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Montreal, QC – April 25, 2019
For fans of Caladan Brood, Blind Guardian, I.Q., Iced Earth, Visigoth
Portland Power Metal TANAGRA Premiere Album Stream “Meridiem” via Bravewords
New Album “Meridiem” Out April 26th
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. Set for release this Friday, April 26th, the power metal album packed with depth, emotion, harmony, and complexity is being premiered exclusively today on Bravewords at the following link: http://bravewords.com/news/exclusive-tanagra-premiere-meridiem-album-stream
The band comments:
“‘Meridiem’ was us taking primary influence from classic prog rock and orchestral black metal alongside our classic power metal sound, with symphonic arrangements, multi-layered choral vocals, and moody mellotrons combining to make an atmosphere that sounds like nothing else. The diverse set of songs have a little something for everyone, from furious blast beats to smooth jazz piano solos and everything in between. Our main ambitions when writing were to make everything proggy and epic, and we pushed the songs as hard as we could on that. It’s a special album for all of us, with the meaning behind every riff and lyric. We’re excited to finally unleash it upon the world, and we hope people enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed writing it.”
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
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!
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.
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.