DREAMSHADE – release long awaited album
Swiss metal giants Dreamshade release long-awaited new album A Pale Blue Dot
"We feel like this one is gonna be a fan favourite since it really captures every era of the band. We’re excited to share this new chapter with the World!"
Switzerland’s melodic metal masters Dreamshade release their fourth full-length album A Pale Blue Dot today. The band have already shared 3 singles from the album Lightbringers, Shanghai Nights and most recently Stone Cold Digital to widespread critical acclaim from fans and media alike.
Mixed and mastered by Grammy Awards nominated producer Jacob Hansen in Denmark, who also worked on their 2013 breakthrough album The Gift Of Life. The title of the album is inspired by Carl Sagan’s 1994 book as the band explain, "We were looking for something that could hold the meaning of both the importance and the futility of certain values as we know them. A distant look at Humanity and our planet, as everything that’s important for us on Earth seems just so insignificant in the great scheme of things, compared to the Universe. Selfishness and individualism have no place in the bigger picture, and this makes more and more sense to us as we wrote the record just before the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and most of it was recorded and produced during lockdown, with a vastly different approach and experience than what we’re used to."
A Pale Blue Dot also saw a line-up change with the arrival of drummer Francesco "Fry" Ferrini bringing a renewed and much needed positive energy to the band.
The record also includes two very special guests, on the aforementioned Stone Cold Digital you’ll find the New York based Italian popstar Rose Villain, the first track of theirs to ever include a female vocalist. While on Nothing but the Truth, you can listen to Darkest Hour’s frontman John Henry giving his all. This was recorded on the road, back in February 2020, when guitarist Fella was filling in on Darkest Hour’s 25th Anniversary Tour.
Closing song Save This includes a special collaboration and unique experience: the band managed to get 517 Dreamshade fans from 70 different countries singing gang vocals on the track. They could send their takes as voice messages through the band’s WhatsApp.
A Pale Blue Dot releases on the 5th of March 2021.
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Kevin Calì – Vocals
Fernando ‘Fella’ Di Cicco – Guitars, Vocals
Gian-Andrea Costa – Bass, programming
Luca Magri – Guitars, programming
Francesco ‘Fry’ Ferrini – Drums
Since forming in 2006 in Lugano, Switzerland, the band have gained widespread attention from the global rock, metal and hardcore scenes with their unique mix of melody, heaviness and uplifting lyrics. After the release of their first EP To The Edge Of Reality in 2008 they signed to Universal Music / Spinefarm Records for 2011’s What Silence Hides, and their 2013 break out album, The Gift Of Life featuring genre defining tracks like Consumed Future, Photographs and Your Voice. The band toured continuously and touched 4 continents: Europe, North America, Asia and Africa gaining thousands of new fans all over the world.
In 2015 they released Dreamers Don’t Sleep which was the first single that anticipated the release of a new album. Dreamshade signed with Artery Recordings in 2016 and released the album Vibrant, introducing a host of new influences including rock, electronica and hip-hop to their signature sound on tracks like Where My Heart Belongs, Up All Night and It’s Over. The same year they embarked on a headliner tour through Europe and Asia which saw many of the shows selling out.
The standalone single Question Everything was released on the 15th of January 2019 ahead of their European tour alongside heavyweights DON BROCO & Emarosa as well as returning to both South Africa & Asia as headliners.