Denmark’s melodic heavy rockers MERIDIAN are releasing the third single “Stay” from their upcoming new album “The Fourth Dimension”. The single is also available as a lyric video, which we are premiering below.
“Stay” is a celebration of life when it presents itself in the most fragile way. It tells the story of hope and despair of someone standing helplessly on the side, watching somebody close fighting for his life. Musically it’s a statement of power and melody you would expect from your typical MERIDIAN song.
Two years ago MERIDIAN singer Lars Märker was at his house talking to his father, who was visiting, when suddenly his dad collapsed and suffered cardiac arrest! Lars immediately started CPR and at the same time managed to talk to the emergency line and have them send an ambulance. Lars continued CPR until rescuers arrived and took over. Lars‘ efforts were the main reason his father survived without permanent damage, but the emotional and psychological strain from the experience haunted Lars for a long time, so writing the lyrics for the song “Stay”, about what happened that day, has been a way for him to heal and recover from the whole thing.
Stream “Stay” HERE.
Let’s go back to the 80s. Back then, there were no style boundaries. You were either into heavy metal rock or you were not. Bands like Scorpions, Pretty Maids, W.A.S.P. or TNT gathered a legion of loyal fans around them looking for the thrill of screaming guitars and epic melodies. More than fans, we were family. The heavy rock family.
Many bands have, since then, tried to capture the feeling of those days. Many have failed miserably, but others have succeeded to give us a glimpse of that golden era. Among the latter, the Danish collective MERIDIAN is one of the most brilliant. They’ve been shaping their sound in three studio albums since 2013 and even in an unapologetic covers EP where they showed their diversity of influences. But now it’s time for a whole different ball game. Enter “The 4th Dimension”.
As with many quintessential albums, the latest studio offering from the Danish five-piece comes, musically, with a wide variety of songs, from real heavy numbers (“The Road Back To Hell”, “Warning Shots”) to really melodic hard rock songs (from which “Say That You Want Me” is a perfect example). Not forgetting epic songs (“Dreamers”) and fast tracks like “Remove Your Crown”. As in the 80s, no boundaries, no overthinking. “The attitude was ‘Everything is possible and anything goes’”, guitarist Marco Angioni comments about the writing process. “If a song is good and we all like it, it goes on the album”. Again, an attitude that screams “80s” from the top of its lungs.
Produced, mixed and mastered by Angioni (a renowned producer himself, with bands such as Tygers Of Pan Tang, Steel Inferno and Iron Fire in his resume) and recorded in Angioni Studios between October 2021 and January 2022, “The 4th Dimension” is one of those career-defining albums in which MERIDIAN reaches full maturity and shoot for the stars.
“The 4th Dimension” will be released on digital, CD, and LP (marbled transparent orange/black vinyl, limited to 300 units) via From The Vaults on September 23rd, 2022.
- Lars Märker / Vocals
- Martin J. Andersen / Lead and rhythm guitars
- Marco Angioni / Lead and rhythm guitars
- Peter Bruun / bass
- Klaus Agerbo / drums