Rockshots Records is thrilled to announce the signing of the renowned and well-known keyboard player MISTHERIA, for the release of the new album “GEMINI”!

“GEMINI” is an instrumental metal album which collects 13 songs composed and/or arranged by MISTHERIA in the metal, neo-classical, prog-metal genres. The record features a stellar line-up made of well-known international musicians as well!

MISTHERIA comments: “The tracks in GEMINI are a combination of my original songs and classical covers and a blend of them. GEMINI collects my instrumental songs composed along my career, therefore I titled it GEMINI which is my astrological sign. That’s me and my music fully represented. Songs range from Metal and Symphonic-Metal to Prog including some New-Age atmospheres. That’s basically my vision of music, quite open and wide.”GEMINI is an instrumental metal album which collects 13 songs written and/or arranged by Mistheria in the metal, neo-classical, prog-metal genres.

The album includes full Mistheria‘s career from the beginning to today, 25-year career in the metal, classical, prog, Symphonic and Neo classical metal music.
Original and cover of Classical masterpieces are both featured in this long-awaited release.
Recordings started on 2012 after all demo versions were completed, including songwriting and arrangements. John Macaluso has been the first musician entering the studio after Mistheria himself. John recorded drums in a 1-day long and exhausting session, an insane and legendary performance by the amazing american drummer! Afterward, Mistheria called the other members to move ahead: Steve Di Giorgio and Dino Fiorenza laid down “tank” bass tracks, Roger Staffelbach, Leonardo Porcheddu and Ivan Mihaljevic superb guitar tracks and the special guests Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage) and Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Halford) delivered fantastic guitar solos!

“GEMINI” is set to be released on December 15, 2017 in digipack version, digital streaming and download via ROCKSHOTS RECORDS.

LINE-UP
Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, RoyZ, Rob Rock, Vivaldi Metal Project)
music, arrangements, keyboards
Roger Staffelbach (Artension, Artlantica) – guitar
Leonardo Porcheddu (Vitalij Kuprij) – guitar
Ivan Mihaljevic (Side Effects) – guitar
Steve Di Giorgio (Testament, Death) – bass
Dino Fiorenza (Metatrone, Edu Falaschi, Ron Thal) – bass
John Macaluso (ARK, Symphony X, Malmsteen) – drums
SPECIAL GUESTS
Christopher Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Savatage) – guitar
Roy Z (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford, Rob Rock) – guitar
Mixed and mastered by Ivan Moni Bidin at Artesonika Recording Studio (Pordenone, Italy).
Artwork and graphic design by Alexis Van Houcke.
PRODUCED BY MISTHERIA

1. Hands of Fire

composed and arranged by Mistheria
keyboards: Mistheria
guitar: Roger Staffelbach
bass: Steve Di Giorgio
drums: John Macaluso
2. Angels in the Shadow
composed and arranged by Mistheria
keyboards: Mistheria
guitar: Leonardo Porcheddu
guitar solo: Chris Caffery
bass: Steve Di Giorgio
drums: John Macaluso
3. Fight of the Bumblebee
composed by N. Rimsky-Korsakov / Mistheria – arranged by Mistheria
keyboards: Mistheria
guitar:   Leonardo Porcheddu
bass: Dino Fiorenza
drums: John Macaluso
4. Moonlight Sonata
composed by L.V. Beethoven / Mistheria – arranged by Mistheria
keyboards: Mistheria
guitar: Roger Staffelbach
guitar solo: Roy Z
bass: Steve Di Giorgio
drums: John Macaluso
5. Air “The Day After”
composed and arranged by Mistheria
keyboards: Mistheria
guitar: Roger Staffelbach
bass: Steve Di Giorgio
drums: John Macaluso
6. Devil’s Steps
composed and arranged by Mistheria
keyboards: Mistheria
guitar: Roger Staffelbach
bass: Dino Fiorenza
drums: John Macaluso
7. Prayer to God
composed and arranged by Mistheria
keytar, keyboards, bass-pedal: Mistheria
8. Prog-Fantasy
composed and arranged by Mistheria
keyboards: Mistheria
guitar: Roger Staffelbach
bass: Dino Fiorenza
drums: John Macaluso
9. Falling Stars
composed and arranged by Mistheria
keyboards, bass-pedal: Mistheria
10. My Dear Chopin
composed by F. Chopin / Mistheria – arranged by Mistheria
keyboards: Mistheria
guitar: Roger Staffelbach
bass: Dino Fiorenza
drums: John Macaluso
11. Asturias (Leyenda)
composed by I. Albéniz – arranged by Mistheria
keyboards, bass-pedal: Mistheria
12. Adagio in G minor
composed by T. Albinoni – R. Giazzotto / Mistheria – arranged by Mistheria
keyboards: Mistheria
guitar: Ivan Mihaljevic
bass: Steve Di Giorgio
drums: John Macaluso
13. Metal Piano Sonata, op. 13
composed and arranged by Mistheria
keyboards: Mistheria
guitar: Leonardo Porcheddu
bass: Dino Fiorenza
drums: John Macaluso

MISTHERIA Q&A
Mistheria
is my solo project which started in 1996. I collaborate with musicians from all over the world, some of them are constantly part of my albums, some are new musicians I get in touch with during my studio sessions or live shows. “Mistheria” It’s basically a fantasy name inspired to the “mystery”.

