This highly anticipated new TEN album promises to be one of their strongest collections of songs to date. Full of all the trademark textures and flavours we have come to expect from TEN, arguably one of the best and most consistent Melodic Hard Rock Bands in the genre. GOTHICA is an album that renews TEN’s longstanding association with Frontiers and proudly displays all the hallmarks of classic TEN and is sure to continue to build upon the rich legacy that the Great British rockers have forged in a career spanning 22 years and counting.
GOTHICA emerges as their darkest album to date. The title being a fitting collective name for such an album. Embracing as it does, history, romance and erotic horror in equal measure. Only this time we are transported from the darker side of human nature to the nocturnal supernatural. A dramatic realm of nightmares and the forbidden.
GOTHICA is cinematic in every sense of the word. A web of musically elaborate spells, evoking embers that spark the imagination. Once again the album features the classic song writing of vocalist Gary Hughes. Following on from their successes on the recent albums “Albion” and “Isla De Muerta”, Hughes is joined once again by Guitar players Dann Rosingana, Steve Grocott and John Halliwell. Along with Bass player Steve McKenna, Keyboard Maestro Darrel Treece-Birch and Drummer Max Yates. On this their third outing as a collective unit, the musicians in TEN have raised the bar even higher. The album is full of stunning guitar work over a rich Keyboard, Bass and Drum tapestry, with Hughes’s rich vocals once again bringing the nuances of the intricate lyrics to life.
GOTHICA was produced by Gary Hughes. It was mixed and mastered once again by Dennis Ward. TEN’s longstanding professional association with Dennis has continued since he mixed their “Stormwarning” album in January 2011.
The album features a stunning original artwork by Stan W. Decker depicting a beautiful enchantress reading incantations from a book whilst summoning shadowy characters from its pages. Stan has cleverly illustrated the piece in order to portray the characters emerging from the books pages as the actual characters from the songs on the album.
Gary Hughes – Vocals, Backing Vocals, Guitar, Bass and Programming.
Dann Rosingana – Guitar
Steve Grocott – Guitar
John Halliwell – Guitar
Steve McKenna – Bass Guitar
Darrel Treece-Birch – Keyboards
Max Yates – Drums and Percussion
Additional Backing Vocals – Karen Fell