After more than three years of silence, Italian progsters AURA can finally announce the release date of their brand new studio album, entitled "Noise".
It represents a substantial turning of sound from the previous "Deliverance", while retaining many of the elements that have always distinguished the band's sound.
The turning point, if we want to talk about turning, was determined primarily by the artistic maturity of the band members, now being able to master their art and know how to move skillfully among its many facets. This creates an enveloping disc, catchy and complex at the same time: you will seem to hear different influences within each listen, 70s rock to post rock, united in an amalgam of incredible arrangements, moving AURA to Pomp Prog and Art Rock Olympus, thanks to immediate and powerful songs with a complex harmonic structure and melody indeed. Who is already thinking to act as Styx, REO Speedwagon, Saga and Kansas, is not too out of the way ......
The lyrics are intimist, with referrals to socio-existential themes like war, the need for a more cohesive society and the need for a spiritual evolution of the self.
The album was recorded by the band at the AURA studios, while mix and mastering were handled by Cristian Paduano.
"Noise" will be released by Spider Rock Promotion worldwide starting on February 6, 2015, for both the digital market and the physical, in an elegant digipack.
What follows is the final tracklist and the cover artwork, made by Annalisa di Verniere.
In 2012 Lunocode conceived a show, halfway between a theatrical monologue and a concert, with an actor reciting some spoken parts. This gave the band a chance to combine their love of acoustic guitars and a melancholy atmosphere with their interest in the universe and human nature, which always emerges in their lyrics. The show was called “C’è vita intelligente sulla Terra?” (“Is There Intelligent Life On Earth?”) and, for the occasion, the band recorded the entire show live at the “Teatro di Anghiari” theatre.
After this magic night, the guys entered the studio to record a new version of each song on the show, with a more elaborate arrangement. Some songs were completely stripped down and rebuilt. Lunocode pursue creativity above all else. The band then put these two recordings together in the form of a double album, in a gorgeous digipack edition, with the same title as the theatrical show. In 2014 Lunocode signed with 7Hard, and the time to release their new double album has arrived: their double album will be released worldwide on friday, 5th december 2014!
"Is There Intelligent Life On Earth?" Lunocode ask, and who is brave enough to answer?
"As everybody already knows, Roberto has decided to part ways with the band in order to start his solo career. We wish him all the best and we thank him for the long walk we have had together. At the same time "the show must go on", as somebody said, and the good news is that we have started working on the new album. This is not the only good news, anyway, 'cause we are incredibly excited and honored to announce that our new singer is none other than a top-notch artist and a piece of history in the metal world: we warmly welcome Mr. Mark Boals on board (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire, Royal Hunt) and we can't wait to let you all listen to some of the new songs we are working on!
We're happy to announce we started collaboration with one of the most interesting Italian Power/Prog metal bands: NEXUS OPERA! The band has been active for over ten years, and finally in 2014 - after internal vicissitudes - they can fulfill the dream of every band: release their debut album.
Tales From WWII - this is the title of the album - closes a circle that began a long time ago. The tracks cover different periods of compositional and stylistic evolution and sound is blended in a power-prog melodic and symphonic, even baroque sometimes. In the background of the conceptual theme that the title of the album suggests - World War II - the tracks cover events and people, famous or not, related to the largest armed conflict in the history of humanity, sometimes reported in an fantasy like key, sometimes in a much more raw and direct way.
The album will be released worldwide, exclusive for Spider Rock, November 30, 2014. Artwork and tracklist below.
It is never easy to write this kind of public statements, but I think it's fair to be clear and sincere towards those that for many years have granted us esteem and love.
From now on I am no longer the singer of Labyrinth, after almost 18 years I leave the band that more than any other has given me in terms of satisfaction, blazon and experience in Italy but even more abroad.
6 albums, an EP and a “Best Of”, a lot of music written all together with a common goal, so much life shared that cannot be wiped out and the awareness of having friends I can count on and hopefully meet again in the future to write other music together.
Everyone is useful, no one is indispensable and I think that also this time the band will be able to face this with the usual strength and ability to reinvent itself. I've had the best band I could have had to express myself in that field and I'm sure I won't ever be part of any other band of similar type, it would be stupid, incoherent and unfair to Labyrinth. At the moment I'm working on my first solo album on which I am spending a lot of energies, moreover the collaborations with Ken Hensley , Wonderworld and Mangala Vallis keep going on. My priorities obviously go to my solo project, in order to create a firm-based foundation for the future.