Rockshots Records is proud to announce their latest signing of Los Angeles' Anthea for the release of their debut album "Illusion" due out October 23rd, 2020 to follow their independently released 2017 self-titled EP.
Creating coherent yet diverse cinematic, theatrical metal music with many influences from film scores and established metal acts such as Kamelot, Nightwish, and Wintersun, Anthea offers up a gothic symphonic progressive sound that can appeal to a wide variety of fans with their range from clean operatic vocals to black metal like screams. Anthea have shared the stage with bands such as Smile Empty Soul, September Mourning, Helion Prime, Graveshadow, Abigail Williams, and many more.
"We are so incredibly excited to finally be releasing our debut album! We especially want to thank Roberto Giordano and Rockshots Records for giving us the opportunity to release this record under their label. Years of dedication and perseverance have gone into making the band what it is today and we are stoked to see it all paying off! So much work and passion were put into the making of this record and we are extremely proud of the end result! What we hope to achieve is to give the listener a vast cinematic and theatrical experience so that by the end, they feel like they have just gone on this epic journey with us. A huge thank you to all of you who have supported us throughout the years, and to those of you who are just finding us for the first time!"
Special guest on ‘Moirai’ is Chiara Tricarico (Sound Storm, Moonlight Haze, ex-Temperance), while Eric Meyers is featured in “The Light Divine” as lead guitarist.
‘Illusion’ is set to be released on October 23, 2020 via Rockshots Records.
Anthea's first single "Moirai" features guest vocals from Chiara Tricarico (Sound Storm, Moonlight Haze, ex-Temperance) and is a track that was written to capture the beauty of life itself.
The band adds:
"We all tend to focus on our own little bubble, without really thinking about how everyone that ever was, is, and ever will be is connected in the grand scheme of things. To truly express this idea, we decided to include a second vocalist on the track from an entirely different part of the world. Italian symphonic metal singer Chiara Tricarico was up to the challenge and we are thrilled with the end result! Her voice added a beautiful new dimension to the song. She truly understood what the song was all about and what we were going for."
Listen to "Moirai" on YouTube.
Moirai (feat. Chiara Tricarico) Video:
Second Single "Illusion" Title Track:
3. Moirai (Feat. Chiara Tricarico)
5. The Light Divine (Feat. Eric Meyers)
7. The Expedition
9. Moirai (Orchestral Version)
Diego Valadez - Vocals/Keys
Juan Pina - Guitar/Screams
Marcos Mejia - Guitar
Eric Guerrero - Bass
Peter Vasquez - Drums
Chiara Tricarico - Vocals
Eric Meyers - Guitar
Female Vocals on “Moirai” Performed by Chiara Tricarico
Second Guitar Solo on “The Light Divine” written and performed by Eric Meyers
All music and lyrics by Diego Valadez except on “The Expedition” music by Marco Mejia, Lyrics and Orchestration by Diego Valadez.
Produced by Diego Valadez
Mixed/Mastered By Will Salazar (Revenant Sound Studios)
Layout & Design By Ricky Silva (Interfectum Studios)
Music Videos & Lyric Videos By Anthony Ortiz (Divergence Studios)
Live Photography By Matt Martinez (Red Hare Images)
Studio Photography By Elizabeth Gore (Lone Wolf Productions)
Anthea is a melodic, symphonic metal band from Los Angeles, CA. The band aims to create coherent yet diverse cinematic, theatrical metal music. With a combination of clean operatic vocals and black metal like screams, Anthea's music can appeal to a wide variety of metal fans.
In 2015, after spending much of his time writing new music, Diego Valadez (Cellador) met with drummer Peter Vasquez (Angel Sinestro). The two decided to form a band, giving an outlet to the material that was already in the works. They recorded their first demo under the band name 'Anthea.' This was accomplished with the help of some very talented studio musicians filling in for bass, guitar, screams, and additional vocals. While recording, Anthea had been simultaneously searching for permanent members and was soon joined by guitarists Juan Pina and Marcos Mejia, as well as bassist Eric Guerrero.
"Guitarist Juan Pina’s screams and Valadez’ clean vocals kept the dynamics interesting and brought out the extra push for something unique in comparison to what you would normally find in the majority of symphonic metal acts." - Metal Assault
"The band aren’t afraid to heavy things up if they deem it necessary for the advancement of the song, meaning that The Anthea (Demo) is a varied and satisfying listening experience." - Sentinel Daily
"The band went on to be named as first-place winners on the night. When their name is announced, the crowd screams in appreciation." - Spectrum News 1