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Parius: Bona fide rock opera.

Parius – The Signal Heard Throughout Space

Parius are very proud to announce their label debut The Signal Heard Throughout Space, releasing October 7 via Willowtip Records. The record will be the full-length debut for drummer Dan Silver, and the band’s first release with keyboardist Sean Gallagher. Produced with the illustrious and Grammy-nominated Jamie King, the record is a bona fide rock opera more than twice as lengthy as 2018’s The Eldritch Realm.

The Signal Heard Throughout Space is 60-minute rock opera by progressive metal quintet Parius, who combine the cohesive songwriting of bands like Mastodon and Opeth with the eccentricities of bands like Mr. Bungle and The Mars Volta. The track The Signal,

Enlisting the eclectic talents of producer Jamie King, the band wanted the production side of their new album to be a nod to some of the classic albums of the late 70s and early 80s, such as Rush’s Hemispheres, while still freely allowing the songwriting to explore any territory the band desired.

The album concept in the band’s own words:

«The Signal Heard Throughout Space is a conceptual rock opera that tells the story of a space captain who hears a distress signal, whether real or in a dream, and he sets out to find its source. The album chronicles the Captain’s search as he struggles with the self-doubt that comes with trying to accomplish his goals, all while hopelessly compelled to complete his mission. He encounters a cosmic being called “The Formulator” who both helps and hinders him on his journey. The message of the album is that of perseverance in the face of adversity and developing the strength to see the goals you set for yourself through, despite the outcome».

«Musically, we looked at every rock opera we could find from Jesus Christ Superstar to Ziltoid the Omniscient and ended up testing out a ton of ideas. We probably wrote 3-5 albums worth of material that we scrapped before writing most of the material that would end up on the final album. We just weren’t ready to write this big, interconnected album yet that our vocalist Louis Thierry had conceptualized – it took a couple of years ».

«While we anticipate that this record could estrange some of the death metal fans that we had courted with the past couple of EPs – we think that those who appreciated the more fun elements, the songwriting focus, and the depth of layers from those EPs will find that these elements are heightened on this new 60-minute album – which is in no small part due to the addition of Sean Gallagher on keyboards, and the legendary Jamie King; who co-produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered the album at his studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We just felt like it was the right time for us to try and make something unique to us that nobody else could make, and we feel like we’ve done that with The Signal Heard Throughout Space«».

Album Credits:

Produced by Parius & Jamie King

Engineered, Mixed, & Mastered by Jamie King

Assistant editing by Kevin King

Artwork painted by Stephen Andrade

Art direction by Louis Thierry & Stephen Andrade

Graphic design by Stephen Andrade

Additional design & layout by Alex Eckman-Lawn

Line-Up:

Vocals – Louis Thierry

Guitars – Ryan Rauch

Bass – Kenny Rentz

Keyboards – Sean Gallagher

Drums – Dan Silver

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About Ulf Backstrøm (7413 Articles)
Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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