ART X is a musical project of Gabriele Bernasconi, a concept studio band dedicated to the creation of elaborate and intense musical atmospheres and to the narration of poignant stories.
Gabriele is an Italian singer & songwriter from Como, who decided to create ART X after falling in love with The Human Equation by Ayreon. He feels that the concept of a deep and rich story with many different characters is the perfect medium for what he has in mind, and allows him to fully express his music without constraints.
Here is the lyric video for Knowledge & Death, track n. 2 of The Redemption of Cain.
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We are proud to announce that the first ART X record called The Redemption of Cain will be officially released worldwide on October 28, 2016 by Metalville, available in physical copy and on iTunes!
The first ART X record is based on the Biblical tale of Cain & Abel, partly inspired by Lord Byron's play Cain - A Mystery, with many original elements to the story.
As the title suggests, the main character is Cain himself. We follow him through his rejection of his parents' authority, his twisted obedience to God's command of sacrificing the thing he holds closest to his heart, and his exile following Abel's murder. We listen in amazement at his meeting with Lilith, the first wife of Cain, then with Lucifer himself, and later with the woman that will become his wife. At last, we witness his search for Eden, his finding of the Keeper, his descent into the cave that is Eden within himself, and his final confrontation with Abel's ghost.
The story is woven between the majestic notes of a symphonic metal opera, skillfully played by an ensemble of musicians that rank between the best in the genre.
Here is the setlist:
1. Memoriae − an introduction to Cain's tale
2. Knowledge & Death − Cain's disappointment at his father's choice of eating of the Tree of Knowledge, but not of the Tree of Life
3. The First Sacrifice − the sacrifice ordered by God
4. The Second Sacrifice − the sacrifice understood and enacted by Cain, enraged by his refusal
5. Crime, Pain and Penance − the exile after Abel's murder
6. Lilith − the meeting with Adam's first wife, exiled as well, but enslaved by Lucifer
7. Lucifer − the meeting with Lucifer himself in the land of Nod, and the refusal of his enticing gifts
8. A Wife's Love − how a maddened and lonely soul is healed by innocent and sincere love
9. The Keeper − the search for Eden, and the meeting with the Keeper of a strange cave
10. Eden, Finally... − inside the cave, inside himself, Cain finds his sought-for Eden
All music & lyrics
Acoustic and electric guitars, production & arrangement
[ DORO, Clairvoyants ]
Keyboards, orchestral arrangements & FX
[ Kamelot, Sons of Seasons, The Elderkin ]
[ Death, Testament, Control Denied ]
[ The Foreshadowing, Airlines of Terror, Novembre ]
[ Wolfsbane, Iron Maiden, BLAZE ]
[ Labyrinth, WonderWorld ]
Angel of God
[ Angra, Shaaman ]
[ Avantasia, Epica ]
[ Control Denied, Pharaoh ]
[ Trewa ]
Keeper of Eden
[ Savatage, CIIC ]
Here is the lyric video for Knowledge & Death. Subscribe and comment on Youtube!