“Metallia” is an epical prog-metal composition in six parts. A multi-layered sonic piece of ravishing solo electric guitars, time-bending tempo shifts, grooving bass lines and deranged drums.
This instrumental progressive metal album will reveal its intricacies and hidden depths over time. It will extract from your mind pure visions, to mend your mental pictures, preen presumptions and to elicit an element of the unexpected…. because that is what will transmute your subliminal mind map into a remarkable blueprint which will lead you from wherever you are now, to wherever you want to be.
I. Red Lion
The sonic journey begins with the fiery “Red Lion”. Dazzling, dynamic prog-metal guitar solos amidst the haunting ancient rhythm of a bewitching toumperleki, groovy bass lines and eerie portentous vocals set the musical sojourner on his quest from the Prima materia to the creation of the Magnum Opus.
An acoustic flamingo based guitar introduces an abstruse beat forged from multi-layered vocals which lead to frenetic harmonic guitar solos shifting in time-twisting riffs collecting the delirium of the mind-matter and as a “Bee” transforming it to spiritual gold.
An ominous ethereal chorus introduces the stage of “Androgyny” – one’s conquest over duality. An ironic, menacing and taunting riff incites the seeker, as a celestial chorus awakens the hero on his journey. The blossoming of a self-expressive electric guitar meets the forces of inertia, apathy and the oblivion of nothingness. The unsteady hero though rises from the emptiness with a twisted, spiralling enraptured guitar solo as the celestial beings rejoice.
Undulating beats and transparent steely violins proclaim the entrance into mastery in “Resurrection”. A rock guitar reels in ecstatic head-banging measures leading to an explosive, exuberant climax of tempo-shifting multi-instrumental solos.
V. Dragon’s Kiss
Kissed by the Dragon but not dissolved by it. “Dragon’s Kiss” is an epic propulsive build of percussion, guttural and lilting vocals, riffing electric guitars, fantastical violins, grooving bass lines and furious drums traversing dark sonic landscapes and imagery.
Delirious high pitched screaming vocals celebrate the “Triumph”. Finger-twisting guitar riffs soar in multi-layered sonic solos while a distorted demoniac guitar propels a spellbinding bass and drums to the ultimate state of immutability
We all want to have answers to the ultimate meaning of why we are here. There’s a time when you need to set aside everything you already know.
We collect experiences and impressions with our minds and this increases the presence of our soul.
There is a duality not only without but within because the mind receives information from both the body and the spirit.
If the connection is weak between the spirit and the mind – there is no possibility to see the whole or our state and place in existence.
Our minds – our everyday consciousness is cluttered with judgments, repetition, echoes of apprehension and fear, debates and doubts. If left on its own without the guidance of spirit; we exist in a negative world, alienated, in conflict with reality.
Let’s isolate the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that are produced by the physical body first. Then we can isolate the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that are given by our spirits and be restored to our primal state of awareness.
Here is where Metallia comes in…
Metallia is purely for your mind. It attacks your judgments and expectations. It is an alchemical journey transmuting the base metal of your mind to gold.
This instrumental progressive metal concept album is a six-part journey to extract from your mind pure visions, to mend your mental pictures, preen presumptions and to elicit an element of the unexpected…. because that is what will transmute your subliminal mind map into a remarkable blueprint which will lead you from wherever you are now, to wherever you want to be.
Many believe our journey through life is a series of events. Each event leading to a totally new experience. There is a misconception that our progress is linear but in fact, it is more a spiral. Events repeat themselves. We move back and forth over repeating archetypal events with various variations, until “we get it”. That’s why history repeats itself, why we find ourselves over and over again in the same types of relationships and situations. We watch the same plots repeat in the movies we watch, the books we read, the songs we sing and the experiences we share with our friends and family in our lives. We never tire of being entertained by these themes, because we ourselves are also repeating them.
“As Above, So Below” is a phrase attributed to Greek writer-god Hermes Trismegistus, “thrice-greatest Hermes” – three times great because he knew the three parts of the wisdom of the whole universe, the three parts were alchemy, astrology, and theurgy – which is to invoke the presence of gods or divine spirits through rituals such as music to achieve henosis (uniting with the divine) and perfecting oneself, become united with our higher counterparts and attaining Divine Consciousness.
