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NEWS: MARC HUDSON (DragonForce) Reveals Uplifting Second Single, “The Siren” & Official Music Video.


Marc Hudson
Photo Credit: Oliver Lloyd Design
 

Debut Solo Album, Starbound Stories, out August 25, 2023 via Napalm Records | Pre-Order NOW!

 

MARC HUDSON (DragonForce) reveals his second solo single, entitled “The Siren”, together with an official music video! Napalm Records will release MARC HUDSON’s innovative first solo full-length, Starbound Stories, on August 25, 2023. Starbound Stories is an uplifting journey through MARC HUDSON’s universe of power metal, anime influences, Japanese music and video game soundtracks.


Energetic “The Siren” is led by a tingling, uplifting melody and ballad-like vocals. The anime-influences that have heavily inspired Starbound Stories are clearly present in the soundscapes of this track, and the story-like lyrics enchant the listener. The accompanying official music video takes the magical atmosphere of the song to the next level.


MARC HUDSON on “The Siren”:

“With soaring melodies, an electronic pulse and a chorus bursting to life with J-pop sensibilities, ‘The Siren’ serves as a love letter to the nightlife of Japan, lighting up the sky with endless colours and possibilities.”

Instrumental album opener “As The Twilight Met The Sea” acts as an introduction to the soundscapes of the album and features samurai metal master Ryoji Shinomoto (RYUJIN, previously known as Gyze) on traditional Japanese instruments. Shinomoto also lends his vocals on the following track, “Freedom Heart”, which also features a solo by guitar virtuoso Syu (Galneryus). Explosive power metal anthem “Dracula X” features a guitar solo by Jacky Vincent (ex-Falling in Reverse, ex-Cry Venom) and guest vocals by Adrienne Cowan (Seven Spires). Beautifully emotional successor “Stars” features classically trained violinist Mia Asano on electric violin. “Astralive” lures with an undeniably catchy chorus whilst also featuring fast drum patterns, spellbinding guitarwork and keys, and skillful power metal vocals that reach for the skies. “Swansong” starts off with a beautiful keyboard intro that could be pulled from a movie soundtrack. Sentimental vocals approach before the song progresses into a full-blown power metal ballad, with high screams and plenty of effects that further enhance the magical atmosphere while backing up the guitars and drums. Steve Terreberry, known on YouTube as Stevie T. (3.32M subscribers), performs a guitar solo on “Call Of The Martyrs” and is joined by prog guitarist Galen Stapley (Azure). Stapley also provides a solo on the following title track, “Starbound Stories”. “One More Sight Of The Sun With You” is sung in Japanese, staying true to the main themes of the album and closing the entire offering on an uplifting note.


MARC HUDSON’s debut solo album is an outstanding musical adventure balanced between power metal, video game soundtracks, Japanese music and even pop influences, showcasing virtuosity throughout all of its grand instrumentation.

 
Marc Hudson Album

Starbound Stories Tracklist:

1 As the Twilight met the Sea (feat. Gyze)

2 Freedom Heart (feat. Gyze, Syu)

3 Dracula X! (feat. Jacky Vincent, Adrienne Cowan)

4 Stars (feat. Mia Asano)

5 The Siren

6 Astralive

7 Swansong

8 Call of the Martyrs (feat. Galen Stapley, Stevie T.)

9 Starbound Stories (feat. Galen Stapley)

10 One more sight of the sun with You

Starbound Stories will be available in the following formats: 1 LP Gatefold Translucent Blue (incl. 24-page booklet + Record Butler) 1 LP Gatefold Black (incl. lyric sheet) 1 CD Digipak + T-shirt Digital Album

 

Line Up:

Marc Hudson - Vocals, Guitar, Backing vocals

Shaz D - Keyboards

Frédéric Leclercq - Guitars, Bass

Rich Smith - Drums

 

MARC HUDSON online:

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