April 21, 2010

Vocalist Zak Stevens (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, MACHINES OF GRACE, ex-SAVATAGE) has been added to the list of musicians who have recorded guest appearances on "Reborn in Fire", the upcoming album from EMPIRES OF EDEN — the brainchild of PAINDIVISION/ex-DUNGEON guitarist Stu Marshall.

Zak's vocals were recorded in Tampa, Florida by Mark Prator, who engineered the SAVATAGE albums "Edge Of Thorns" and "Handful of Rain".

"Reborn in Fire" was mixed and mastered at Frontiers Studio in Sydney, Australia.

Commented Zak: "It's an understatement to say that I had an amazing time working on the new EMPIRES OF EDEN CD.

"Stu Marshall is a super-talented recording musician who really knows how to get the best performances out of the artists he works with.

"Stu asked me to write my own lyrics and vocal melodies to the song I appeared on ('Prognatus Ut Obscurum'). That's exactly how I like to do things, and that really allowed me to bring out more of myself on the composition. As a result, I was able to give an all-round stronger performance, there's no doubt about it.

"Working with Stu was a fantastic experience for me. His vision for the overall spectrum of the album was stunning. I learned a lot… and that's what it's all about in the world of music and artist collaboration."

A sneak peek at the recording sessions for "Reborn in Fire" with the melodic voice of Chris Ninni can be viewed below.

Due in early June via 7Hard Records, "Reborn in Fire" will feature "some of the world's most respected heavy metal voices," including American vocalist Mike Vescera (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, LOUDNESS, OBSESSION). It "delivers an epic and aggressive power metal assault in the style of AVANTASIA and the collaborative genius of AYREON," according to a press release.

"Of Light and Shadows" audio sample featuring Mike Vescera:

Australia's EMPIRES OF EDEN is a collection of melodic power metal that has garnered unanimous praise worldwide. Incorporating huge melodic hooks, blistering guitar performances and a fresh approach to song writing, the debut was a massive success in Japan, released by Rubicon Records in July 2009.

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