Adagio (band)

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Origin Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Genres Symphonic power metal, progressive metal, neoclassical metal
Years active 2000–present
Members Stéphan Forté
Franck Hermanny
Kévin Codfert
Kelly Sundown Carpenter
Jelly Cardarelli
Mayline Gautié
Past members David Readman
Eric Lebailly
Dirk Bruinenberg
Richard Andersson
Gus Monsanto
Christian Palin
Mats Levén
Guillaume Bergiron

Adagio is a French progressive metal band formed in 2000 by guitarist Stephan Forté.[2]


Since their third studio album Dominate, Adagio has evolved from their original power metal sound, but still adhering to their trademark elements of virtuosity and massive orchestral influences. With Dominate, they implemented a heavier sound with traditional death grunts.[2] Archangels in Black was the band's fourth album. The band has stated that the "compositions are the ultimate between melodic and extreme metal, and can be considered as a more brutal version of their second album Underworld.[3]

In April 2016, Stéphan Forté created an Indiegogo campaign to help fund Adagio's fifth album, Life. The campaign ended on June 5th, 2016, with the campaign reaching 148% of its goal. The album was expected to come out in December 2016 under Stéphan's own label, Zeta Nemesis.[4] However, the release date was changed to somewhere in Spring 2017.

Musical Style[edit]

Adagio's music is known by its technical precision and dark orchestration. Adagio keeps unique complex lead workings which are complemented with a powerful and driving rhythm section.[5]



  • Stéphan Forté - guitar (2000 - present)
  • Franck Hermanny - bass guitar (2000 - present)
  • Kévin Codfert - keyboards (2003 - present)
  • Kelly Sundown Carpenter - lead vocals (2011 - present)
  • Jelly Cardarelli - drums (2016 - present)
  • Mayline Gautié - violin (2016 - present)



  • Kelly Sundown Carpenter - vocals (2008)


Studio albums

Live albums


  1. ^ "NEW ALBUM FINISHED, STEPHAN TO LAUNCH OWN LABEL". Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Adagio Official Website". Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Adagio - Upcoming Album Details". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  4. ^ "ADAGIO 'LIFE' - Fifth Album". Indiegogo. 
  5. ^ "Adagio - Biography". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 

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