Tanagra – Meridiem (2019)
For fans of Caladan Brood, Blind Guardian, I.Q., Iced Earth, Visigoth
Release Date: April 26, 2019
Distribution: CD Baby
Artist representation (PR) = Jon Asher asher(@)ashermediarelations.com
“Progressive Metal fans, rest assured that your 2019 is in good hands as Prog quintet TANAGRA unleashes “Meridiem”. Filled with vibrant melodies, this seven-track record will take you to a breathtaking journey through an eargasmic musical psychedelic.“ – Metal Temple
“Meridiem is another jewel in the trunk of America’s continually-burgeoning power metal scene… Tanagra is something to be loved by music fans, cherished by power metal fans and salivated over by fans of progressive metal.” – Last Rites
“I’m thoroughly impressed with this sophomore. It’s a complete transformation of this band into a wholly new form and they’ve earned every single little bit of it.” – Toilet ov Hell
“Tanagra’s Meridiem will likely please and intrigue fans of American progressive power metal, thanks to the band’s ambitious and lightly complex songwriting.” – Danger Dog Reviews
“There’s an ethereal, otherworldly feel in parts of Tanagra’s compositions that gives the music real presence, and the epic nature of the material will raise the hairs on the back of your neck a fair few times if you allow yourself to become fully immersed in the grandeur of it all. Highly recommended!” – Sentinel Daily
““Meridiem,” the title track is a soaring anthem that ventures this way and that. Ensuring the listener is hooked and enchanted throughout.” – The Median Man
“The guitar work never lets up whether it’s the awesome riffs, the solos, or the harmonized leads, these guys are good… This band knows how to tell a story in a song.” – The Elitist Metalhead (2015 – None of This is Real)
“One of 2015’s big surprises in power metal and definitely one of the best independent releases of the year.” – The Metal Observer (2015 – None of This is Real)
“The album is chock full of catchy riffs, singalong choruses and awe-inspiring shredding… Riffs and vocal hooks flow seamlessly together.” – Metal Bandcamp (2015 – None of This is Real)
“Tanagra is definitely in the right path to become a respected act in the fantasy-themed Power Metal genre” – The Metal Crypt (2015 – None of This is Real)
“…confident vocals which soar like big fucking neon birds.” – Hollywood Metal (2015 – None of This is Real)
“Full of fun and driving riffs, rich melodies, and triumphant vocals…” – Dead Rhetoric (2015 – None of This is Real)
Distribution: CD Baby
Release Date: April 26, 2019
Album Title: Meridiem
Track Listing of Album:
1. Meridiem (11:35)
2. Sydria (4:01)
3. Etheric Alchemy (8:49)
4. Silent Chamber (7:52)
5. Hidden Hand (10:14)
6. Across the Ancient Desert (7:39)
7. Witness (14:19)
Album Length: 1:04:31
• All songs performed by: Tanagra
• All songs written by: Tanagra
• Produced by: Sacha Müller
• Mixed by: Sacha Müller
• Mastered by: Kris Crummett at Interlace Studio
• Album Artwork by: Gary Tonge
• Additional Arrangements By: Sacha Müller
• Orchestral Arrangements on Tracks 1 and 7 By: Jefferey Rondeau
• Piano Solo on Track 1 By: Gil Assayas
• Guest Vocals on Track 6 By: Jake Rogers
• Cello on Tracks 1, 4, and 7 By: Skip VonKuske
• Viola on Track 4 By: Kyleen King
• Member of ASCAP
Album and Live Band Line Up:
Steven Soderberg: Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Christopher Stewart: Drums and Percussion
Tom Socia: Lead and Backing Vocals
Josh Kay: Lead and Rhythm Guitars
Erich Ulmer: Bass Guitar
2019 – Meridiem
2015 – None of This is Real
Shared Stage with:
Primal Fear, Sanctuary, Blaze Bayley, Visigoth, Spellcaster, Judicator, Excruciator, Skeletor, Aethyrium, Last Empire, Revolution Overdue
Photo Credit: Kara Pesznecker Reavis
Formed out of the love of science fiction, fantasy, and theatrical heavy metal storytelling, TANAGRA hit the Portland, USA metal scene in 2011 with epic, symphonic, progressive power metal with lyrical content about original fantasy/sci-fi settings, Magic: The Gathering, historical tales, and other nerdy themes.
In 2015, they released their debut album, None of This is Real, an energetic collection of American power metal showcasing their love for complex arrangements and lengthy songs which garnered critical acclaim from a multitude of publications around the world.
In the time following their debut release, the members found a deep love for progressive rock/metal and symphonic black metal, and in writing new material found ways to combine the sounds of bands like IQ, Anekdoten, Caladan Brood, and Borknagar into their existing American power metal framework.
In 2016, TANAGRA entered the studio with the fruits of their labors to begin recording their ambitious second album, titled Meridiem, slated for global release April 26, 2019.
Formed out of the love of science fiction, fantasy, and theatrical heavy metal storytelling, TANAGRA hit the Portland, USA metal scene in 2011 and alongside bands like Spellcaster, Excruciator, and Ritual Healing, helped foster a heavy/power metal scene in a city obsessed with black and doom metal. In 2015, after releasing their debut album, None of This is Real, an energetic collection of American power metal showcasing their love for complex arrangements and lengthy songs, they garnered critical acclaim from a multitude of publications around the world and began their rise by opening for acclaimed bands such as Visigoth, Primal Fear, Sanctuary, Vicious Rumors, Judicator, and Blaze Bayley.
In the time following their debut release, the members found a deep love for progressive rock/metal and symphonic black metal. In writing new material, TANAGRA found ways to combine the sounds of bands like IQ, Anekdoten, Caladan Brood, and Borknagar into their existing American power metal framework, further solidifying the band’s distinctive brand of somber, cinematic prog metal. A culling of straight-forward riffing and songwriting gave way to complex yet compelling rhythms interwoven with vibrant vocal arrangements, transcendent soloing, and varying instrumental textures in a lush harmonic landscape.
In 2016, TANAGRA entered the studio with the fruits of their labors to begin recording their ambitious second album, titled Meridiem. Hunkered down across four studios for close to three years, joined by guest musicians on piano, cello, and viola, they refined and crafted their seven compositions to perfection with every minute of studio time spent adding more and more layers of depth, emotion, harmony, and complexity.
Meridiem will be released to the world on April 26, 2019, both physically and digitally, available from most distribution sites like Spotify, Bandcamp, and iTunes.