Why​ ​did​ ​you​ ​form? 
I started my solo career and project in 1996 when I created a live show which named “Metamorphosis” which included several form of arts such as music, dance, poetry, 3D graphics.
How​ ​did​ ​the​ ​idea​ ​come​ ​to​ ​be? 
I have passion for classical, metal and soundtrack music. I started to compose my songs combining more or less those genres and afterward I wanted to bring my music on stage. The next step was, obviously, to collect some of those songs in an album.
How​ ​would​ ​you​ ​describe​ ​your​ ​sound​ ​in​ ​five​ ​words? 
Intense, passionate, impetuous, energetic, intimate.
Your​ ​upcoming​ ​album?​ ​How​ ​do​ ​think​ ​it​ ​should​ ​be​ ​received​ ​by​ ​fans? 
“Gemini” is my new instrumental metal album. My fans have been waiting for it for a long time and this created a lot of excitement and fervor!
What​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​listening​ ​experience​ ​are​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​give​ ​fans​ ​with​ ​this single​ ​and​ ​new​ ​music​ ​to​ ​come? 
Beside by classical/new-age albums and althgouh I’ve already performed some of the featured songs, “Gemini” is my first instrumental metal album which collects thirteen songs composed and/or arranged along my career. I new “point of view” for my fans which can discover what my “keys” can tell to them without lyrics.
How​ ​is​ ​the​ ​writing​ ​process​ ​for​ ​the​ ​band? 
I compose and arrange all the songs. In case of a vocal album, often I give the pen to the singers, I write some lyrics as well. During the recordings I always love to listen what my amazing musicians can bring according to the basic arrangement I’ve created and demoed. I love when musicians “feel” the music and give their own “trademark” to the songs.
Are​ ​any​ ​of​ ​the​ ​band​ ​members​ ​known​ ​on​ ​the​ ​local​ ​scene​ ​from​ ​any​ ​other bands? 
The musicians I collaborate with are usually very known in the music scene, in “Gemini” are featured top-class artists! Sometime I like to discover new talents too.
How​ ​did​ ​you​ ​decide​ ​on​ ​the​ ​tracks​ ​for​ ​this​ ​album?​ ​How​ ​much​ ​more music​ ​can​ ​fans​ ​expect? 
The tracks in “Gemini” are a combination of my original songs and classical covers and a blend of them. I have new albums in the making already, new music is always on my way…
What​ ​can​ ​people​ ​expect​ ​live​ ​from​ ​your​ ​band​ ​compared​ ​to​ ​other​ ​bands? 
Energy and passion! The stage must be on fire, I give all myself and more to make the shows a unique exciting experience for the audience.
How​ ​would​ ​you​ ​describe​ ​the​ ​evolution​ ​of​ ​the​ ​band’s​ ​sound? 
From very prog-oriented at the beginning to metal and symphonic-metal in the last few years.
Name​ ​the​ ​Top​ ​5​ ​band​ ​influences​ ​of​ ​the​ ​band.​ ​What​ ​metal​ ​genres influence​ ​you​ ​as​ ​a​ ​band​ ​the​ ​most? 
Deep Purple, Symphony X, Y. Malmsteen, J. S. Bach, A. Vivaldi. My main genres as composer and performer are Classical, Metal, Prog-Metal, Symphonic-Metal, Soundtrack music.
What’s​ ​the​ ​meaning​ ​behind​ ​the​ ​album​ ​and​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​songs. 
I wanted to showcase all my instrumental metal songs that, so far, was not possible to include in my other albums. “Gemini” features lot of material collected over 25 years career. “My dear Chopin” has been the first instrumental metal songs I’ve ever composed, obviously inspired by F. Chopin and it says it all. I’ve then composed songs for specific events, such as “Angels in the Shadow” for the ProgHead festival 2008 (Budapest) guest appearance, “Adagio in G minor” by Albinoni was arranged for a clinic, “Hands of Fire” as opening song for some of my live solo shows.
Describe​ ​the​ ​album​ ​as​ ​a​ ​whole​ ​and​ ​describe​ ​each​ ​song​ ​​ ​track​ ​by​ ​track
“Gemini” collects my instrumental songs composed along my career, therefore I titled it “Gemini” which is my astrological sign. That’s me and my music fully represented. Songs range from Metal and Symphonic-Metal to Prog including some New-Age atmospheres. That’s basically my vision of music, quite open and wide.
1. Hands of Fire Composed and arranged by Mistheria
Clearly an intro song, Keytar on fire, composed as opening of my live solo appearances.
2. Angels in the Shadow Composed and arranged by Mistheria
Written for ProgHead Festival 2008 (Budapest) guest appearance, it’s a virtuoso and melodic song. Dark intro, themes based on catchy melodies followed by shredding solos, featuring an amazing Guitar solo by Chris Caffery.
3. Fight of the Bumblebee Composed by R. Korsakov / Mistheria – Arranged by Mistheria
Arrangement based on the legendary “Flight of the Bumblebee” by R. Korsakov. It features an heavy riff and many virtuoso parts between keyboards, Guitar and bass. Classical meets shredding!
4. Moonlight Sonata Composed by L.V. Beethoven / Mistheria – Arranged by Mistheria
On this Beethoven’s masterpiece I wanted to be as faithful as possible (if ever it was possible…). Keytar and Piano playing as duet, the middle part features a fantastic melodic and passionate Guitar solo by Roy Z.
5. Air “The Day After” Composed and arranged by Mistheria
It was composed originally on Piano with a very “singable” melody, then I’ve arranged it for band. It features a majestic intro played by myself on the “King of Instruments”, the Pipe Organ which is the instrument I’ve been studying in the Conservatory of Music.
6. Devil’s Steps Composed and arranged by Mistheria
Inspired by a movie soundtrack, it’s one of my oldest song composed, one of the most intricate and complicated songs with some keyboard lead parts reaching the limit of playing speed flowing into a very melodic theme in the chorus.
7. Prayer to God Composed and arranged by Mistheria
Composed for keytar, keyboards and bass-pedal only. Intimate and passionate song, deep vision and meaning behind it, one of my favorite tracks.
8. Prog-Fantasy Composed and arranged by Mistheria
The most, maybe the only, really prog-oriented song based on a Classical-inspired piano intro “rising up” Keytar theme.
9. Falling stars Composed and arranged by Mistheria
Composed during a winter night, in a very special moment of my life when loneliness started to fall down…
10. My Dear Chopin Composed by F. Chopin / Mistheria – Arranged by Mistheria
My metal career’s starting point. It’s not a case that the beginning included Chopin, one of my hugest passion in music and life. Based on a very simple theme, it’s my most known Keytar song.
11. Asturias (Leyenda) Composed by I. Albeniz – Arranged by Mistheria
Sharply split into two parts, the first one played on Piano in a classical way, the second part moves to keyboards featuring an heavy, aggressive and technically high demanding arrangement.
12. Adagio in G minor Composed by T.Albinoni-R. Giazzotto / Mistheria – Arranged by Mistheria
I started to play this song on Accordion when I was 10-year old. Then played it on Piano and afterwards on Pipe Organ, it’s one of most lovely themes I like to play. My Keytar was the next and ultimate instrument to enjoy it.
13. Metal Piano Sonata, op.13 Composed and arranged by Mistheria
A song composed as tribute to the “Prince of Instruments”, the instrument on which I compose and perform most often. It’s the last song, hence the newest, I’ve composed specifically for “Gemini”. The song’s structure is based on a Classical Piano Sonata split into three movements (Allegro, Adagio, Presto). The main melodies in this song are among the dearest to me I’ve ever written.

