Six-piece progressive metal outfit AVIATIONS are proud to announce that they will release a new EP which will see the group re-visit songs from earlier in their career. The new studio release, titled 'Retrospect', will see a November 20th release and will be available to pre-order through the group's official Bandcamp. Speaking about what led the band to record 'Retospect', Aviations lead vocalist Adam Benjamin states,
“Retrospect is our first formal release as a complete lineup that has toured and performed this music live. Since forming the band and releasing a debut in 2012 as teenagers, we wanted to revisit some tracks to see what we could do in 2020.
Everyone in the band has put their stamp on these songs in their own way, and we thought this would be the best precursor to all the new music we have written to release in 2021. In the meantime, we didn’t want fans waiting too long between releases. Enjoy!”
With the release of 'Retrospect' already less than 40 days away, Aviations will be releasing a slew of video content to hype the record. The first such offering is the playthrough video for "Nineties Nine Ties", which fans can check out via the link below.
AVIATIONS - "Nineties Nine Ties" (Playthrough Video)
AVIATIONS is a progressive “cozy” metal band from Boston, MA. The group started as a passion project in 2011 by James Knoerl (Drums) and Sam Harchik (Guitar) while attending Berklee College of Music. Vocalist Adam Benjamin was introduced in 2012 and the group began work on a full-length debut. After releasing a “A Declaration of Sound” on Oct 13th, 2012 and making a few adjustments to the line-up, the band continued work on their next release.
2016 finally saw a complete concept to announce “The Light Years” as the official title of the band’s sophomore album, with the first instrumental single “Dizziness Explained” released on Sept. 16th, 2016. The album was completed and released in 2018 due to members moving to different areas of the country to pursue full-time careers. As a DIY release, despite not budgeting or planning vastly expansive promotion, the record landed in the reddit.com/r/progemetal top 10 albums of the year.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the band’s hustle shifted to recording content and writing a third album which is planned for release in 2021. Before that, AVIATIONS revisited their debut album to re-track classic tracks “Outliers,” and “Nineties Nine Ties” for an EP which is scheduled for release on November 20th, 2020. With themes revolving around “holding on to your hope,” which is belted in the intro vocal line, the focus-single “Outliers” was filmed at keyboardist Richard Blumenthal’s house in Nashville, TN during quarantine.
Adam Benjamin - Vocals
James Knoerl - Drums
Sam Harchik - Guitar
Eric Palmer - Guitar
Werner Erkelens - Bass
Richard Blumenthal - Keyboard