Flying Colors - Third Degree

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Third Degree is the third studio album by American rock supergroup Flying Colors, released in October 2019 via Music Theories Recordings and Mascot Label Group.

Flying Colors is an American supergroup composed of Mike Portnoy, Dave LaRue, Casey McPherson, Neal Morse and Steve Morse. The band's mission, chartered by executive producer Bill Evans, is to combine complex music with accessible songwriting. The band is a very good example of Crossover Prog with a Rock/Pop formula but with chops, real clever moments and parts and great melodies.

Produced with long-time band associate Rich Mouser, Third Degree builds upon the genre-bending momentum of 2012's self-titled Flying Colors and the aural template ascension of 2014's Second Nature.

Work on the new album commenced in late 2016 at Steve Morse’s studio in Florida, where around seven songs were written. The band didn’t reconvene again until around December 2018 when three further songs were written. By this time, Mike Portnoy was working in Neal Morse’s studio in Nashville to lay down the drum tracks and the songs were built from there with Casey McPherson, Neal and Mike laying down three-part harmonies across the tracks.

As a songwriter, Casey is never afraid to confront his feelings head-on, whether it’s the nostalgic bent of “Last Train Home” or the raw, relatable universality of “You Are Not Alone.” In short, Third Degree is a very human record to its core. He is quoted “For me, music is a platform to sort through the things I’m going through, and it gives the listener the opportunity to do that too. I try to be acutely honest, metaphorically, so that other people can find their own story in our songs — like I hope they will with “Crawl”. Sometimes, we have to be reminded that life is about the overall ebb and flow.”

Mike Portnoy in a press release for the album is quoted… “There's a lot of ear candy sprinkled throughout every song, and each one takes you on a little journey. As albums go, Third Degree is a complete piece that I don't think ever overstays its welcome. I think it's an enjoyable ride from start to finish.”

This is an exciting new release in the progressive rock music domain for 2019.

This limited edition double album 2LP record set is on 180 gram blue coloured vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with a digital download code, pressed in Europe via Music Theories Recordings.

(819873019916)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

The Loss Inside

5:50

A2

More

7:10

A3

Cadence

7:40

B1

Guardian

7:11

B2

Last Train Home

10:32

C1

Geronimo

5:20

C2

You Are Not Alone

6:21

C3

Love Letter

5:10

D1

Crawl

11:14

SKU 819873019916
Record Label Music Theories Recordings
Label / Model # Mascot Label Group
Catalogue Number MTR75961-2
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 04 October 2019
Original Release Date (Year) 04 October 2019
Barcode # 819873019916
Shipping Weight 0.5900kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Heavyweight Blue Coloured Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Blue
Genre Progressive Rock
Format VINYL LP

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