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The long wait is finally over: Cea Serin return with a worthy follow-up to their 2004 debut Where Memories Combine!
The first two tracks on The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay are new recordings of two long-time staples of the Cea Serin live set: Holy Mother and The Illumination Mask, previously featured on the long-unavailable Chiaroscuro demo and often requested by fans for inclusion on a proper album. After drummer Rory Faciane joined the band, it was decided to grant the fans their wish and revisit these songs with better recording quality and a real drummer instead of the previously used drum machine.
The third track, a cover of the Sarah McLachlan song Ice, serves as a link between the revisited and the brand-new material. It features an original Cea Serin arrangement, turning the acoustic guitar ballad into a haunting, piano-backed piece, putting Jay Lamm's clean vocals front and center and showcasing a different side of the band.
The Victim Cult is a brand-new track. „It deals with the castigation of the creators by the people content in sitting back in languor, judging and claiming a right to the services from the very people they’ve vilified,“ says Jay Lamm, composer and lyricist of all four of the album's originals. The song features a unique structure with two distinct choruses that lead into each other, with their order reversed at the end.
The album closes with the 20-minute epic What Falls Away, a song that deals with the suicide of a girl and how it impacts her family – her parents, who are trying to make sense of the events and what might have led to them, and her brother, who suffers from a mental disorder and cannot comprehend what has happened and why his life has changed.
The CD comes with a 12-page booklet containing the lyrics to all songs and Jay Lamm's comments on them.
Produced by Jay Lamm and Keith Warman
Mastered by Lance King
"I am excited about working with Generation Prog Records for this release as I am very impressed with what they've got going on,“ says vocalist/bassist Jay Lamm. „This album has been a long time coming. I hope our fans will find it has been worth the wait. This album stands up as a brilliant piece of Prog Metal." (Andy Snipper, music-news.com)
"I was a Cea Serin fan even before their debut album was released back in 2004, so I am absolutely thrilled to welcome them to Generation Prog Records,“ says label founder Michael Schetter. „The new album shows just how far ahead of its time the band was with its mix of clean and harsh vocals and the dynamic music to match. They have essentially stuck to their style, and yet The Vibrant Sound of Bliss and Decay sounds very much in tune with the progressive metal world of 2014. This is the sort of disc that will sit towards the top of the Best Albums of 2014 list for any fan of technical ProgMetal." (Andy Read, DPRP)
"Wow... pretty fantastic album! I absolutely love it." (Marcel Haster, Live Prog)
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