French symphonic progressive metal act Adagio have premiered their new single “The Ladder” ahead of the release of forthcoming album, Life, on July 26th via Zeta Nemesis Records.

Taking their time to create their unique and highly personal fifth full-length album, Life, it has been seven years since Adagio’s last studio release, Archangels In Black.

“The impetus behind the band’s dormancy spanning almost a decade was our commitment to doing justice to our material,” says guitarist Stéphan Forté. “To release the album in an incomplete or premature state would be a disservice to the music, the band, and most of all, to the fans.”

With Life, Adagio pushes the experience past just music, plunging the listener into a powerful introspective experience. Stéphan says: “Fear, joy, sorrow, love, pain, ecstasy… What if we could visit each of these emotions like exhibits in a museum? ‘Life’ takes you on contemplative journey, exploring the complex yet beautiful contortions of the subconscious mind.”

I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.