Dawn Of Ages

by Arduini/Balich

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“DOOM LADEN PROGRESSIVE WALL OF METAL”

Sounds like the perfect definition of ARDUINI / BALICH’s debut album “Dawn of Ages” which will be released on Cruz Del Sur Music on Feb 24, 2017.

ARDUINI/BALICH is the result of two very powerful figures in their own right of the metal scene. VICTOR ARDUINI needs no introduction being one of the founding members of FATES WARNING, same can be said for BRIAN “BUTCH” BALICH, the mighty voice of ARGUS.

The story goes back in time to the end of 2013 when Arduini put a final word to his experience with FREEDOMS REIGN. Victor needed more freedom to express his creativity, feeling his ideas weren’t much fitting into the style of FR anymore. “At that time I was at a creative peak. It seemed like I wrote new riffs every day which seemed heavier and darker than anything I’ve done before. They were becoming more intricate and challenging which fueled my passion to see how far I could take them. I was really close to the whole process and soon realized it had to be a project where I could have complete artistic control and produce an album that represented who I am as an artist, guitarist and musician.”(Victor Arduini)

In search of musicians who could get along with this challenge, Victor recruited Freedoms Reign’s drummer Chris Judge and was on the lookout for a singer when his path crossed with Butch who had recently shared stages with him. “I truly feel Brian’s vocals are some of the best he’s ever done. It’s like when Dio went from Rainbow to Sabbath. Same voice but new music around it inspired new melodies and gave a different presentation. While it took longer than both of us expected for many reasons we reached the finish line and are both very proud of the music and our collaboration together. It is truly a joint collaboration and we hope our fans will enjoy what they hear.”(Victor Arduini)

“Dawn Of Ages” is one of the most ambitious records ever released on Cruz Del Sur Music.
A monumental piece of music on the level of WHILE HEAVEN WEPT or ATLANTEAN KODEX’s releases (to name two Cruz Del Sur recording artists). A rollercoaster of emotions, an album that captures the collisions of two worlds, progressive and doom. The final result is a really amazing journey inside human soul. Through six original compositions that last for more than an hour, the audience will be captured and hypnotized by the eclectically familiar Victor’s guitar melodies empowered by Butch’s passionate interpretation.
Indeed “Dawn of Ages” is an album that could have been easily recorded in the mid/late 70s for the total dedication that transpires through each and every note of it. It is not an album that wants to please any old or new trend in metal, rather an intimate expression of two musicians who have always put their passion for heavy music before anything else.
“Dawn Of Ages” will be released in a deluxe 6-panel digipack embellished by a wonderful, original Michael Cowell’s (Alunah) artwork.
The vinyl version will be released in a gatefold colored vinyl double LP with three incredible cover songs as a bonus. URIAH HEEP’s “Sunrise”, BEAU BRUMMELS’ “Wolf Of Velvet Fortune” and BLACK SABBATH’s “After All (The Dead) .

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released February 24, 2017

Victor Arduini - Guitars
Brian Balich - Vocals
Chris Judge - Drums

Produced by Victor Arduini
Engineered by Nick Bellmore
Mastered by Zeuss

additional musicians:
Nick Bellmore - Drums on Sunrise, After All (The Dead)
Bruce MacPherson - Keyboards on Sunrise

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"Arduini/Balich is big-riff, big-melody, big-voice epic doom metal. A wonderful triumph" Metal Bulletin

"There is an almost 'Wall of Sound' created by textured guitars and vocals. Definitely a dark and doomy vibe throughout."
Progressive Power

"This is one of those debuts that unexpectedly catches you by surprise, but above all for the quality that treasures" Metal Brothers
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Track Name: The Fallen
An unyielding weight, spiteful wall forged in ironclad failure
This resonant voice, though it screams, it has been rendered silent
Driven to my knees and though I plead
The future’s been lost to me

Divergent hearts sowed the seeds, an insidious blooming
Coiled, blackened vines – venomous thorns pierce the flesh to the core of me
Driven to my knees and though I plead
The future’s been lost to me

Morning breaks another scene
And the Devil sun it laughs as I stumble out under its gaze
Onrushing memories – maddening details of your words
And the craven way you severed these bonds
Pathetic soul is now revealed but to whom does it belong?
In whose house does the darkness reside?
Night it breaks another scene
And the fiendish moon it laughs
For the guilty shan’t escape its baleful gaze

Twisting, falling, volatile motion
Twisting, falling, volatile motion
Twisting, falling, volatile motion
Twisting, falling, volatile motion

Into oblivion I’m absorbed
Into oblivion I’m absorbed

There is nothing….there is nothing…there is nothing…..there is nothing…..there is nothing
Track Name: Forever Fade
These darkest hours
These are the hours that try men’s souls
Cloaked in a silence unbearable
Encircled and savaged
By onrushing thoughts unstoppable
Longing to touch the past hopelessly

