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Formed: 2000
From: Montpellier, France
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Latest Adagio News

Below is our complete Adagio news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Adagio Premieres New Song "Darkness Machine"

French symphonic progressive metal act Adagio premieres a new song and music video entitled "Darkness Machine", taken from the upcoming new album "Life", which will arrive in stores July 26.

Check out now "Darkness Machine" below.

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Adagio Posts New Single "Subrahmanya"

French symphonic progressive act Adagio is streaming the new song "Subrahmanya." The song is the first new full track for the upcoming new album "Life." The album was originally scheduled for release this month, but has now been pushed back to the Spring of 2017, with more information to follow as to the exact date and details.

"Life" is the first album to feature the band's new vocalist is Kelly Carpenter (ex-Firewind/Darkology). Check out "Subrahmanya" here:

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Adagio Posts Artwork Creation Video Clip

French symphonic progressive act Adagio issued a new video clip featuring the creation of the artwork for the upcoming new album "Life." The video features a time lapse sequence of Ludovic Cordelières of Rusalka Design as he crafts the artwork.

Adagio will issue "Life" in December. The band recently announced that the band's new vocalist is Kelly Carpenter (ex-Firewind/Darkology).

Check out the clip here:

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Adagio Issues Studio Video Report, Vocal Recording

French symphonic progressive act Adagio issued a new studio report on the vocal recordings, which featuring new vocalist Kelly Carpenter (ex-Firewind/Darkology). The band is currently working on the brand new album "Life," which is expected soon after the band launched a highly successful crowdfunding campaign launched back in May. The album is expected in December.

Guitatist/composer Stephan Forte issued the following statement on the recordings: "Hey there guys, Stéphan here hope you're all doing great. It's been a while so I thought a little update would please you. So, as you know, Kelly Sundown and I have been busy recording vocals locked up for 13 days at Axone studios in Paris, we just got back home and honestly Kelly's vocal performance, as expected is outstanding !! We are so fuckin happy. We shot a lot of videos, Franck is at the moment editing everything and we will post some studio footage for you in the coming days featuring a lot of new music WITH vocals (probably tomorrow).

"As far as where we are at right now, still a huge amount of work, I will not lie, things have been taking a lot more time than expected, Kevin has tour with our good friends in Myrath from friday to October 10th and we are definitely late on schedule...So far I have all guitar solos and arrangements to finish, we need to record Mayline violin parts and then mix and mastering. We gonna do our best to finish everything on time and deliver in December as planned, but one sure thing, we have an album with a very strong potential in our hands, and we certainly do not want to rush and spoil everything after so much intense work. So do not be afraid, for the moment it is still doable, but I thought I would let you know in advance and in the meantime, we have decided to give you updates in real time so that you can follow the whole process and be inside this with us as as... you guys are the label." More...

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Adagio To Launch Crowdfunding Campaign

French progressive symphonic metal act Adagio will return with the new album "Life," the first release since the 2009 effort "Archangels in Black." The band created its own label under guitarist/composer Stephan Forte called Zeta Nemesis and is now set to launch a crowdfunding preorder campaign via Indigogo on May 5th.

The band recently added violinist Mayline (Indensity), but has not yet announced a new vocalist.

As for the upcoming campaign, the band posted the following message and video clip:

"You Are The Label!

"Since the beginning of our career, like most bands, Adagio has been working with third party record labels. Today, after a successful test with Stéphan’s 2nd solo album 'Enigma Opera Black,' we have decided to sign Adagio and release our fifth album 'LIFE' along with the band’s back catalogue ('Archangels in Black' excepted) through Stéphan’s label Zeta Nemesis. The Zeta Nemesis team will fully handle publishing, management, merchandising, PR, Marketing, graphic design, web design, physical and digital distribution duties internally.

"Now, to do things correctly, releasing music internationally requires a huge investment (approximately 50.000 Euros). For a young label such as Zeta Nemesis, without the backing of any investors, it’s almost impossible to obtain the funds required to release 'LIFE' properly.

"So we’ve been thinking, and realized the most obvious fact ever! Who are the buyers? The fans. So, why should we ask anyone besides the fans for an advance?

"Zeta Nemesis has already financed half of the costs, approximately 25.000 Euros. To cover the second half of these expenses and release this new Adagio album under the best possible circumstances, we need your support.

"In exchange, not only will you be able to preorder the new Adagio album, but since the label is now the band, we have some fantastic and rare Adagio items to offer you!

"So get ready to be part of Adagio and see you on Indiegogo on May 5!" More...

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Apollo Papathanasio Quits Firewind

Firewind has announced that vocalist Apollo Papathanasio has quit the band and Adagio vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Beyond Twilight) has been named his replacement for the upcoming tour in North America with Turisas whcih starts in Jacksonville this February.

