Oct 152020

An intriguing concept album built of complementary song pairs working from the outside in, “Strangers” – set to be released on October 30 by M-Theory Audio – is the newest effort from Israeli progressive/symphonic metal band, Scardust. With one pair of songs already unveiled to the general public via the music videos for ‘Tantibus II’ and ‘Addicted’, the band has now revealed the first chapter of another two-part saga with their new music video for the track ‘Stranger’, which can be viewed below. A video for its companion track will be released next week.

Says vocalist Noa Gruman, “When someone close to your heart is leaving you and you’re breaking down and feeling that you’re left to face the world on your own, the shared memories and moments that you had become ‘Stranger.’ Being neglected is a fragile and exposed feeling, so in this one song we chose to lose the choir and strings and strip things down to the core musicians. In the video, they are playing the song, but never together, in an obscure, unrealistic location. They are surrounded by concrete pillars and the scene is continuously spinning, leaving the viewer feeling dizzy and uncomfortable. Lyrics pop out here and there to highlight specific parts, and there are also hints of water by the musicians’ feet and paint cans lying on the ground. One may wonder why, and it will all be revealed in the other side of the story, told from the side of the neglector.”

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Oct 042020

Strangers” – the new concept album by the progressive/symphonic metal band Scardust, which will be released by M-Theory Audio on October 30 – sees the acclaimed Israeli group collaborate with an unusual guest on the epic, seven-minute track ‘Concrete Cages’: German folk musician Patty Gurdy, someone with whom Scardust vocalist Noa Gruman has developed a strong friendship.

A new interview with Gruman and Gurdy – which was recently conducted via video chat from the musicians’ respective home countries – can be seen below.

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Sep 162020

The story told by acclaimed Israeli progressive/symphonic metal band Scardust in last week’s music video for ‘Tantibus II’ is continued in their new music video for ‘Addicted,’ the second single from their upcoming concept album, “Strangers,” which is set to be released on October 30 via M-Theory Audio.

In ‘Tantibus II,’ we met a protagonist who decided to disconnect from reality into her own mind, and now in ‘Addicted,’ we find that there is someone who cares about her. This caring person tries to show her the meaning of addiction, and explain to her that she is running away instead of facing reality.

“This video shows us the passage between the worlds of reality and addiction,” says Scardust vocalist Noa Gruman. “The character in ‘Addicted’ can walk freely between those worlds, as she is neither stuck nor fighting to get out. The choir represents the way out, and the string quartet represents the way in.”

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Sep 092020

Israeli progressive/symphonic metal band Scardust – whose new concept record, “Strangers,” will be released October 30 – have unveiled a music video for the album’s first single, ‘Tantibus II.’

‘Tantibus II’ continues the story of the band’s 2015 song ‘Tantibus’ (a word with Latin roots meaning “nightmare”), in which the protagonist is stuck within a sleep paralysis and looking for a way out. In “Tantibus II,” the protagonist becomes addicted to this feeling and disconnects from reality into her own mind, where she feels safe. The EXIT sign in the video represents a way out of the nightmare, as seen in the original video for ‘Tantibus’ when the protagonist chases it without ever reaching it. The opening shot of ‘Tantibus II’ is an EXIT sign broken into pieces at the feet of the protagonist, who is holding a hammer. This is when she decided to destroy her way out and sink into her nightmare.

‘Tantibus II’ will not be the end of this tale. Soon, we will discover that there is someone who cares about our protagonist, and their side of this story will be told in the next chapter of this ongoing saga, to be unveiled one week from today.

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Aug 312020

Israeli progressive metal wizards, Scardust, follow up their critically debut masterpiece “Sands Of Time” with “Strangers,” an intriguing concept album recorded against all odds in the first half of 2020. Mixed by Yonatan Kossov (Orphaned Land, Amorphis) and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy), the album – which is now available for pre-order on CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl – will be released October 30 via M-Theory Audio. A 60-second teaser video can be seen below.

Vocalist Noa Gruman explains, “Strangers deals with the concept of being estranged. Written from multiple perspectives, it explores the ways in which people can be estranged from one another, from themselves, from society, from their loved ones and even from their own subconscious. After the overture, which introduces musical themes, the album separates into two parts. Every song from the second part is a mirror image of a parallel song in the first. Each pair of songs tells the story of a pair of strangers. They can be played together as a standalone piece, as individual songs or as part of the album, whatever the listener’s heart desires.”

Strangers” was written and composed jointly by singer and band leader Noa Gruman and Orr Didi, who also collaborated with Gruman on “Sands Of Time,” and Scardust’s debut EP “Shadow.

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