A few weeks back I interviewed The Stranger after they released Eleventh Hour. I have had that song on repeat for a few weeks and was so impressed that I pre-ordered their upcoming sophomore album on vinyl  ( Their latest single ‘Kaleidoscope’ had me spellbound from the first listen. If like me you have never heard of The Stranger you need to change that asap as these guys are destined for some bigger things if what I have heard so far from the album is anything to go by.

“As vibrant and immersive as its name suggests, the title track off of  Kaleidoscope provides a stunning and satisfying conclusion to this ambitious anthology. Poignant, reflective acoustic passages give way to powerful, personal proclamations of raw honesty and vulnerability in a sonic odyssey that deeply moves the listener. The kaleidoscope turns and shifts in constant motion to bring new perspectives and brilliant bursts of colour and clarity. So too does this unique and passionate track that showcases the remarkable diversity that is characteristic of its composers and delivers in earnest the vital message that lies at the heart of each and every track on this monumental musical work.”

Vocalist Tom Frayne explains “Kaleidoscope was written during a small existential crisis I was experiencing a few years ago. I was in a job that I hated, my interactions were consumed with anxiety, and I felt desperate to bring meaning to my life overnight. On top of this I was clinging on to a previous version of myself that wasn’t recognizing my potential, and which dwelled in the negativity of my earlier life, stuck on other people’s perception and expectations of success. After a while, and with a bit of therapy and a great circle of support, I managed to break through this negativity and form a more coherent and positive view of myself. Kaleidoscope is about breaking through society’s definition of success and learning to value myself and laude my achievements, however small or significant. Ever since this song came out onto paper I have felt much more comfortable in my own skin, I have silenced the voice of my inner saboteur, and I can finally relinquish the negativity of past relationships.”

Incorporating influences such as Opeth and Dream Theater, the band has forged a respected name for themselves in the Australian Metal Scene with their eclectic mix of progressive metal, djent & funk. Following a successful release of their highly acclaimed album ‘The Stranger’, the band shared stages with Australian and International Progressive Metal Powerhouses such as Caligula’s Horse, Voyager, Ne Obliviscaris, Monuments, and The Ocean; including festivals such as ProgFest and winning Brisbane’s Wacken Metal Battle. With The Strangers’ recent signing to Octane Records & Wild Thing Records for their much-anticipated sophomore album ‘Kaleidoscope’, the band is set to make a mark on the Australian Heavy Music World and beyond!

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