The debut album from prog rock/metal supergroup OBLIVION PROTOCOL, The Fall Of The Shires, will be released on August 18th through Atomic Fire Records. OBLIVION PROTOCOL is a new project led by Threshold keyboard player and songwriter Richard West. After introducing themselves in the form of first digital single, “Forests In The Fallout,” last month, the quartet have unveiled another taste of their upcoming musical saga: “This Is Not A Test.” The track is accompanied by the group’s first ever music video, produced by renowned director Patric Ullaeus. The shooting of the video marked the first time all four musicians met in person at the same time.
West comments “‘This Is Not A Test’ is a song about finding out you’ve been conned. We had a great time filming the video last month at rEvolver Studios in Gothenburg [In Flames, Europe]. Although most of us already knew each other, it was the first time we’d all met up as a group. Fortunately, we got on like a house on fire!”
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The Fall Of The Shires will be available in CD-digipak, LP (Green), and digital formats.
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Written as a sequel to Threshold’s 2017 concept album Legends Of The Shires, The Fall Of The Shires delivers a dense, climactic sound somewhere between Rush, Steven Wilson, The Dark Side Of The Moon-era Pink Floyd and hard rock masters Ghost, all the while providing the listener with clever little nods, bows and references to the first installment.
The The Fall Of The Shires cover, which was designed by celebrated artist Thomas Ewerhard who was responsible for so many of Threshold’s classic covers such as Hypothetical and Subsurface, depicts the downfall of the world shown on Legends Of The Shires.
OBLIVION PROTOCOL‘s lineup is completed with three renowned musicians: guitarist Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), bassist Simon Andersson (Darkwater), and drummer Darby Todd (Devin Townsend). Additionally, Threshold’s Karl Groom has contributed some truly enthralling guitar solos to the record.
Richard West – vocals, keyboards
Ruud Jolie – guitars
Simon Andersson – bass
Darby Todd – drums