Italy’s finest, Labyrinth, are set to return with the release of a live recording of their classic album Return To Heaven Denied. Entitled Return To Live the album will be released via Frontiers Music srl on January 26, 2018.
Labyrinth, Italy’s finest purveyors of power/prog metal, held their first reunion show at Frontiers Metal Festival in Trezzo Sull’Adda on October 30, 2016. The renewed lineup featuring founding members Olaf Thorsen and Andrea Cantarelli on guitars, long time singer Roberto Tiranti and the new faces Nik Mazzucconi (on bass), Oleg Smirnoff (on keyboards) and John Macaluso (on drums) played in its entirety, for only the second time ever, their most popular record (so far), Return To Heaven Denied. The landmark album was originally released by Metal Blade in 1998 and is considered by many to be one of the highlights of the power metal genre in the late ‘90s. In fact, Classic Rock magazine in the UK included it in their list of top albums from the genre.
A stellar live performance that is crucial listening/viewing for all fans of the band!
- “New Horizons”
- “The Night Of Dreams”
- “Lady Lost In Time”
- “State Of Grace”
- “Heaven Denied”
- “Time After Time”
- “Falling Rain”
- “Die For Freedom”
- “In The Shade”
Founded in 1991 in Massa (Tuscany), this Italian band became one of the prime-movers of a genre which in the late 90’s – early 2000’s became hugely popular amongst the heavy metal faithful, especially in Europe.
After the success of their first demo, first EP, and debut album, in 1998 the band released their signature album, Return to Heaven Denied. With singer Rob Tyrant (Roberto Tiranti) taking the place of Joe Terry (Fabio Lione, who would then move on to join Rhapsody), Return To Heaven Denied was embraced by fans and metal scribes alike and gave a strong push not only to the band’s career, but also to the Italian metal scene as a whole. It is still regarded as a classic piece of work in the genre to this day. The follow-up album, Sons of Thunder was released in August 2000, breaking onto the official album charts in Japan and Italy.
More albums followed, but several lineup changes (with singer Tiranti and guitarist/composer Olaf Thorsen going in and out of the band) brought the band – after the release of Return to Heaven Denied, Pt. 2 – A Midnight Autumn Dream in 2010 – to an indefinite hiatus, until that crazy night back in 2016.