Underworld (Adagio album)

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Studio album by Adagio
Released July 23, 2003
Recorded 2003
Genre Progressive metal, neoclassical metal, symphonic power metal
Length 63.30
Label Nothing to Say
Producer Dennis Ward
Adagio chronology
Sanctus Ignis
(2001) Sanctus Ignis2001
A Band In Upperworld
(2004) A Band In Upperworld2004
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Underworld is the second studio album by the progressive/neoclassical metal band Adagio, released in 2003. Also is the last to feature David Readman on vocals and Dirk Bruinenberg on drums.

Progressive metal is a fusion genre melding heavy metal and progressive rock that combines the loud "aggression" and amplified guitar-driven sound of the former with the more experimental, cerebral or "pseudo-classical" compositions of the latter.

Neoclassical metal is a subgenre of heavy metal that is heavily influenced by classical music and usually features very technical playing, consisting of elements borrowed from both classical and speed metal music. Deep Purple's Ritchie Blackmore pioneered the subgenre by merging classical melodies and blues rock. Later, Yngwie Malmsteen became one of the most notable musicians in the subgenre, and contributed greatly to the development of the style in the 1980s. Other notable players in the genre are Randy Rhoads, John Petrucci, Jason Becker, Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, Uli Jon Roth, Stéphan Forté, Wolf Hoffmann and Timo Tolkki.

Adagio is a French progressive metal band formed in 2000 by guitarist Stéphan Forté.


Track listing

All lyrics written by Stéphan Forté, except where noted; all music composed by Stéphan Forté, except where noted.

Stéphan Forté is a musician, whose main project is that of being the guitarist of the progressive neoclassical metal band Adagio.

1."Next Profundis" (M: Stéphan Forté / Kevin Codfert)7:39
2."Introïtus/Solvet Saeclum in Favilla"8:14
4."From My Sleep... to Someone Else"6:37
7."The Mirror Stage" (L: Audrey Bedos)6:31
8."Niflheim" (instrumental)8:09
9."Missa Aeterna" (Japanese bonus track)6:37


David Readman is an English singer, best known as the vocalist of hard rock band Pink Cream 69 and former vocalist of progressive metal band Adagio. He released a solo album on 31 August 2007, and was part of German guitarist Alex Beyrodt's band Voodoo Circle, from 2008 to 2016.

Kevin Codfert is the current keyboardist of the band Adagio. He joined the band in 2003, working on the album Underworld. He is the producer of progressive metal band Myrath, which met with the band during Rock Festival in Tunisia on December 2006. Codfert collaborated with Stéphan Forté on his solo project, and also with the band Venturia.

Dirk Bruinenberg is a Dutch musician known as the former drummer of several European progressive metal and power metal bands, including: Elegy, Ian Parry's Consortium Project and Adagio. He is often recognized for his intricate drumming style and technical double bass patterns.


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