Progressive Metal quintet Parius have signed with Willowtip Records and will release “The Signal Heard Throughout Space” on October 7th, 2022.
The new single “The Signal” will be available on all major digital platforms on August 5th.
“The Signal Heard Throughout Space” will be the full-length debut for drummer Dan Silver, and the band’s first release with keyboardist Sean Gallagher. On the new album, Parius deftly combines the cohesive songwriting of bands like Mastodon and Opeth with the eccentricities of bands like Mr. Bungle and The Mars Volta. Produced with the illustrious and Grammy-nominated Jamie King, the record is a bona fide, 60-minute rock opera more than twice as lengthy as 2018’s “The Eldritch Realm”.
On enlisting the eclectic talents of Jamie King, the band wanted the production side of their new album to be a nod to some of the classic albums of the late 70s and early 80s, such as Rush’s “Hemispheres”, while still freely allowing the songwriting to explore any territory the band desired.
The album concept in the band’s own words:
“‘The Signal Heard Throughout Space’ is a conceptual rock opera that tells the story of a space captain who hears a distress signal, whether real or in a dream, and he sets out to find its source. The album chronicles the Captain’s search as he struggles with the self-doubt that comes with trying to accomplish his goals, all while hopelessly compelled to complete his mission. He encounters a cosmic being called ‘The Formulator’ who both helps and hinders him on his journey. The message of the album is that of perseverance in the face of adversity and developing the strength to see the goals you set for yourself through, despite the outcome.
Musically, we looked at every rock opera we could find from Jesus Christ Superstar to Ziltoid the Omniscient and ended up testing out a ton of ideas. We probably wrote 3-5 albums worth of material that we scrapped before writing most of the material that would end up on the final album. We just weren’t ready to write this big, interconnected album yet that our vocalist Louis Thierry had conceptualized – it took a couple of years.
While we anticipate that this record could estrange some of the death metal fans that we had courted with the past couple of EPs – we think that those who appreciated the more fun elements, the songwriting focus, and the depth of layers from those EPs will find that these elements are heightened on this new 60-minute album – which is in no small part due to the addition of Sean Gallagher on keyboards, and the legendary Jamie King; who co-produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered the album at his studio in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We just felt like it was the right time for us to try and make something unique to us that nobody else could make, and we feel like we’ve done that with ‘The Signal Heard Throughout Space’.”
2. The Signal
3. Suspended Animation
4. Spaceflight Dementia
5. The Acid Lakes of Ganymede
6. The Human Molecule
8. Dimension Y
9. The Outer Limit
Produced by Parius & Jamie King
Engineered, Mixed, & Mastered by Jamie King
Assistant editing by Kevin King
Artwork painted by Stephen Andrade
Art direction by Louis Thierry & Stephen Andrade
Graphic design by Stephen Andrade
Additional design & layout by Alex Eckman-Lawn
Louis Thierry – Vocals
Ryan Rauch – Guitars
Kenny Rentz – Bass
Sean Gallagher – Keyboards
Dan Silver – Drums