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Mind Key

Formed: 2004
From: Italy
Last Known Status: Active

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Mind Key Announces New Drummer Mirkko De Maio

Italian progressive metal act Mind Key have announced the addition of Mirkko De Maio to the band's ranks as their permanent new drummer. Mirkko De Maio replaces former drummer Andrea Stipa.

The band commented by saying:
"We're happy because we think that Mirkko is the right man for his musical background, his experience (although he's quite young) and mainly for his incredible energy and taste in playing drums. We think he's the right musician to continue Mind Key's musical path and we can't wait to return on stage to show you what an amazing musician Mirkko is. He's a fuckin' metal drummer guys, you'll notice!"

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Mind Key Parts Ways With Drummer Andrea Stipa

Italian progressive hard rockers and Frontier Records artists Mind Key have announced the departure of drummer Andrea Stipa. The commented on the leaving of Andrea by saying:

"It's always difficult to part from a friend, but for [the] band's sake maybe it's the best decision.
We wanna thank Andrea for his musical contribution [to] Mind Key's growth in these years, for his emotional involvment in live exhibitions, his great support in songwriting and (last but not least) for his friendship. We wish him all the best for the future. Good Luck! Very soon we'll announce [a] new [Mind Key] drummer."

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Mind Key Readies Sophomore Album

Frontiers Records has announced the return of the Italian prog metal band MIND KEY with the release of the band’s second studio album entitled “Pulse for a Graveheart” on July 3rd in Europe, August 11th in the USA with a Japanese release to follow on King Records.

The band began the recording of the second album “Pulse for a Graveheart,” simplifying their songwriting and giving the chance to Fierro to showcase his immense vocal potential which can be described as a powerful mix of Ronnie James Dio, David Coverdale and Jorn Lande. The album was later mixed and mastered by none other than Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Angra, Krokus, Place Vendome etc.) to ensure the best sounding quality. According to guitarist Emanuele Colella “We knew from the beginning that Dennis was the right choice! Since the first communication together a perfect synergy was built. He could understand our need and desire to combine a modern melodic metal sound with our progressive roots and an heavier edge. He could totally deliver what we and the music needed, he’s just great.”

“Pulse for a Graveheart” also features some guest musicians appearing such as Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Alice Cooper), who plays a keyboard solo on “Citizen of Greed”, Reb Beach (Whitesnake, Winger) on “Now Until Forever” and Tom Englund from Evergrey, dueting with Elio Fierro on “Graveheart.” Mind Key’s line-up now includes: Aurelio Fierro on vocals, Emanuele Colella on guitars, Dario De Cicco on keyboards and Andrea Stipa on drums.

“Pulse for a Graveheart” introduces to the fans a completely re-designed band, with a mature attitude and astonishing songwriting. “I hope the new record will give Mind Key the chance to get rid of the label of 'prog metal band in the style of....' and bring us to a different status. We aim to be a Metal band - still staying true to our diverse influences ranging from progressive to hard and melodic rock – but with a personal and trademark sound” concludes Andrea Stipa.

The final tracklisting includes: "Sunset Highway," "The Seventh Seal," "Citizen of Greed," "Crusted Memories," "Dead Fame Hunter," "Ventotene (The Island)" "Graveheart," "Eye Of A Stranger," "Now Until Forever," and "A New Generation."

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