Guitarist Stéphan Forté of French neo-classical metallers ADAGIO is in the studio recording guitars for his first instrumental solo album entitled "The Shadows Compendium". Due before the end of the year, the CD will feature guest appearances by Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD), Jeff Loomis (NEVERMORE), Derek Taylor and Rusty Cooley, among others. Photograph/graphic designer Perrine Perez Fuentes, who previously worked with ADAGIO on the reissue of the band's live album "A Band In Upperworld", will be in charge of the artwork and photos for Forté's solo effort. Kevin Codfert will lay down all keyboard and piano parts and will handle the mixing and recording duties.According to a press release, "The Shadows Compendium" will feature nine songs, which are describe as "really heavy and very dark and shred-oriented." Commented Stéphan: " I am in the middle of the guitar recordings at the moment, [and] so far it's going great! "I already received Derek's guest solo, which is, of course, absolutely insane — lots of shred and twisted harmonies — and I will soon be receiving Jeff, Rusty and Phil's solos. "I am very honored to have such talented friends participating to my album and I'm, of course, more than impatient to hear their incredible stuff. "Some other prestigious guests will be announced soon." ADAGIO recruited Swedish vocalist Mats Levén (KRUX, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, THERION, TREAT) to sing for the band during its recent European tour as the support act for KAMELOT following the departure of Finnish frontman Christian Palin. "Archangels In Black", the latest album from ADAGIO, was released in February 2009 via Listenable Records. The cover artwork was created by Guilherme Sevens and the CD was mastered at the Cutting Room in Sweden with Björn Engelmann (RAMMSTEIN, MESHUGGAH).
"Archangels In Black" was the first — and last — CD to feature Palin. Palin was previously a member of the Swedish/Finnish bands ESSENCE OF SORROW and RANDOM EYES. Photo credit: Perrine Perez Fuentes