New Jersey-based symphonic metal quintet EVERDAWN is preparing to unveil their epic Dan Swanö-mastered second album, Cleopatra, through Sensory Records in early February. With the record nearing release, the first single has been issued to the public, with an exclusive premiere of the song “Stranded In Bangalore” hosted by New Noise Magazine.
Formerly known as Midnight Eternal, EVERDAWN is embodied by lead vocalist Alina Gavrilenko, guitarist/vocalist Richard Fischer, bassist Mike LePond (Symphony X), drummer Dan Prestup, and keyboardist Boris Zaks. Through the course of eleven epic new songs, the band delivers forty-eight minutes of epic, progressive, symphonic metal on Cleopatra.
EVERDAWN keyboardist Boris Zaks reveals with the new song, “We picked ‘Stranded In Bangalore’ as a single since it is straightforward, catchy, and accessible yet a mystical song that incorporates the elements of Asian culture from the Western point of view. This song is for anyone who has ever felt completely lost yet unconditionally found – to feeling the mind and heart go to battle. No one is strong enough to always let the mind win. Within the lyrics, the beautiful Indian city of Bangalore serves as a global backdrop to the shared, human experience endured when we are affected, attached – or in love.”
Listen to EVERDAWN’s “Stranded In Bangalore” early only through New Noise Magazine at THIS LOCATION.
Cleopatra’s vocals were recorded at Soundmine Recording, the guitars recorded at Frightbox Recording with engineer Bobby Torres, the bass, drums, and keyboards recorded at RMF Recording Studios, the bass engineered by Richard Fischer and additional editing by Bobby Torres. Upon completion, the album was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound (Opeth, Riverside, Katatonia), and is completed with cover artwork by Gyula Havancsák of Hjules Illustration and Design and photography by Alexandra Hassan and Northern Luna. Additionally, Therion vocalist Thomas Vikström provides additional vocals to the track “Your Majesty Sadness.”
Laser’s Edge division Sensory Records will release Cleopatra on CD and all digital platforms on February 5th, 2021. Find preorders for the CD at the label webshop HERE, and swing by the label webshop to preorder the standard digital version of the record HERE and the 24 bit hi-res version HERE.
Watch for additional audio/video previews of Cleopatra and more to be issued over the weeks ahead.