Texan symphonic metal trio Ninth Sphere is a new band, but it's comprised of veteran players. Main man Brian Cravey notably cut his teeth as a member (guitarist) of electronicore crew the Browning, as did drummer Noah "Shark" Robertson, who played with Cravey on the group's 2011 debut LP, Burn This World. Rounded out by bassist Travis Hampe (ex-Srlsm), their new band take a less deathcore-heavy approach, exploring more melodic, um, spheres. Take for example the soaring single "Taken Home," which arrives today along with its Plinian Films-directed music video. Watch and listen above.
"Taken Home" appears on Ninth Sphere's upcoming debut LP, Oversoul, which is due out June 25th. The album was mixed and mastered in London by former Sikth vocalist, Justin Hill (Betraying the Martyrs, Hacktivist, Heart of a Coward) and features artwork by acclaimed tattooist and fine artist Nick Baxter. You can watch Baxter creating the stunning 24x24 oil painting below.
"'Taken Home' was the first song in a long time that made me feel like I had broken through a barrier as a musician and writer," Cravey tell us. "We had been searching for a vocalist for at least two years and hadn't found our voice. I got tired of waiting and started teaching myself to sing and scream. Pretty sure the rest of the band thought I was crazy and rightfully so. I would send them rewrite after rewrite, mix after mix, trying to get the structure perfect and trying to produce vocals that did the music justice. It finally came together and shows the different vibes we like to play and feel, all in one song. If I could only play one song from this album for the rest of my life, 'Taken Home' is it."