A new 14-track concept album from Estonian female fronted progressive formation Emphasis is set to drop later this spring under Red Rivet Records (Japan).
Today, the band proudly presents the cover artwork and track list of the new record. The artwork was brought to life by Tallinn based photographer Terje Talts. She is a well-known Estonian professional freelance artist and fantasy photographer.
"We are extremely happy to cooperate with such a creative nature as Terje. In addition to the cover, she also made fantastic illustrations for a 12-page booklet of the upcoming album. We cannot wait to share the results of this great job with all of you! We’d also like to express our appreciation to the "face" of Soul Transfer – Mr. Jan Talts. His charisma, masterfully transmitted through the lens of Terje’s camera perfectly complemented the album from a graphical view point“, - Emphasis said.
The second full-length album Soul Transfer consists of 14 tracks, including 6 instrumentals:
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In July Estonian progressive metallers Emphasis have revealed details for their second LP "Soul Transfer“. The concept album, consisting of 14 tracks, will be released worldwide in early 2018 on Japanese label Red Rivet Records.
The band has repeatedly noted that they got an unexpected result due to the huge number of musical experiments. “Obviously, this album has a lot of jazz influences. Our guest musicians did an excellent job! So far, this is our most serious work for us. It’s more progressive than a symphonic metal album. And we’re happy about that!"- Emphasis said.
LP "Soul Transfer" was recorded at StoneOil Studio (Kivioli, Estonia) by Pavel Korotaev, guitarist, and songwriter of Emphasis. 5 guest musicians also took part in the work on the album, including well-known Estonian jazzmen Raul Sööt (saxophone) and Allan Järve (trumpet), blues guitarist Oleg Lyutskevich (Moscow, Russia), violoncellist Alexandr Smirnov and violinist Julia Mets. “Soul Transfer” is totally concept album: the story of a man, his fate and enticing prospects of eternal life in the context of global digitalization.
Female fronted progressive metal act Emphasis was formed in 2010 in Estonia, a small country in Northern Europe, by bassist Katya Gritskova and guitarist Pavel Korotaev. Their music is a mix of classical harmonies, heavy guitar riffs and powerful operatic vocals of their gorgeous front lady Anna Ganina. For the last five years, the band played dozens of shows in Baltics and Finland. Their debut full-length album "Revival" was released in spring 2016 under Italian label Underground Symphony and received a lot of positive reviews.
Red Rivet Records was founded in early 2009 in Japan. Red Rivet Records worked with a lot of metal bands from over the globe as a distributor, organizing Japanese tours as a promoter so far.
Female fronted progressive metal act Emphasis were formed in 2010 in Estonia, a small country in Northern Europe, by bassist Katya Gritskova and guitarist Pavel Korotaev. The music of Emphasis is a synthesis of classical harmonies, expressive heavy guitar riffs and the powerful voice of their amazing frontwoman Anna Ganina who joined the band in 2013. In April 2016 the band released their debut LP "Revival“ on the Italian label Underground Symphony Records. A year later, Emphasis return with the second conceptual full-length album called "Soul Transfer“.
“We are happy to announce that the work on our second full-length album is completed! We put so much energy into trying to create something new and special. Soul Transfer is our first experimental album. In cooperation with talented jazz musicians, we got a completely unexpected result, even for ourselves. Soul Transfer is our first concept album: the story of a man, his fate and enticing prospects of eternal life in the context of global digitalization. Today we can say with confidence: this is the most serious and non-standard work for us.“ - Emphasis said.
Today the band is focused on the preparations for the release and looking for a label to collaborate with.
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