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Helion Prime - "The Gadfly" (video)

Ο δίσκος των Helion Prime "Question Everything"
Another socialite
Elected in to reign
Another gross injustice
Suffered to enable
This olden postulation
Bred by disdain
The moral of a mighty
Fist must be forsaken
They live their lives
Concerned with subjugation
Useless in their own naivety

And for honor
I'll make them look into the mirror

How do you sleep at night
Entangled by these chains?
The unexamined life
Is hardly worth the labor
So many questions
Sleeping soundly in your head
It takes a thoughtful mind
To answer them instead
For though you claim to know the truth
Surrounding your existence
To know that you know nothing makes you wise
So I'll play the role of the gadfly

As I continue to find
My way towards the light
Of virtue and grace
I learn to embrace
This momentary life
For everything I've realized
Will aid me, assuage me
For the day I die

Undaunted by sentence to go towards the river
I walk like a soldier to war
No promise of freedom can ever be made
For my prison will always remain in life

So with honor and valor my ally
I'll play the role of the gadfly

Make certain my legacy

As moral compass, I fight
To sway the minds of the titled on high
And with a sip of this blight
I will uphold what I know is right
For on this day, I die

I'll play the role
I will uphold
I'll fight the good fight

Ο τρίτος "ολοκληρωμένος" δίσκος των Helion Prime είναι προ των πυλών. Φέρει τον τίτλο "Question Everything" κι αναμένεται να κυκλοφορήσει τον Οκτώβριο. Πρόκειται για το πρώτο album των Αμερικανών metallers με την Mary Zimmer στα φωνητικά.

Οι Helion Prime μας έρχονται από το Σακραμέντο. Δημιουργήθηκαν προ εξαετίας, εμπνεύσθηκαν το όνομά τους από τον ομώνυμο πλανήτη της ταινίας "Chronicles of Riddick" και μας παρουσιάζονται κάπως έτσι: «Helion Prime creates music based on scientific concepts and themes, as well as science fiction».

Το τραγούδι "Madame Mercury" είναι αφιερωμένο στην μνήμη της Αμερικανίδας μαθηματικού Katherine Coleman Goble Johnson (με μεγάλη θητεία στην NASA), η οποία απεβίωσε τον περασμένο Φεβρουάριο σε ηλικία 102 ετών (26 Αυγούστου 1918 - 24 Φεβρουαρίου 2020).

Το 2015 βραβεύθηκε (από τον Μπαράκ Ομπάμα) με το Προεδρικό Μετάλλιο Ελευθερίας. Το 2016 ήταν ο βασικός χαρακτήρας της ταινίας Hidden Figures (την υποδύθηκε η Taraji P. Henson). Το 2019 έλαβε το βραβείο του Χρυσού Μεταλλίου του Κονγκρέσου.

Το τραγούδι "Η Αλογόμυγα" ("The Gadfly"), του οποίο το μουσικό βίντεο σας παρουσιάζουμε σήμερα, αναφέρεται στον αρχαίο φιλόσοφο Σωκράτη, η οποίος "έπαιζε" τον ρόλο της (ενοχλητικής) αλογόμυγας στην Αθηναϊκή κοινωνία της εποχής του...

Δελτίο τύπου: «It's been about two years since the band's sophomore release "Terror of the Cybernetic Space Monster" and Sacramento sci-fi power metallers Helion Prime returns with their third effort and the much shorter title "Question Everything" set for release on Monday, October 5th, 2020 via their label Saibot Reigns.

This is Helion Prime's first album with new vocalist Mary Zimmer, who has also accompanied the band on two separate tours of the United States. It also sees the band's original singer, Heather Michele, returning in a writing capacity and contributing all lyrics and melodies.

Heather Michele also along with other former Helion Prime vocalist Sozos Michael and with John Yelland (Judicator / Dire Peril) add their guest vocals on the full length.

The highly anticipated third record is a concept album, with each song revolving around different figures throughout human history who had the courage to question the status quo of their respective worlds/societies, in some cases even dealing with harsh persecution as a result.

Those Helion Prime chose to write about-faced prejudice, mockery, ex-communication, and persecution - yet through it all, they held true to their beliefs and ideas. Time would be their greatest ally as their ideas and identities were eventually validated, oftentimes not until after their passing. They serve as an inspiration for all minds to continue thinking outside the box and staying true to themselves.»

Jason Ashcraft: «This album has truly been amazing to work on. The idea behind it is something I've been holding on to since around the time I started the band. Aside from writing some of what I consider to be Prime's best work it was a great experience getting to work with Heather again on an album as she once again contributed her talents for the lyrics.

I have had plans to write a song based on the film Planet of the Apes for some time now. I love films and just needed the right time. The character Cornelius really fits into the theme I was going for with this album. He is the only fictional character to be featured on this album.»

Band: Helion Prime
Country of origin: United States
Location: Sacramento, California
Formed in: 2014
Genre: Power Metal
Lyrical themes: Scientific facts, Science fiction
Years active: 2014-present

Video: "The Gadfly"
Video made by: Austin Bentley
Album: "Question Everything"
Type: Full length
Release date: October 5th, 2020
Label: Saibot Reigns

Track listing:
01. The Final Theory (4:20)
02. Madame Mercury (4:19)
03. Prof (3:55)
04. The Gadfly (6:35)
05. Photo 51 (5:13)
06. E Pur Si Muove (5:48)
07. Words of The Abbot (4:55)*
08. The Forbidden Zone (4:32)
09. Question Everything (5:56)**
10. Reawakening (6:54)
11. Kong at the Gates (Misfits Cover)

Band members:
Mary Zimmer - Vocals
Jason Ashcraft - Rhythm Guitars
Chad Anderson - Lead Guitars
Jeremy Steinhouse - Bass
Alex Bosson - Drums

* ft. guest vocals John Yelland (Judicator, Dire Peril)
** ft. Heather Michele (ex-Graveshadow, ex-Helion Prime) and Sozos Michael (ex-Helion Prime, Planeswalker)

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