French metal opera collective, Melted Space, will release the epic new "Darkening Light" full-length on March 23rd worldwide via Laser's Edge division of Sensory Records. This week the band announced the all-star cast of guest vocalists and musicians and posted a visual trailer for the album, which you can check out above.
Initiated by pianist and composer Pierre Le Pape, Melted Space stands as the first metal opera created in France having the air of a huge choral fresco. His 2017 album "The Great Lie" gathered together members of Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Dark Tranquillity, Orphaned Land, Shining, Ayreon, Sirenia, and many more, in addition to the work of The City of Prague Philarmonic Orchestra. Following European tours with both Symphony X and Leaves Eyes and much more comes the follow-up album, Darkening Light, the culmination of an even more powerful and catchier opus.
Le Pape pulls the listener into the depths of his imagination where tone and rhythms are envisioned as cascading shadows and light on the third Melted Space album. "Darkening Light" sees the composer once again joined by an extensive cast of guest vocalists and musicians hailing from a wide array of bands and musical entities from across the genres of metal, classical, jazz, and more. The album also sees Melted Space once again collaborating with the City Of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
The music of "Darkening Light" is created by Pierre Le Pape on keyboards, with guitarist Adrian Martinot, bassist Brice Guillon, and drummer Mike Saccoman, with a guitar solo on the song "Trust In Me" by Gildas Le Pape.
Darkening Light features a vast array of character-driven vocal performances by Catherine Trottmann - Chaos, Clémentine Delauney (Visions of Atlantis, Exit Eden) - Harmony, Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) - Time, Pierre Le Pape - Space, Ailyn Giménez Garcia (Sirenia) - Earth, Lucie Blatrier - Water, Guillaume Bideau (Mnemic, Scarve) - Air, Black Messiah - Fire, Øyvind Hægeland (Arcturus) - Death, Silje Wergeland (The Gathering) - Life, Jeff Scott Soto - Man, and Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity) - Lie.
"Darkening Light" features very immersive artwork (shown below), perfectly reflecting the atmosphere of this new opus, centered on the creation of the world and the rejection of the gods by Man, created by Adrien Bousson. The album was recorded and mixed in France by François-Maxime Boutault and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New York, with additional contributions recorded abroad in Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway, Greece, and the United States between June and September 2017.