Peruvian symphonic power metal act Ancestral Dawn has launched a crowdfunding campaign for the first Rock Metal Opera made in Perú and the first in the world mixing ancient South American instruments, international world class guests and an Inca culture based storytelling. The project features ex-Nautiluz members Jorge Higginson on bass and Jorge Segersbol on main vocals along with a cast of guest appearances. The campaign page can be accessed at this location.
Confirmed guest appearances include: Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire/Angra/Vision Divine) and Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland/Destiny). Guests will lend their voices to different characters in the story.
As for the album’s conceptual story, the band reports: “The album’s story takes place at the beginning of the 20th century in a fictional city inspired in Lima-Perú, known as ‘The grey City,’ a place always covered by a strange deep haze.
“There, catholic medical student, Sebastián Vendrel (Bastian), analyses several cases of unusual coma as the rate of suicides strangely increases in the city.
“Soon, his beloved fiancée, Jessica Isern, will fall in this rare state too, forcing him to twist his principles and search for alternative methods of ancient shamanic medicine.
“Thus, Bastian finds Andean Warlock ‘Sairi Tupaj’ (Fabio Lione), who knows that the answer of the disease is way more related to the dark force controlling the strange haze of the city, than just finding some natural herbs as medication. Instead he offers him the opportunity to see the real problem with his own eyes, by taking a spiritual trip with the divine beverage of Ayahuasca.
“Drinking from it will unleash the real adventure: Dark forces, ancient shamans and primordial Inca gods will guide Bastian trough an old world far beyond his beliefs.”
The band recently released a lyric video for the track “Rise of the Ancestor,” which features vocal guest star Jonas Heidgert (Dragonland/Destiny). It can be heard over at this location.
More information on the album is expected soon.