Renowned for their spellbindingly powerful live shows and hypnotizing tribal flavours, Australian sextet Alithia will release their highly anticipated sophomore record The Moon has Fallen worldwide on Friday October 26th 2018 through Wild Thing Records. They are celebrating this announcement by releasing the first single/video from the record, entitled Empress, which you can see below!
Alithia are set to traverse the globe with The Moon has Fallen, their best album yet. In sync with their monumental release, Alithia will tour Europe as direct support to Norwegian avant-garde rock specialists Shining in November 2018.
Recorded in Athens, Greece, The Moon has Fallen delves deep into the realm of psychedelic tribal post-prog rock. The band embraces heavy percussive grooves, new wave Blade Runner-esque synth blasts, and striking melodic vocals with an emphatic punk attitude, resulting in one of the most unique and diverse albums to ever infect your senses. The Moon has Fallen is Alithia’s first record written entirely collectively with the inspired addition of percussionist Jeffrey Raul Ortiz Castro interlacing the album’s sound with Latin rhythms, celestial synthesizers, and distinctive secondary vocals. The band’s original foundations, however, remain intact with John Rousvanis’ inspiring lead vocals and mesmerizing guitar styling apparent throughout, none more so than the epic album opener The Sun. From the pulsating engine room of bassist Tibor Gede and drummer Mark ‘Vel’ Vella, shining on highlight track Empress, to the stirring keyboard soundscapes of Danny Costantino, which command the single Diamonds, Alithia have emerged with a simply exceptional album.
Band founder and lead singer Rousvanis had this to say about the new album. “We didn’t choose to make this album, but rather it was it’s own entity already in the etheric plane which chose us as it’s conduit birthing parents; in turn the writing process affected myself and the other members of the band in a extremely challenging way, leading to tumultuous ups and downs, we went through an intense journey that involved bemusement, blind optimism, broken hearts, death, loss, depression, near band break ups, sever sickness, mental illness, suicide, self destruction, betrayal, doubt, hedonism, salvation, brotherhood, the left and right hand path, realisation, enlightenment, new friends, love, marriage, empathy, philosophy, gratitude and growth all in our daily lives while travelling across the world and back in making this music…this album is just one part of my self and Alithia that will live on after we are gone. The Moon Has Fallen.”
Alithia, meaning ‘Truth’ in Greek, was formed by Rousvanis in 2004. Following the release of two experimental EP’s in The Rising (2009) and A Realm O Null (2011), Alithia honed their sound with the ethereal debut album To the Edge of Time (2014). Recorded in Budapest, Hungary, To the Edge of Time garnered international interest in the group, with the record receiving rave reviews worldwide; Metal Hammer (UK) proclaimed “the kind of emotional fireworks that could send the world’s festival stages into orbit”. The band’s momentum gathered steam, becoming a core component of Australia’s progressive rock scene revival, leading them to tour Australia and Europe several times over with The Music (AUS) affirming, “…their live show is starting to attain legendary status”. Their captivating live setup was further solidified with the joining of young prodigious guitarist Nguyen Phambam in 2017.
Alithia are nomadic travellers in every sense, a fact displayed in their extensive touring history and vivacious ‘street dog’ personality, an expression / movement of which they’re proud to have pioneered. In recent times, the band embarked on a twenty nine date European Tour with Leprous and Agent Fresco in 2017 (their fourth European sojourn), whilst 2018 saw the band tour Australia with Leprous, and The Contortionist and SikTh. Alithia have directly supported some of the biggest names in progressive music such as Animals As Leaders, Alcest, Dead Letter Circus, Ne Obliviscaris, The Ocean, sleepmakeswaves, Caligula’s Horse, Tides From Nebula, Mother’s Cake, Vulture Industries, and many others. In Australia, they’ve performed at prominent festivals such as Bigsound, and at Progfest a record five times. Their engrossing live performances led the group to signings with Wild Thing Presents (management), and Artery Global (bookings).