Progressive Metal Act SCARDUST Unveils Second Video From New Concept Album 'Strangers'
Israeli group’s digital singles ‘Tantibus II’ and ‘Addicted’ available this Friday
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 Oct. 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.”
“Addicted” and “Tantibus II” will premiere on streaming platforms this Friday, Sept. 18. The two songs will also be offered as instant downloads with all digital pre-orders of “Strangers.”
SCARDUST has also launched the “Mist Cover Challenge,” an invitation for fans to play or sing along with the final minute of the new song “Mist,” the closing track of “Strangers,” with the chance of winning a deluxe package of signed CD and vinyl copies of “Strangers,” a new SCARDUST t-shirt design and guitar picks. To enter the challenge, follow the instructions at https://scardust.co/mist-cover-challenge/ and upload your video anywhere on social media, tagging the band and including the hashtag #scardustmist. Entries close on Oct. 25, and winners will be announced by the band during a special livestream on Nov. 1.
An intriguing concept album built of complementary song pairs working from the outside in, “Strangers” was written and composed jointly by singer Noa Gruman and composer Orr Didi, who also collaborated with Gruman on SCARDUST’s full-length debut “Sands of Time” – which was hailed by Prog Magazine as “extraordinary” – and their 2015 EP “Shadow.” The album also features guest appearances from German folk musician Patty Gurdy, as well as vocals by the Hellscore choir – who are featured prominently on “Addicted” – and England’s prestigious Westbrook Hay Prep School Chamber Choir.
Pre-orders for CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl editions of “Strangers” – mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy) – are now available HERE.
Progressive/Symphonic Metal Act SCARDUST Unveils Music Video for New Single ‘Tantibus II’
Israeli group’s first-ever concept album ‘Strangers’ due out Oct. 30
The acclaimed Israeli progressive/symphonic metal band SCARDUST – whose new concept record, “Strangers,” will be released Oct. 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.
An intriguing concept album built of complementary song pairs working from the outside in, “Strangers” was written and composed jointly by singer Noa Gruman and composer Orr Didi, who also collaborated with SCARDUST on their full-length debut “Sands of Time” – which was hailed by Prog Magazine as “extraordinary” – and their 2015 EP “Shadow.”
The recording sessions for “Strangers” – which includes a guest appearance from German folk musician Patty Gurdy, as well as vocals by the Hellscore choir and England’s prestigious Westbrook Hay Prep School Chamber Choir – began in the winter of 2020. From there, the band was faced with the outbreak of COVID-19, which brutally destroyed their recording plans, ironically forcing them to continue the process in isolation, estranged from one another, in their individual home studios.
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.”
Pre-orders for CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl editions of “Strangers” – mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy) and mixed by Yonatan Kossov – available HERE
Israel’s leading progressive metal group, SCARDUST has performed at such major festivals as Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), Metaldays (Slovenia) and Midi (China). In addition, the band hosts the annual “Scarfest” event in their home country, where they’ve also appeared alongside the likes of Therion, Epica and Symphony X.
Blackened Progressive Metal Group VINTERSEA: Reissue Debut Album Oct. 16
First-ever vinyl release of 'The Gravity of Fall' to include bonus tracks, expanded layout
One year ago, Portland, Oregon's VINTERSEA grabbed the ears of forward-thinking metal fans with their sophomore album (and M-Theory Audio debut) “Illuminated.” The group's mix of majestic progressive metal, harsh blackened death and post-metal beauty was praised by Dead Rhetoric as “a wondrous, challenging record that will reward listeners who are seeking something more.”
On Oct. 16, M-Theory Audio will shine a brighter light on the acclaimed predecessor to “Illuminated,” 2017's “The Gravity of Fall,” with a limited-edition double-LP release that will spread VINTERSEA's initial full-length blast of sonic power – as well as their debut five-track 2014 EP, “Constellations” – across four sides of blackened wax. A CD reissue featuring expanded artwork and the “Constellations” material as downloadable bonus tracks will also be offered. Both formats are available now for pre-order HERE.
Says guitarist Riley Nix, "Ever since the original independent release of ‘The Gravity of Fall’ more than three years ago, our fans around the world have been clamoring for a vinyl release. Our wonderful partnership with M-Theory Audio has now made that possible. When we entered the recording studio for the first time as a band, we couldn't have imagined that a few years later, we would be releasing that material – for the second time – in such a beautiful and complete package. As always, we want to acknowledge that this is only happening because of our incredible fans who loudly and publicly demand our music in every format imaginable! Thank you all."
Originally self-released in 2017, “The Gravity of Fall” was hailed by No Clean Singing as “dynamic and genre-bending,” while Invisible Oranges praised the band for mixing a “Scandinavian flavor with a distinctly Pacific sound reminiscent of Agalloch and other more progressive moods.” The album – which has never before been offered on vinyl – was recorded by Justin Phelps (The Mars Volta, Joe Satriani) and mixed by Evan Sammons (Last Chance To Reason). A taste of the group's nascent sound of the time can be found in the chilling music video for “The Host,” which has received more than 500,000 views on YouTube, and was produced, directed, and edited by VINTERSEA bassist Karl Whinnery. Check it out HERE.
Fronted by Malaysian-born singer Avienne, whose vocal range spans from haunting melodies to fierce growls, VINTERSEA delivers heavy, emotionally powerful and technically intriguing music that is undeniably inspired by the majesty of the Pacific Northwest. The band's compelling combination of progressive metal, black metal and post-metal has been showcased live alongside groups such as Ne Obliviscaris, Jinjer, The Ocean, Sirenia and Arkona. The group – which recently released a “quarantine playthrough video” for the “Illuminated” track “Fiery Tongue” – is currently putting the finishing touches on another new music video, which will be released in the coming weeks.