LYRAKA - Ken Kelly Artwork For Volume 2 Revealed; Release Date Confirmed
September 4, 2014, 4 years ago
The Wagnerian Opera Metal project, Lyraka, will release Lyraka Volume 2 in May 2015. The final cover art for Lyraka Volume 2 has been revealed. The art is an original painting by fantasy art god Ken Kelly (Manowar, KISS, Rainbow).
Composer/guitarist Andy DiGelsomina updates: "A major decision has been made regarding Lyraka Volume 2, and that is I'll be finishing the mixing (and at least co-mastering) the final product.
This announcement brings with it both bad and good news: the good news is that the end result will be entirely a product of Jasmine and mine, we'll have beyond Wagnerian control of the sound of our music. This is a very powerful thing, making our music as expressive of our vision as humanly possible.
The bad news is a once again delayed release date, as it may take until May of 2015 for this CD to be released. This is an outside release date, as we are doing everything we can to make things significantly faster. Everyone whom has so graciously aided in the funding of this CD will be amply rewarded when it is completed, as neither Empress Jasmine nor I will put the end result out until it is the best it can be, and from a compositional perspective we have no reservations in stating that this album is a masterpiece that will stand the test of time.
We want to add how grateful we are to our worldwide fans, not just for the amazingly generous financial contributions, but for the tremendous amount of patience and encouragement exhibited. Our fans are the best in the world."
Kevin Talley (formerly of Six Feet Under and Dying Fetus) recently completed drum tracks for the Lyraka Volume 2 songs 'Lilliput' (featuring Liz Vandall), 'Abyss' (Rob Diaz), and 'Father Mvt. 3' (a trio featuring Vandall, Al Atkins, and Mark Boals).
The lead guitarist and composer for the opera metal project, Andy DiGelsomina, stated: "Kevin had a consistently great attitude and was very kind and patient with me when I made my usual bonehead mistakes. I must say that it was inspiring to have Kevin working for me, not just because of his obvious percussive brilliance, but because he's currently playing with yet another of my favorite death metal bands, Suffocation! He brings extra menace, double-drum mastery, and progressivity to the Lyraka music, and both Jasmine and I are grateful for his work and hope to work with him again." Lyraka has begun plans to begin a string of concerts for 2014, already slated for performance are composer-guitarist Andy DiGelsomina on lead, Graham Bonnet (Rainbow, Alcatrazz), Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire), Robert Lowe (Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus), Kevin Talley (Six Feet Under, Daath), Veronica Freeman (Benedictum), Eric Ragno (Graham Bonnett), Andre Maquera (8084, Lyraka), and Thom Carvey (Lyraka).
DiGelsomina states: "The plans to go and play out the Lyraka opera onstage, especially backed by these elite musicians, is terrifically inspiring. It will be the first time ever Graham Bonnet and Mark Boals have performed together, and I must say the overall combination of these artists is going to be a fantastic spectacle to behold! We'll be playing plenty of covers from the musician's back catalogue, including classic Yngwie, Rainbow, Candlemass, and MSG, plus Kevin's extreme metal history adds even more interest to the proceedings, so there will definitely be something for all lovers of heavy metal!”
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