Adagio (band)

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Origin Montpellier, Languedoc-Roussillon, and Paris, France
Genres Symphonic power metal, progressive metal, neoclassical metal
Years active 2000–present
Labels Listenable Records[1]
Members Stephan Forté
Franck Hermanny
Kevin Codfert
Eric Lébailly
Kelly Sundown Carpenter
Past members David Readman
Dirk Bruinenberg
Richard Andersson
Gus Monsanto
Christian Palin

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] Adagio's fifth studio album is planned to be released in November 2015.[4]

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]


Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Touring members[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

Live albums[edit]

Collaboration with French music director Jean-Claude Casadesus[edit]

With the help of Patrick Roy, French deputy working in the National Assembly of France, the members of Adagio have collaborated with the French music director Jean-Claude Casadesus from the Lille National Orchestra. The musical idea behind this collaboration between Adagio and the Lille National Orchestra is to record an album together, perform a live show, and record and release a subsequent live album. The project is planned for a 2013 release.[8]


  1. ^ Adagio - Sign With Listenable Records: News
  2. ^ a b "Adagio Official Website". Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Adagio - Upcoming Album Details". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  4. ^ "Adagio - Fifth studio album". Official Facebook page. Retrieved 2013-09-17. 
  5. ^ "Adagio - Biography". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  6. ^ "David Readman". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  7. ^ "Adagio". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2012-07-05. 
  8. ^ "La rencontre insolite entre le groupe de metal Adagio et l'ONL de Lille". La Voix du Nord (in French). 8 April 2011. Retrieved 29 June 2012. 

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