CONSTANCIA To Release 'Lost And Gone' In July

Frontiers Records has set a July 3 European release date (August 11 in the U.S.) for CONSTANCIA's debut album, entitled "Lost and Gone".

CONSTANCIA started out as the brainchild of former SCUDIERO/TOKEN keyboard player Mikael Rosengren. He had written a bunch of songs that were just screaming to be completed, recorded and released. He got in touch with Janne Stark (OVERDRIVE, LOCOMOTIVE BREATH, ZELLO) asking him to lay down some guitars on the demos. Janne loved the songs and got even more involved in the guitar arrangements. Thus the seed of CONSTANCIA was planted.

"I've always been a fan of the pompish-side of melodic hard rock and bands like CITY BOY, STYX and TRILLION as well as the real heavy stuff," says Janne. "I instantly felt these songs could be the perfect marriage between the melodic rock, some progressive moments and an aggressive touch added to it. That's when I came to think of the style description: melogressive metal."

The next person to join the band was drummer Peter Svensson, who had previously played with Janne both in LOCOMOTIVE BREATH and MOUNTAIN OF POWER. Mikael then recruited JADED HEART bass player Michael Mueller, whom he met when their respective bands shared a label. After trying out several vocalists, Janne enlisted ANDROMEDA's David Fremberg who had also appeared on Stark's MOUNTAIN OF POWER album.

"It was really interesting to see it merge together and like a small weed slowly rise and break through the asphalt to finally blossom when all the pieces came together," says Janne.

The band tried using different engineers to mix the album, such as Beau Hill, Pontus Norgren, Pontus Lindmark and Pelle Saether, but it was Fredrik Folkare (UNLEASHED, ECLIPSE, SIEBENBÜRGEN) who was eventually chosen to mix and co-produce the effort. "He found the essence of what we were after: the marriage between the melodic side and the heaviness," explains Mikael. The mastering duties were handled by Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, SUNSTORM, PLACE VENDOME).

"Lost And Gone" track listing:

01. Fallen Hero
02. Troublemaker: Blind
03. Little Big You
04. The King Is Calling
05. Dying By Your Flames
06. Save Me
07. No One Like You
08. Life Is A Mystery
09. I Never Said Goodbye
10. Wish I Could Fly

Check out audio samples at this location.

One song from CONSTANCIA will appear on the Sweden Rock Festival sampler CD which will be distributed for free to all the fans attending the event.

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