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Novena sign with Frontiers Records

Novena
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Young UK prog metallers Novena have signed with Frontiers Music and will release their debut album in early 2020.

The London based sextet feature Haken singer Ross Jennings alongside ex-HAARP Machine guitarist Dan Thornton, second vocalist Gareth Mason, Ravenface drummer Cameron Spence, guitarist/keyboard player Harrison White and former No Sin Evades His Gaze bassist Moat Lowe. The band released their debut EP, Secondary Genesis back in 2016 and have supported the likes of Skyharbor and VOLA.

"In writing Secondary Genesis we were saying to ourselves, 'What could this be?’," the band tell Prog. "With our debut album, we are saying 'This is who we are.' After three years of working hard to define, write and record the music, we are enormously excited to share it with the world. It acknowledges all of the experimental roads we explored on Secondary Genesis and refines, focuses and directs them.

"It incorporates all of the heavy catharsis, fragile melody, rich harmony and grand storytelling of the EP, but takes it further and casts the net wider. Our aim was to write and tell heartfelt stories, both true and fictitious, and in doing so we have created something that we are proud to share and hope listeners will enjoy.

"We are enormously excited to be working with Frontiers today and in the future; to share a label with a number of our favourite bands is a dream. Expect so much more from us in the coming years - on record, online and in person. Today is just the beginning. Tomorrow is the eleventh hour. The rest is just the space between.

"With our debut album, we are saying 'This is who we are.' After three years of working hard to define, write and record the music, we are enormously excited to share it with the world. It acknowledges all of the experimental roads we explored on Secondary Genesis’ and refines, focuses and directs them. It incorporates all of the heavy catharsis, fragile melody, rich harmony and grand storytelling of the EP, but takes it further and casts the net wider.

"Our aim was to write and tell heartfelt stories, both true and fictitious, and in doing so we have created something that we are proud to share and hope listeners will enjoy. We are enormously excited to be working with Frontiers today and in the future; to share a label with a number of our favourite bands is a dream. Expect so much more from us in the coming years - on record, online and in person. Today is just the beginning. Tomorrow is the eleventh hour. The rest is just the space between."

You can check the band out at their bandcamp page.

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.