Quebec-based Extreme Neoclassical Metal band First Fragment has released a new single titled "Solus" off their upcoming album "Gloire Éternelle coming out on October 29th. The band comments :

“Our 3rd single SOLUS is quite different from either of the singles we have released thus far. It also draws a lot of inspiration from the ’80s greats like Joey Tafolla, Cacophony, Elegy, Coroner, Apocrypha & of course Yngwie Malmsteen to further showcase a facet of our sound which we like to classify as ‘extreme neoclassical metal’ – a rare genre where the vocals and drumming are closer to extreme metal while the non-death metal string work remains much closer to neoclassical power metal. While the previous two singles focused on swing grooves or highly complex neoclassical counterpoint fused with death metal, this song is pretty much an homage to the band’s old school influences and contains less blastbeats than usual, giving more room for the dancing guitars and lead bass to express themselves. Enjoy and keep spreading the word!

The band also made a statement concerning the status of the vinyl release of the upcoming album as well as the health condition of their drummer Nicholas wells :

Gloire Éternelle is coming out next month on October 29th as planned, but the vinyl release has been delayed to next March. This is out of our control and also out of our label's control. There are multiple massive delays in most vinyl pressing plants throughout the world. It sucks but it is what it is. That also means a re-issue for Dasein will come later than planned, in the summer of 2022. People who ordered the vinyl will get a download code.
Our drummer Nicholas Wells was involved in a car accident. He is okay, but he has injured his ribs. We have therefore decided to wait to 2022 to play shows. We definitely want to book a proper Canadian tour and a 2nd European tour in the winter or spring of 2022 as we are craving to go back on stage, and we are on the lookout for offers to play in the US in 2022 as well. In the meantime, send him some love and support. He needs it.

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Quebec Extreme Neoclassical Metal group First Fragment has released an instrumental playthrough of their 2nd single "La Veuve & Le Martyr" off their upcoming album Gloire Éternelle coming out October 29th via Unique Leader Records. The video features performances by both of the band's guitarists and bass player and was filmed and edited by Ismael Mossadeq. The song showcases a different approach to the band's music, slightly dialing back the neoclassical elements in favor of swing elements inspired by Greg Howe's early works as well as Joey Tafolla's 2nd album Infra-Blue.

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Via First Fragment's facebook page :

"Our new album "Gloire Éternelle" will come out October 29th on 2LP/CD/Digital via Unique Leader Records and on tape via Productions TSO. Pre orders available here :

Tracklisting : 1 - Gloire Éternelle (8:41) 2 - Solus (4:35) 3 - La Veuve & Le Martyr (5:37) 4 - Pantheum (4:36) 5 - De Chair & De Haine (9:03) 6 - Sonata en Mi Mineur (5:45) 7 - Ataraxie (5:16) 8 - Soif Brûlante (6:53) 9 - In'el (18:54) 10 - Mort Éphémère (2:08)

Line-up :

David AB - Lead & backing vocals (mids, highs, yells)

Phil Tougas - Lead, rhythm & classical guitars, backing vocals (lows, highs, gurgles, yells), keyboards, effects, intros, additional percussions

Nick “Thriller” Miller - Lead & rhythm guitar

Dominic “Forest” Lapointe - Fretless lead bass

Nicholas “Le Fou” Wells - Drums. percussions & additional back vocals (yells)

Additional musicians :

Vincent Savary (Ex-First Fragment) - 2nd bass solo in In’el

David AB, Phil Tougas, Nicholas Wells & Steven Henry (Ex Neuraxis) - Warchoir

Production & artwork :

Phil Tougas - Producer, Recording/Engineering (vocals, guitars), additional editing (drums) at Stygian Studios (Longueuil)

Hugues Deslauriers - Mixing, Re-amping (Guitars, Bass) at Roarrr Sound Studios (Montreal)

Mathieu Marcotte - Mastering at Humanoise Studios (Montreal)

Chris Donaldson - Recording/engineering (drums, bass) at The Grid (Montreal)

Jonathan Mazzeo - Assistant engineering (drums, bass) at The Grid (Europe)

Pierre Tougas - Additional engineering

Andrew Allstone - Additional engineering

Marc Roy - Additional engineering

Adam Burke/Nightjar Illustration - Album cover art

Chimère Noire - Layout

Charles Benoit - Logo

All lyrics and concepts by David AB

All songs composed by Phil Tougas except : 6 by Phil Tougas / Gabriel Brault-Pilon, 7-8 by Brault-Pilon / Tougas

All arrangements by Tougas, Forest, Wells, Miller, Brault-Pi lon

Gloire Éternelle was composed between 2006-2021 & recorded between February 2020-February 2021

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