Proscenium are a progressive orchestral metal band based in Kent, in England. Formed in 2007 under the name Warhorse, the band developed strong foundations based upon the thrash influences of Megadeth and Metallica, and the dual guitar harmonies of bands such as Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Death.
In a bid to discover their sound, the early years for Warhorse consisted of rapid and numerous line-up changes; some thirteen musicians passed through the rehearsal studio, each change bringing with it the opportunity for new influences and fresh inspirations.
Reluctant to move Warhorse on to the “next step” until its sound and dynamic was suitably established, the band spent the best part of the next decade adjusting its membership and honing its catalogue of material. Slowly their sound developed from raw and unpolished (albeit highly melodic) thrash in the band’s infancy, to the more progressive approach of Dream Theater and Opeth inspired song writing. With the line-up settled, and providing a powerful team of driven musicians, the band was ready for the next step in its evolution.
In 2014, guitarists James Sanger and Jamie Turton, bassist James Winder and drummer Richard Still, embarked upon the task of recording the band’s first full-length album. Working with producer George Lever of G1 Productions, orchestrator Kristöpher Fisher of Kristöpher Fisher Audio and vocalist (YouTube sensation) Rob Lundgren, the band entered the studio to make final adjustments and commit their music to record.
This process organically lead to further musical development, most notably the introduction of symphony orchestra (which, considering the band’s shared passion for classical and film music, was inevitable). The introduction of orchestral colour and tonality brought with it a new identity, and taking inspiration from the 3-sided stage and arch of the same name, the heavy metal-rooted Warhorse, became the rather more grandiose and theatrical Proscenium.
The two and a half year process came to an end on January the 5th 2017, with the release of “I”. Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, Stockholm, the album contains 9 tracks, each one blending thrash influenced progressive metal with masterful-musicianship and detailed, innovative application of a symphony orchestra to deliver a new type of listening experience suited not only to the combination of dinner jackets & opera glasses, but also to that of patch jackets & beer goggles.
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