Release date: May 20 – 2022
For fans of: Dream Theater, Symphony X & Threshold
Soaring riffs, stunning soli, pounding rhythms and vocals that just nails, supreme. This is the approach taken
by French progressive metal stalwarts Spheric Universe Experience, as they get to their fifth studio album,
titled “Back Home”. With a superb production from the talented producer Damien Rainaud, the Symphony
X, Dream Theater and Queen-inspired music from the Code d’Azur quartet is a statement, carved in stone!
“Back home” does not only mean back home to Earth for the space-travellers in the story of the concept,
but it also means back home for the band, as they have returned to their original roots: to compose and
create true, progressive masterpieces, for every album they make. In space, no one hears you scream,
but S.U.E. are definitely set to make themselves heard here on Earth with “Back Home”.
The early beginning of S.U.E. dates back to 1999, when guitarist Vince Benaim decided to create a
progressive metal band. After a couple of years of composing own material, the band recorded their
first official album demo in April 2003, entitled “The Burning Box”. The debut album, Mental Torments,
mixed by Tommy Hansen (Jailhouse Studios, Denmark – a.o. Helloween, TNT, Pretty Maids), was released
by Replica Records in Europe and Nightmare Records in the US. The band then spent 2005 writing new
material plus playing various live shows, opening for acts such as Scorpions and Uli Jon Roth in France.
S.U.E. finalized recorded their second effort, “Anima”, with Charles Massabo during the summer of 2006
in Coxinhell Studio Studio and Kallaghan Studio in France, with the record being mastered at Jailhouse
Studios in Denmark by Tommy Hansen. Replica Records released it again in France, but in the US and in
the rest of the world the label was Sensory Records. 2007 also saw the band open the ProgPower Scandinavia
festival in Copenhagen, Denmark. The response from this show was so great that the ProgPower USA festival
decided to book the band for their edition, and in October 2008 the band hit the stage in Atlanta, Georgia.
With some successful gigs under their belt, including shows with UK proggers, Threshold, the band
found time to write and record their third album, “Unreal”, which was released worldwide in May 2009
by Sensory Records. “Unreal” saw the band adding another notch to their already spectacular brand of
technical and melodic metal, possessing a top-notch progressiveness.
In 2012 the album “The New Eve” was released, where S.U.E. altered the musical side of the band,
wanting to dig deeper into a more modern sound with down tuned guitars and a more aggressive
approach to their prog-melodic style. An album that encompassed everything this style had to offer, yet
at the same time, via the mix of the two, bringing a fresh new breath of originality to the genre.
Having toured extensively over the last few years; from France to Denmark, from Holland to Poland and
from Italy to the USA, S.U.E. has explored the boundaries of the musical life within the genre, and have
now spent the last five years composing what is to be the absolute pinnacle of their career so far, namely
the space-concept album “Back Home”.
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