LUX TERMINUS ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF DEBUT ALBUM THE COURAGE TO BE; LISTEN TO FIRST SINGLE “ELECTROCOMMUNION” BELOW
June 8, 2018 (Cleveland, OH) -- Lux Terminus is excited to announce the release of their debut album, The Courage to Be, on August 24th, 2018. Written and recorded over the course of more than a year, The Courage to Be is a powerful first statement from the progressive rock trio, which consists of keyboardist Vikram Shankar (Redemption), drummer Matthew Kerschner, and bass guitarist Brian Craft.
The follow-up to 2016′s The Art Of Loss, which van Dyk counts amongst Redemption‘s very best, Long Night’s Journey Into Day is inarguably the sound of a band at the height of their powers. As followers of Redemption are also aware, it is the first full-length since the departure of vocalist Ray Alder, and features the debut of Evergrey vocalist Tom Englund. “We were unable to tour ‘The Art Of Loss‘ because Ray was not able to actively participate in Redemption any longer, so we decided it was time to part company shortly after its release. Ray is a dear friend, and I have nothing but respect and love for him and what we created together. But at some point, it just became untenable.” Of course, Alder’s shoes were not exactly going to be easy to fill, and it was essential that his successor be someone who would immediately command respect, as well as somebody who could exceed expectations when it came to performance. Moreover, it was integral that they had someone who could fully invest in the lyrical themes concerning the human condition, which have always been central to Redemption. So, the fact that from the beginning of his career Englund has penned lyrics about feelings of doubt, fear and despair with an unshakable emotional authenticity made him the perfect choice. “Because of the power of his voice and the emotion he brings, this isn’t going to be a shocking transition for fans. Tom’s also a very versatile vocalist, and being a songwriter, he has a tremendous melodic and compositional sensibility, and on top of that, we’ve known each other for many years, and there is a level of not just professional respect but personal friendship to it all.”
I am honored to announce that I have joined veteran progressive metal band and Metal Blade Records artist Redemption as keyboardist! Check out the press release on Metal Blade's official site here. Looking forward to the release of our new album soon, and to playing for the fans during the Redemption headlining set at Progpower USA and elsewhere!
I am proud to release this cover of one of my favorite progressive metal songs from the last few years: Periphery's "The Way the News Goes..."!
It was my pleasure to handle piano, strings and production work for this cover of "Silent Gold" by Pain of Salvation, done with my friend Derrick Schneider (Next to None, Tallah) on lead vocals!
In honor of our debut show with Imminent Sonic Destruction next month, Lux Terminus is excited to present a second, extended teaser of material! We hope you enjoy these three snippets of pre-production audio from our upcoming debut record.
Lux Terminus is excited to announce that our debut show will be on Saturday, December 2nd, at The Loving Touch (Detroit, MI area) with Imminent Sonic Destruction and Iron Belly! We are excited to be premiering material from our upcoming debut record. Purchase tickets here.
I am so thrilled to unveil my new band LUX TERMINUS, an instrumental progressive rock band influenced by metal, jazz fusion, and cinematic music. We are currently working on our debut record, and I can confidently say that this music in many ways exemplifies my skills as a keyboard player and as a composer better than anything I have ever done in my career thus far. The record will also feature guest appearances from some of my favorite people in prog and metal. Check out this pre-production audio teaser below, and follow LUX TERMINUS on Facebook, Instagram (@LuxTerminus) and Twitter (@LuxTerminus).
It was my great honor to accept a challenge from Bravewords to record a piano medley of Devin Townsend's 1997 record "Ocean Machine" in honor of its anniversary. Also featured is a fairly in-depth interview in which I discuss my arranging process, upcoming projects and more. You can read the feature HERE, and listen to the medley below: