Montreal, QC – June 28, 2022
Rockshots Records – VICTORIA K Announces Sophomore Album “Kore” October 2022
Australia’sÂ Victoria KÂ returns in 2022 for the release of the sophomore albumÂ “Kore”Â this coming October viaÂ Rockshots RecordsÂ to follow the 2020 debut album “Essentia”.
Offering up progressive symphonic sound,Â “Kore”Â was specifically written to provide a full orchestral experience that drives people through a sonic journey of growth and grandeur.
A concept record,Â “Kore”Â explores modern-day issues through the Homeric Hymn to Demeter (the story of Persephone).Â Victoria KÂ conceptualized the idea for the album with herÂ producer Lee BradshawÂ and then spent many months researching and analyzing the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, even meeting with experts of the Homeric Hymns from Greece. The story was then broken up into its different parts whereÂ Victoria KnightÂ wrote the lyrics and developed the melodies for each section of the tale, exploring the myth from a modern perspective.
The tracks were written specifically to encapsulate the various sections of the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and tell the story chronologically through each song and the music grows in intensity throughout the record capturing the emotional state of Persephone and other characters as the story progresses.
The various instruments were then written by Victoria around the lyrics and further enhanced and developed through the production process.Â Lee BradshawÂ then finalized the songs by writing orchestral scores for each song, which were recorded live in Europe, before the final mixing and mastering.
Recommended for fans of Lacuna Coil, Rammstein, Within Temptation, Spirit Box, and Delain, singles, and videos fromÂ Victoria K‘s forthcomingÂ “Kore”Â will be shared in the coming months in lead up to its release on October 14, 2022. The first single will beÂ “Persephone”, which is now available for pre-save at the following link:Â https://bfan.link/persephoneâ
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, symphonic metal singer/songwriter Victoria Knight (under the pseudonym Victoria K) released on the 5th of May, 2019, her brand new single “Lacuna” distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Warner Music Group (Australia), which was the first offering from her debut album Essentia.
As a result of being invited to support the Swiss Folk Metal giants Eluveitie Victoria K formed the current band who have adopted the name Victoria K. On the 18th of May, 2019, Victoria K played the main support for Eluveitie at their Melbourne show, and produced a performance that had the crowd chanting for an encore.
Victoria K signed to Rockshots Records (Italy) in early 2020 and released their debut album âEssentiaâ on the 24th of April, 2020. Essentia has received global media attention and the band has been featured in Legacy Magazine (Germany) and Heavy Magazine (Australia) amongst many others.
Essentia debuted at #17 on the Australian iTunes Rock & Metal Charts with the four Music Videos (Lacuna, Forsaken, The Haunting and Matrix) receiving over 230,000 YouTube views.
Victoria Kâs âEssentiaâ won Album of the Year in the Femmetal Awards 2020 and was a finalist in the Best Band and Best Music Video categories and Victoria Knight was a finalist in the Best Operatic Vocals category.
Victoria was also nominated as âBest Vocalistâ in the Metalgoddesses.com awards named amongst the best vocalists of the genre including Floor Jansen, Elize Ryde, Fabienne Erni and Charlotte Wessels. Victoria K was also nominated in the metalgoddesses.com awards for Song of the Year (Matrix) and Album of the Year (Essentia).
Anders Sandvall of Metal-rules.com identified Essentia as âone of the strongest debut albums this yearâ placing the album at #2 on his Best Albums of 2020 and also cited Victoria K as the âBest New Band.â
Due to the global pandemic Victoria K was unable to tour so in June, 2020 they played a worldwide Live Stream Show from the studio via Rockshots Twitch Channel and have since released a DVD of the event.
In November 2021, Victoria K commenced their 9 show Australian Tour with shows in Melbourne, Wollongong, Newcastle, Sydney (sold out), Canberra, Brisbane, Adelaide, Whyalla (sold out) and Broken Hill. Due to Covid the tour was run over three legs with the second in March 2022 and the third leg in April, 2022.
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âLovers of symphonic metal listen upâ¦ because Victoria K is about to put Australia on the map.â â Heavy Magazine
âVictoria Kâs vocals are absolutely brilliant, theyâre ethereal and infectiousâ â Buzz Music
âThe sense of yearning and resolution in Lacuna is woven with sophistication and skill.â â Hysteria Magazine
âShe very quickly won over the crowd and with her voice and great tracks like âLacunaâ and âMatrixâ it is very easy to see that she will soon be matching it alongside bands like Evanescence and Nightwish.â â Heavy Magazine
ââLacunaâ is an atmospheric track in which Victoria showcases her fantastic voice by switching between delicate verses and powerful choruses with total ease.â â Maniacs
ââLacunaâ has so much Metal and so much Gothic in it that youâd want to hear it repeatedly if youâre a Metal fan. The music is sharp and powerful, and the song easily flows into your senses.â â FemMetal
âThe latest exciting new talent to emerge from the Melbourne metal sceneâ¦â â Sentinel Daily
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