The phrase means what happens on one level of reality also happens on the other. The macrocosm and the microcosm reflect each other. In Christianity, it means “As it is in heaven, so it shall be on earth.”
It means everything is sacred and sympathetic. But, there is a misconception that on our present spiritual journey, we begin as mere material mortals and then finally are resurrected to an all-knowing spiritual being in some final boring blissful state of being. Some goal to be achieved and that’s it. The same misconception exists in our lives. We believe if we achieve some random goal, that we will reach an end of our journey and then we can rest. We are driven through our lives unconsciously to achieve something. It is a misunderstanding caused by an unexamined life.
The album, Metallia explore this and reveals an overlooked detail, a missing step. There are six songs, Red Lion (prima materia), Bee (nigredo), Androgyny (albedo), Resurrection (rubedo) , Dragon’s Kiss (citrinitas) and Triumph (Magnum opus), that relate to some of the processes in alchemy which is part of the wisdom of the universe. Metallia focuses on alchemy but not in the sense of changing physical lead into physical gold but as an investigation into what is our true spiritual constitution through experiencing the mysteries of birth, mind, duality, death, and resurrection.
We didn’t come to Earth to be resurrected into a spiritual consciousness in order to leave this level of existence, but rather we came to earth to have experience here while we are realized. That is when the true journey begins here on Earth. Metallia makes the point that we can’t even begin our journey until we “recover” our initial self – the one we were born with, before it was “darkened” on this Earth plane. The music in each song is purposefully composed to take you on this journey – to remind you of your true origin (Red Lion), throw off the noise in your mind (Bee), find balance in duality (Androgyny), become what you have always been (Resurrection), given wings from the jewels of the unconscious (Dragon’s Kiss) and finally finding that seemingly immaterial substance that pervades all life (Triumph).
Read more about each song by clicking the images below
Friends, after almost two decades of writing and touring the world together, we have decided to close this chapter of our lives as Minus the Bear.
What started as a silly inside joke inside the dingy confines of Seattle’s original Cha Cha Lounge back in 2001 quickly snowballed into years of adventures, creativity, and friendship. We could have never predicted the wild journey about to begin. We’ve accomplished so much over the past 17 years, and we are grateful for the experience.
Undoubtedly we owe all of these adventures to you, our fans. Without all of you, the memories of traveling the world, exploring different cultures, and witnessing the delight of your beautiful faces singing along wouldn’t have been possible. Your support weathered us through storms that easily could have scuttled the band. Throughout the years, it’s you who kept us going. We cannot thank you enough.
This Autumn we head out on our final tour in support of our upcoming 4-song EP “Fair Enough” courtesy of Suicide Squeeze Records. You can hear the title track and read our interview here: https://bit.ly/2utoQ1d
These final shows are a celebration for the community of fans who gave us so much through years of dedication. We’ll be digging deep in the MTB catalog and we are honored for the opportunity to play our hearts out for you one last time.
Polish Rock masters RIVERSIDE are pleased to announce that their upcoming seventh studio album ‘Wasteland’ will be released via their longtime label partner InsideOutMusic on September 28th, 2018.
The album will once again feature artwork designed by longtime visual partner Travis Smith (Opeth, Devin Townsend, etc.) and the record’s main track-listing reads as follows:
RIVERSIDE – “Wasteland”:
1. The Day After
2. Acid Rain
3. Vale Of Tears
4. Guardian Angel
6. The Struggle For Survival
7. River Down Below
9. The Night Before
RIVERSIDE’s Mariusz Duda checked in with the following comment about the album’s overall concept: “I’d been thinking about exploring “post-apocalyptic” regions for a long time. I read books, watched films, played video games, all connected by stories about an attempt to survive in a world that had just ended. But writing such a story myself didn’t make much sense until now. RIVERSIDE are starting a new chapter and after our recent experiences, a story like that has gained more meaning. “Wasteland” is mostly about what’s happening in the world these days but it also makes a reference to the tragedy that befell the band in 2016. Musically, we’ve returned to darker sounds but we have also turned a new page and recorded the album in a different style. It’s still RIVERSIDE but expressed in a much deeper and more mature way. Most artists say the same thing while promoting their new releases: that they have just created their best work to date. I won’t say that because everything we have done so far has been consistently very good and unique. But I will say that we have never had such an incredible emotional load on any of our previous releases, and it’s not likely that we will ever make such a charged album again. “Wasteland” is an epic, multidimensional, poetic and very deep album. Perhaps of the once in a lifetime kind.”
