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

“DOOM LADEN PROGRESSIVE WALL OF METAL”!

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.

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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) .

ARGUS “Boldly Stride the Doomed” Double LP Pre Orders OPEN NOW


ARGUS epic release “Boldly Stride the Doomed” will be released in a deluxe limited gatefold vinyl edition this coming September. Cruz del Sur Music is proud to open its pre-sales to all those who have waited to enjoy this already classic album in the pleasure of a vinyl edition… with such an impressive artwork by Brad Moore, this release will surely gain a place among the best pieces of your record collection.

This new edition of “Boldly Stride the Doomed” definitely has some additional interesting aspects to it:

– It is a limited edition of 500 copies only, double LP gatefold packaging, and printed on 140 grams vinyl for maximum groovy sound quality

– Improved mastering quality suitable for best vinyl audio performance by Justin Weis at TRAKWORX STUDIO

– It comes with an A2 sized poster of the original artwork by Brad Moore

– It contains two exclusive bonus tracks on a dedicated side of the second LP, ARGUS’ personal renditions of classics “At the Gallows’ End” by Candlemass and “Roisin Dubh” by Thin Lizzy

If this is not enough to get yourself excited, hold on, because we reached ARGUS’ guitarist Jason Mucio to ask a few questions about this release and the future of ARGUSRead more “ARGUS “Boldly Stride the Doomed” Double LP Pre Orders OPEN NOW”

Boldly Stride the Doomed: an interview with ARGUS – part 2

Here is the second part of the interview with ARGUS talking about their new album “Boldly Stride the Doomed” to be released this spring via Cruz del Sur Music… Read more “Boldly Stride the Doomed: an interview with ARGUS — part 2”