New Jersey-based symphonic metal quintet Everdawn are preparing to unveil their epic, Dan Swanö-mastered second album, Cleopatra, through Sensory Records in early February.

Formerly known as Midnight Eternal, Everdawn are embodied by lead vocalist Alina Gavrilenko, guitarist/vocalist Richard Fischer, bassist Mike LePond (Symphony X), drummer Dan Prestup, and keyboardist Boris Zaks. Through the course of 11, new tracks, the band deliver 48 minutes of progressive, symphonic metal on Cleopatra.

Cleopatra’s vocals were recorded at Soundmine Recording, guitars recorded at Frightbox Recording with engineer Bobby Torres, bass, drums, and keyboards recorded at RMF Recording Studios, the bass engineered by Richard Fischer and additional editing by Bobby Torres.

Upon completion, the album was mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound (Opeth, Riverside, Katatonia), and rounded out with cover artwork by Gyula Havancsák of Hjules Illustration and Design and photography by Alexandra Hassan and Northern Luna. Additionally, Therion vocalist Thomas Vikström provides guest vocals to the track “Your Majesty Sadness.”

Keyboardist Boris Zaks has the following to say regarding their single:

“We picked ‘Stranded In Bangalore’ as a single since it is straightforward, catchy, and accessible yet a mystical song that incorporates the elements of Asian culture from the Western point of view. This song is for anyone who has ever felt completely lost yet unconditionally found—to feeling the mind and heart go to battle. No one is strong enough to always let the mind win. Within the lyrics, the beautiful Indian city of Bangalore serves as a global backdrop to the shared, human experience endured when we are affected, attached—or in love.”

Photo by Aleks Hassan.

Sensory Records will release Cleopatra on CD and all digital platforms on February 5. Find preorders here.

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