ARDUINI / BALICH: “Dawn Of Ages” pre-orders open!

AB-fb-advWe are excited to announce that the pre-orders of the ARDUINI/BALICHDawn Of Ages” release open today (click on the image)

Dawn Of Ages” is available in a deluxe 6-panel (glossy) digipak with 12-page booklet and a wonderful Double LP edition on blue/white splatter vinyl with 3 bonus tracks, 4-page insert and download card!

An 8-minute teaser has been released as well, featuring parts of each song on the release (except for the vinyl-only bonus tracks).

The high-standard quality delivered by the combination of two such strong individuals as Victor Arduini and Brian Balich makes “Dawn Of Ages” one of Cruz Del Sur most ambitious releases, as the two really granted this album all their enthusiasm and skills. We’re glad that such efforts have been acknowledged by the medias that are so far praising the album ravishing words such as the following:

“Heavy riffs, powerful voice! This combines classic Heavy Metal with progressive edges and authentic Doom!”Aardschok (NL)

“There is an almost a ‘Wall of Sound’ created by textured guitars and vocals. Definitely a dark and doomy vibe throughout.”Progressive Power

“A powerful project! An offspring of While Heaven Wept, Fates Warning and Dio-Black Sabbath might be called ARDUINI/BALICH!”Strike Magazine (GER), 9/10 

“This is one of those debuts that unexpectedly catches you by surprise, but above all for the quality that treasures”Metal Brothers, 9/10

“Firmly at the forefront of the progressive doom subgenre.” 8/10 –

“Big-riff, big-melody, big-voice epic doom metal. A wonderful triumph.”Metal Bulletin Zine

“If I had to describe it in one word: Monumental.”Tradicion Metalica

“Giants of the progressive heavy metal scene.”JP’s Music Blog


An official video release of the opener “The Fallen” will be unleashed next week.


The Fallen
Forever Fade
Into Exile
The Wraith
Beyond The Barricade
The Gates Of Acheron

ARDUINI / BALICH: “Dawn Of Ages” to be released Feb 24, 2017


Sounds like the perfect definition of ARDUINI / BALICH’s debut album “Dawn of Ages” which will be released on Cruz Del Sur Music on Feb 24, 2017.

ARDUINI/BALICH is the result of two very powerful figures in their own right of the metal scene. VICTOR ARDUINI needs no introduction being one of the founding members of FATES WARNING, same can be said for BRIAN “BUTCH” BALICH, the mighty voice of ARGUS.

The story goes back in time to the end of 2013 when Arduini put a final word to his experience with FREEDOMS REIGN. Victor needed more freedom to express his creativity, feeling his ideas weren’t much fitting into the style of FR anymore. “At that time I was at a creative peak. It seemed like I wrote new riffs every day which seemed heavier and darker than anything I’ve done before. They were becoming more intricate and challenging which fueled my passion to see how far I could take them. I was really close to the whole process and soon realized it had to be a project where I could have complete artistic control and produce an album that represented who I am as an artist, guitarist and musician.”(Victor Arduini)

In search of musicians who could get along with this challenge, Victor recruited Freedoms Reign’s drummer Chris Judge and was on the lookout for a singer when his path crossed with Butch who had recently shared stages with him. “I truly feel Brian’s vocals are some of the best he’s ever done. It’s like when Dio went from Rainbow to Sabbath. Same voice but new music around it inspired new melodies and gave a different presentation. While it took longer than both of us expected for many reasons we reached the finish line and are both very proud of the music and our collaboration together. It is truly a joint collaboration and we hope our fans will enjoy what they hear.”(Victor Arduini)

“Dawn Of Ages” is one of the most ambitious records ever released on Cruz Del Sur Music.
A monumental piece of music on the level of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT or ATLANTEAN KODEX’s releases (to name two Cruz Del Sur recording artists). A rollercoaster of emotions, an album that captures the collisions of two worlds, progressive and doom. The final result is a really amazing journey inside human soul. Through six original compositions that last for more than an hour, the audience will be captured and hypnotized by the eclectically familiar Victor’s guitar melodies empowered by Butch’s passionate interpretation.
Indeed “Dawn of Ages” is an album that could have been easily recorded in the mid/late 70s for the total dedication that transpires through each and every note of it. It is not an album that wants to please any old or new trend in metal, rather an intimate expression of two musicians who have always put their passion for heavy music before anything else.
“Dawn Of Ages” will be released in a deluxe 6-panel digipack embellished by a wonderful, original Michael Cowell’s (Alunah) artwork.
The vinyl version will be released in a gatefold colored vinyl double LP with three incredible cover songs as a bonus. URIAH HEEP’s “Sunrise”, BEAU BRUMMELS’ “Wolf Of Velvet Fortune” and BLACK SABBATH’s “After All (The Dead) .

Full MAUSOLEUM GATE’s album stream!


Full MAUSOLEUM GATE‘s album stream on  on  the official European release date.

Epic, Majestic and Bizarre… One of the best newcomers in years” (Deaf Forever-DE) 
Mausoleum Gate are destined to be the next hot ticket item when it comes to vintage-sounding heavy metal”  (Heavy Metal Time Machine)
If you’re looking for something truly different that will have you hooked on the first spin, Mausoleum Gate is a must hear”  9/10 (Apoch’s Metal Review) 
Full of that classic late 70’s/early 80’s heavy metal sound with doom tendencies and soaring vocals. They’re going to be huge if they can keep this up”  (The Blog of Doom)