Israel’s progressive/symphonic metal wizards SCARDUST persevered through the challenges presented by the events of 2020 and ended the year by releasing their critically acclaimed sophomore concept album “Strangers”. The group is poised to continue moving forward as 2021 progresses, though the makeup of the band has been slightly altered. Bassist Yanai Avnet and keyboardist Itai Portugali have said an amicable goodbye to SCARDUST, and the group has officially welcomed into the fold longtime songwriting collaborator Orr Didi (bass) and longtime friend of the band Aaron Friedland (keyboards).
Details on the new lineup’s first live performance will be revealed soon. Full statements from Avnet Portugali, Didi, and Friedland – along with photos of the new lineup – can be viewed at www.facebook.com/
SCARDUST‘s latest album “Strangers” – which can be streamed on all major digital platforms or purchased on CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl at https://smarturl.com/
Mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy), “Strangers” – described by by Dead Rhetoric as “captivating from start to finish” – was written and composed jointly by SCARDUST vocalist Noa Gruman and Didi, who also collaborated with the band on their full-length debut “Sands of Time” and their 2015 EP “Shadow”. The album features guest appearances by acclaimed German folk musician Patty Gurdy, the Hellscore choir (Orphaned Land, Amorphis, Ayreon) and England’s prestigious Westbrook Hay Prep School Chamber Choir.
Gruman was also featured as a guest lead vocalist on Therion‘s new record, “Leviathan” (Nuclear Blast), released earlier this year. This is just the latest in a list of impressive recent guest vocal appearances, which also include Amorphis‘ 2018 record “Queen of Time,” Orphaned Land‘s 2018 album “Unsung Prophets and Dead Messiahs” and Ayreon’s recently released “Transitus.”
Israel’s leading progressive metal group, SCARDUST has performed at such major festivals as Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), Metaldays (Slovenia) and Midi (China). In addition, the band hosts the annual “Scarfest” event in their home country, where they’ve also appeared alongside the likes of Therion, Epica and Symphony X. The group’s “Strangers” record release livestream can be viewed for free at this location: https://youtu.be/CKMkV4MdDJc
SCARDUST in 2021 is:
Noa Gruman – Vocals
Yadin Moyal – Guitar
Aaron Friedland – Keyboards
Orr Didi – Bass
Yoav Weinberg – Drums