You may remember back in February of this year, Portland’s Tanagra was having a legal battle with Swiss audio recording company Nagra and the parent company Kudelski. The issue arose when Nagra felt the metal band’s trademark application may conflict with their trademark based on a similar, yet different name. Facing the possibility of having to rebrand, Tanagra began liquidating their current merchandise and braced themselves for the worst.
When metal fans around the world began to make noise about this situation, the corporation took notice and agreed to negotiate with the band. With the assistance of Sevag Demirjian and Armen Martin of Foundation Law, Tanagra emerged victorious six months later with Nagra giving up their claim. Tanagra makes the following statement:
“Most of the agreement is confidential, but it's largely uninteresting. We resolved the issue on amicable bases. This is a pretty good win for us in that we'll keep our trademark and Nagra has dropped their opposition. We want to give a huge thank you to our fans who supported us through all of this.”
With their sails full of wind again, Tanagra has hinted that they have really cool stuff coming up in the next six months, so keep your eyes peeled.
1. Meridiem (11:35)
2. Sydria (4:01)
3. Etheric Alchemy (8:49)
4. Silent Chamber (7:52)
5. Hidden Hand (10:14)
6. Across the Ancient Desert (7:39)
7. Witness (14:19)
Album Length: 1:04:31
Formed out of the love of science fiction, fantasy, and theatrical heavy metal storytelling, TANAGRA hit the Portland, USA metal scene in 2011 with epic, symphonic, progressive power metal with lyrical content about original fantasy/sci-fi settings, Magic: The Gathering, historical tales, and other nerdy themes.
In 2015, they released their debut album, None of This is Real, an energetic collection of American power metal showcasing their love for complex arrangements and lengthy songs which garnered critical acclaim from a multitude of publications around the world.
In the time following their debut release, the members found a deep love for progressive rock/metal and symphonic black metal, and in writing new material found ways to combine the sounds of bands like IQ, Anekdoten, Caladan Brood, and Borknagar into their existing American power metal framework.
In 2016, TANAGRA entered the studio with the fruits of their labors to begin recording their ambitious second album, titled 'Meridiem', which was released April 26, 2019.