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Fortis Amor Releasing New Self-Titled Album

Fortis Amor has been a progressive metal passion project for guitarist / vocalist / producer Ryan Duke since its inception. After spending years carefully crafting and perfecting his music and releasing two EP's of more modern takes on the genre (2009's "Passage" and 2012's "Seismic"), Duke is releasing his earlier musings out into the world.

The self-titled full-length "Fortis Amor" album is scheduled to be released on May 19th and is available for pre-order via Bandcamp. Check out an advance track streaminb below.

Duke says, "I began writing some of the songs on this album as far back as 1998, which might be why this album sounds so timeless. I don't feel it can be tied directly to any passing trend. I would say 75% of the writing for this record actually happened between 1998 and 2005 on an acoustic guitar in total solitude."

With uncapped time on his side, Duke was able to create and engaging soundscapes that almost trick the listener into believing they're hearing a full band throughout 10 tracks. Aside from select guest solos by Jack Daniels (War of Ages, Hope For The Dying) and Zack Uidl (ex-7 Horns 7 Eyes), the record is purely a one-man effort.

"After playing in many bands, I found it very hard to find the right fit for the vision of the music, which is why I remained solo in the end," adds Duke. "That said, I wanted to make sure this record didn't sound like a solo record. I love massive and elaborate soundscapes. Getting a big sound can be done with more layers, but that often lead to making things really hard to mix and instruments getting lost in the final recording. I think it's more about letting the music breathe and good songwriting. Keeping the listener engaged and captive, so they keep wanting to hear what comes next."

Duke adds, "This record is heavy, but in no way is it what you'd expect when listening to metal. My perspective on music is to embrace the intensity and aggressiveness of metal and use it to symbolize love and passion rather than hate and anger. I find that many young metal musicians start out angry and then... we grow up. We aren't as young and frustrated with the world anymore. This record finds me in a place of growth and understanding as an artist."

He goes on to explains that the album art is also telling of the album's concepts, "The album art concept was derived not only from the tattoos that I have, but from the songs on the album themselves. The man on the cover is being torn apart which comes from the song "Particles" which starts the album. The art coincides with the rest of the tracks too, essentially focusing on redemption, hope and getting your life pieced back together to become more of who you were meant to be."

1. Particles
2. Holding On To Nothing
3. Renewal (feat. Jack Daniels [War of Ages, Hope For The Dying])
4. Subjected to Frustration
5. Upon Yourself
6. Bring This Petition To The Castle
7. The Maiden's Vineyard
8. Outpouring
9. Deathless
10. Take Heart (feat. Zack Uidl [ex-7 Horns 7 Eyes])

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