Estonian progressive metallers EMPHASIS have revealed details for their second LP, titled Soul Transfer. The concept album, consisting of 14 tracks, will be released worldwide in early 2018 via Red Rivet Records (Japan).
Speaking about the album, Emphasis had this to say:
“Obviously, this album has a lot of jazz influences. Our guest musicians did an excellent job! So far, this is our most serious work for us. It’s more progressive than a symphonic metal album. And we’re happy about that!”- Emphasis said.
Soul Transfer’s concept is a frighteningly prescient one, with the band describing it as “the story of a man, his fate and enticing prospects of eternal life in the context of global digitalization”.
Soul Transfer was recorded at StoneOil Studio (Kivioli, Estonia) by Pavel Korotaev; guitarist and songwriter of Emphasis. Five guest musicians also became involved in the project, including well-known Estonian jazzmen Raul Sööt (saxophone) and Allan Järve (trumpet), blues guitarist Oleg Lyutskevich (Moscow, Russia), violoncellist Alexandr Smirnov and violinist Julia Mets. .
Female fronted progressive metal act Emphasis was formed in 2010 in Estonia, by bassist Katya Gritskova and guitarist Pavel Korotaev. Their music is a mix of classical harmonies, heavy guitar riffs and powerful operatic vocals. Their debut full-length album, Revival, was released in spring 2016 under Italian label Underground Symphony and received a multitude of positive reviews.
Anna Ganina – vocals
Pavel Korotaev – guitars
Maxim Spiridonov – guitars
Vsevolod Tselepis – keys
Katya Gritskova – bass
Stanislav Lint – drums