Los Angeles symphonic prog metallers ANTHEA will be releasing their sophomore album “Tales Untold” via Rockshots Records this coming August to follow their 2020 debut “Illusion”. Last month they unveiled their first single and title track with a music video (watch here). Today, they share their second single “Empyrean” with a new music video that can be viewed at youtu.be/0jKK5a-zgIo
Digital – bfan.link/empyrean
The band adds about the track:
“One of the heavier songs on the album, Empyrean is an inspirational piece about overcoming the obstacles in your path and making your dreams come true. Something that we ourselves relate to from playing in the backyards of East LA and Compton as teenagers, to what Anthea has become and where we’re going.”
For the new album “Tales Untold”, Anthea has taken the reigns for a more DIY approach with vocalist Diego Valadez taking over also as the full-length’s producer along with bassist Eric “EJ” Guerrero in charge of music videos and photography.
“We released our debut album in 2020, but were, unfortunately, like everyone else, unable to tour or play live gigs. However, this gave us a lot of extra time to really craft this follow-up album into something special. Tales Untold was written and recorded throughout 2021 and I am so proud of the end result.” adds Valadez.
Fans of Anthea‘s first album “Illusion” will enjoy this one even more. The difference with this next record is that Anthea has a more mature sound and has carefully thought out the ebb and flow throughout it. Their end goal is to give a very dynamic and cinematic album in which the listener feels as though they’ve gone through a grand musical journey once they’ve reached the end.
Anthea is a melodic, symphonic metal band from Los Angeles, CA. With influences from bands like Nightwish, Kamelot, and Wintersun, as well as scores from composers such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and Danny Elfman, the band create a unique theatrical sound blending progressive, power, and thrash metal elements, with a grand, cinematic edge.
“Tales Untold” is due out on August 26, 2022.
CD – bit.ly/TalesUntoldCD
Vinyl – bit.ly/TalesUntoldVINYL
1. Tales Untold – 4:09
2. Ascendence – 3:21
3. Song for Winter – 4:03
4. The Deceiver – 5:11
5. Sapiens – 5:29
6. Memoriam – 4:13
7. Looking Glass – 4:15
8. Empyrean – 4:02
9. Sunder Heart – 4:53
10. In Time – 5:33
Album Length: 45:15
Diego Valadez – Vocals/Keys
Juan Pina – Guitar/Screams
Marcos Mejia – Guitar
Eric Guerrero – Bass
Peter Vasquez – Drums
All music and lyrics by Diego Valadez except on “Looking Glass” and “Empyrean” music by Marco Mejia, Lyrics and Orchestration by Diego Valadez. Music and Lyrics for the cover song “In Time” originally written and performed by Robbi Rob.
Produced By Diego Valadez
Mixed/Mastered By Jesse Billson
Layout & Design By Dávid Busai (Mordiggian Art)
Video & Photography By Eric “EJ” Guerrero (E.ject Media)
About: Anthea is a melodic, symphonic metal band from Los Angeles, CA. With influences from bands like Nightwish, Kamelot, and Wintersun, as well as scores from composers such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and Danny Elfman, the band create a unique theatrical sound blending progressive, power, and thrash metal elements, with a grand, cinematic edge.
The band released some demo songs as singles which quickly began gaining attention in the local metal scene. Anthea began playing more live shows around Los Angeles, opening for various bands including Smile Empty Soul, Helion Prime, September Mourning, and many more.
In late 2019, Anthea announced that they would be entering the studio to re-record their singles as well as some new material for an official EP that would be titled “Illusion.” It wasn’t long before the group was contacted by Rockshots Records. The label suggested that instead of releasing an EP, the band should consider recording a full-length debut album. If they did so, Rockshots would release the record under their label. Anthea agreed and began working on more material.
Illusion, the debut album from Anthea was released on October 23rd, 2020 under Rockshots Records. The album has received many positive reviews from several magazines, blogs, and podcasts. The three singles “Moirai”, “Illusion”, and “Reach”, have all gone on to receive international play on various rock and metal radio stations.
The band returns in 2022 with their second album “Tales Untold” due out in August 2022.