[photo by by Guillaume Bideau]
Following the successful Autumn European tour with Leaves’ Eyes and Diabulus In Musica, MELTED SPACE — the ambitious French metal opera project created by composer Pierre Le Pape — is preparing for the latest round of major touring in support of their Sensory Records-released The Great Lie album, set to storm the European masses as direct support for Symphony X on The Underworld Europe Tour 2016 this February.
The tour will see MELTED SPACE performing material from The Great Lie, which was entirely written and conducted by Le Pape. An incredibly powerful, layered masterwork, the album features an intense storyline with a wide cast of characters performed by guest vocalists, including David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Attila Csihar (Sunn O))), Mayhem), Mikael Stanne (Dark Tranquillity), Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon), Ailyn Gimenéz (Sirenia), Kobi Fahri (Orphaned Land), Mariangela Demurtas (Tristania) and other vocalists, as well as music by an all-star cast of musicians and the entire City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Underworld Europe Tour 2016 will see MELTED SPACE and Tunisian prog rock act Myrath supporting headliners Symphony X, the tour confirmed to run from February 12th through March 20th. MELTED SPACE has announced the live lineup for the trek, which will see Pierre Le Pape joined on stage by an array of vocalists and musicians, many of whom having played a part of The Great Lie‘s recording. The live lineup includes vocalists Clémentine Delauney, Lucie Blatrier, Guillaume Bideau, Black Messiah, and Manuel Munoz joining for the UK shows only, as well as Adrian Martinot on guitar, Mike Saccoman on drums, Brice Guillon on bass and conductor Pierre Le Pape himself handling keys.
View a making-of video for The Great Lie at THIS LOCATION, listen to the hi-res 24 bit/96 khz edition of The Great Lie HERE, and see te lyric video for the album’s “Terrible Fight” HERE.
Another brand new video from the album is also in production, to be released in the coming weeks.
The Great Lie is out now on Laser’s Edge division, Sensory Records. Orders for the CD are available HERE, the hi-res 24 bit/96 khz digital edition available HERE and the standard digital available HERE and at all major digital retailers.
The Great Lie has been championed by media outlets internationally, including major UK-based Classic Rock Magazine who called the record, “A triumph on every level,” and Powerplay who issued in a 9/10 review, “this is a prime example of how to make a metal opera work!” On the band’s home turf, Rock Hard France dubbed the record Album Of The Month, offering, “Impossible d’Ãªtre exhaustif tant cet album regorge de petits détails savoureux, un véritable voyage!” And in North America, Sorrow Metal praised The Great Lie with a 10/10 review proclaiming, “To take the old paradigm and change it in such a significant and enlightening way is a feat in and of itself. La Pape has succeeded in making a metal opera, or opera metal, all his own… There is no compromise, no performance that is anything less than stellar, to be found anywhere on the disc,” concluding, “From vision to recruitment to execution, The Great Lie is a one in a million success, one that won’t be replicated any time soon.” In a 95/100 review, Femme Metal offers, “the vocal combination sets the scene perfectly describing the elements of battle which has taken place to create despair, with the combination of female vocals making this song truly take flight, later adding, “I have really struggled when it comes to choosing a favorite track throughout this album as it has an outstanding feel throughout its entirety.”
MELTED SPACE Underworld Europe Tour 2016 w/ Symphony X, Myrath:
2/12/2016 Robin 2 – Wolverhampton, UK
2/13/2016 Club Academy – Manchester, UK
2/15/2016 Corporation – Sheffield, UK
2/16/2016 Garage – Glasgow, UK
2/18/2016 Bierkeller – Bristol, UK
2/19/2016 Islington Assembly Hall – London, UK
2/20/2016 Biebob – Vosselaar, BE
2/21/2016 Boerderij – Zoetermeer, NL
2/23/2016 TBA –Paris, FR
2/25/2016 Apolo – Barcelona, ES
2/26/2016 Stage Live – Bilbao, ES
2/27/2016 Arena – Madrid, ES
2/28/2016 Paradise Garage – Lisbon, PT
3/01/2016 Barbey – Bordeaux, FR
3/03/2016 Alcatraz – Milan, IT
3/04/2016 CCO Villeurbanne – Lyon, FR
3/05/2016 Z7 – Pratteln, CH
3/06/2016 Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, DE
3/08/2016 Colos Saal – Aschaffenburg, DE
3/10/2016 Feierwerk/Hansa – Munich, DE
3/11/2016 Masters Of Rock Café – Zlin, CZ
3/12/2016 HSD – Erfurt, DE
3/13/2016 Bi Nuu – Berlin, DE
3/15/2016 Progresja – Warsaw, PL
3/17/2016 Knust – Hamburg, DE
3/18/2016 Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, DK
3/19/2016 Matrix – Bochum, DE
3/20/2016 013 – Tilburg, NL