEASE 24 November 2017

Dustin Behm is a progressive metal guitarist from Portland, Oregon USA. Dustin began playing guitar at the age of 13, being inspired by guitarists such as James Murphy, Dimebag Darrell, Joe Satriani, Tak Matsumoto, and Al Di Meola. In 2005 Dustin attended the Guitar Institute of Technology at Musician's Institute in Los Angeles where he studied with world renowned guitarists such as Paul Gilbert, Scott Henderson, Greg Harrison and tapping master TJ Helmerich. There he discovered the music of his diverse main influences: Allan Holdsworth, Shawn Lane, and Meshuggah. 

After his time at Musician's Institute, Dustin returned to Portland and played with a variety of metal bands in the area, ranging from symphonic metal to death metal. In 2012 Dustin had his original music played on FM radio in Portland and even taught guitar lessons in Italy with his friend and fellow guitar shredder Gianluca Ferro. 

Near the end of 2013, Dustin helped form the instrumental progressive metal band Increate. Increate's self-released, first album Void released to excellent reviews in February 2017. Void was produced in Sweden by legendary metal producer Jocke Skog. Dustin handled the album art and layout in addition to lead guitar.   

After being snowed indoors for weeks at a time in one of the most extreme Winters in Oregon history, Dustin was eager to create new music and began work on his dream of creating his first solo album. The album writing and recording process took place from Spring through Summer of 2017. Dustin's debut solo album The Beyond is inspired by early 90's progressive death metal such as "Spheres" era Pestilence combined with a modern metal influence from Meshuggah and Allan HoldsworthChris Poland's "Return to Metalopolis" was also an influence on "The Beyond".

The album is also inspired by Dustin's love of classic horror movies, especially European horror of the 70's and 80's. The album artwork, skillfully painted by Mark Cooper, represents figures from a series of nightmares Dustin had as a child (of which Mark was unaware when he painted the piece). The album art also has a feeling reminiscent of an 80's Euro horror movie. Dustin plays guitar, E-Bow, bass, keys and programming as well as handling production duties and album layout for The Beyond.

Dustin is currently writing material for a new Increate album and regularly playing live shows around the Northwestern United States. Dustin has shared the stage with artists such as Amorphis, Dark Tranquility, Archspire, Arkaik, Rhapsody of Fire, Inanimate Existence, Vale of Pnath, Oceano, I Declare War, The Kennedy Veil, and Disentomb among others.  

"The Beyond" is set to be release on November 24 via Rockshots Records

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Κυριακή, 12 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Serenade - Onirica (2017)

Onirica is an ardent work by a heavy metal sound with symphonic touches and vague gothic atmospheres.

The album intents to bring the listener through an amazing journey into the dream world, hence the title "Onirica", in the dreams and fears of the human soul.

Heavy riffs hold up catchy and dreamy melodies.

The voice ranges from lyric to modern with aggressive and soft interpretations and in two songs ("Kill Your Pain" and "Luceafarul") is completed by the precious collaboration of Fabio Dessi, the voice of Arthemis. 

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4WARD is a heavy metal solo project conceived and brought to life by Ken ‘Krazyfingers’ Parent from Kapuskasing, Ontario Canada. Ken a multi-talented guitarist/instrumentalist, producer and recording engineer who built his name by forging a solid foundation in hard rock with heavy metal influences by crafting his original sound that he displays through several combinations of styles in the past 25 years of his active participation in the music business. Some of his proudest moments come by being invited to play live on stages with the likes of Foreigner and Grand Funk Railroad as an opening act, along with several upcoming Canadian Rock artists. In 2012, he was hired to play on the Western Canada tour for the theatrical heavy metal act THOR. 
It all started at the young age of 6 years old, when his mother encouraged his musical curiosity by purchasing a guitar for him. Since then, the guitar has become his passion instrument of choice, but he has learned to play several instruments along the way. 