RIVERSIDE’s “Wasteland” marks the first studio album effort with newly composed music after the tragic passing of founding member and guitarist Piotr Grudziński on February 21st, 2016.
Attention: More album details, its pre-order option as well as a first single will be launched on July 27th, so stay tuned for more news soon…
After having just performed on a string of European festivals including the prestigious Night Of The Prog festival at the historic Loreley Amphitheater in Germany last weekend, RIVERSIDE are next embarking on the “Wasteland 2018 Tour” throughout October/November to support the release of their upcoming album. See an overview of all confirmed upcoming dates below:
RIVERSIDE – “Wasteland 2018 Tour”:
12.10.2018 Gdansk (Poland) – B90
13.10.2018 Poznan (Poland) – Tama
14.10.2018 Wroclaw (Poland) – A2
16.10.2018 Katowice (Poland) – Miasto Ogrodów
17.10.2018 Lódz (Poland) – Magnetofon
18.10.2018 Torun (Poland) – Od Nowa
20.10.2018 Kraków (Poland) – Studio
21.10.2018 Warszawa (Poland) – Hala Kolo
30.10.2018 Berlin (Germany) – Kesselhaus
31.10.2018 Schorndorf (Germany) – Manufaktur
03.11.2018 Lisbon (Portugal) – LAV
04.11.2018 Madrid (Spain) – MON LIVE
05.11.2018 Barcelona (Spain) – Salamandra 1
06.11.2018 Lyon (France) – CCO
07.11.2018 Paris (France) – La Machine
09.11.2018 Manchester (UK) – Academy 2
10.11.2018 London (UK) – The Electric Ballroom
11.11.2018 Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) – Casino
12.11.2018 Utrecht (The Netherlands) – TivoliVredenburg
14.11.2018 Hamburg (Germany) – Markthalle
15.11.2018 Oberhausen (Germany) – Turbinenhalle 2
16.11.2018 Pratteln (Switzerland) – Z7
17.11.2018 Neunkirchen (Germany) – Gloomaar Festival
RIVERSIDE – Festivals 2019:
04.-09.02.2019 Tampa to Key West & Cozumel – Cruise To The Edge
More dates to follow soon…
Look out for more news on RIVERSIDE in the coming weeks…
ifsounds and Melodic Revolution Records are proud to announce the upcoming release of the band’s 6th album “An Gorta Mór”.
According to ifsounds
“An Gorta Mór” is a concept album about the theme of runaway: the opening and the closing numbers build a bridge between the tragedy of the Irish Famine (An Gorta Mór in Gaelic) and the massive Irish exodus to America of the middle of the 19th Century with the current move of people from Africa to Europe through the Mediterranean way. The other songs are about runaway and desperation from another point of view, focusing on other social issues such as unemployment and domestic abuse.
Release Date: August 27th, 2018
Format:CD & Digital
Packaging: Jewel Case with 12-page color booklet
01. Mediterranean Floor (06:34)
02. Techno Guru (02:17)
03. Violet (04:07)
04. Reptilarium (04:51)
05. An Gorta Mór (22:00
III. Bridget O’Donnell
IV The Great Famine
V. Doolough Lake
VI. The Docks of Limerick
VII. Regina Oceani
VIII. Long cónra
IX. Ghosts in America
Lino Giugliano – Keyboards and synths on “Reptilarium”, “The Great Famine” and “Doolough Lake”.
Matteo Colombo – Violin on “Emerald Island” and “The Docks of Limerick”.
Vincenzo Cervelli – Lead Vocals on “The Docks of Limerick”, Backing Vocals on “Ghosts in America”.