The announcement reads as follows:

"FIREWIND have announced Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Adagio, Beyond Twilight, etc.) as new vocalist for their upcoming North American touring activities, after longterm vocalist Apollo Papathanasio parted ways with the band."

"FIREWIND commented: 'Today we are in the unfortunate position to announce that Apollo has decided to step down permanently from the vocal duties in FIREWIND. For the past few years it was evident that Apollo could not keep up with FIREWIND’s ever growing and demanding touring & promotional schedule. Several times we've had to recruit replacements in order to continue touring the world and keep playing for our fans. We're lucky enough to have worked with some of the best Metal singers out there!'

"Although we're sad to announce Apollo's departure and we sure will miss him, at the same time we feel that the show must go on! FIREWIND is a band that has gone thru lots of ups and downs the past 10 years, but is still going strong!

"With that said, we're happy to announce that Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Adagio, Beyond Twilight, Darkology) will be singing for us on the upcoming N. American tour with Turisas! This guy's a phenomenal singer and we can't wait to get out there and Rock! We're looking forward to our return in America. See you all soon!" More...

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Adagio Streaming Demo Version Of New Tracks

French symphonic progressive metal act Adagio posted a demo version of the new songs "Torn" and "Carry the Cross," the first two singles to be released on the band's upcoming fifth album and first since 2009's "Archangels In Black." The band has promised the fans "Underworld 2," referencing the highly acclaimed 2003 sophomore effort regarded by many as the band's best album. "Torn" is the first to feature new vocalist Kelly Carpenter (Darkology/Epysode/Ex-Outword/Ex-Beyond Twilight) who replaced the outgoing Mats Levén, who was with the band for about a year but did not record.

The statement from the band along with the demo stream is as follows: "Hi guys, here is a demo version of one of the two singles that will be featured on Adagio's upcoming album, planned to be released in 2013.

"To the die hard prog Metal fans: Remember those two songs are 'singles'....for the rest of the album, we promised Underworld 2..don't worry, you gonna have it above your expectations ;) cheers.


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Stephan Forte Releasing Solo Instrumental Debut

Renowned shredder Stéphan Forté (Adagio) has set February 28th, 2012 as the North American release date for his highly anticipated instrumental solo debut, "The Shadows Compendium." Proving that shred is far from dead, Forté demonstrates otherworldly skill and technique on this neo-classical metallic release. The album will be distributed in the United States by E1 Distribution. "The Shadows Compendium" features several guests such as Jeff Loomis, Mattias Eklundh, Glen Drover, Daniele Gottardo and Derek Taylor. Check out a video of Stephan Forte shredding, after the tracklisting and cover art of the album.

1. The Shadows Compendium (Guest: Jeff Loomis / Nevermore)
2. De Praestigiis Daemonum (Guest Mattias IA Eklundh / Freak Kitchen)
3. Spiritual Bliss
4. Duat (Guest: Glen Drover /Megadeth)
5. Sorrowful Centruroïde (Guest: Derek Taylor /Solo artist)
6. Prophecies Of Loki XXI
7. I think there's someone in the kitchen (Guest: Daniele Gottardo/Solo Artist)
8. Improvisation on Sonata no. 14, c # minor - Op. 27 no 2

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Adagio Issues New Album Update

Adagio has issued the following update regarding the progress of Adagio's fifth album:

"Stéphan Forté, Kevin Codfert and Mats Levén, are at the moment working on the composition of Adagio's fifth album at Kevin's XFade studio in Nanterre (France."

"Stéphan: Hey everyone, here's some great news! I'm at the moment at Kevin's studio working on the composition of Adagio's upcoming album, and for the first time, I will not compose the whole music and lyrics alone, as Mats, Kevin and the guys will also collaborate to the writing !! It will definitely bring a fresher sound to the band, and so far, the experience is awesome. Mats arrived here on Sunday, and we've started working right away on some ideas. Lots of great melodic vocal lines, heavy riffing and intense piano parts are coming naturally, so that's a very positive start... Another big change, is since I've down tuned my Lâg 7 string to A for my solo album, I am now using that for Adagio's new stuff as well, so be prepared for some really heavy shit."

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Adagio Posts Tour Video Online

Adagio has posted a tour video from their European tour with Kamelot. Watch it below:

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Adagio Announces New Singer To Tour With Kamelot

Adagio has announced that Swedish singer Mats Levén (Ex Malmsteen/Thérion) will join Adagio for their upcoming European tour in support to Kamelot.

Stéphan comments, "Mats is an incredible singer and performer, with a tremendous technique. His unique tone, both aggressive and melodic, fits Adagio's music wondefully. So, we're very much looking forward to meeting all of you guys next month on the tour with Kamelot.....We're fuckin' impatient to share a dark musical moment with you!"

