Guitarist Stéphan Forté of French neo-classical metallers ADAGIO is currently writing material for an instrumental solo album.
"It's been a very long time since I wanted to do this," Forté said in a statement. "I've started to work on the first ideas a couple of years ago and am now spending 100% of my working time on it. So far, seven songs are composed and today I am in the middle of the eighth one. It will be around nine songs, I guess. Musically, it's very shred, dark and neoclassical oriented. The metal influences goes from shredders such as CACOPHONY (Becker and Friedman) HAJI'S KITCHEN, Derek Taylor, Scott Stine, etc. to bands like MESHUGGAH, DREAM THEATER...There's a lot of Middle Eastern, Indian and Japanese traditional music elements mixed with a classical influences, going from romantic (Chopin, Liszt, et..) to some more contemporary composers such as Bartok, Prokofiev, Messiaen, Penderecki, etc. And, of course, it's massively heavy! My Lâg is tuned down to A, and I might now use this for ADAGIO as well!!"
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.