After almost 2 years in the making, Monday January 25th 2016 will see the release of The Illusion's Reckoning from transatlantic project band, Mantra Vega co-founded by Heather Findlay and Dave Kerzner (Sound of Contact).
"The Illusion's Reckoning album features lead vocals from Heather Findlay; keyboards and vocals from Dave Kerzner whilst at the band's core is rhythm section Alex Cromarty on drums and bassist Stu Fletcher along with lead, rhythm and acoustic guitarists Chris Johnson (Halo Blind) and Dave Kilminster.
Joining the project for special guest appearances are Nightwish's Troy Donockley on vocals and lead guitar; Arjen Lucassen (Ayreon) lead guitar; Irene Jansen (Star One/Ayreon) on vocals; Angela Gordon (Mostly Autumn/Odin Dragonfly) on recorders and vocals and Dutch woodwind player, Remko de Landmeter on Bansuri.
"The Illusion's Reckoning is a concept album which flows more like a film score than a more typically linear piece. The album's journey is painted with far reaching audio moodscapes, which in their diversity, purposely echo thoughtful lyrical themes. The album is delivered in a predominantly progressive rock package, but at times takes on a hard rock, contemporary, retro, and even acoustic, folksy twist…"
A Moorland Gathering
To celebrate the release, there will be a very special pre-release party gathering at The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge (spiritual home to many of the musicians who perform here!) on January Saturday 23rd January. There will only 60 tickets available which will include a meal, one off acoustic performance from Heather, Chris, Angela, Stu and Alex (and may also feature one or two very special guests!) Slightly ahead of the scheduled release date, this event will be a chance to buy and hear the album for the first time!
Making this event all the more special is the fact that this will be a one off for the now retired, legendary moorland venue too!
Tickets for the event will be just £20 and will go on sale on Monday 30th November at 9am from www.mantravega.co.uk
Depending on number wishing to travel via this option, there may be a coach/bus which will run from York across the North Yorkshire Moors and back for those wishing to travel from the nearest city.
Can't wait for you to hear the album!
Joy, love and peace be yours,