Those who enjoy band such as Opeth, Haken, Porcupine Tree, Alice In Chains and Nevermore will probably enjoy the Montreal ensemble Alizarin. Cinematic progband Alizarin premiere single is Elegy Simulacra, and the new album is entitled The Last Semblance out July 2020.
The nearly 8-minute epic prog track Elegy Simulacra is described by the band as one of the fastest tunes on the album. It’s energetic, urgent, and driven by a persistent hypnotic riff. By the time the tune is complete the listener will feel they’ve been on one mind-bending journey, fully setting up the rest of the record”
Born out of the forward-thinking inclinations of guitarist/vocalist Josh Kay in late 2017, Alizarin is on a mission to explore unconventional rock music. In addition to Kay, the Los Angeles based group consists of Jon Damon on drums, Terran Fernandez on bass guitar, and Avelino Ramirez on keyboard.
Alizarin released their first full-length album, titled Cast Zenith.Unlike their strictly instrumental debut record The Last Semblance release features prominent vocals throughout. Rich harmonies and baritone resonance from Kay’s voice add a new dimension to the music, allowing the band’s sound to expand to truly uncharted territory. The track Cast Zenith,
The Last Semblance covers a wide spectrum of sonic landscapes and emphasizes the melodic journey over deliberate technique. Although Kay is the chief songwriter of Alizarin, the compositions on the new record focus on a balance of each instrument, with less of an emphasis on the domination of guitar solos and a greater exploration of what each musician is capable of. The album draws influence from such groups as Porcupine Tree, Haken, Alice in Chains, Opeth, Portishead, and many more. The results are a sound that is challenging to define, pensive, and often at the crossroads of melody and dissonance.
Kay adds: «The album is a work of cinematic progressive metal, centered around brooding melodies and wrapped in epic compositions. There are influences from many styles of music, many beyond metal as well. The music is very melody-driven, with technical aspects in moderation woven into the larger song structures. The chords, melodies, and arrangements are meant to be unpredictable, unconventional and compelling, while remaining extremely listenable and catchy».
Josh Kay have written all songs, do the mixing and the artwork. Kay and Alizarin produce the album and Jamie King do the mastering.