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Montreal, QC – March 8, 2019
For fans of Caladan Brood, Blind Guardian, I.Q., Iced Earth, Visigoth
Portland Power Metal TANAGRA Reveals Enticingly Epic ‘Meridiem’ Off New Album via Metal-Rules
L-R: 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
Photo Credit: Kara Pesznecker Reavis
Hunkered down across four studios for close to three years, joined by guest musicians on piano, cello, and viola, Portland’s Tanagra has been refining and crafting the seven multi-layered compositions on their upcoming album “Meridiem” to perfection. The release, due out on April 26th, is power metal packed with depth, emotion, harmony, and complexity.
Debuting the 11 and a half minute epic title track as the first single, the song displays much of the same ambition that guided Tanagra in their three years crafting “Meridiem”. It’s the perfect overture to open the release, distilling the entire album’s essence of dynamic lengthy songs, soaring guitar solos, majestic orchestrations, and powerful choral vocals into a single track containing everything from mournful piano passages to driving power metal riffing with a dash of symphonic black metal.
Teaming up with Metal-Rules, here’s the first listen of “Meridiem” – https://www.metal-rules.com/2019/03/08/portland-power-metal-tanagra-reveals-enticingly-epic-meridiem-off-new-album-via-metal-rules-com/
The band comments:
“It’s pretty unanimous that this is one of the best things we’ve ever written. It’s really close to all our hearts. Initially, ‘Meridiem’ started as a spiritual successor to 10:04 PM off of None Of This Is Real. As the song began to take shape it became more than just a spiritual successor, instead, it seemed that 10:04 pm existed so that one-day Meridiem would take form. Really as time went on they shared little connection musically and lyrically but at its core shared the collaborative nature that we had come to know as Tanagra. This is the quintessential Tanagra song.”
Album pre-order is available on the band’s Bandcamp.
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
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.
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“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
“One of 2015’s big surprises in power metal and definitely one of the best independent releases of the year.” – The Metal Observer
“The album is chock full of catchy riffs, singalong choruses and awe-inspiring shredding… Riffs and vocal hooks flow seamlessly together.” – Metal Bandcamp
“Tanagra is definitely in the right path to become a respected act in the fantasy-themed Power Metal genre” – The Metal Crypt
“…confident vocals which soar like big fucking neon birds.” – Hollywood Metal
“Full of fun and driving riffs, rich melodies, and triumphant vocals…” – Dead Rhetoric