After their successful second album “Due” (Dynamit! on Rock Hard, 12/15 on Legacy magazine, Hot album on Metalitalia.com in Feb. ‘21)Blue Hour Ghosts return with a powerful and classy cover of the dark and experimental Queen masterpiece “I’m Going Slightly Mad”. The track is once again produced by Giuseppe “Dualized” Bassi (Fear Factory) and features a guest appearance of the talented multi-instrumentalist Jørgen Munkeby of Shining on saxophone. The cover song is meant to honor the great Freddie Mercury on the 30th anniversary of his passing (Nov 24, 1991).

YouTube – https://youtu.be/G_ViAo16LrQ
Spotify – https://spoti.fi/30QnkcD
The band comments: 

“Despite our influences drawing from a very wide spectrum of metal, rock and pop subgenres, Queen has always been a major influence for all of us, and fully embody the spirit with which we make music: no boundaries, no clichés, total freedom, eclectic and elegant, while keeping themselves extremely effective, enjoyable and accessible. We wanted to honor the 30th anniversary of Freddie’s passing with something special, so we dared to give our take on one of the darkest, most sophisticated, and enigmatic songs of Queen’s discography. We were joined in this endeavor by none less than the great Jørgen Munkeby of Shining (Nor), who graced the song with a stellar performance on saxophone. And, more than ever before, this time our producer Giuseppe Bassi acted as our seventh Ghost and helped us give the track its unique, twisted, and modern feel. We hope that all of our fans and all Queen fans all over the world will enjoy our tribute to the One and Only.”

BLUE HOUR GHOSTS’ latest album “Due” was released on Feb 12th, 2021 and is the follow up to their 2016 self-titled debut album. Teaming up once again with Giuseppe “Dualized” Bassi (session musician for Fear Factory, Grenouer, Levania, Noveria), BHG’s“Due” is their sophomore effort continuing their blend of progressive, classic, gothic metal, and alternative rock.

Taking a fresh, powerful, and intense melodic assault, “Due” depicts a wide range of soundscapes ranging from full metal aggression to soft, acoustic atmospheres, passing through infectious and catchy hooks and refrains that will enthrall any music addict, along with sophisticated layered arrangements to satisfy the most demanding palates. Throughout the 9 songs, all the ghosts hiding in the blue hour are made alive in the deep and heartfelt narration provided by both music and lyrics, offering a unique and compelling listening experience.

CD pre-order – http://bit.ly/Due_CD
Digital Album – https://backl.ink/143813663

Videos:
Walking Backwards – YouTube (Visualizer)
On Black Clouds”- YouTube (Music Video)
Shine – YouTube (Lyric Video)

Track Listing:
1. Walking Backwards (4:01)
2. On Black Clouds (3:45)
3. Dead in August (5:12)
4. Damn Wrong (4:23)
5. Shine (5:19)
6. Fearless (4:00)
7. Lower the Wires (3:57)
8. Disheartened (4:27)
9. Involved/Bored (3:52)
Album Length: 39:00

Album Credits:
Ricky DC – Vocals
Diego Angeli – Guitars
Francesco Poggi – Guitars
Simome Pedrazzi – Keyboards
Matteo Malmusi – Bass
Andrew Gunner – Drums

Produced by Giuseppe “Dualized” Bassi for dysFUNCTION Productions
Recorded and Engineered by Giuseppe Bassi
Mixed and Mastered by Giuseppe Bassi
All music and lyrics written by Blue Hour Ghosts
Additional arrangements, keyboards, sound design and programming by Giuseppe Bassi
Artwork concept and paintings by Blue Hour Ghosts
Band photos by Patrizia Cogliati – Musicphoto
Graphic layout by Francesca Dalla Costa – Secondalinea Officine Creative

Discography:
Blue Hour Ghosts (Buil2Kill Records, 2016)
Do You Believe in Ghosts? (Live) (Buil2Kill Records, 2018)
Due (Rockshots Records, 2021)

More Info:
Rockshots.eu
Facebook.com/bluehourghosts
Twitter.com/bluehourghosts
Instagram.com/bluehourghosts
Bluehourghosts.com

“One of the best debut albums since a while in the melodic metal world. An album complete in itself, but with every track standing strong on its own as well.” – Lords of Metal (NL), 80/100

“A damn strong output, super catchy, with cool melodies and also varied, proggy, exciting and with great vocals, and all this as the debut. All attention!” – Crossfire Metal (DE), 85/100

“This band knows how to rock in a very catchy way!” – White Room (NL)

“Blue Hour Ghosts burst upon the scene with a flaming debut album, bringing out a breath of adrenaline and a compelling mix of modern prog, classic metal, aggressive rock and spine-chilling melodic traits” – Rock Hard Italy (IT), 8/10

“This is really a cool record, nothing is missing! Blue Hour Ghosts succeed right away from their first chapter.” – Metal Hammer (IT), 82/100

Blue Hour Ghosts & Shining’s Jørgen Munkeby Honour Freddie Mercury w/ QUEEN

“Why isn’t there more sax in metal?” In this edition I pay some respect to some of my favorite prog with saxophones prominently featured being not only a sax lover but a sax player as well.

