Italian symphonic epic power metallers ANCIENT BARDS will release their new album, "A New Dawn Ending", on April 25 via Limb Music. The effort is the third and last chapter of the first part of the "Black Crystal Sword" saga, which began with "The Alliance Of The Kings" in 2010 and continued with "Soulless Child" in 2011. The songs were all recorded at Simone Mularoni's Domination Studio.
Ancient mysteries, entangled schemes, come in succession together with strange revelations, during the long and intense battle this chapter is about, a battle that takes place both inside and outside the charachters.
Comments keyboardist Daniele Mazza: "For us now, it's a habit and a guarantee to record at Domination Studio, with Simone we studied the best sound for this album, which this time goes beyond our previous productions: the guitars are even more aggressive, the orchestrations and arrangements are more epic than ever, while the choir, which is more present, has a new and more important role. These are the main ingredients of this final chapter of the saga. The music flawlessly delivers the events of the story, every note fits it perfectly like a tailored suit. With this album we tried to reach a high level of epicness because we want the listeners to enjoy it to the fullest: the choruses are likely to resonate in your head for a long time. The composition are, of course, all enriched by the beautiful, clear and strong voice of Sara [Squadrani], by the engaging solos of Claudio [Pietronik, guitar] and Martino [Garattoni, bass] and accompanied by the uncontrollable machine that is Federico [Gatti, drums]. This can probably be the best chapter of the saga so far."
"A New Dawn Ending" contains 10 songs, including two suites, for a running time of over 70 minutes.
"A New Dawn Ending" track listing:
01. Before the Storm (1:39)
02. A Greater Purpose (7:55)
03. Flaming Heart (6:52)
04. Across This Life (4:31)
05. In My Arms (5:25)
06. The Last Resort (6:06)
07. Showdown (12:48)
08. In the End (5:11)
09. Spiriti Liberi (4:49)
10. A New Dawn Ending (16:37)
The cover artwork was designed by Felipe Machado Franco (BLIND GUARDIAN, RHAPSODY) and it truly encapsulates the essence of this chapter.
The CD features a guest appearance by Fabio Lione (RHAPSODY OF FIRE, ANGRA, KAMELOT), who sings a duet with Sara in the song "The Last Resort".