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Aussie progressive metal sextet AlithiA are back with brand new album The Moon Has Fallen, set for a 26th of October release.
Recorded in Athens, Greece, the album will see release via Wild Thing Records. You can sample entrancing new single and video Empress, below:
The album is their second overall, and first with new percussionist Jeffrey Raul Ortiz Castro. Castro, according to a statement, “infused the album with Latin rhythms, celestial synthesizers, and distinctive secondary vocals.” For those not in the know, the band explores “heavy percussive grooves, new wave Blade Runner-esque synth blasts, and striking melodic vocals with an emphatic punk attitude.”
Singer John Rousvanis commented on its genesis: “We didn’t choose to make this album, but rather it was it’s own entity already in the etheric plane which chose us as it’s conduit birthing parents, in turn the writing process affected myself and the other members of the band in a extremely challenging way, leading to tumultuous ups and downs, we went through an intense journey that involved bemusement, blind optimism, broken hearts, death, loss, depression, near band break ups, sever sickness, mental illness, suicide, self destruction, betrayal, doubt, hedonism, salvation, brotherhood, the left and right hand path, realisation, enlightenment, new friends, love, marriage, empathy, philosophy, gratitude and growth all in our daily lives while traveling across the world and back in making this music…this album is just one part of my self and AlithiA that will live on after we are gone.”
The Melbourne hypno-metallers are known for an incendiary live show, which has nabbed them a spot on Norwegian “blackjazz” purveyors Shining on their European tour, starting 4th November in the UK.
AlithiA, Greek for “truth,” was formed by John in 2004. Following the release of two experimental EPs in The Rising (2009) and A Realm O Null (2011), AlithiA released their debut in 2014, To the Edge of Time.
If you haven’t had a chance to catch AlithiA, it’s just a matter of time until you do: AlithiA embarked on a 29-date European Tour with Leprous and Agent Fresco in 2017 (their fourth European tour), and 2018 saw the band tour Australia with Leprous, and The Contortionist and SikTh.
AlithiA have also supported Animals As Leaders, Alcest, Dead Letter Circus, Ne Obliviscaris, The Ocean, sleepmakeswaves, Caligula’s Horse, Tides From Nebula, Mother’s Cake, Vulture Industries, and many others. Back home, they’ve performed at prominent festivals such as BIGSOUND, and at the coveted prog-metal celebration PROGFEST a record five times.