In 1996 Ken attended Cambrian College (Cambrian College), where he acquired classical training and structured his skills. While being a rocker at heart, his classical background, mixed with his free spirited shredding technique, allowed him to blend everything from Blues to Metal. He created his own 'Shredtastic' style, which would eventually become recognized. in 2004, in Kelowna, BC, he began hosting the Open Jam Nights at The Greatful Fed. His amazing talent and undeniable skills brought him various gigs here and there, which made him known as the ‘Guitarded Shredder’ on the local music scene. And the ‘Krazyfingers’ name was born. From there, he moved his vision to Vancouver, BC, to pursue his passion with greater exposure. A simple Craig's List advertisement, which he'd posted in search of a vocalist to collaborate on his project, was answered by talented vocalist Tyler Nickerson (previous band name should be added here for Tyler) and 4WARD was officially started. Throughout the years, ‘Krazyfingers’ played in various Canadian venues, collaborated with local, upcoming artists and shared his music with many. With the hopes of finding like-minded future permanent 4WARD band members - they came... and they went, mostly just due to the fact that everyone didn’t always share the same vision. Therefore, they moved onward and Krazyfingers moved 4WARD. It is truly amazing to see ‘Krazyfingers’ keep his 4WARD project, his vision, his dream alive for so long on his own while honing his distinct style and constantly evolving and developing his skills.


Σάββατο, 11 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Rushmoon - Brutiful Lies (2017)

RUSHMOON was founded in 1996 by permanent members Alexander Steiger (git) and Christian Binder (voc). The first current member to join the band was guitar player Dieter Weilert. The first big success was reaching the finals of the "Deutscher Rock – und Poppreis" in Kassel and the „Bayerischer Rock – und Poppreis" in Gerolzhofen in 1997.

When drummer Volker Rößener joined, the band was eagerly touring all over Germany and working on their first Rushmoon-labelled longplayer "KEEP AN EYE" in 2001. In 2003 followed the EP "BLOOD, TEARS, LOVE & HATE...". This was the time the band decided to turn down several offers from the industry as they wanted complete artistic independence from outer influences.

After many successful tours and participations in band contests the band published their third CD "KILL YOUR LOVERS..." in January 2008 which was also presented live outside Germany - as Rushmoon played supporting gigs of Tito &Tarantula and Shakra. As the bass player quit the band in late 2009, the Rushmoon train came to a sudden stop and it took about two years before they'd found replacement who was presented together with the new album "CANDYMAN" in 2011. But this relationship didn't hold for too long and so the bass player's position had to be newly manned in 2014. It was pure luck that old friend and favorite candidate for years (he'd turned down the offer before for family reasons) Stefan Becker finally joined the band and completed the pack.

With this new line-up which feels like the perfect one the band that has always been manic about performing live was eagerly touring, playing with Orphaned Land, Gurd, China, Voivod and other great metal bands over the past few years. And they were writing new songs with a new spirit which have now been released on Rushmoon's fifth studio album "BRUTIFUL LIES" in 2017.

But this train won't stop as Rushmoon are currently overflowing with creativity - and hunger for live performances.

Παρασκευή, 10 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Eternal Silence - Mastermind Tyranny (2017)

