Estonian prog metallers EMPHASIS have released experimental EP “Spiral of Time”

Photo credits © Anastassia Volkova 

A brand new album features 6 tracks inspired by space aesthetics. “Spiral of Time” was produced by guitarist of Emphasis – Pavel Korotaev at Stone Oil Studio (Kiviõli, Estonia) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The band announced their collaboration with six guest musicians, including famous Estonian jazzmen Tanel Ruben (drums) and Siim Aimla (saxophone, flute). 

For us it was a privilege to have on this record so many amazing artists! This EP is our first try to step out of our traditional genre and create a dialogue between a jazz combo, heavy sound and intricate atmosphere. We tried to bring all of the elements together organically”, – Pavel Korotaev said. 

Emphasis is a 6-piece experimental progressive rock band with heavy metal roots and classical jazz touches. The band was founded  in 2010 in Estonia by guitarist Pavel Korotaev, bassist Katya Gritskova and keyboardist Vsevolod Tselepis. For 10 years Emphasis positioned themselves as a female-fronted formation enriched by female vocalists. Over the years, the band has released 3 studio albums and played many live shows across Baltic countries and Finland, sharing the stage with such artists as Arkona, Kobra and the Lotus, Mayan, Testament, Cryptopsy, etc.

In 2020, the band took a decision to change the set towards progressive rock and Deniss “Bowrush” Burashnikov joined the band’s ranks as a frontman, following the departure of Emphasis’ previous vocalist Anna Ganina. 

Deniss “Bowrush” Burashnikov – vocals 
Pavel Korotajev – guitars
Maksim Spiridonov – guitars
Katya Gritskova – bass
Stanislav Lint – drums
Vsevolod Tselepis – keys, percussion

Siim Aimla – flute, saxophone
Tanel Ruben – drums 
Vladimir Bolschakov – guitar solo (Antares) 
Anet Vaikmaa – backing vocals (Antares) 
Julia Mets – violin (Regulus)
Anna Drozdova – xylophone (Black Hole)

Music: Pavel Korotajev, Maxim Spiridonov (Sadalsuud) 
Lyrics: Deniss “Bowrush” Burashnikov (proofreading by Dave Mapps) 

Recorded at Stone Oil Studio, Kiviõli, Estonia (2019-2020)
Sax & flute parts recorded at Siim Aimla Home Studio, Tallinn, Estonia (2020)
Sound production by Pavel Korotajev
Mixed, mastered by Pavel Korotajev

Cover artwork: Katya Gritskova
Camera: Maksim Spiridonov
Model: Yaroslav Spiridonov

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