Alessandra Santovito – Lead Vocals on “Regina Oceani”.
Francesco Forgione – Bhodrán on “The Docks of Limerick”.
Marco Grossi – Backing Vocals on “Ghosts in America”.
Arranged by ifsounds.
Lyrics and Music by Dario Lastella.
Produced by Dario Lastella. in Italy
Mastered by Steve Kitch in England
Sleeve design by Fabienne Di Girolamo: http://fabiennedigirolamo.com
“An Gorta Mór” was produced, recorded and mixed in Molise, Italy between October 2017 through May 2018.
Dear music lovers, followers, and random passers-by,
Summertime often comes along with gathering the thoughts and emotions, accumulating the energy – and this is what I’m up to now. 2018 was very productive when it comes both to side projects and contemplating the ways for Transport Aerian’s further actions, so I wanted to share with you both the retrospective of my other projects, in case you’d miss them and the perspective the way I see it now.
Transport Aerian is not (and has never been) the only project I’m involved in – musically and spiritually. Since the release of my second child’s Fabulae Dramatis second album, Solar Time’s Fables, I’ve been extensively gigging with them,, an effort to put their avant-garde tinted progressive metal onto the bigger scale of visibility. Our collective effort seems to have worked, as the band played in many great venues around the country.
The second project I’ve joined recently is the metal band Bicephalous, in which I let my inner beast out both vocally and choreographically, and happen to write a lion share of lyrics, bringing my own personality into otherwise already ready-to-go setting. They’re curious fellows, promising musically, so I quite enjoy putting some of their works to the highlight and bringing the elements of my own spirit to what they work on. What you might also find a curious bit of information, is that we are working to arrange several less complex, pre-Bleeding songs that I wrote and released by Transport Aerian in 2008-2009. These songs seem to do well in the context of Bicephalous metal insanity, as unexpected as it sounds. These ideas are yet to be tested on stage, but it already sounds rather promising on the rehearsals.
The downside of this upside was that I had few to no time to set up any live plans to support Therianthrope and I eventually called a day for such plans entirely, focusing on other ideas. Frankly, Transport Aerian, despite sporadic and sometimes reasonably noticeable shows, was designed mainly as a studio effort, and it often is impossible to bring it onto the stage due to logistic and technical limitations. However, busy times and hard times always create the ideas. A lot of local touring with other bands and in the other genre contexts have created connections to the people with similar – or at least – close musical minds.
There were a lot of lyrical concepts emerging during these months introspectively, but I have also met an incredible amount of talented and open-minded musicians, with some of whom I am currently discussing the plans of cooperation in terms of ideology, that is only known as of Transport Aerian’s. Hence, there is a big chance that the next album or even live incarnation of the band will have new faces and new names on it, hopefully, alongside with some of those who shared the studio space with me in past.
Never being a project to remain in the comfort zone of what has already been said, Transport Aerian is currently contemplating the ways of stepping into less explored (and maybe slightly heavier) musical territories, and that – as with any evolution process – takes time and energy, which I drip by drip let sink into the fruitful soil of darker thoughts on personal and global occurrences of today’s world. The working title and some lyrical ideas are already written down and burning in my mind, but I won’t be sharing it just yet, because I often tend to change many things a couple of times in the working process: it happened with every album I’ve made so far.
That said, there will still be a considerable waiting time before I can drag myself and the others into a recording studio to shape the new album, so I’m working around for some compensations for those who are waiting for new music to be born. While we’re getting ready to announce the work in progress and throw in first bits and pieces of information, I’m happy to inform you, that Transport Aerian’s section on Melodic Revolution Records store is now fully updated with all three recent studio albums’ physical copies, including the very last remaining handmade limited editions of Therianthrope in its special package, the few remaining copies of Bleeding with Tanja Bogocharova’s prints and some Darkblue.
Last but not least, We’re considering to make a sort of legacy set of shows and release all the previously unreleased material, including music and artworks, but related to the different era’s in one box set, although this idea still remains on the stage of planning and negotiation.
And so you will have more from us in the coming months, but now it’s summertime, so let’s enjoy the living’s easy.