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Formed in 2008, UAE-based Absolace have earned a huge following across the Middle East with their mixture of progressive rock and metal. In 2010, the band recorded and released their debut album Resolve[d] to critical acclaim. The record, which showcased Absolace’s unique rhythmically oriented sound and mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Paradise Lost, et al) was unveiled at launch gigs in both Dubai and Lebanon, and went on to generate impressive album sales both regionally and internationally.
The combination of their intense, dynamic live shows and the professional standard of musicianship on Resolve[d] have enabled Absolace to build up a large following in a short space of time, and the band have played several large shows across the region, including the Formula 1 celebrations in Abu Dhabi and support for UK prog legends Anathema in Beirut.
2011 saw Absolace go from strength to strength, headlining and playing to packed venues locally (including the Peace One Day Festival at Irish Village, Dubai), featuring in local and international music media (Rolling Stone Middle East, Classic Rock Goes PROG! UK), commencing writing and production of their second full length feature and recently supporting US rock giants 30 Seconds To Mars at the prestigious Byblos Festival in Lebanon
2012 promises to be a landmark year for the band; releasing their highly anticipated second studio LP "Fractals" locally (UAE) through Spellbind Records (local distribution) in late Feburary. Produced by drummer Greg Cargopoulos and Dubai based U.S. producer Joshua F. Williams (Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Flo-Rida) and mastered by Grammy Award winning Gavin Lursson @Lursson Mastering in Los Angeles, "Fractals" shows Absolace evolve and expand their signature sound and groove and branch out into new sonic territories. Themed around the concept of chaos theory, "Fractals" has already generated major interest locally and globally; and was independently released globally in late March.
Absolace are four musicians who share an innate love of music. The result is an epic sound that transcends the traditional rock band, and makes them one of the most exciting new acts to emerge from the regional scene.
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