These are the black times
These are the trials that rend men’s hearts
Tormented by what has past endlessly
Unbelieving that I won’t walk these roads again
I’ve lost my faith my friend
My will is gone

Starless night slowly slips away
The dawn beckons as dusk
Starless night slowly slips away
To a never rising sun

What I’ve held dear I must now despise
What I’ve loved I must now demonize
A waking nightmare
I shall never rest again
Til you’re gone

Let me go – free my heart from this love
Let me feel the light again
Let me go – I fear that I’ll be overcome
And forever fade
Track Name: Into Exile
Into Shadows I left leapt from a treacherous height
To follow in the path of my hearts light
My soul cast to the fates
With faith it would survive
But the fates had determined in solitude I must reside

What have I become
Terrified by the silence that binds me
Confused and alone
I gambled my life
And now suddenly, hopelessly lost, I’m exiled

In the belly of darkness I have been confined
Where all I’ve ever dared has slowly died
And though I’ve searched for hope
To rain upon my head
All paths I’ve attempted have led back to blackness instead

What have I become
Terrified by the silence that binds me
Confused and alone
What have I become
Terrified by the silence that binds me
I’m exiled alone

I’m exiled alone

Visions of past lives
Eat at the corners of my mind
In Futility screaming
Hoping to reach through space and time
No…….

There is no return
I have gone beyond
I know I can never return
I have gone beyond
Track Name: The Wraith
Awakened in this fever dream
You stand
Oh mother, the light of your soul has been dimmed
It shrinks as I reach out my hand

What has become of your smile?
Your laugh?
Pray tell me was it a mask that you wore?
A role that you played?

Haunted eyes
Haunted heart
No longer can you hide the damage inside
A house of lies

All the love that you gave
Yet time has not returned
All the hurt you carried inside
All the love that you craved
And the weight of life you bore
As time so cruelly leaves you a shell
The hands of fate
Have left you, now, a wraith

There was but one
Who understood
Who made it right
Who made you strong
He’s been gone for so long
And all your tears
Across the years
They took their toll
Each carried a piece of your soul

All the love that you gave
Yet time has not returned
All the hurt you carried inside
All the love that you craved
And the weight of life you bore
As time so cruelly leaves you a shell
The hands of fate
A loss so great
Have left you, now, a wraith

On the precipice you stand
And though I scream you cannot hear me
I have failed you
You hurtle to the void
And though I strain I cannot reach you
I have lost you
No, no the years took their toll
On mind and soul
Life has killed you
Soar, soar
From your prison go forth
You feel pain no more
You are free now, You are free now, You are free now

How many dawns she has suffered
In dusk’s fading light she would pray
That he’d soon be there, arms awaiting
And she’d be at peace on that day

Go release your pain
Go release your pain
Go release your pain
Go release your pain
Track Name: Beyond The Barricade
Full of fear
Shaken deep
Lost alone amid these streets
Paralyzed
Yet I see
The barricade looming over me

Is this my new
Reality?
Is waking life just fantasy
What brought me here?
Dare I go on
To seek the answers that lie beyond?

Into the black it towers
Eclipsing the moon and stars
Casting a pall upon my heart

No light of hope inside me
I have no faith to guide me
There is no path amid its thorns

Here at the barricades
Do I surrender all I’ve loved?
Here at the barricades
Do I submit before I’ve begun?


Do I dare to scale its walls?
Do I dare to risk it all?
For I should die if I should fall

Yet if I cower here in dread
I have chosen living death
To live in fear is not to live at all

In days long past
I journeyed with no fear
Til one day I strayed from the path
And found I was lost

That time had turned
And now all was darkness
A sudden shift in light
With nary a star as my guide

Oh oh oh oh
I will fight the demons in my soul
Oh oh oh oh
I must beat them back
The spectres of my past
The weight holding me back
The devils in my past
The devils’ hold
The devils’ hold
The devils’ hold


Shedding
Falling away from me
Expose the layers underneath the scars
Exposing the fire underneath
A cleansing fire engulfs my weary heart

Come to me
I need you as I never have before
Come to me
Be with me as seek what lies beyond

Shaking
The winds lashing at me
The higher that I pull myself above
Resolving
With everything in me
To reach the heavens and to touch the sun

Stay with me
I need you as I never have before
Stay with me
Give me strength when I feel that mine has gone

We are, Believe,
So much more than we all see
We are destiny

We are, Believe,
So much more than we all see
We are destiny

I will rise
I will cross into light
I will rise
I will cross into light
I will rise
I will cross into light

Nothing stands before me
But the future
I’m beyond
Nothing stands against me
I have risen
I’m beyond
No doors locked before me
I am holding every key
Nothing stands before me
But the future