POWER PROG is proud to welcome Finnish Neoclassical/Progressive Power Metal legends KENZINER in the family. Our first common goal is it to release their long awaited comeback album "The Last Horizon" worldwide as CD and digital download at May 23, 2014
After more than a decade of break and many years of a complete withdrawal from the music business, Jarno Keskinen decided to revive Kenziner in 2012 and begun gathering a band around himself. He started by hiring Markku Kuikka (Status Minor, The Ragged Saints, etc.) as the singer, and through Markku, found also the rest of the members: the new line-up features Jukka Karinen (Thunderstone, Status Minor, etc.) on the keyboards, Make Lievonen (Embassy of Silence) on the drums and Jupi Hjelt on the bass.
While the new line-up was being built, Jarno and Markku arranged Jarno’s new compositions for the upcoming album. As the songs took shape, it became clear that a new album will play a major part in Kenziner’s comeback. Neo-classical guitar work and strong melodies have always laid the foundation for Kenziner’s music. The new line-up gave Jarno much better musical freedom because the music could be arranged in Finland, with the group working on the songs together.
During the winter 2012/2013, Kenziner recorded their upcoming album. Having finished the recordings in September 2013, the band took the album to Sonic Pump Studios (Helsinki), and mixed their new masterpiece with Nino Laurenne (Thunderstone).
In early January 2014 Kenziner signed a deal with German based media company/label Power Prog and has found a new home ... the beginning of a new era for the band. They aims to transform from the studio band that it has been up to now into a real live and touring act, creating music that is challenging and interesting for their fans.
In summary: 15 years after their last album "The Prophecies" from 1999, KENZINER is back with a complete new line-up as a real band and with another Neo-Classical Metal masterpiece for the eternity. Of course the roots can not be hidden and the classical approaches are ubiquitous, but the fresh robe and the contemporary production shows us every minute, that KENZINER has become an adult unit without compromises ... they know exactly what they want and what they do! "The Last Horizon" impressed by a clear line and expressive songwriting, with enough space for mastermind Jarno Keskinen's impressive guitar playing and fine, exceptional progressive gadgets. We look forward to everything that will happen ... because it will become really great!
Produced by Jarno Keskinen and Kenziner
Music and Lyrics written by Jarno Keskinen and Jukka Karinen
Recorded at Cat Piss Studio, Riihimäki and Wolverine Avenue Studios
Drums recorded at Studio Louhos by Jani Autero
Mixed by Nino Laurenne at Sonic Pump Studios
Mastered by Svante Forsbäck at Chartmakers
Artwork design by Götz Morgenschweis
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