[News] Archon Angel announces second album “II” and unveil new single & video “Fortress”

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to present the upcoming release of Archon Angel‘s second album, “II” on April 14, 2023.

It follows the band’s 2020 debut, “Fallen,” which saw vocalist Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) and producer/guitarist Aldo Lonobile (Secret Sphere, Edge Of Forever) delivering a fantastic slab of Power Progressive Metal.

A new single and music video, “Fortress” is out today! Watch the official video through the YouTube player below:

Fans of¬†Archon Angel‘s debut will surely find no sophomore slump awaits them on¬†“II.” In fact,¬†Stevens¬†and¬†Lonobile¬†have locked in on all the key parts that worked so well on their debut and amplified and perfected them for this glorious follow-up.¬†

The seeds of¬†Archon Angel¬†were planted when producer/guitarist¬†Lonobile¬†and vocalist¬†Stevens¬†were collaborating on songs for¬†Timo Tolkki’s Avalon‘s “Return To Eden”¬†album, which¬†Aldo¬†produced and played guitar on and¬†Zak¬†did some guest lead vocals for. After some discussions about what musical direction they wanted to take,¬†Aldo¬†sent¬†Zak¬†some demos that were reminiscent of classic Savatage records like “Edge Of Thorns” and “Gutter Ballet.” The two felt they were onto something and followed their musical muse, ultimately culminating in what would become¬†Archon Angel‘s debut album, ‘Fallen’.

Zak Stevens¬†first came to prominence in the Metal scene when he was hand-picked by¬†Savatage’s Jon Olivia¬†to take over as lead vocalist for the band. Starting with 1993’s¬†‘Edge Of Thorns’, he would record four studio albums with the band, including the aforementioned album plus¬†“Handful Of Rain,”¬†“Dead Winter Dead,” and¬†“The Wake Of Magellan.” He has also performed on multiple¬†Trans-Siberian Orchestra¬†releases, including¬†“Christmas Eve and Other Stories,”¬†“Beethoven’s Last Night,” and more, while also being a member of the band’s touring production.

Around 2001,¬†Zak¬†started a band,¬†Circle II Circle, which has recorded seven studio albums, with the most recent being 2015’s¬†“Reign Of Darkness.” Additionally, he has appeared on albums by¬†Timo Tolkki’s Avalon,¬†Machines Of Grace,¬†Jon Olivia’s Pain, and more.

Pre-order and Pre-save the album “II” here: https://orcd.co/archonangel

Tracklist:

  1. Wake Of Emptiness
  2. Avenging The Dragon
  3. Fortress
  4. Quicksand
  5. Away From The Sun
  6. Afterburn
  7. I Will Return
  8. One Last Reflection
  9. Bulletproof
  10. Shattered
  11. Lake Of Fire

Lineup:

Zak Stevens / Vocals
Aldo Lonobile / Guitars
Nik Mazzucconi / Bass
Marco Lazzarini / Drums
Alessandro Del Vecchio / Keyboards & Piano
Antonio Agate / Synth & Orchestral Arrangements

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