This album blew my mind like in the old days when I discovered Haken. Holy crap... this album is prog at its very best.
I definitively want to see you live one day, when this fucking virus is finally gone!
More than just rippin riffs, thumpin bass, splashy skins, and cinematic synths, Scardust delivers not just a strong and diverse vocal performance from Noa but also beautiful choral arrangements... and a hurdy gurdy. Overtures don't work for a lot of reasons on many metal albums, but the skill in arrangement allows that track (and all the others) its own identity here. The elegance in composition for this sophomore album truly astounds me.
Favorite track: Mist.
One of the most intriguing and convincing genre-transcending albums I've encountered in years. I can't wait to see what Scardust are going to do next.
Favorite track: Overture for the Estranged.
Hurdy Gurdy (tracks 1&5) and Vocals (track 5): Patty Gurdy
Lyrics and Music by Orr Didi and Noa Gruman
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Orr Didi
Main sound engineer: Yonatan Kossov
Drums and Choir recorded at “Bardo” studio by Yonatan Kossov
Assistant engineers: Harel Lahav, Ofek Ariov
Strings and Vocals recorded at “Gruman” studio by Yonatan Kossov
Children’s Chamber Choir recorded at Westbrook Hay School by Tony Wilson
Grand Piano recorded at Itai Portugaly’s studio by Yonatan Kossov
Guitar, Bass and Keyboard recorded by Yadin Moyal, Yanai Avnet, Itai Portugaly and Noa Gruman.
Mix: Yonatan Kossov
Mastering: Jens Bogren
Band Photos by Mariano Gonzalez at Estro Studio
Cover art by Ken Goshen
Design by Simen Meyer
Management: Boyd Steemson and Tony Wilson at Silver Lion Management
Record Label: Marco Barbieri and Clay Marshall at M-THEORY AUDIO
The songs are masterfully composed and flow together beautifully, and the orchestration is exactly how I want metal orchestration to sound: full, playable by a real orchestra, and just as important to the music as the vocals, drums, guitar, and bass are. tonycordeshimself