Great vocal melodies with anthemic potential, virtuoso guitar and keyboard passages, including spectacular solos, in addition to a blistering rhythm section which gives the songs their pace, groove and dynamics: the very ingredients which guaranteed seven brilliant releases in ten years from the American-Swiss cult act ARTENSION
and caused a global stir on "The End Of Never"
, the only album by ARTENSION
's successor ANGEL OF EDEN
, also inspire listeners on ARTLANTICA
's debut album "Across The Seven Seas"
This doesn't really come as a surprise: after all, ARTLANTICA
features three of the most important driving forces behind ANGEL OF EDEN
in guitarist Roger Staffelbach
, frontman John West
and keyboardist Mistheria
. In addition, Staffelbach
, ROYAL HUNT
) belonged to were the driving forces and founding members of ARTENSION
(together with Vitalij Kuprij
, now of TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
) and Mistheria
has made a name for himself with his collaborations with Bruce Dickinson
and Rob Rock
. All three are, without a doubt, real masters of their trade who have combined their talents to present ten brilliant new songs. Staffelbach
describes the result as "powerful, heavy, occasionally majestic, grooving, melodious and timeless. Each instrument has its place, none of them sounds too dominant, everything has only one purpose, to serve the song." Staffelbach
enjoy an excellent reputation among their colleagues and can pick and choose when it comes to selecting their guest musicians: "Across The Seven Seas"
features Dani Löble
) and John Macaluso
) on drums, the bass parts were recorded by bass icon Steve DiGiorgio
), who also previously worked with ARTENSION
and ANGEL OF EDEN
. And last but by no means least, ARTLANTICA
succeeded in enlisting none less than Chris Caffery
and TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA
as their guest guitarist. The result of this high-calibre collaboration was mixed and mastered at Tommy Newton
, GAMMA RAY
) Area 51
studios, with Newton
also adding his extensive expertise."Across The Seven Seas"
will be released in the USA on May 21 and in Europe on May 27 through SPV
as a CD and digital download (including one bonus track).