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Release Date: June 25, 2016 (Worldwide)
Label: More Hate Productions/AWAL UK/Massive Sound Recordings
Produced, composed & arranged by MAJESTY OF REVIVAL
Recorded, engineered, mixed & mastered at Beast Sound Studio 1, Uzhgorod, Ukraine,
between June 2014-September 2015, except:
Harp/String section on "Wolfheart Reprise" recorded somewhere in Spain, January 2015.
MOR 2016 line-up:
Dimitriy Pavlovskiy - guitarz/vox
Vladimir Yakubovsky - keyboardz
Tom Penzel - bass
Vasiliy Iržak - drumz
Keyboards on 2,4,8,10,13,16 tracks by Marat Adiev
Choirs/backing vox on 1,2,4,8,10,13 tracks by Nelly Hanael
Harp/String section on 15 track by Dagda (Celtibeerian)
Keyboards on 9 track by DP
Bass on 10,11,13,15 tracks by Ivan Kraynyay
1,2,3,4,12 tracks by Sandra Roarke
1,5,6,7,9,10,14 tracks by Dimitriy Pavlovskiy
7,8,14 tracks by Clawdeen Con
8,10,11,13 tracks by Nelly Hanael
Logo/album design by Tomi Fanta
Photo by Taras Kryklyvets
This is our most difficult & the most titanic album by now. During the recording process, we even suspended activities for a couple of weeks, but then decided to finish this giant.
After the split-up with Konstantin Naumenko, we did the cover of a song The Cage for the official Tribute To Sonata Arctica album, which was officially run by Sonata Arctica & being mastered in the famous Finnish recording studio Studio57 by Pasi Kauppinen! Vocals for this cover were provided by Nelly Hanael. Then we recorded a couple of new songs, played one more show with Nelly on vox, actually trying to make MOR a "female-fronted" band. In February 2015 the band members switched to their side projects & we suspend activities for a few weeks. In the end, only two of the original members remain in the band - drummer Vasyl Irzhak and guitarist Dimitriy Pavlovskiy.
In July 2015, Volodymyr Yakubovsky and Tommy Penzel joined the band, and with the new line-up, we're concentrating on studio work. From over 25 tracks we choose 14 to be featured on this album - lots of outtakes and ideas were in the archive up to this day (some of them reworked and used in future albums). Overall it took about half and a year to finish this album: yes, it's quite a time, of course - during this period there were lineup changes & many experiments with sound, which has left its mark on the new material! The listener will discover completely new aspects of sound ranging from Pop/Rock to Progressive/Thrash, from Gothic to Symphonic Power & Folk Metal. The powerful rhythm section, virtuoso bass, guitar & keyboard sections, powerful vocals create 14 cross-genre compositions full of massive riffs and catchy melodies.
There is a bonus track on the CD version - is an acoustic version of one of the songs from the album, recorded with a string quartet under the direction of multi-instrumentalist David "Dagda" Sanchez of the Spanish Folk Metal band Celtibeerian.
But the main difference & the highlight of the new album became Dimitriy vocals, who had not only played the guitar sections but also brilliantly sang all the vocal parts.
The album was released on More Hate Productions/AWAL in June 2016! After the release, the album became one of the band's landmark releases, the songs "Alive", "Wolfheart", "When The Night Embraces" received rotations on major international radio stations, later on concert activities had started. During supporting gigs for Dualism, the band participates in the album Tribute to THERION with the song Wisdom & The Cage, which was led by Christopher Johnsson! December 17 we played the last show for DUALISM & in January 2017 entered the studio for producing the next album Timeless.