Norway’s melodic hard rock artist VITNE has announced the release of his new album ‘Aria‘ for release on August 15th, 2019.
The brand new album ARIA was written, musically and lyrically, to feel like the adventure of a Japanese-style RPG (like games such as Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger). It revolves around its own unique story, told through the eyes of the primary protagonist in a way like a journal during his adventures in a foreign world. Together with three companions, they struggle to ensure a future for a world long forgotten.
Due to the nature of video game soundtracks, this album in particular (in contrast to VITNE‘s previous albums), has a far more poignant symphonic aspect. It has been said to be a mixture of 80s-style hard rock and symphonic metal.
1. Whispers of Another World
3. Turn Back Time
5. Fever Dream
8. Our Way
10. Vanquish the Night
The cover artwork was hand-drawn by Ryan Bittner. The songs were mixed and mastered by Rolf Munkes (of Crematory and Empire fame). Art design by Francois Matus. Logo design by Shane Rice.
Joseph Kimbrell: Vocals, backing vocals, bass, guitar, flute, fife, piano, synthesizer, orchestration, production
Julian Angel – Lead guitar
Nigel Rios – Drums
Max Saidi – Drums (“Fever Dream” and “Vanquish the Night”)
VITNE is a Norwegian melodic rock artist active as a solo artist since 2013. His albums have been nominated for various awards, his songs have been included in video games (most notably Drums Hero, a virtual reality drum simulator game), and has been used in film and TV. VITNE‘s music is unique within the melodic hard rock realm due to his addition and performance of the flute on many songs. The fife even makes an appearance in one of the songs on this album.
VITNE‘s song “Make Believe” won the award “Best Rock Song” by the 2017 Indie Music Channel Awards. In early 2019, VITNE‘s music reached over 1 million streams on the Jamendo platform alone. 2019 also saw the inclusion of his song “Vanquish the Night” on the 4th volume of the Andrew W.K. tribute album series “When In Doubt, Wolf It Out“.