Monday, August 29, 2016

Vivaldi Metal Project: The Four Seasons Vinyl edition

Vivaldi Metal Project – The Four Seasons (Vinyl)
Reference:  0042
Condition:  New product

Vivaldi Metal Project

The Four Seasons (Vinyl)

neu & versiegelt / new and sealed

Release Date (first day of shipping): 09.09.2016

Tracklist: 1. Escape From Hell, 2. The Illusion Of Eternity, 3. Vita, 4. Euphoria, 5. Sun of God, 6. Immortal Soul, 7. Thunderstorm, 8. The Age Of Dreams, 9. Alchemy, 10. Stige, 11. The Meaning Of Life, 12. The Final Hour, 13. Grande Madre, 14. Doomsday

The VIVALDI METAL PROJECT is a music creation born from an idea conceived and developed by Italian keyboard player, composer and producer MISTHERIA (solo artist, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock, Roy Z, Artlantica).

The project is a symphonic-metal opera based on Antonio Vivaldi’s Baroque masterwork “The Four Seasons”, featuring more than 130 amazing metal and classical artists, orchestra, a string quartet and three choirs from all over the world. The album features 14 tracks - all the movements from Antonio Vivaldi's original score plus two original new songs written by MISTHERIA. The impressive roster of artists probably makes this titanic album the biggest all-star project ever!

Back in 2013, MISTHERIA started thinking about making a metal version of “The Four Seasons”, a masterpiece that he loved and kept listening to since his childhood. MISTHERIA started to play and record all the movements on the piano but then felt that a parallel symphonic-metal version would have been the perfect continuation. Therefore, he recorded and uploaded a short trailer on the web to start engaging musicians. A few days later, Italian bassist and composer Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, TwinSpirits, Kim Bingham, The Italians, BADASS), who had already collaborated with Mistheria by recording bass on his previous solo album “Dragon Fire”, learned about the project and contacted MISTHERIA offering his support to work on the project as co-producer. Also, MISTHERIA made the “innovative” choice - never done so far - to add lyrics and singers to “The Four Seasons” which, as composed by Vivaldi, is an instrumental work. For this important task, he invited Douglas R. Docker who perfectly translated the producer's concept into brilliant lyrics. Additional lyrics were written by Mistheria, Rob Rock and Lance King.

A cast of 10 awesome arrangers joined MISTHERIA creating epic and memorable music, combining a standard metal band lineup with strings, orchestra and choir: Douglas R. Docker, Francesco Dall’O’, Frank Caruso, Gabriels, Keiko Kumagai, Nicolas Waldo, Pawel Penksa, Tomas Varnagiris, Yannis Androulakakis and Zhivko Koev.

The cast furthermore includes performances by Mark Boals (Malmsteen, Royal Hunt), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire, Angra), Edu Falaschi (Almah), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Mike Lepond (SymhonyX), Dani Löble (Helloween), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation), Mark Cross (Firewind, Scorpions), Steve Di Giorgio (Testament), Rolf Pilve (Stratovarius), Victor Smolski (Rage, Almanac), Ruben Israel (Delain), John Macaluso (ARK), Marco Sfogli (James Labrie), Chris Caffery (Savatage), Mark Wood (Trans Siberian Orchestra), Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork), Atma Anur (Tony MacAlpine), Vitalij Kuprij, Anna Portalupi (Tarja Turunen), Sean Tibbetts (Kamelot), Martijn Peters (Stream of Passion) and many more.

It took more than 2 years of intensive non-stop hard work to get the album done. Mixed and mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin at “Artesonika” recording studio in Italy and assisted by Fabio D'Amore, the album is a full 74 minutes of intense, passionate, fascinating, powerful and majestic experience!

Production, ideation, concept and artistic direction by MISTHERIA. Co-produced by Alberto Rigoni.

Ayreon: debut album The Final Experiment and follow-up Actual Fantasy: Revisited Finally available on vinyl!

Ayreon's debut album The Final Experiment and follow-up Actual Fantasy: Revisited
Finally available on vinyl!

It took about 20 (!) years, but finally AYREON's first two masterpiece albums are available on the best format of them all!

First of all, a big thank you to every single one of you that pre-ordered them from our store. We sincerely appreciate your support, and we hope that you like the box sets. Sorry we couldn't have the box sets signed by Arjen. We chose to kept the boxes sealed and in pristine condition instead.

Now, some of you may still have doubts about purchasing one or two certified collector's items. After all, you can only spend your hard-earned cash once. But look at the mouthwatering extra features... Did we tell that the bonus LP's (Final Experiment - Acoustic and the original 1996 Actual Fantasy) are ONLY available in this box? That the boxes are hand-numbered? That they're on colored vinyl?

I guess you have to save some money for rent, mortgage, gas, electricity (how else are you going to play vinyl?), maybe your kid's school fees, and basic breakfast/lunch/dinner. So, skip those trips to your local fast food parlour, bike to work instead of having to buy expensive gas for your car, and save the money to invest in some serious vinyl. Your life will be better for having The Final Experiment and Actual Fantasybox sets. We can guarantee that!*
The Final Experiment 3 LP Deluxe Edition:

· Hardcover boxset
· 2 LP Gatefold on Blue Marble vinyl
· Bonus Semi-Acoustic LP on Blue Marble vinyl
· Download card for a complimentary MP3 download of all 3 records
· A2 sized poster
· Postcard with hilarious record company rejection letters, individually signed by Arjen
· Limited to 1000 numbered copies worldwide
Actual Fantasy Original 4 LP Deluxe Edition

· Hardcover boxset
· Actual Fantasy Revisited 2 LP Gatefold on Red Marble vinyl
· Actual Fantasy Original 1996 Recordings 2 LP Gatefold on Red Marble vinyl, with 'reverse' artwork
· Download card for a complimentary MP3 download of all 4 records
· A2 sized poster with 'reverse' artwork
· Postcard with 'reverse' artwork, individually signed by Arjen
· Limited to 1000 numbered copies worldwide

Kansas: The Prelude Implicit - Limited to 200 copies!

Limited to 200 copies!

“The Prelude Implicit” (2016) is the first KANSAS studio album in 16 years! Having sold over 30 million albums worldwide and known for such classic songs as “Carry On Wayward Son” or “Dust In The Wind”, KANSAS are 100% true to their musical essence blending straight-up rock with progressive elements, wonderful ballads and playful instrumental passages. Even though vocalist and founding member Steve Walsh has been replaced by Ronnie Platt, his vocals nicely fit to the band’s trademark style and continue in Steve’s tradition. Met with massive media acclaim, “The Prelude Implicit” is a sensational new KANSAS opus. The vinyl version includes an etching on side and the regular version of the album on CD as bonus.

KANSAS - With This Heart (Album Track)


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