Upon Wings will release its new EP, Afterlife, on March 5 via Sword Of The Spirit Records LLC. The CD features guest vocals and production from Brett Hestla [ex-Creed, Dark New Day]. The EP’s debut single Afterlife is released on January 15. Tracklist & artwork can be viewed below.
Rock and metal fans will recognize plenty of names on Afterlife. Kid Rock recording engineer and Grammy-nominated mixing engineer Glenn Brown mastered the single, while Hestla provided guest vocals and production talents. More metal assistance for the upcoming EP came from producer and guitarist Kevin Jardine, best known as the guitarist of Canadian nu metal giants Slaves On Dope, formerly on Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne‘s Divine Recordings label. Drummer Peter Tzaferis also contributed to the EP.
Recording sessions for Afterlife took place at Johnny K‘sGroovemaster Studios in Chicago, where Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind and countless other heavy music-makers have laid down tracks.
Upon Wings combines operatic, female-fronted goth-pop with rousing rock and metal in a unique, ethereal fashion. Frontwoman Anne Autumn Erickson is a classically-trained dramatic mezzo-soprano, and her lyrics take listeners down a path of heartfelt introspection, pain, joy and faith.
Upon Wings‘s debut single, The Dream, was made available in March 2012 via iTunes, Amazon MP3 and Google Music. “The Dream” was the result of a collaboration between Erickson and Grammy-nominated producer Glenn Brown [Evans Blue, Spinal Tap, The Verve Pipe].
Upon Wings hails from the U.S. and can be described as symphonic metal with a classical influence.
Erickson is also a music journalist for Gannett, Gibson, Loudwire and radio host and managing editor of Audio Ink Radio.
Last year October we did an interview with Anne Autumn Erickson, check it here.
02. You Are My Weapon
03. Take Away
04. The Dream [I’m Only Happy When I’m Sleeping
‘Upon Wings’ Releases Debut Music Video For ‘The Dream’ [Sept. 2012]
Interview With ‘Upon Wings’ [Oct. 2012]
‘Upon Wings’ To Release ‘Afterlife’ EP, New Song Available For Streaming [Jan. 2013]