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Original Judas Priest Singer Al Atkins Joins LYRAKA Line-Up
Andy DiGelsomina, composer and lead guitarist for the heavy metal opera project Lyraka, has issued this statement: "Al Atkins has recently agreed to sing the part of a character in the Lyraka opera. The part itself required a vocalist with a slightly lower range, and Al's gravelly, mean Blues-Metal sound is perfect! He will help to delineate the specific personality of the character with his unique style. It is quite exciting and inspiring to be working with the man who helped write such incredible classics as Victim of Changes and Dreamer Deceiver, not to mention his awe-inspiring recent work with Holy Rage."
Rock legend Graham Bonnet is already recording for the Lyraka Volume 2 cd, which will also feature Liz Vandall (Uli Jon Roth), Veronica Freeman (Benedictum) and Rob Diaz (Vastator).
DiGelsomina continues: "The majority of writing for the second Lyraka album is finished. Where Lyraka Volume 1 orbited around the concept of belief, Lyraka Volume 2 will be centered more around the concepts of will and angst, from multiple philosophical perspectives.
Here are a few song titles and commentaries:
'Volcano' is a duet I have written for Graham Bonnet and Veronica Freeman. It is a very heavy and dissonant track, with an involved chorale section inspired by the music of Béla Bartók. The lyrics explore the concept of Will, and were inspired by the philosophies of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche.
'Lyraka' is a pop-py, upbeat track for Graham Bonnet. It's very catchy and driving, and we hope to inspire people with this composition's message. Looking forward to working with Graham on this song's lyrics and vocal melody. Veronica Freeman will also be contributing vocals to this track.
'Defender of the Faith' is a Graham Bonnet tour de force, a metal epic detailing the existential angst experienced by the character Locke, who is the head of Lyraka's Palace Guard. Veronica Freeman will also be contributing some haunting vocals to this one.
'Lilliput' is a thrash-meets-Khaliji song for Liz Vandall about the impetuous queen of Errandia. It integrates the music of Mesopotamia with a very heavy metal sound.
'Semmonet' is about the Pharaohic vizier of Errandia, a snaky dude in league with Queen Lilliput. This track is at base a blues-metal banger, perfect for the vocal style of Judas Priest founder Al Atkins.
'Father' is the album's mega-epic, a duet featuring Tommy Heart and Liz Vandall of Uli Jon Roth's Sky of Avalon project. It features massive, Götterdämmerung-ian orchestration and very operatic vocal stylings.
'Abyss' is a song I've written for Rob Diaz (VASTATOR). It is musically related to black metal, but of course with that typically Lyrakan classic metal base, featuring plenty of intense guitar and varied vocal approaches from Seńor Diaz. Lyrically the song is influenced by the philosophy of Danish philosopher Sřren Kierkegaard."
The cd cover will feature the second in a line of "Lyraka" artwork by Ken Kelly (Rainbow, KISS, Manowar).
Lyraka Volume 2 scheduled for release in May 2012.
More info, and Lyraka Volume 1, here: http://www.lyraka.com