Cleveland cinematic progressive rock act Lux Terminus announced details for the debut album "The Courage to Be," which drops on August 24th. In celebration of this new release, Lux Terminus has officially launched the album’s first single, “Electrocommunion,” which can be streamed in the player above.
The album was written and recorded over the course of more than a year, and is a powerful first statement from the progressive rock trio, which consists of keyboardist Vikram Shankar (Redemption), drummer Matthew Kerschner, and bass guitarist Brian Craft.
Lux Terminus has also launched a crowdfunding campaign to help finance the creation and promotion of the album. For more information, pre-orders, and to contribute, head on over to this location.
Over the course of its 10 tracks, "The Courage to Be" highlights the band’s unique blend of progressive metal, rock, jazz fusion, electronic, and cinematic influences. The album features guest performances from several acclaimed musicians: vocalist Anneke Van Giersbergen (ex-The Gathering, Devin Townsend Project, VUUR, et al.), guitarist Timo Somers (Delain, Vengeance), and cellist Raphael Weinroth-Browne (Leprous, Musk Ox). "The Courage to Be" was produced by the band and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima (Ayreon, The Gentle Storm, Devin Townsend Project).
Lux Terminus (translated as “the light at the end”) was formed in 2016 by three musicians with a shared vision to create unique and powerful instrumental music. The debut record features a 21-minute orchestrally driven epic, high-octane jazz fusion, and a variety of other diverse influences including swing and electronic music. In addition, "The Courage to Be" includes a four-part musical suite that thematically tells a story of separation and hardship, but also hope and transcendence. With "The Courage to Be," Lux Terminus will quickly establish themselves among a growing and ever-changing progressive rock and metal musical landscape.
The track listing and artwork can be found here:
1. Prologue: The Departure (I) - 1:39
2. Electrocommunion - 5:07 3. The Journey (II) - 4:15
4. Aberration - 5:32
5. Miles Away - 4:52
6. Spectral Shapes - 3:33
7. The Road Home (III) - 6:06
8. Effusion - 6:36
9. The Courage to Be (feat. Timo Somers & Raphael Weinroth-Browne) - 20:56
10. Epilogue: Fly (IV) (feat. Anneke Van Giersbergen) - 4:38