ARDIS is TEN JINNS highly anticipated new release and the first new album of original music since 2018’s SISYPHUS
About The Album
Ten Jinn’s new record, Ardis (a concept album in song-cycle form) is loosely inspired by Jack London’s Novel, the Iron Heel, first published in 1908, and tells the story of an Oligarchy, which takes over America during the first decades of the 20th century. This chaotic period of the past is viewed through the lens of a 27th-century scholar (Anthony Meredith) working out of the “wonder city” of Ardis in the year 419 B.O.M. (Brotherhood of Man), still standing four centuries after the fall of the totalitarian state and leading to the eventual rise of an enlightened society.
The songs are organized in a “cinematic” manner, moving between the two aforementioned time periods, and shifting between the two points of view in an effort to provide a musically contrasting arc of the storyline. It is the juxtaposition of these two diametrically opposed societal structures that is important and, as such, specific mention of the main characters in the book was intentionally left out of the record.
1. Elegy 1 (01:29)
2. Brotherhood of Man (04:02)
3. Slaves of the Machine (05:47)
4. Say Aye/Bishop’s Vision (06:50)
5. Elegy II (05:49)
6. Adumbrations: beginning of the end (03:52) 7. The Red Virgin (07:54)
8. Nightmare (04:18)
9. Ardis/Elegy III (07:32)
Total run time: 47:25
John Strauss – Lead and backing vocals, piano, and keyboards
Mark Wickliffe – Drums, percussion, bass, electric guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals.
Mike Matier – Electric and acoustic guitars.
Matt Brown – Keyboards and backing vocals.
Matt Overholser – Bass.
Kenneth Francis – Electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards, and bass.
Stan Whitaker – Guitar solo “Say Aye.”
*lyrics for “Bishop’s Vision” borrowed in-part from the poem Easter Day (1881) by Oscar Wilde
Produced by Mark Wickliffe, John Strauss and Ken Francis
Arrangements by Ten Jinn
Recorded at: The Torture Chamber (Panorama City, CA), Stone House Studio (Honey Brook, PA), Babaji’s Cave (Van Nuys, CA) and Radd Studio (Van Nuys, CA), Bear Lake Studio (Big Bear, CA)
Mixed by Kenneth Francis at Babaji’s Cave (Van Nuys, CA)
Mastered by Ken Skoglund at Sound Control Studio (Sweden)
Album layout: Nick at A zene háza
Management: Steve Troegler
Ardis – Melodic Revolution Records (2023) CD & Digital & Streaming
Ziggy Blackstar (a tribute to David Bowie (2018) Melodic Revolution Records CD & Digital & Streaming
Sisyphus (2018) Melodic Revolution Records CD & Digital & Streaming
Alone (2003) Sweden Rock Records / Musea CD & Digital & Streaming
As On A Darkling Plan (1999) Wildman Records CD & Digital & Streaming
Wildman (1997) Wildman Records CD & Digital & Streaming
Nightmare (2022) Melodic Revolution Records – Digital & Streaming
Adumbrations (2021) Melodic Revolution Records – Digital & Streaming
Slaves of the Machine (2021) Melodic Revolution Records – Digital & Streaming
Ten Jinn Official Links
Melodic Revolution Band Profile: http://mrrmusic.com/ten-jinn/
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