Los Angeles-based symphonic prog metallers ANTHEA have released their new album “Tales Untold”, now available as of August 26th viaRockshots Records. To celebrate the sophomore full-length’s release day, the band is sharing their new music video for the track “Song for Winter”.
“This song celebrates the beauty of nature, particularly in the wintertime. This one was written while things were feeling very grim due to the virus, so we wanted to do something that would give a sense of calmness and escapism. The goal was to musically capture that feeling of resting by the fireplace, drinking a nice warm cup of tea while looking out the window to see a beautiful winter landscape.” adds the band.
ANTHEA’s new album “Tales Untold” follows their 2020 debut “Illusion”. An epic symphonic/melodic metal journey, with varying dynamics, “Tales Untold”will make new and old fans alike feel as if they’ve gone through a grand cinematic and poetic experience. For its recording, Anthea took the reigns to a more DIY approach with vocalist Diego Valadez taking over as the album’s producer along with bassist Eric “EJ” Guerrero in charge of the band’s music videos and photography.
“The difference with this next record is that Anthea has a more mature sound and we have carefully thought out the ebb and flow throughout it. Our end goal is to give a very dynamic and cinematic album in which the listener feels as though they’ve gone through a grand musical journey once they’ve reached the end.” says the band.
Anthea is a melodic, symphonic metal band from Los Angeles, CA. With influences from bands like Nightwish, Kamelot, and Wintersun, as well as scores from composers such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and Danny Elfman, the band create a unique theatrical sound blending progressive, power, and thrash metal elements, with a grand, cinematic edge.
“Tales Untold” is available at the following links:
CD – https://bit.ly/TalesUntoldCD
Vinyl – https://bit.ly/
Digital – https://bfan.link/tales-untold
1. Tales Untold – 4:09
2. Ascendence – 3:21
3. Song for Winter – 4:03
4. The Deceiver – 5:11
5. Sapiens – 5:29
6. Memoriam – 4:13
7. Looking Glass – 4:15
8. Empyrean – 4:02
9. Sunder Heart – 4:53
10. In Time – 5:33
Album Length: 45:15
Diego Valadez – Vocals/Keys
Juan Pina – Guitar/Screams
Marcos Mejia – Guitar
Eric Guerrero – Bass
Peter Vasquez – Drums
All music and lyrics by Diego Valadez except on “Looking Glass” and “Empyrean” music by Marco Mejia, Lyrics and Orchestration by Diego Valadez. Music and Lyrics for the cover song “In Time” originally written and performed by Robbi Rob.
Produced By Diego Valadez
Mixed/Mastered By Jesse Billson
Layout & Design By Dávid Busai (Mordiggian Art)
Video & Photography By Eric “EJ” Guerrero (E.ject Media)
About: Anthea is a melodic, symphonic metal band from Los Angeles, CA. With influences from bands like Nightwish, Kamelot, and Wintersun, as well as scores from composers such as Hans Zimmer, John Williams, and Danny Elfman, the band create a unique theatrical sound blending progressive, power, and thrash metal elements, with a grand, cinematic edge.
The band released some demo songs as singles which quickly began gaining attention in the local metal scene. Anthea began playing more live shows around Los Angeles, opening for various bands including Smile Empty Soul, Helion Prime, September Mourning, and many more.
In late 2019, Anthea announced that they would be entering the studio to re-record their singles as well as some new material for an official EP that would be titled “Illusion.” It wasn’t long before the group was contacted by Rockshots Records. The label suggested that instead of releasing an EP, the band should consider recording a full-length debut album. If they did so, Rockshots would release the record under their label. Anthea agreed and began working on more material.
Illusion, the debut album from Anthea was released on October 23rd, 2020 under Rockshots Records. The album has received many positive reviews from several magazines, blogs, and podcasts. The three singles “Moirai”, “Illusion”, and “Reach”, have all gone on to receive international play on various rock and metal radio stations.
The band returns in 2022 with their second album “Tales Untold” due out in August 2022.
“A sort of dramatic theatrical experience that of this “Illusion”, which ranks among the best releases of the gothic-epic panorama of 2020.” (8/10) Tutto Rock Magazine (Illusion review – 2020)
“A solid surprise from the USA here.” (5/6) – Scream Magazine (Illusion review – 2020)
“The song writing on this album is commendable and of the highest calibre. If you are looking out for a melodic sound with plenty of surprises and a true rollercoaster experience, you’ve hit the jackpot with this one. Go for it!” (9.5/10) – The Metal Resource (Illusion review – 2020)
“The music and the vocals work together in perfect harmony, whether its through gentler moments or full unashamed bombastic power. Lyrically, Anthea offer a truly poetic experience, elevating a listener’s wonder and imagination to optimum level.” (5 STARS) – MMH Radio (Illusion review – 2020)
“A long-term, melodic debut album, with excellent musical combinations, there are different tempos that can be heard as Thrash metal briefly, they have a strong combination that goes from Symphonic Metal to Power Metal and vice versa, at the beginning they start very Power Metal and end very Symphonic Metal, that gives variety to the album!” (90/100) – Darkzen Dragon (Illusion review – 2020)
“Overall, a fast paced and very infectious album of heavy hitting symphonic power metal with stunning twists and turns.” (9.5/10) – Metal Gods TV (Illusion review – 2020)
“I believe that Anthea have managed to convince us of the value of their musical ideas with a strong debut and of course with the composite result they present to us in ‘Illusion’.” – Rockway.gr (Illusion review – 2020)
“Congratulations ANTHEA on achieving one of the better albums for 2020!” (9/10 ) – Metal-Temple (Illusion review – 2020)
“The whole piece is just incredible to listen to as you get lost in the composition and what it stands for” – Jace Media (Illusion review – 2020)