MISTHERIA BIO

Mistheria is a Pianist, Keyboardist, Keytarist and Organist, Producer, and Composer from Italy, engaged both in Classical and Rock/Metal genres.
After his graduation – with full score – at Music Conservatory in “Organ and Composition”, Mistheria started his career as soloist and working as session player. Besides his solo albums and performances, Mistheria gained is name thanks to several and prestigious collaborations, both in studio and live, with many international rock, metal and classical artists and bands such as Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Roy Z (Rob Halford), Rob Rock (Chris Impellitteri), Mark Boals (Ring of Fire), Edu Falaschi (Angra, Almah), Neil Zaza, John West (Artension, Royal Hunt), John Macaluso (TNT, ARK, Y. Malmsteen), to name a few.
Mistheria performed as soloist and as session player in Europe, USA, and Asia both as Pianist/Organist and Keyboardist/Keytarist. His discography counts 70+ albums including his own and other bands productions ranging from Classical to Metal, from New-Age to Soundtracks, from Pop to Rock.
Also, he works as producer, arranger, sound-creator/designer, teacher, endorser, and demonstrator for several hardware/software music brands.
Mistheria’s most huge creation and production is “Vivaldi Metal Project – The Four Season”, all-metal-stars project featuring more than 130 metal/classical artists, orchestra, string quartet and choir. The project worldwide is acclaimed as the biggest Symphonic-Metal Opera ever created.

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