This are in no particular order, nor are these ALL of my favorites. Just some rad saxy stuff that came to mind.

Sigh

Japan’s Sigh are known for some of the most chaotic metal ever created. Each album they’ve released has included more and more crazy shit to the point where I’m certain the next record will literally include them banging on a kitchen sink (real talk: this could have already happened). In 2007 Dr. Mikannibal joined the band as vocalist and alto saxophonist. She was then first featured on the masterpiece Scenes From Hell. While also wonderful pre-Scenes, prominent saxophone separated them further from the avant garde black metal scene (albeit a small scene).

Sigh – The Soul Grave

 

Theo Travis for his work with Steven Wilson

Porcupine Tree mastermind Steven Wilson was already one album into his solo career when he dropped Grace For Drowning. Grace began a really interesting jazz-influenced period is Wilson’s solo catalog that also included The Raven That Refused To Sing (and Other Stories), and it’s safe to attribute that to the saxophone work (also, clarinet and flute work for that matter) of Theo Travis. While had Travis actually collaborated with Wilson as early as Porcupine Tree‘s Stupid Dream, but solo tracks like “Sectarian,” “No Part of Me,” and “The Watchmaker” had Travis at the forefront and as a part of a band rather than a one-off collaborator. Hand. Cannot. Erase featured Travis in a one-off role once again and he has since left Wilson’s band, probably to return to his work with other artists like Robert Fripp or David Gilmour or some other young up-start.

Steven Wilson – The Watchmaker (Live)

 

Cyborg Octopus

You’ve heard a lot about Cyborg Octopus on Metal Injection (mostly from me, frankly), and for good reason. They’re fucking great. How I actually got into them was through a Facebook status I posted basically complaining that there isn’t enough saxophone in metal, and a friend gave me a link to their page and introduced me to the majesty and madness of Patrick Corona. Love soon followed. Since that post The band dropped their fantastic full-length debut Learning to Breathe,  the band signed to Apewhale Entertainment, and guitarist David Wu has gone on to become a metal YouTube darling with RiffShop. They’ve grown up so fast.

Cyborg Octopus – DiscoBrain! (When METAL meets FUNK)

 

Trioscapes

Somewhere in the ever-growing collection of side-projects feature Dan Briggs of Between the Buried and Me (which includes Orbs and now Nova Collective), there is the jazz outfit Trioscapes. They’d probably be the first to tell you that they aren’t a metal band, but I’ll tell you they’re prog as fuck. As a BtBaM fan and bassist I gave it a shot for Dan, but I stuck around for his chemistry with sax-man Walter Fancourt. Fancourt approaches the saxophone in a way I hadn’t heard before by running it though guitar effects and creating chaotic soundscapes with it. The band currently has two records out, and I’d love more.

Trioscapes “Digital Dream Sequence”

 

Jørgen Munkeby

He is primarily known for his work leading the self-proclaimed blackjazz band Shining, and they are a hell of a band. However, in recent years I feel like the band had strayed from some of the jazz/prog side of when they got big on the scene opting for some driving industrial vibes. This is not necessarily a band thing as International Blackjazz Society was a lot of fun, it’s just a thing I’ve noticed. Munkeby is still getting out there in a very progressive way though, as he has been my favorite part of three of the last four Ihsahn albums After, Eremita, and Arktis. He has also collaborated with the Periphery off-shoot Haunted Shores (on “Viscera”) and with guitar legend Marty Friedman‘s Inferno record. He gets around, and I want to see him around more.

Ihsahn – Undercurrent

 

Brain Tentacles

This band includes Bruce Lamont of Yakuza/Bloodiest on horns, Dave Witte of Municipal Waste on drums, and Aaron Dallison of Keelhaul on bass, so these guys sound like the heavier, evil cousins of Trioscapes. Lamont’s sax approach is more straight-forward than Fancourt’s and they still have a jazz element to them, but they get much weirder and darker.

BRAIN TENTACLES – S/T (Full Album Stream)

A Salute To The Saxophone