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Monday, September 26, 2022

Spheres offer second full-length “Helios”

Paris’ Spheres will be offering up their next canvas of progressive metal in the form of their second full-length “Helios” via M&O Music (distribution Season of Mist) on September 23rd. The album follows their highly praised 2019 debut “Ionos”, which the band supported across Belgium, the Netherlands, and their home country of France including a performance at Hellfest.

“Helios” sees a fresh new lineup with founding member and album producer Jonathan Lino (vocals, guitars) joined by Olivier Moreau (backing vocals, guitars), Clémence Santé (bass), Jesse Haddad (drums), and Marco Walczak (keyboards) (studio only). The recording quintet is now inviting fans on a new spiritual journey into a dystopian world for the band’s sophomore record.

“Jonathan had written an entire album’s worth of songs and wanted to form a new line-up for both studio recordings and live shows. It’s fairly different from the first album in terms of dynamics as it has much more contrast between and within songs (it even has one track that I wrote, whereas all the previous songs were written by Jonathan L.). There are a plethora of contrasts and textures that inhabit this record: From sharp riffs to ethereal melodies, from clean singing to growls and screams, the atmosphere oscillates between dream and frenzy… Everything is designed to push the listener’s boundaries and invite them to take part in this journey. We hope that fans will notice that,”

says Olivier Moreau (guitar).

In preview of “Helios”, the band is sharing its first single “Spiritual Journey” in the form of a music video. It has a really drawn-out and intricate bridge section that the band compliments with fractals and other psychedelic landscapes.

“We’re glad to release Spiritual Journey as the first single from HELIOS. This is by far the most personal song on the record, as well as one of the most memorable. It shows the new direction SPHERES is heading in while keeping some of the secrets intact for people to discover upon the record’s release. It represents a lot of the frustration and sadness we all felt during the last two years while providing a sort of escape from reality, as the title suggests. We put this song out there hoping it resonates with people who have felt the same way, maybe providing a well-deserved dose of psychedelic escape along the way,”

adds Jonathan Lino (vocals, guitars).

Watch and listen to “Spiritual Journey”: