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Anthea: Taken the reigns for a more DIY approach.

Anthea – Tales Untold

Los Angeles symphonic prog metallers Anthea and their forthcoming sophomore album Tales Untold due out August 26th. Anthea announces their return in 2022 with their sophomore album Tales Untold to be released once again via Rockshots Records this coming August to follow their 2020 debut Illusion.

For the new album, Anthea has taken the reigns for a more DIY approach with vocalist Diego Valadez taking over also as the full-length’s producer along with bassist Eric “EJ” Guerrero in charge of music videos and photography.

«We released our debut album in 2020, but were, unfortunately, like everyone else, unable to tour or play live gigs. However, this gave us a lot of extra time to really craft this follow-up album into something special. Tales Untold was written and recorded throughout 2021 and I am so proud of the end result. adds Valadez».

Fans of Anthea’s first album Illusion will enjoy this one even more. The difference with this next record is that Anthea has a more mature sound and has carefully thought out the ebb and flow throughout it. Their end goal is to give a very dynamic and cinematic album in which the listener feels as though they’ve gone through a grand musical journey once they’ve reached the end. The title track Tales Untold,

«We also wanted to create a sense of escapism while keeping one fit in the real world lyrically».

Describe the album as a whole,

«This album Tales Untold is an epic symphonic/melodic metal journey, with varying dynamics that we believe, by the end, will make the listener feel as if they’ve gone through a grand cinematic and poetic experience».

Describe each song track by track

Tales Untold

The opening song of the album, tales untold is essentially about how art inspires new generations of art whether it be novels, music, movies, poetry, etc.  I just find the interconnectivity of it all fascinating.  This song itself wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the music that we were influenced by, and their music wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for what they were listening to, and so on and so on.

Ascendence

Ascendence is basically about how I’ve seen people in my life fall victim to drug and/or alcohol abuse.  I’m not exactly offering any sort of solutions with the lyrics here, I’m just venting my frustrations.

Song For Winter

This song celebrates the beauty of nature, particularly in the winter time.  This one was written while things were feeling very grim due to the virus, so we wanted to do something that would give a sense of calmness and escapism.  The goal was to musically capture that feeling of resting by the fireplace, drinking a nice warm cup of tea while looking out the window to see a beautiful winter landscape.

The Deceiver

This one was inspired by a romantic break up.  I won’t go into too much detail about the actual relationship that inspired it, but I think many of us have come across the deceiver at some point unfortunately.  The moral of this story is to ultimately not let people like that define you.

Sapiens

I am fascinated by human evolution, and Sapiens is a reflection of that.  It is loosely inspired by the book of the same name by Yuval Noah Harari. 

Memoriam

In 2020, my grandfather passed away.  He was my last remaining grandparent and with his loss, it felt like the end of a generation.  However, I find comfort in knowing that people live on through the memories of their loved ones and through how they’ve affected the world around them.  That is what the song Memoriamn is about.

Looking Glass

The music for this one was written by our guitar player Marcos Mejia.  When I first heard the instrumental, I immediately pictured Galileo looking through his telescope, trying to understand our universe.

Empyrean

One of the heavier songs on the album, Empyrean is an inspirational piece about overcoming the obstacles in your path and making your dreams come true.  Something that we ourselves relate to from playing in the backyards of East LA and Compton as teenagers, to what Anthea has become and where we’re going.

Sunder Heart

Sunder Heart tells the story of two people who acknowledge the pain of ending their romantic relationship but who also realize that sometimes life has other plans.  A more positive spin on a break up song. 

In Time

I found myself re-watching a lot of my favorite movies in 2020, probably for comfort.  One of those movies includes Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure which is where I first heard the song In Time by Robbi Robb.  I decided to record a demo of the song just for fun with no intentions of ever releasing it anywhere.  However when we started working on Tales Untold, I thought it would actually be a fun way to close the album so we re-recorded the cover and really just went for it.  I guess you could say that demo was unintentionally the first thing we ever recorded for this album.

Anthea are a melodic, symphonic metal band from Los Angeles, CA.  With influences from bands like Nightwish, Kamelot, and Wintersun, as well as scores from composers such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and Danny Elfman, the band create a unique theatrical sound blending progressive, power, and thrash metal elements, with a grand, cinematic edge.

The band began as a small side project formed by Diego Valadez (Cellador) in 2015.  While playing in Cellador, Valadez began writing some of his own material in his spare time with more symphonic and progressive metal elements. 

After enough songs had been completed, Valadez decided to enter the studio to record an EP under the name Anthea with the help of some lifelong musician friends including drummer Peter Vasquez (Angel Siniestro).  Vasquez and Valadez were former band mates, playing in their first band (Ice Storm) together when they were both 14 years old.  The intention was simply to have fun, record some songs with old friends, and be done with it.  However, Vasquez and Valadez realized how much they enjoyed jamming together again and decided to put together an official band line up.

 The duo brought on board their old friend, Juan Pina, who they had met in their high school days as Ice Storm and Pina’s previous band (Harpokrate) would often play house parties together throughout the Los Angeles area.  Pina, now on guitar and screams, brought along his former Harpokrate band mate Marcos Mejia (Warwind) on lead guitar, giving Anthea a much fuller sound.  On October 10th of 2015, Anthea gave their first live performance at the Whiskey a Go-Go in Hollywood, CA.

 After things didn’t work out with their original bass player, the group made an announcement stating that they were in search of a new band member to fill the role.     Eric EJ Guerrero (E.Ject) was among those who responded.  He stood out among the crowd due to his similar musical influences, and background in multiple genres of heavy music.  When brought in to audition, the band were impressed not only by his musical abilities, but with how well his personality fit into the group which until that point had consisted of 4 guys who had known each other since high school.  And thus, the official incarnation of Anthea was born. 

 The band released some demo songs as singles which quickly began gaining attention in the local metal scene.  Anthea began playing more live shows around Los Angeles, opening for various bands including Smile Empty Soul, Helion Prime, September Mourning, and many more.

 In late 2019, Anthea announced that they would be entering the studio to re-record their singles as well as some new material for an official EP that would be titled Illusion.  It wasn’t long before the group were contacted by Rockshots Records.  The label suggested that instead of releasing an EP, the band should consider recording a full length debut album.  If they did so, Rockshots would release the record under their label.  Anthea agreed and began working on more material. 

 Illusion, the debut album from Anthea was released on October 23rd, 2020 under Rockshots Records.  The album has received many positive reviews from several magazines, blogs, and podcasts.  The three singles Moirai, Illusion, and Reach, have all gone on to receive international play on various rock and metal radio stations.

Tracklist:

1.            Tales Untold

2.            Ascendence

3.            Song for Winter

4.            The Deceiver

5.            Sapiens

6.            Memoriam

7.            Looking Glass

8.            Empyrean

9.            Sunder Heart

10.          In Time

Diego Valadez – Vocals/Keys

Juan Pina – Guitar/Screams

Marcos Mejia – Guitar

Eric Guerrero – Bass

Peter Vasquez – Drums

All music and lyrics by Diego Valadez except on Looking Glass and Empyrean music by Marco Mejia, Lyrics and Orchestration by Diego Valadez.  Music and Lyrics for the cover song In Time originally written and performed by Robbi Rob.

Produced By Diego Valadez

Mixed/Mastered By Jesse Billson

Layout & Design By Dávid Busai (Mordiggian Art)

Video & Photography By Eric EJ Guerrero (E.ject Media)

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About Ulf Backstrøm (7174 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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