31 October 2008

Magenta to headline FMPM 2009

Magenta was formed in 2001 by ex-Cyan member Rob Reed. Debut album "Revolutions" was a mixture of Yes, Genesis, and Renaissance highlighted by the vocals of Christina Booth, a former collaborator with the group Trippa who had also guested with Cyan. The success of this album led to the formation of a live band to perform it, and 2004 saw the release of their first full-band album, "Seven". With a concept based on the seven deadly sins, Seven was a large leap forward that firmly established Magenta at the forefront of the modern British symphonic prog movement. 2006 saw the release of "Home", a concept album with some shorter pieces that combined the established style of the band with a progressive pop influence that Reed has applied in other projects. Regular live performances and festival appearances at Baja Prog, Rosfest, and NEARfest has kept the group tight and their reputation growing.

In early 2008 Magenta released their fourth studio album, "Metamorphosis", on the Laser's Edge label. Upon its release, it immediately went to #1 on the Gagliarchives weekly top 20, bumping Thieves' Kitchen from the top spot. "Metamorphosis" is easily identifiable as a Magenta album but also adds more darkness and aggression into the mix, a daring evolution that has reaped success. FMPM 2009 will be the sole North American show next year in support of this album.

Magenta was originally booked for FMPM 2008, but could not do the show for a very good reason; Rob Reed had a child in mid-September. However we had no question about wanting to work together as soon as possible. We are delighted that it will be next year.

Magenta joins an announced line-up for FMPM 2009 that includes DFA (Italy), Thieves' Kitchen (England), and Rouge Ciel (Quebec). The fourth edition of the FMPM takes place next September 12th and 13th in Montreal, and you can find out more about us at our web-site, at http://www.fmpm.net

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