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Symphonic metallers LUNATICA have recently inked a deal with Napalm Records. The band are currently recording their new album, which features appearances from Michael Levine (Hans Zimmer's arranger - Pirates of the Carribean, The Rock), Jimi Jamsion (SURVIVOR's ex-vocalist) as well as John Payne (ex-ASIA) will perform two songs with frontlady Andrea. The album is tentatively scheduled for winter 2008/2009.
Daniele Liverani is completing the recording of the third and final chapter of his Rock Opera Genius entitled The Final Surprise. With the release of this final episode, the complete story and music of the trilogy can be finally enjoyed in its entirety. An incredible cast of singers and mix of different music styles from fast power metal to straight melodic rock and crazy progressive rock tunes will lead the listeners to the final events of Genius' amazing trip into the dreams world parallel reality.
Once again singers Mark Boals (Ring Of Fire; Ex Malmsteen) and Daniel Gildenlow (Pain Of Salvation) are taking the major roles (Genius and Twinspirit32 respectively). The other amazing singers appearing include this time Eric Martin (ex-Mr.Big) as Mr. Niko, Jorn Lande (Masterplan) as Apikor, Andrea Datwyler (Lunatica) as Kokeshi, Toby Hitchcock (Pride Of Lions) as Senator Jeramus. Oliver Hartmann will care once again about the choruses while the narrator role will be covered by Philip Bynoe as usual.
The album is slated for release in the spring of 2006.
Female-fronted symphonic metal band Lunatica is prepared to make its impact on America with the release of its album, “Fables & Dreams,” on Frontiers/Locomotive Records.
“We are really satisfied with ‘Fables & Dreams,’” said singer Andrea. “The first album, ‘Atlantis,’ that we recorded in 2001 was not satisfying us at all. We still like the songs but the quality of the production is quite poor compared to what you can hear on the new album. On ‘Fables & Dreams’ we wanted to have a more professional approach. The songs are more worked out and we had more time for the recording.”
To help achieve this, producer Sascha Paeth (Rhapsody, Kamelot, Angra) was brought in. “It was the first time that we did the recording in a professional studio,” said Andrea. “Sascha and the other guys from Gate Studio gave us some good advice concerning the way of recording, and he had also good ideas for the production. We trusted him absolutely and just let him work and I think he brought the best out of our songs.”
The seeds of the Swiss band were planted in 1998 by Alex (keyboards) and Sandro (guitar). Lunatica combines catchy melodic metal with the beautifully sung lyrics of vocalist Andrea, who joined the band in 2001.
“I sing in a ‘normal’ way,” Andrea said. “This means not in the opera style, more like pop songs. Nevertheless, my voice is strong enough to be heard through the heavy guitar sound. That’s important for the live concerts.”
Upon its release in Switzerland, “Fables & Dreams” climbed directly number 13 on the Swiss Internet charts. Several months later, “Fables & Dreams” remained in the top 100 of the Swiss selling charts.
“It was a big surprise but also a big pleasure for us,” said Andrea. “We have a huge support by the fans and a good distributor in Switzerland. They did a lot of promo and we did also get some radio airplay although this style of music is normally not that much supported by radio stations in Switzerland.”