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Mortanius - "Last Christmas" (Wham cover)

Οι Mortanius μας έρχονται από το Πλίμουθ. Διμελές συγκρότημα, το οποίο δημιουργήθηκε προ πενταετίας. Το μουσικό τους ύφος καθορίζεται από τις επιρροές τους: Angra, Symphony X, King Diamond, Moi Dix Mois, Circus Maximus, Malice Mizer, Royal Hunt, Mercyful Fate, Galneryus, Dream Theater, Versailles, Light Bringer, Rhapsody of Fire.

Έχουν κυκλοφορήσει ένα single και τέσσερα EPs. Ο πρώτος full length δίσκος είναι προ των πυλών. Τιτλοφορείται "Till Death Do Us Part" κι αναμένεται τον Φεβρουάριο του νέου έτους. Ένα από τα τραγούδια του album είναι διασκευή σε μία από τις μεγαλύτερες pop επιτυχίες της δεκαετίας του ογδόντα: το (πασίγνωστο) "Last Christmas" των Wham. Ταιριάζει και με την περίοδο (Χριστούγεννα γαρ)...

Δελτίο τύπου: «Philadelphia's progressive power metal outfit Mortanius are getting into the holiday cheer with their new lyric video for their cover of WHAM's "Last Christmas". The track is one of five that will appear on the band's debut album "Till Death Do Us Part" that will be released on Rockshots Records on February 22, 2019 to follow EPs 'A Voice From Beyond' (2016), 'Savage Garden' (2015), and 'Ethereal Waltz' (2014).

Mortanius, a progressive power metal band with symphonic and neo-classical elements was formed in 2013 by ex-Outlander vocalist Lucas Flocco and drummer Victor Cardone who were joined by guitarist Mike Gissi and bassist Jesse Shaw. From 2014 to 2016, the band recorded 3 EPs, each one steadily increasing the band's online presence and fan base.

In 2016, after the release of their third and most successful EP at the time, "A Voice From Beyond", drummer Victor Cardone departed from the band. A year later in 2017, Mortanius returned to the studio to create their first full-length album, "Till Death Do Us Part".

Ollie Bernstein (Ousiodes) recorded all lead guitars on the album, while AJ Larsen (of Madison Rising, Vicious) handled rhythm guitar duties. Mortanius also reached out to renowned power metal singers, Leo Figaro (Minstrelix, Dragon Guardian) and Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland) to provide guest vocals.

"Till Death Do Us Part" featured the longest production cycle out of any of Mortanius' previous releases, finally wrapping up production a year later, in the fall of 2018. This album features Mortanius' most fully fleshed out and dynamic compositions, tightest performances, and highest quality production to date.»

Lucas Flocco: «With 'Last Christmas' we decided to emphasise the more melancholic nature of the lyrics while still keeping the 80s pop feel of the song. So instead of being a bouncy 80s pop song, it has become a slower 80s power ballad. The chorus is backed up by big choirs, and the guitar solo is very emotional.

The album features a mixture of progressive and power metal. The songs all have melodic vocals that sing catchy lines. Choirs and harmonized vocals are featured heavily. Lead guitars shred fast and harmonized beautifully with each other, and the rhythm guitars are tight and intricate. Keyboards play an integral part to the sound of the album, providing atmospheric flavour and sometimes carrying the main melodies.»

Το βίντεο των Mortanius για το "Last Christmas" από το album "Till Death Do Us Part"
Band: Mortanius
Country of origin: United States
Location: Plymouth, Pennsylvania
Formed in: 2013
Genre: Progressive/Power Metal
Years active: 2013-present

Lyric video: "Last Christmas"
Album: "Till Death Do Us Part"
Type: Full length
Release date: February 22nd, 2019
Label: Rockshots Records
Format: Digital

Track listing:
1. Facing the Truth (feat Leo Figaro) (5:11)
2. Disengage (10:17)
3. Jaded (feat Jonas Heidgert) (9:02)
4. Till Death Do Us Part (18:23)
5. Last Christmas (Wham cover) (5:56)

Band members:
Lucas Flocco - Lead and backing vocals
Jesse Shaw - Bass

AJ Larsen - Guitars (rhythm)
Leo Figaro - Vocals (track 1)
Jonas Heidgert - Vocals (track 3)
Ollie Bernstein - Guitars (lead)

Miscellaneous staff:
Jim Jenca - Recording, Mixing, Mastering, Producer
Jota Cravo - Cover art

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