The story told by acclaimed Israeli progressive/symphonic metal band SCARDUST in last week's music video for “Tantibus II” is continued in their new music video for “Addicted,” the second single from their upcoming concept album, “Strangers,” which is set to be released on Oct. 30 via M-Theory Audio. Check out the saga’s conclusion at
In “Tantibus II,” we met a protagonist who decided to disconnect from reality into her own mind, and now in “Addicted,” we find that there is someone who cares about her. This caring person tries to show her the meaning of addiction, and explain to her that she is running away instead of facing reality.
“This video shows us the passage between the worlds of reality and addiction,” says SCARDUST vocalist Noa Gruman. “The character in 'Addicted' can walk freely between those worlds, as she is neither stuck nor fighting to get out. The choir represents the way out, and the string quartet represents the way in.”
“Addicted” and “Tantibus II” will premiere on streaming platforms this Friday, Sept. 18. The two songs will also be offered as instant downloads with all digital pre-orders of “Strangers.”
SCARDUST has also launched the “Mist Cover Challenge,” an invitation for fans to play or sing along with the final minute of the new song “Mist,” the closing track of “Strangers,” with the chance of winning a deluxe package of signed CD and vinyl copies of “Strangers,” a new SCARDUST t-shirt design and guitar picks. To enter the challenge, follow the instructions at https://scardust.co/mist-cover-challenge/
and upload your video anywhere on social media, tagging the band and including the hashtag #scardustmist
. Entries close on Oct. 25, and winners will be announced by the band during a special livestream on Nov. 1.
An intriguing concept album built of complementary song pairs working from the outside in, “Strangers” was written and composed jointly by singer Noa Gruman and composer Orr Didi, who also collaborated with Gruman on SCARDUST’s full-length debut “Sands of Time” – which was hailed by Prog Magazine as “extraordinary” – and their 2015 EP “Shadow.” The album also features guest appearances from German folk musician Patty Gurdy, as well as vocals by the Hellscore choir – who are featured prominently on “Addicted” – and England’s prestigious Westbrook Hay Prep School Chamber Choir.
Pre-orders for CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl editions of “Strangers” – mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy) – are now live at: https://smarturl.com/scardust2020
Israel’s leading progressive metal group, SCARDUST has performed at such major festivals as Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), Metaldays (Slovenia) and Midi (China). In addition, the band hosts the annual “Scarfest” event in their home country, where they’ve also appeared alongside the likes of Therion, Epica and Symphony X.
Noa Gruman – Vocals
Yanai Avnet – Bass
Yadin Moyal – Guitar
Itai Portugali – Keyboards
Yoav Weinberg – Drums