Mastermind Tyranny is the third studio album from Italian Symphonic Metal band, Eternal Silence. It was recorded, mixed and mastered between January and March 2017 at Music Ink studios in Arona, Italy. Everything has been led by Giulio Capone who, as for the previous two records, produced the album together with the composer, guitarist and the male singer of the band Alberto Cassina.
Compared with the previous albums, the sound of Mastermind Tyranny is more evolved and refined: the rhythmic section is stronger and heavier, combined with a more accurate use of orchestrations to create a bombastic background on which male and female vocals can design their stunning melodies. All this has helped Eternal Silence to craft a more mature and far reaching style of songwriting.
The theme behind Mastermind Tyranny is about the subjugation of minds, the control of masses through the spreading of false ideas or beliefs. Complementing this, many lyrics tell of the importance of thinking with your own mind and being stronger against this kind of mental control. The themes are developed through the idea of the fear in God in the songs Lucifer’s Lair and Mystic Vision, the control of knowledge and education in the middle age and a reference to the book “The Name of the Rose” in the song Ashes Of Knowledge, the radicalization and the religious extremism in Foreign Land.
The artwork, which was edited by the artist Hans Trasid from Dis-Art Design, represents the allegoric divinity of Fama. In the roman mythology, the character represents the image of false news travelling fast.
Mastermind Tyranny | Released October 19th, 2017 on Sliptrick Records
Track Listing:
01. Lucifer’s Lair | 02. Fighter | 03. Mashed | 04. Adagio | 05. Game Of The Beasts | 06. Mystic Vision | 07. The First Winter Night | 08. Foreign Land | 09. Icy Spell | 10. Ashes Of Knowledge
Eternal Silence are: 
Marika Vanni – Vocals | Alberto Cassina – Guitars and Vocals | Davide Rigamonti – Guitars | Davide Massironi – Drums | Alessio Sessa – Bass

Πέμπτη, 9 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Violent Divine - Louder Than Love (2017)

Swedish Metal band VIOLENT DIVINE – formed in late 2005 and released 4 albums between 2006 and 2015. VIOLENT DIVINE is all about great songs in a rock n roll outfit that hits you right in the face.

VIOLENT DIVINE will release their 5th album ”Louder Than Love” on November 10, 2017. 13 highly intensive tracks that will grab you from the first note to the last and make you want to spin the album again and again. This is music that matters!

STAIRS OF LIFE - The Man In A Glass (2017)

The Man In A Glass EP is the result of the band’s need to express our artistic sensitivity and musical ideas. It draws inspiration from all kinds of rock, ranging from progressive all the way to alternative rock.
The lyrics are inspired by different day-to-day topics and stories: for example, The Man In A Glass talks about alcohol abuse as a means to defy reality – hence the play on words. Our Lady Of Grace refers to a local legend about “La Madonna di Nettuno”, the famous statue in the bands hometown. Legend has it that, whilst on the way to Naples from the harbor of Ispwhich, a massive thunderstorm forced the ship transporting the statue to dock in Nettuno – where Our Lady Grace remains to this day. This episode was interpreted as a sign of Our Lady Of Grace’s will to settle in Nettuno.
What has inspired the writing of Mask, is the human need to sometimes wear a “mask” in order to conceal our feelings or longing for another person’s company, while You Are Gone expresses all the sadness that comes with losing a loved one. We always hope that, wherever that person may go (some place else, if not the afterlife), he or she may keep us in their memory.
The Man In A Glass | Released November 3rd, 2017 on Sliptrick Records
Track Listing:
01. Mask | 02. The Man In A Glass | 03. You Are Gone | 04. Our Lady Of Grace
Mixed and mastered by Luca Pellegrini.
Stairs Of Life are: 
Luca Aldisio – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Flute | Alessio Erriu – Electric Guitar | Giordano Maselli – Bass, Keyboards, Synth | Fabio Vitiello – Drums

Τετάρτη, 8 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Ypnos - Beholder (2017)

