Speaking To Stones Posts New "Elements" Album Teaser
After the release of Speaking to Stones’ 2006 self-titled debut, guitarist Tony Vinci began work on a more progressive project that called for a new group of musicians. Speaking to Stones’ current line-up includes Andy Engberg (Section A) on vocals, Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Slavior) on drums, Greg Putnam (Jam Pain Society) on bass and stick, and Anthony Brown (Graphite Symphony) on keyboards.
Between 2009 and 2012, this cast of international performers collaborated on the five thematically-linked tracks that make up the band’s upcoming November 16th, 2012 release: "Elements." According to a press release, the result is a "musical narrative that builds on groove metal roots and develops into a soundscape of symphonic complexity and technically prodigious performances."
A sampler featuring music from the album can be heard below. Lion Music also comments:
"Elements is a metaphysical journey that explores our relationship to the physical world and our hopes to become part of something more. Musically and lyrically, the album delivers us into the extremes of our experience—from the infernal intensity of 'Fire' to the ambiguous peace of 'Water' to the ethereal tonalities of 'Quinta Essentia,' Elements creates a new world.
"While Elements is certainly a progressive metal album that includes more than its share of searing vocal melodies, adventurous time-signatures, and blistering solos and instrumental interludes, it is much, much more. Each song borrows from different musical traditions (Eastern tonalities, electronic rhythms etc.). When it comes to Speaking to Stones, the song never remains the same—it develops into something surprising without losing the essentials of great song writing: locked-in grooves and haunting melodies."
Tony Vinci comments, “The goal in writing Elements was to craft a type of thematic concept album that doesn’t necessarily tell a single story, but inspires a collection of themes and moods that work together to create a diverse but unifying musical and lyrical experience. Also, we wanted to present a truly international cd that blends the best of American progressive with the best of European metal. The way to achieve this was to write the skeletons of the songs and then let each musician transform them with their individual talents and voices. While each song balances itself between each instrument, one could listen to the whole CD while focusing on a different element (guitars, bass, drums, etc.) and hear a brand new CD each time.”
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