Tuesday, January 19, 2021

AVALAND - "Theater of Sorcery" (Metal Opera - France)

For fans of Avantasia, Ayreon, Beast In Black, Nightmare, Sonata Arctica

Rockshots Records Signs AVALAND For Metal Opera Debut Album "Theater Of Sorcery" Out April 2021

Rockshots Records is proud to announce their signing of Grenoble, France's AVALAND, an epic and symphonic metal opera, directed, written, and composed by young 22-year-old prodigy Adrien G. Gzagg.

Inspired by heroic fantasy, history, mythologies, and esoterism, Gzagg decided to create an epic story with 8 characters. Entitled "Theater Of Sorcery", the debut will be a theatrical metal adventure that tells the story of a young sorcerer Adam Wilstorm who could be the salvation of bringing back the light to the kingdom of Avaland and during his journey, he must learn to control his powers linked to the Storm.

For AVALAND, Gzagg reunited with four musician friends Camille Souffron (Bass), Christophe Feutrier (Guitars), Lucas Martinez (Guitars), and Léo Mouchonay (Drums) that he has performed with in the past to help him to record the metal opera's debut full-length. The record also includes talented guests for vocals and guitars with Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Zak Stevens(Savatage/TSO), Zaher Zorgati (Myrath), Emmanuelson (Rising Steel), Stéphan Forté (Adagio), Madie (Nightmare) among many other great musicians. 

Gzagg adds:

"I started my heavy metal life as a great fan of Avantasia and Ayreon. I was impressed by those big teams Tobias Sammet and Arjen Lucassen could create. I quickly knew I would make something like this in my life! It wasn’t easy to find musicians who were crazy enough to follow me in this adventure, and I thank them so much for their trust in this project, especially guitarist Christophe Feutrier (guitars) my partner in crime for Avaland for 5 years now.

I like to also add that Avaland is not a “classic” band, it’s a Metal-Opera and when Covid is over, I plan to take it the stage with many vocalists to perform this theatrical tale of an epic and magical story. To sum it up, Avaland is a modern-age opera to not just fans of metal, but beyond!"

The album will be released on April 2, 2021


JANUARY 15 : Theater Of Sorcery

"This song is a great introduction to the world of Avaland, like a kind of hymn. It teases what’s gonna happen throughout the album, it's an invitation for an epic and magical journey. Adam, the main character is about to share his story. The song also introduces the character The Master Of Sorcery performed by Emmanuelson (Rising Steel, Ellipsis…), who helped me a lot with this album and coached me to do my best. He is a mentor to me so it was obvious to have him as the Sorcerer who will teach Adam to control his power. He and I share a great passion for music and I’m really proud to open the Avaland story with him. For the title track's guitar solo, I asked Ricky Marx (Now Or Never, ex-Pretty Maids), because after seeing him play with Now Or Never, I noticed something mystical in his guitar feelings that I found really cool, he's got this old school touch that I admire. I really love the magic of his solo on this track!" adds Adrien G. Gzagg.

FEBRUARY 15 : Rise From The Ashes
MARCH 12: Let the Wind Blow 
APRIL 2: Holy Kingdom Of Fools

Digital Album Pre Save: 

Physical Album Pre Order:

Adrien G. Gzagg: Composer, Writer, Lead Singer, Keyboards and Orchestrations
Christophe Feutrier: Guitars
Lucas Martinez: Guitars
Camille Souffron: Bass, Double-Bass
Léo Mouchonay: Drums

Guests / Characters:
Adrien G. Gzagg is Adam Wilstorm
Zaher Zorgati (Myrath) is Adam’s Inner Voice
Jeff Kanji is Jacob Reiser, Adam’s Best Friend
Heli Andrea (Mobius/OLANE) is Solveig Elweiss, Adam’s Beloved Emmanuelson (Rising Steel/Ellipsis) is The Master Of Sorcery
Zak Stevens (Ex-Savatage/TSO/Archon Angel) is The Storyteller, appearing from the past
Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear/ex-Gamma Ray) is Aloïsius Jestens, King Of Avaland
Madie (Nightmare/Faith In Agony) is The Guardian Angel

Guests Guitars :
Ricky Marx (Ex-Pretty Maids/Now Or Never) on 1. Theater Of Sorcery
Stephan Forté (Adagio) on 2. Gypsum Flower
Ayman Mokdad (Venus Syndrome/Alien Encounters) on 7. Never Let Me Walk Alone
Virgile (ex-Rising Steel/Schräpnel) on 11. Deja-Vu

Choirs and Back Vocals :
Adrien G. Gzagg
Chris Feutrier
Leo Mouchonay
Jeff Kanji
Heli Andrea
Yves Campion (Nightmare)
Cara (Eltharia)

Track Listing :
1. Theater Of Sorcery - feat. Emmanuelson
2. Gypsum Flower - feat. Scheepers/Emmanuelson/Zorgati
3. Let the Wind Blow - feat. Zorgati/Heli/Kanji
4. Storyteller - feat. Zak Stevens
5. Escape To Paradise - feat. Zorgati/Kanji
6. Holy Kingdom Of Fools - feat. Jeff Kanji
7. Never Let Me Walk Alone - feat. Madie
8. Deja-Vu - feat. Emmanuelson
9. I’ll Be Ready For Your Love - feat. Heli Andrea
10. War Of Minds - feat. Zorgati/Madie
11. Rise From The Ashes - feat. Zorgati/Madie/Stevens/Heli/Kanji/Emmanuelson/Scheepers  

Album Credits:
Recorded at KNT Studios, Echirolles, FRANCE by Steven Rozier
Mix and Arrangements by Caleb Bingham at Nightmare Sound Studios
Mastering by Kevin Codfert
Support & Publishing by Christophe Martin/KNT Editions Cover
Booklet and Logo by Stan W Decker
Pictures by Lilou Desonges
Produced by Adrien G. Gzagg
All Rights Reserved to Adrien G. Gzagg

Recording Gear:
Adrien G. Gzagg compose with Logic Pro X, Korg and Arturia Keyboards, Ibanez and Charvel Guitars
Christophe Feutrier recorded with Ibanez guitars, Line 6 Helix pedalboard, elixir strings, Intune GP pics
Lucas Martinez recorded with an Agile Guitar
Camille Souffron recorded with a Yamaha Bass-Guitar
Léo Mouchonay recorded with Sabian and Zildjian Cymbals

Guests Recording:
Ayman Mokdad recorded at his own studio
Emmanuelson, Jeff Kanji and VIrgile recorded at KNT Studios by Steven Rozier
Heli Andrea recorded at his own studio
Madie recorded at Suntzu Records by Eliott Tordo
Ralf Scheepers recorded at his own studio
Ricky Marx recorded at his own studio
Stéphan Forté recorded at his own studio
Zak Stevens recorded at Sonic Landscapes Studio by James Shellberg
Zaher Zorgati was recorded by Elyes Bouchoucha  

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