I spoke with CHRIS PORCIANKO from Melbourne's VANISHING POINT about many things, lockdown, new members, CD and merch sales, illness, and the new album, 'Dead Elysium', which is due out August 28th.
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More than six years since the release of “Distant Is The Sun”, Melbourne's Vanishing Point are once again ready to take on the world with their world-class melodic metal assault on the senses.
Set for release on August 28 via Octane Records, their sixth full-length album “Dead Elysium” is a revisit to the epic and bombastic sounds of soaring vocals, heavy guitars and mesmerizing orchestral elements. A return to form for Australia’s most iconic melodic metal band!
Vanishing Point released their first full-length album, “In Thought” in 1997. It received widespread praise and cemented the six-piece as rising stars in the growing Australian heavy metal scene. Just a year after “In Thought” was re-released by Australian record label Metal Warriors.
The band with their progressive, yet accessible compositions and aspiring musical creations did manage to put quite a few highlights to their vita over the years. They escorted a lot of big names on tour and travelled the globe with them - amongst those names were the Swedish guitar maestro Yngwie Malmsteen, finnish Symphonic masters Nightwish, Sonata Arctica, power-Metal pioneers Helloween, Joe Satriani, Edguy, Dragonforce and even the legendary Iron Maiden. Also they gave their European festival debut at the illustrious Wacken Open Air as first unsigned band ever!
In 2014 Vanishing Point went on to release what is widely regarded as their most recognisable album “Distant Is the Sun”. The album was received with universal praise by critics and fans and the band did headline tours in Australia, New Zealand & Japan. Then nothing happened for quite a long time....
Guitarist Chris Porcianko explains to us lately: “We faced many obstacles over the years between "Dead Elysium" and "Distant Is The Sun", we’d like to think that this album is also a kind of reflection on the journey we had as a band and as individuals over the last few years." Vanishing Point have undergone a resurgence and have embarked on a campaign to put themselves back in the eyes of the heavy metal world. 2019 saw the band sign to Hard Drive Agency for management and worldwide bookings.
"Musically I honestly just went with the flow and naturally the songs just came out how they did, there was no massive thought process as to how the songs should sound", states Porcianko. "When writing the "Dead Elysium" album there was a general theme running through it musically and lyrically that we really wanted to touch upon regarding the state of world affairs in general and the situation we are in. The general theme lyrically when writing this album overall was more or less in regards to how we can see positive change? How can we make things better in terms of looking after each other? It definitely was not a case of “let's make the heaviest sounding album we can, because it’s gotta be heavier” and all that bullshit - it was a case of let the music speak for itself and in a sense we hope that our music helps people to connect or reconnect."
Dead Elysium Tracklisting
1. Dead Elysium
2. Count Your Days
3. To The Wolves
5. The Fall
7. Recreate The Impossible
8. Shadow World
9. The Healing
10. The Ocean
Dead Elysium will be released on August 28 via Octane Records
Pre orders available now!
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