Beholder is the debut album from Italian Progressive Rock/Metal band Ypnos. It features 10 songs, including the 7-track Tyranny Suite. Being more a musical travelogue through the human brain in 7 distinct steps, rather than a canonical suite, Tyranny Suite is a direct statement; “humans are enslaved by their own emotions, from birth to death. Emotions are tyrants we either learn to cope with or yield under their power”.
The 10 tracks from Beholder vary through very different styles, from the metal/prog-metal oriented Arachnophobia and March of The Tyrants, to the progressive rock of State of Grace and The Ending, through to the pop-ish RealityYpnos try to explore themselves in every song, in an endless journey through colors and music, harvesting the deepest cuts and throwing away all the excess waste until only music and basic emotions remain. Ypnos rarely over indulge themselves with their own melodies, keeping every song as tight as possible. No pointless long solos or over repeated riffs. This is a compelling mantra in the band’s natural “modus operandi”, and also applies to the intimate and cerebral style of the lyrics.
Beholder was produced by the band themselves using a very successful crowdfunding campaign. It was mixed and mastered by the long experienced musician, engineer and producer Roberto Priori at PriStudio.
Beholder | Released September 19th, 2017 on Sliptrick Records
Track Listing:
01 Arachnophobia | 02 Tyranny Suite: I. The Beginning (Birth of a New Slave) | 03 Tyranny Suite: II. State of Grace | 04 Tyranny Suite: III. March of the Tyrants (The Tempest, Pt. 1) | 05 Tyranny Suite: IV. Building an Empire (The Tempest, Pt. 2) | 06 Tyranny Suite: V. Reality (State of Conscience, Pt. 1) | 07 Tyranny Suite: VI. Diary of a Slave (State of Conscience, Pt. 2) | 08 Tyranny Suite: VII. The Ending | 09 Northern Star | 10 The Circle, Pt. 1: Grey
Ypnos are:
Christian Peretto – Vocals | Davide Morisi – Guitar | Marco Govoni – Bass | Valentino Bosi – Keyboards | Giacomo Calabria – Drums


The Soul Exchange - Vow Of Seth (EP 2017)

RELEASE  8 December 2017

The seed that eventually became The Soul Exchange was sown when guitarist and songwriter Hans von Bell began writing songs for a solo album back in 2013. After the albums’ release in January 2015, Hans immediately started to work on new material for a follow up and realized he wanted to put together a proper band as the new material required a different sound and thus, The Soul Exchange was born.  The band name came from a song off the 2015 solo album. 
In 2016 the band found their formula and sound with the current line up consisting of Daniel John vocals & keyboards, Hans & Thomas von Bell guitars, Patrik "Patte" Ekelöf on bass, and Benny White drums. Although mostly unknown to the wide public, all band members have long careers in music behind them. The band released the critically and likewise publicly acclaimed album “Bloodbound” in March 2017 on the Mervilton Records label. 
In the fall of 2017 The Soul Exchange have been working on an, in between albums, five track EP titled “Vow Of Seth” that is set for release on the Pride & Joy Music label on December 8th. The EP will be preceded by a digital single and video release of the EP’s title track on November 17th. The Soul Exchange once again working with the renowned Swedish producer Magnus "Tank" Ljungqvist who also produced the “Bloodbound” album. The new EP has taken the band to an even darker place lyrically and with a tad harder sound. Stating that "this EP will show the way for the next full length album penned for release in 2018". Hard Rock with a great portion of modern Metal influences, and importantly, the vocal arrangements and melodies will always have a major focus in The Soul Exchanges’ otherwise riff oriented music".

Τρίτη, 7 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Cardiant - Mirrors (2017)

Release Date: November 24th 2017

Cardiant was formed early 2000′s and has been working with the current lineup since 2008. Their style has been described as power metal or heavy rock (someone even calling it AOR!).
Cardiant recorded its debut album Midday Moon in 2005. At that time band didn’t have a permanent singer and was forced to have Janne Saksa as a session singer on the album. Unfortunately Underground Symphony had problems with the European release and the album was released only in Japan by Marquee/Avalon.
In years 2007 and 2008 Cardiant had some line-up changes when Mikko, Marko and Erik joined the band. In 2009 Cardiant recorded its second, self-financed album Tomorrow’s Daylight.
In 2010 Cardiant was selected to the semi-finals of Finnish national selection for Eurovision 2011 from amongst a group of 277 participants. Cardiant was voted to the finals along with nine other performers. The same year Cardiant also composed and recorded the theme and entrance song for Finnish ice-hockey team Tappara.
The third album “Verge” was released in May 2013 by Marquee Avalon (Japan) and Inverse Records (Europe) peaking at #11 on the official Finnish charts.
Recordings of a concept album ”Mirrors” started in May 2015 and the first video single ”Absolute power ” was released in September 2015. The album features several guest singers, Pasi Rantanen (Thunderstone, King Company), Nitte Valo (Burning Point, Seraphiel) & Janne Saksa who performed session vocals to Cardiant's debut album 'Midday Moon'. The album is released November 24th 2017 by Inverse Records.

