VICINITY – VIII (CD)

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**Release date: March 8th – 2024**

Out of Trondheim, in the cold shores of Norway, Vicinity have been crafting their mix of progressive metal,
melodies and sophisticated rhythm patterns since 2006. Now reaching their third studio album, the five-piece
has reached the perfect mix in their sound. “VIII” is a mature progressive metal album, with a fresh approach
to composition.

Putting new influences to work in their already highly rich melting pot of references, “VIII” is a collection of
progressive metal songs where the Norwegians drifted to a heavier, more concise sound than in the previous
releases. The final result can please traditional prog fans of bands such as Threshold, as well as followers of
newer acts such as Haken.

Mixing duties in “VIII” were handled by Øyvind Voldmo Larsen (Seventh Wonder, Circus Maximus, Withem)
and mastering was done at Fascination Street Studios by Tony Lindgren (Ihsahn, James LaBrie, Leprous, Opeth).
Vicinity was founded in 2006 by Kim-Marius H. Olsen, Frode Lillevold and Kristian Nergård. Vocalist Alexander
K. Lykke soon joined the blend making the first complete lineup. With the EP “Diffusion of Innovation”, the
band’s first official release, Vicinity found its true style, writing longer, more technical progressive compositions.
In 2012 the band recorded their debut full-length album, “Awakening”, making this the debut recording of the
new bass player Pierre Schmidt-Melbye, who joined the band following Nergård’s departure in 2009. Reidulf
Wormdal joined the recording as a session keyboard player. The album was mixed by André Alvinzi and
mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios, and was released by Indie Distribution and Pug-Nose
Records in the fall 2013.

In 2015 Vicinity went to work with their new album “Recurrence” which was released by Mighty Music in
2017. The drums were recorded at Skarp Studio, known for producing the drums for bands like Triosphere
and Keep of Kalessin. Christer-André Cederberg, known for mixing Nine and Havoc for Circus Maximus
and several releases by Anathema was enlisted to mix the album. Jens Bogren once again handled mastering
duties. Following the release, Vicinity played concerts in Trondheim and Oslo, and was booked to play
festivals like Prøvesprengning and Totsås Rock.

Preparations for the upcoming album started in 2020 at Skansen Lydstudio, but further progress was impaired
partly by Covid and the fact that, after 15 years in the band, Lykke decided in 2022 to pursue other interests and
in agreement with the band decided to part ways. Vicinity tried out vocalist Erling Malm (Articulus, Endolith)
at a live show in Trondheim, and decided then and there that he would be the vocalist going forward, and he
immediately started working on vocals for “VIII”, adding more diversity to the singing department of the band.

Tracklisting:
1. Promised Paradise
2. Distance
3. Purpose
4. Confusion Reactor
5. The Singularity
6. Shape Of Life
7. DKE
8. Face The Rain

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