Canada’s The Wring released their new album “The Wring² Project Cipher” recently on May 28th. Founded by guitarist Don Dewulf, the studio project’s full length has something for everyone across the spectrums of classic heavy metal to progressive rock and features a lineup of guests that includes Marc Bonilla (Keith Emerson Band, California Transit Authority, Glenn Hughes), Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, Dethklok, Steve Vai), Thomas Lang (Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Williams), Jason Henrie, and Jason Sadites.
“The Wring² Project Cipher” is seven songs with one instrumental and six vocal tracks and is highly recommended for fans of Rush, Fates Warning, Dream Theater, and The Dead Daisies.
Dewulf adds about full length: “I love prog music, but it can be a challenging listening task. I wanted to combine the interesting bits of prog with a strong melody and composition. You can rock out or geek out to this.”
Continuing to support the album’s reach to new fans, the band has put together a visual space odyssey in the form of a music video for the record’s opening track “Steelier”, which was inspired by one of Dewulf‘s influences, Steely Dan.
“This song started with the pre-chorus – a very jazzy progression in the spirit of Steely Dan. I named the rough early version ‘Steelier’ in that context. When the lyrics came later, the story is about perseverance and wonder in the face of adversity so I thought the demo name was appropriate. The chorus is in odd time, but fits perfectly, something I love to do.”
The music video “Steelier” was created by Jason Henrie using the digital artwork of Don Mupasi.
Sonic Perspectives is premiering the video: it can be watched below!
“The Wring² Project Cipher” is available on the following platforms.
Album pre-order CD, Digital at this location.
Digital (Spotify, Apple Music) at this location.
“The Wring² Project Cipher” Track Listing
- The Light
The Wring is a progressive rock project created in 2015 by guitarist Don Dewulf who had compiled a large inventory of compositions that he had fully demoed, just needing players to turn the demos into songs. The project started out in a band format with local musicians and they released a debut self-titled album in 2017.
After a series of live dates sharing stages with Anvil, Diamond Head, and Dead Daisies, the band dissolved. A chance conversation with Mikael Akerfeldt inspired Dewulf to forge ahead with new material, re-connecting with bassist Jason Henrie and engaging world-renowned musicians to perform, bringing the new songs to another level.
The result of that was “The Wring 2 – Project Cipher” releasing in 2021, which will feature album guests Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, Dethklok, Steve Vai), Thomas Lang (Robert Fripp, Peter Gabriel, Robbie Williams), Jason Henrie, and Jason Sadites.
Always starting with a riff, Dewulf builds compositions that showcase his signature blend of classic heavy rock meets prog. The lyrics come after the music is done and are usually a targeted response to an interaction that has sparked anger. The translation of emotion into words is subtle, often belying the more aggressive undertones. Expect more from Dewulf with “The Wring3″ already in the recording stage!