L-R: Steven Soderberg: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Christopher Stewart: Drums and Percussion, Tom Socia: Lead and Backing Vocals,
Josh Kay: Lead and Rhythm Guitars, Erich Ulmer: Bass Guitar
Photo Credit: Kara Pesznecker Reavis
Portland, OR’s TANAGRA has posted a new lyric video for their track ‘Etheric Alchemy’ in support of their latest album “Meridiem” released this past April. The video is being premiered on HeavyBlogIsHeavy.com at the following link: http://www.heavyblogisheavy.com/2019/05/23/premiere-hear-tanagra-perform-etheric-alchemy/
The band adds:
“Etheric Alchemy is a perfect blend of our newer proggy symphonic sound and the rockin’ heavy power metal of None of this is Real. Like an overture of our entire career, all our stylistic tendencies are represented in this song; Crazy time switches, lush orchestrations, and harmonized vocals co-exist with driving headbanging riffs, shredding guitar solos, and aggressive singing. It also has some of the nerdiest lyrical content we’ve ever written.”
Refining and crafting the seven multi-layered compositions on their latest full length “Meridiem” to perfection, TANAGRA have created a power metal album packed with depth, emotion, harmony, and complexity all recorded across four studios for close to three years with guest musicians on piano, cello, and viola,
The band explains the album:
“‘Meridiem’ was us taking primary influence from classic prog rock and orchestral black metal alongside our classic power metal sound, with symphonic arrangements, multi-layered choral vocals, and moody mellotrons combining to make an atmosphere that sounds like nothing else. The diverse set of songs have a little something for everyone, from furious blast beats to smooth jazz piano solos and everything in between. Our main ambitions when writing were to make everything proggy and epic, and we pushed the songs as hard as we could on that. It’s a special album for all of us, with the meaning behind every riff and lyric. We’re excited to finally unleash it upon the world, and we hope people enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed writing it.”
1. Meridiem (11:35)
2. Sydria (4:01)
3. Etheric Alchemy (8:49)
4. Silent Chamber (7:52)
5. Hidden Hand (10:14)
6. Across the Ancient Desert (7:39)
7. Witness (14:19)
Album Length: 1:04:31
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Formed out of the love of science fiction, fantasy, and theatrical heavy metal storytelling, TANAGRA hit the Portland, USA metal scene in 2011 with epic, symphonic, progressive power metal with lyrical content about original fantasy/sci-fi settings, Magic: The Gathering, historical tales, and other nerdy themes.
In 2015, they released their debut album; None of This is Real, an energetic collection of American power metal showcasing their love for complex arrangements and lengthy songs which garnered critical acclaim from a multitude of publications around the world.
In the time following their debut release, the members found a deep love for progressive rock/metal and symphonic black metal, and in writing new material found ways to combine the sounds of bands like IQ, Anekdoten, Caladan Brood, and Borknagar into their existing American power metal framework.
In 2016, TANAGRA entered the studio with the fruits of their labors to begin recording their ambitious second album, titled Meridiem, slated for global release April 26, 2019.