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Infinite Spectrum Unleashes Lovecraftian Horror With "Haunter Of The Dark"

Tomorrow something wicked emerges from the church on Federal Hill as Infinite Spectrum takes a classic tale of cosmic horror and re-imagines it in a prog metal setting.

Coming via Sensory Records, we recently had the pleasure of premiering the full "Haunter Of The Dark" album along with a complete track-by-track breakdown.

Today we're going even deeper into the mythos by checking in with band members Will Severin and Alex Repetti, who shine a light on just what is haunting the dark corners of their minds. Read on for a full synopsis on how this album came together, how the band will celebrate its release, and what's coming next for Infinite Spectrum.

xFiruath: From start to finish, how long did the creation of “Haunter Of The Dark” take, and did you experience any serious bumps or hiccups along the way?

Alex Repetti: We decided on the concept in early 2014 and started forming some musical ideas and themes, but didn't actively start writing the music until near the end of the year.

Will Severin: We knew we wanted to do another concept-based project and I brought Lovecraft to the table. I had recently finished a Lovecraft film adaptation of "The Thing on the Doorstep" and felt that the dark, other worldly tone and usual first person perspective in many of his stories could work as a basis for our follow-up. We agreed on "Haunter of the Dark" as our follow-up.

Alex Repetti: We stepped away from the album for a few months while working on our single, “Under One God,” as well as our instrumental side project, Sideways Eight, both of which were released in August of 2014. From the time we started actively writing the album, to the time it was mixed and mastered was a bit over a year and a half.

xFiruath: Is this is a straightforward retelling of the source story, or have you changed anything to fit the musical medium?

Alex Repetti: We were very meticulous about keeping the instrumental arrangements as in line as possible to tell the exact story in its original form. From there, Will worked his lyrical magic to keep the story as close to its original form as possible.

Will Severin: Lyrically we were faithful to the original story and kept things in the first person perspective. On "Haunter of the Dark" the music and lyrics work in tandem on the journey into madness that our protagonist, Robert Harrison Blake, finds himself on.

xFiruath: What about the prog metal genre do you feel matches up with the Chtulhu mythos and the classic writings of Lovecraft as opposed to any other style of music?

Will Severin: Lovecraft has been used as a story base in rock and metal from Black Sabbath to Metallica and on, but we wanted to do something more epic and even operatic. Lovecraft material is rich and dense and I feel that fans of the prog metal genre give you more room to develop a story over time.

Alex Repetti: Prog metal has the capability of being able to wander through many different moods, styles, and even sub genres within itself. Being able to use so many different styles allowed us as writers to really create a musical journey that could capture the wild emotions of the story.

xFiruath: Musically speaking, what's different on this release from the 2013 album “Misguided” and how has the band changed since then?

Alex Repetti: The band has changed a lot since 2013, namely our band lineup. “Misguided” was written and performed by Will Severin, Alex Repetti and Alex Raykin. Since then, Greg Schwab and Katie Pachnos have joined the band, which has greatly influenced our stylistic approach and helped us to refine our sound.

Will Severin: "Haunter of the Dark" has a bigger sound than our last effort. We re-teamed with Grammy Award winner Chris Theis and I think that we ended up with an album that hits hard and stays with you. If you're a fan of modern prog metal like Dream Theater/Symphony X or a fan of classic prog like Pink Floyd, there is something you're going to like. We're also with a new label. We're very happy to be working with Ken over at the Lasers Edge Group and proud to be in the company of some great artists.

xFiruath: Where and how will you be celebrating the release of the new album?

Alex Repetti: Our album release show is on July 8th at Blackthorne 51 in Queens, NY. We will be performing the album in its entirety, so definitely come check it out!

xFiruath: Have you read any full reviews yet, and if so what has stood out for you in the reaction from listeners so far?

Alex Repetti: So far the reviews have been very positive. People seem to really appreciate how faithfully we stayed to the original story, while keeping the music very interesting. Will Severin's vocal performance and lyrics are definitely a big stand out.

Will Severin: The playing on this album is also incredible. The band is a force to be reckoned with!

xFiruath: How active is Infinite Spectrum in your local metal scene, and what venues in your area are really championing the cause of metal?

Alex Repetti: Until recently, we've been focusing on writing, recording, and ultimately releasing the album. Blackthorne 51 is an excellent metal venue and we're looking forward to unleashing "Haunter of the Dark" there in a few weeks.

Will Severin: We have some more show announcements coming up and we'll keep you in the loop.

xFiruath: Do you have any ideas yet for the next release, and do you plan to do another literary concept album?

Will Severin: I don't know that it would be an Infinite Spectrum album if it wasn't concept-based!

Alex Repetti: We haven't put much discussion into the next release yet, though there's a very strong chance that it will be another concept album of some kind. The majority of my favorite prog albums over the years are all concept albums, and so I'm really just doing what I love.

xFiruath: Other than your own music, what are you jamming out to lately and what's coming soon you are looking forward to?

Will Severin: I've been revisiting some 70's and 80's based fusion stuff for an instrumental side project.

Alex Repetti: Haken's new album “Affinity” is the main new album I've been listening to recently. It's absolutely phenomenal. I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Neal Morse Band album – the hype is real!

xFiruath: Anything else you'd like to add?

Alex Repetti: We'd like to thank everyone at Metal Underground for all of the support you've shown for us and for our new album. It means a lot to us!

Will Severin: We're looking forward to meeting new fans as we get out there in support of "Haunter of the Dark." Hope to see you at the show July 8th!

xFiruath: Thanks for your time!

Alex Repetti: The pleasure is all ours.

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Ty Arthur splits his time between writing dark fiction, spreading the word about underground metal bands, and bringing you the latest gaming news. His sci-fi, grimdark fantasy, and horror novels can be found at Amazon.

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