Adorned In Ash frontwoman Robyn Ferguson checked in with the following:
On 16 February my new single ‘Grey’ will be released (from my new EP “Triptych” coming soon). Despite the sundry adversities of the past year, I set an ambitious goal for myself to release 3 EPs in 12 months; a purpose I am extremely happy to achieve with “Triptych” (a collection of new tracks that will also include some collaborations with astonishing artists).
‘Grey’ continues the journey forward through the void from “Harbinger” and represents the struggles of our mind. It is about discovery, becoming … the very thread of life, time and connection. The unknown and coming of clarity and the limbo between …
Watch my socials for more information, as I amiably invite you to journey on with me as we forge the world, the chronicles of our connected lines … past, present and future!
As previously reported, Vivaldi Metal Project has begun the creation of their sophomore All-Star album, which will feature a larger cast of world-class musicians than ever before! To name a few: Mike Portnoy (ex Dream Theater), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Chris Caffery (Savatage), Karin Monserratt (Slaverty band), Mattia Martin (Bad Ass), Wanda Ortiz (The Iron Maidens), Emma Zoldan (Sirenia), Jo Amore (Kingcrown), Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius) and many others. – VMP checked in with the following:
French Horn and Trumpet player Marc Papeghin joined us again on the 2nd studio album. Marc recorded all French Horns and some Trumpets parts, again such a great collaboration and awesome performance!
Since years, Marc works as an internet session musician, providing horn and trumpet tracks to composers and producers around the world: https://www.marcpapeghin.com
The music featured in the video below is a rough sample.
Transatlantic — the multinational progressive rock supergroup featuring vocalist/keyboardist Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard, The Neal Morse Band), drummer Mike Portnoy (Sons of Apollo, ex-Dream Theater), bassist Pete Trewavas (Marrilion) and guitarist Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings). — will release its fifth studio album, “The Absolute Universe”, on February 5, 2021 via InsideOut Music. Representing the band’s first new music since 2014’s “Kaleidoscope”, with “The Absolute Universe” the band has done something unique and created two versions of the record: “The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life (Abridged Version)” and “The Absolute Universe: Forevermore (Extended Version)”.
Transatlantic has launched the video for ‘Looking For The Light’, a track which features on both versions of “The Absolute Universe”. Watch it below.
Portnoy comments: “‘Looking For The Light’ is one of the heavier tracks on “The Absolute Universe”. In the tradition of Transatlantic sharing all lead vocals, this track gave me my showcase to deliver the lead vocals as it called for a bit more of an aggressive approach. This is one of the few tracks that remains primarily the same and appears on both versions of the album. However, not content to keep it simple, the version included on the music video is actually a unique version which combines both ‘Looking For The Light’ and its ‘Reprise’ from later in the album into one combined version available only here in this video.”
Video for ‘Looking For Light’
For the upcoming album, the band have created two versions of the record: “The Absolute Universe: The Breath Of Life” (Abridged Version) and “The Absolute Universe: Forevermore” (Extended Version). Each album will be available on CD, LP & Digitally. But there will also be what has been called “The Absolute Universe: The Ultimate Edition,” which collects both versions together in one lavish package that includes 5LP’s, 3CD’s & a Blu-ray that contains a 5.1 surround sound mix with visuals & a behind the scenes documentary. All editions have unique artwork created by Thomas Ewerhard.
Speaking about the upcoming album, drummer Mike Portnoy says, “we’ve got two versions of this album. There is a two CD presentation, which is 90 minutes long, and a single one – that’s 60 minutes. However, the single CD is not merely an edited version of the double CD. They each contain alternate versions and even in some cases, new recordings. We wrote fresh lyrics and have different people singing on the single CD version tracks as compared to those on the double CD. Some of the song titles have also been changed, while others might remain the same, but compositionally what you’ll hear has been altered. You must appreciate that what we have done is unique. We revamped the songs to make the two versions different.”
Bassist Pete Trewavas adds, “we did write some new music for the single CD. What’s more, there are also differences in the instruments used on some of the tracks across the two records.”
All systems activated… – “A Virtual World” is paving it’s way into our world. Dedicated and sophisticated guitars team up with the keyboard’s vibrating sequences and pulsating beats of the drums – only outmatched by the powerful and angelic voice of Erica Ohlsson. This is the new title track of the album “A Virtual World” which is coming out 26th March, 2021 on AFM Records.
Modern Melodic Metal at it’s best – uptempo synth-stomper ‘Peacekeepers’ is the first stunning single after the succesfully released album “Biomechanicals”. Erica Ohlsson‘s distinguished voice and the powerful compositions will catch and carry you into a feeling made of hope for a better world!
The Official music video for ‘The Sun Draws Near’ by Chicago Doom metal band The Skull. From the album “The Endless Road Turns Dark” which was released on September 7th 2018 on Tee Pee Records!
The video can be watched below.
The LP was recorded in Chicago’s Decade Music Studios with engineer Sanford Parker (YOB, TOMBS) and builds on the foundation laid by The Skull‘s debut album, “For Those Which Are Asleep”, a recording that landed at or near the top of a host of 2014 year-end best of lists.