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Adagio Parts Ways With Vocalist

French metal band Adagio has officially decided to separate from singer Christian Palin. Guitarist Stéphan Forté comments, "We have had no other choice but to separate from Christian Palin this morning. That is a decision we needed to take as soon as possible for the best of Adagio. We have no hard feelings towards him and wish him all the best for the future. More news very soon..."

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Kamelot Announces New Bass Player Sean Tibbetts

Kamelot has posted the following message on the band's web site:

"As Kamelot's concert schedule grows and commitments increase the demand on its members has also increased. Kamelot's guitarist Thomas Youngblood states, 'Glenn called me a few weeks ago and told me he just couldn't do it anymore, and has to step aside. He is like a brother to us and we've been through a lot of great times, so we wanted him to make this decision.'

"Bassist Sean Tibbetts has been on tour with Kamelot now for more than 2.5 years, stepping in for Glenn Barry while he took time off for family. We are very pleased to announce Sean Tibbetts as the new Kamelot bassist!!!"

Kamelot will be touring Europe with Adagio in March and April of 2010. Here are the tour dates: More...

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Darksun To Perform at Easter Metal Fest in Spain

Spanish metal band DARKSUN will be performing at the Easter Metal Fest on April 4, 2010 at La Riviera in Madrid, Spain. KAMELOT will be headlining, with ADAGIO and HEAVENWOOD also on the bill.

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Adagio Added To Kamelot Tour

French metallers Adagio have announced they will be supporting Kamelot on their 2010 European tour. "We are very pleased to have Adagio with us on this tour coming up in Spring 2010, we did a few shows with them in the past and they are first class musicians and very cool people. Their new CD is really smoking too!" states Kamelot guitarist Thomas Youngblood. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

3/25 2010 Charleroi - BE - Le Coliseums
3/26 2010 Tilburg - NL - O13
3/27 2010 Amsterdam - NL - Paradiso
3/28 2010 London - UK - Koko
3/31 2010 Paris - FR - Elysée Montmartr
4/01 2010 Pratteln - CH - Z7 Kulturfabrik
4/02 2010 Montpellier - FR - Rockstore
4/03 2010 Barcelona - ES - Salamandra 1
4/04 2010 Madrid - ES - La Riviera
4/07 2010 Dortmund - DE - FZW
4/08 2010 Köln - DE - Live Music Hall
4/09 2010 Hamburg - DE - Markthalle

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Adagio To Support Paradise Lost In France

French metal band Adagio will be supporting Paradise Lost on their upcoming french shows, the dates are as follow:

Paradise Lost/Samael/Adagio
Dec 14th - LYON- Tranbordeur
Dec 18th - COGNAC - Les anciens abbatoirs
Dec 19th - PARIS - Elysée Montmartre

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Adagio Delays New Album, "Archangels In Black"

French metal band, Adagio, has delayed the release of their upcoming album, "Archangels In Black."

The band has issued the following statement regarding the delay, "Due to the pressing plant late delivery of the of 'Archangels In Black' CD's, the release date had to be pushed forward to one week later in Europe: Monday Feb 9th. In UK, release date should be around Feb 23rd."

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Loads More Bands Confirmed For Hellfest

Plenty more bands have been confirmed for this years edition of France's biggest metal festival, Hellfest. Among the new names confirmed are Deicide, Gojira, Pentagram, Amebix and Soilent Green. A press release from the festivals organizers reads as follows:

"Hello everyone!

As promised, here is the list to be added to that of December 2008!

Nobody will be surprised to see names to satisfy all those who are fans of Hellfest and it will be Christmas all over again!

"Who can already boast having seen the fathers of American Doom PENTAGRAM, the American Black Sabbath founded by Bobby Liebling who, unfortunately, didn't have as much fame but, nevertheless remains THE reference for all fans of these slow and wicked musics! The first and only date in Europe will be at Hellfest! the real godfather of US Doom!

"Not to forget without whom such artists as Neurosis, Napalm Death, Sepultura and many others, would never have found their different sounds! The inventor of Crust, AMEBIX is back in Europe for one date only, connaisseurs will be happy and all others will listen attentively as extreme music wouldn't be the same without them! More...

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Adagio Posts New Song Online

French metallers, Adagio, have posted "Fear Circus," the second single from "Archangels In Black," which is due out February 2nd 2009 in Europe, online for streaming on their MySpace page.

The "Fear Circus" music video will be posted on the band's Myspace in January.

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Adagio Posts New Song, "Vamphyri," Online

A brand new song from Adagio's upcoming album, "Archangels In Black," is available for streaming at Adagio’s official MySpace page. The new song is titled "Vamphyri". "Archangels In Black" is due out on February 2nd through Listenable Records in Europe and Australia.

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