Music video from the track "Life Has Just Begun" is available here: https://youtu.be/FRoniYzmXGc

Track list:
1. Mirrors And Me
2. Riot Rising
3. Soul (feat. Pasi Rantanen)
4. A Quiet One
5. Blank Star
6. His Supremacy (feat. Janne Saksa)
7. Shooting Star (feat. Nitte Valo)
8. Absolute Power
9. My Delusion
10. Life Has Just Begun
11. Another Time, Another Place (feat. Rantanen, Valo, Saksa)

Erik Karhatsu - vocals
Outi Jokinen - vocals
Antti Hänninen - guitar
Mikko Mänttäri - bass
Marko Lindroos - keyboards
Lauri Hänninen - drums

Janne Saksa - vocals
Nitte Valo - vocals
Pasi Rantanen - vocals

Released 2017
Europe: Semi-Perfect Ry & Inverse Records / Japan: Semi-Perfect Ry & Marquee Avalon

Released 2013
Europe: Semi-Perfect Ry & Inverse Records / Japan: Semi-Perfect Ry & Marquee Avalon
Tomorrow’s Daylight
Released 2009
Europe: Semi-Perfect Ry /
Japan: Semi-Perfect Ry & Marquee Avalon
Midday Moon
Released 2005
Only in Japan by Underground Symphony / Marquee Avalon

Δευτέρα, 6 Νοεμβρίου 2017

Keldian - Darkness and Light (2017)

KELDIAN from the Old Norse word kelda ‎(“a well, a spring”). Founded in 2005. Fueled only by the desire to express themselves through music.

Let's read what Arild & Chris write about their new album in Keldian.com  :
"A couple of songs on this album sprang into life not long after the release of Outbound. But although ideas and inspiration were there, writing for the album was slow. We would never be content to simply rehash our earlier material, and it was hard to put the new ideas into fresh music and lyrics. But of course, that is when the tough get going. Steadily we kept on working, until by the end of 2016 we had a collection of songs that felt like a new album. Some of the lyrics had taken a darker emotional turn, and the yin and yang of the words led to the obvious album title: Darkness And Light.

In March 2017 Jørn Holen drove his car across the mountain from Oslo for Keldian drum sessions in the bleak winter landscape of the western fjords. As always he came well prepared and blew us away yet again. Although Jørn is modest about his own indisputable abilities, his playing is by now the stuff of legend. All the drum tracks for Darkness And Light were recorded in less than three days.

But we were still missing a lot of vocals for the record, and in July it was time to wrap things up. We embarked on a week of vocal sessions. There was a lot of work to complete in a matter of mere days, and much of the material was quite challenging. Fueled by privately imported teas mixed with throat-friendly spoonfuls of honey, Chris delivered what Arild deems some of his best performances to date.

At that point the album was really starting to wear us down. But what had been a long and winding road still had many miles and turns left for Arild, who oversaw the last pieces of guest performances and somehow managed to get a very complicated mix in the can just before deadline. The album was done. Time to let it escape into the world."

Keldian is:
Christer Andresen - lead vocals, guitars, bass
Arild Aardalen - synthesizers, vocals

featured on Darkness And Light:
Jørn Holen - drums
Marit Lovise Rode - vocals (6,8)
Vemund Osland - guitar solo (4), co-solo (7)
Helene Hande Midje - backing vocals (2,3,5,7,8)
Hjalmar Sivertsen Frønningen - backing vocals (2,5,7,8)

composed and produced by Keldian
recorded and mixed by Arild Aardalen
mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios
cover artwork by Wavebreakmediamicro (licensed by Fotolia)
Jørn Holen appears courtesy of Indie Recordings


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