Classically infused metal ensemble LOST SYMPHONY has revealed the first single from the forthcoming Chapter III release, “Take Another Piece,” featuring a quadruple guitar attack from guests Marty Friedman, Nuno Bettencourt, Alex Skolnick and Richard Shaw.
“When I first heard LOST SYMPHONY, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Skolnick says. “I knew there’d be strong technical skills but was pleasantly surprised to hear how much else was going on: Melodic development, dynamics, compositional creativity and other elements not always present in music with this high a level of chops. While there is plenty of fodder for fans of ‘shred,’ there is also no shortage of moments for listeners of true classical, soundtracks and other symphonic music as well. The music may sound serious, but the players have a serious sense of humor, which adds to the overall quality. It is humbling to share ‘guest guitar’ duties with Marty and Nuno, two guitarists I consider to be champions among our generation of players, and an overall honor to be brought in to participate.”
Friedman adds, “The folks in the LOST SYMPHONY project have a deep love for guitar. Let me rephrase that, they are dangerously obsessed with it! Whenever I am invited to participate in their music, it is exciting to be around their tireless enthusiasm, and cool things always seem to happen because of it. The newest song, ‘Take Another Piece,’ may be my favorite of all the LS songs I`ve been a part of. There are some really unorthodox things going on.”
The collective founded by multi-instrumentalist and producer Benny Goodman and comprising his brother Brian (compositions, arrangement), Cory Paza (bass, guitar), Kelly Kereliuk (guitar), Paul Lourenco (drums), and Siobhán Cronin (violin, viola, electric violin) has once again welcomed a revolving cast of virtuosos to join them for Chapter III. This installment includes Angel Vivaldi, David Ellefson, Jimi Bell, Matt LaPierre, Joey Concepcion, Oli Herbert, Matt LaPierre and Ryan Formato, in addition to Friedman, Bettencourt, Skolnick and Shaw. Chapter III is scheduled for release on July 9. Pre-orders are available now at https://lnk.to/LS_Chapter3
Chapter III track listing:
1. Denial of Anger (feat. Marty Friedman, David Ellefson, Jimi Bell and Matt LaPierre)
2. Bargaining Depression (feat. Marty Friedman, David Ellefson, Joey Concepcion and Jimi Bell)
3. Acceptance (feat. Alex Skolnick, Angel Vivaldi and Richard Shaw)
4. Decomposing Composers (feat. Jeff Loomis, Jimi Bell, Matt LaPierre and Joey Concepcion)
5. Take Another Piece (feat. Marty Friedman, Nuno Bettencourt, Alex Skolnick and Richard Shaw)
6. My Last Goodbye (feat. Oli Herbert, Matt LaPierre and Ryan Formato)
LOST SYMPHONY was set in motion when Benny Goodman invited guitarists Kelly Kereliuk and Conrad Simon to add another dimension to the classical demo he had composed. An early recording of “Leave Well Enough Alone,” which appeared on Chapter II, made its way to All That Remains co-founder and guitar hero Oli Herbert, who quickly jumped aboard as a chief collaborator.
With the release of last year’s Chapter II, LOST SYMPHONY members Benny Goodman, Siobhán Cronin and Cory Paza also launched the 2020’d podcast. Instead of binge-watching countless TV shows, this creative three-ring circus with boundless energy decided to create a podcast to provide a vehicle for their pent-up creativity. The modern-day triumvirate called up some of their most interesting and successful friends, including recording artists, touring musicians, music industry experts, TV personalities, even a billionaire, and asked these friends to give us their take on current events as well as to share some of their wildest entertainment memories.
2020’d is a series of no-holds-barred discussions. chocked-full of insider information that explores the various paths that lead their highly successful guests to their unique lifestyles and prominence in the entertainment industry. Paramount in the podcasts is a healthy serving of rock n’ roll war stories that give you a peek behind the-curtain of the entertainment industry.
Previous episodes have featured a diverse lineup up musicians, music and business executives and entertainment personalities, including guitarists Richard Shaw, Angel Vivaldi, Rusty Cooley Kelly Kereliuk, Steve Stevens, Shani Kimelman and Steel Panther’s Satchel, drummers Shannon Larkin, Dave Abruzzese, Paul Lourenco, Jason Costa, Rodolfo Zuniga and Adam Gilbert, music producer Ulrich Wild, music industry professionals Jason Lekberg, Paul Geary, Amy Sciaretto and Dan Beck, DJ John Garabedian, concert promoter Dan Hartwell, reality stars Jeff Schroeder, Alex Boylan, Cara Maria Sorbello and Paulie Calafiore, business executive Ernie Boch Jr., and filmmaker Drew Ann Rosenberg.
Upcoming 2020’d Episodes:
May 16 – John Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall)
May 19 – Steve Wood (Co-Manager of Godsmack, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and more)
May 23 – Steve Wood (Co-Manager of Godsmack, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry and more)
May 26 – Matt LaPirerre (Guitarist, LOST SYMPHONY guest)
May 30 – Matt LaPirerre (Guitarist, LOST SYMPHONY guest)
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