Progressive Metal Act SCARDUST Concludes Two-Part Story With ‘Gone’ Music Video!
The acclaimed Israeli progressive/symphonic metal band SCARDUST is proud to unveil “Gone,” the epic conclusion to their latest two-part music video saga. The new clip – which completes a narrative that began in the recently-premiered video for its companion track, “Stranger” – premiered this morning via Prog Magazine and can now be viewed HERE. “Gone” and “Stranger” can also be streamed on Spotify, Apple Music, Bandcamp and other digital platforms starting tomorrow.
SCARDUST's new record, “Strangers” – set to be released on Oct. 30 by M-Theory Audio – is an intriguing concept album built of complementary song pairs working from the outside in. Ever-metal.com calls it a “masterpiece”, while Metal-Temple.com says “this album is so well done I had to pinch myself to make sure I wasn’t dreaming.” The first taste of the band's unique vision for their second full-length release was unveiled in September, through the music videos for “Tantibus II” and “Addicted.” The new pair of clips for “Stranger” and “Gone” tells another tale of two perspectives.
Says vocalist Noa Gruman,"You have your own dreams and ambitions, and sometimes you may choose to achieve them by yourself. 'Gone' is told by one who left. It shows the bittersweet side of caring deeply about someone, but having to leave them for your own personal needs. The song is fast and exciting, like a soundtrack to accompany a big adventure, and the choruses are repetitive and catchy. In the video, we see the band playing together by a concrete wall representing today. They are surrounded by paint cans lying on the ground. Suddenly, the video takes a sharp turn, and he musicians each appear in their own unique locations by the sea, in a bright and colorful dream-like sequence representing tomorrow... then back to playing together by the concrete wall, and so on alternately, until we get to the instrumental section. From there, it becomes a big explosion of color smears and splashes, alongside musicians playing in a dark, closed scene, then back to the sea, back to the concrete, and ending in a beautiful sea painting... on the concrete.
Mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Devin Townsend, Arch Enemy), “Strangers” was written and composed jointly by Gruman and composer Orr Didi, who also collaborated SCARDUST on their full-length debut “Sands of Time” – which was hailed by Prog Magazine as “extraordinary” – and their 2015 EP “Shadow.” The new album features guest appearances from German folk musician Patty Gurdy, as well as vocals by the Hellscore choir and England’s prestigious Westbrook Hay Prep School Chamber Choir. Pre-orders for CD and limited-edition gray smoke vinyl editions of “Strangers” available HERE.
SCARDUST also recently launched the “Mist Cover Challenge,” an invitation for fans to play or sing along with the final minute of the new song “Mist,” the closing track of “Strangers.” To enter the challenge, follow the instructions at https://scardust.co/mist-cover-challenge/ and upload your video anywhere on social media, tagging the band and including the hashtag #scardustmist. Entries close on Oct. 25, and winners will be announced by the band during a special livestream on Nov. 1 that will also feature a live performance and a Q&A with special guest Patty Gurdy.
Israel’s leading progressive metal group, SCARDUST has performed at such major festivals as Ramblin’ Man Fair (UK), Metaldays (Slovenia) and Midi (China). In addition, the band hosts the annual “Scarfest” event in their home country, where they’ve also appeared alongside the likes of Therion, Epica and Symphony X.