To celebrate today’s release of the album ‘Wasteland‘, Italian Power Metal group Stranger Vision has released a brand new video for the song ‘Handful Of Dust‘.
The bands says: “‘Handful of Dust‘ is the beginning of the journey into T.S. Eliot’s Wasteland and what the traveler sees is modern society, described as a Dantean hell of alienation, unawareness and sin, in which awakening and choice are rejected.
April is the cruelest month, because it is the month of rebirth. Winter, on the other hand, which held man in forgetful unconsciousness, is longed for. There is only shadow and desolation of society and man is reduced to a bundle of fears in a handful of dust: fear of dawn, of meeting one’s neighbour, of dying. We tried to realise all this visually in the video of the song, in which the light, represented by the main actress, is not welcomed by the procession of people heading towards darkness. The journey is only just beginning with ‘Handful of Dust‘ and from today you can hear it in its entirety on our concept album.”
Stranger Vision were born in 2019, aiming to create and realize an extremely personal vision and sound. Catchy music, but not cheesy. Magniloquent, but not tawdry. Technical, but not complex. Modern, but not pimp. And powerful, above all.
The captivating energy of Stranger Vision comes from the toughness of an exquisitely metal impact and the penetrating power of the melodies. Their style is proficient at generating violent and pleasant sensations, both on artistic and emotional level.
Despite the rich songwriting and accurate arrangements, the creative process of Stranger Vision is very free and spontaneous. Some sources of inspiration can be found in the limitless storytelling skills of Savatage, the percussive intensity of Symphony X and the fluent harmonic layers of Blind Guardian, but any influence is deeply reworked by the unique personality of the band.
Shortly after the successful debut album ‘Poetica‘, the sophomore opus ‘Wasteland‘ hits the bullseye once again. A 58-minutes-long musical journey showing Stranger Vision’s talent for crating memorable riffs, epic vocal melodies, compelling rhythms, uplifting orchestrations, while working out a quite unique conceptual approach for their genre.
The interest of Stranger Vision in human sciences – with special regard to literature, poetry and philosophy – is deepened in thoughtful lyrics, yet open to free interpretation. ‘Wasteland‘ is a concept album celebrating, exactly 100 years after its first publication, Thomas Stearns Eliot’s eponymous poem, published in 1922 and considered one of the great masterpieces of modern poetry.
‘Wasteland‘ also features some stunning collaborations with prestigious international guests, such as Tom S. Englund (Evergrey, Redemption, Silent Skies) on the song ‘The Deep‘ and the almighty Hansi Kürsch (Blind Guardian, Demons & Wizards) on the title-track. A pretty consequence of Stranger Vision’s victory at the Imagination Song Contest hosted by the Bards of Krefeld themselves.
Magnificently mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (DGM) at the renowned Domination Studio in San Marino, the new album ‘Wasteland‘ will undoubtedly pursue the never-ending path of a steadily growing career, which can finally take flight along with the complete restoration of concert-related activities. The artwork was designed by Gustavo Sazes (Angra, Firewind, Cyrah etc.)
Vocals – Ivan Adami
Guitars, Keyboards, Orchestrations – Riccardo Toni
Bass – Daniele Morini
Drums – Alessio Monacelli