A lyrical concept written & produced by Ian Parry (Elegy,
Vengeance, Infinity Overture) and performed by many of the
world’s best gothic power metal musicians known collectively as
the CONSORTIUM PROJECT .
The Consortium Project is the brain child of singer songwriter &
producer Ian Parry which started back in 1999 with the debut
release of Consortium Project I “Criminals & Kings”. Ian
produced 3 more Gothic Prog-Power Metal consortium albums over
the following decade and now in 2011 we see the release of the
concluding chapter Consortium Project V “Species” on 15th
July 2011 via Lion Music.
Ian Parry created this phenomenal fictional theoretical concept
story of a world in crisis. The planet finds itself on the verge
of an economical meltdown, caused by the collapse of banks due
to greed, an oil shortage and a gang master culture within the
corridors of power.
2002 saw the release of Consortium Project II “Continuum in
Extremis”. A conscientious effect was made to incorporate
many present day issues & topics. With global warming being
ignored the environment finally reaches a devastating level.
Society is under threat from human cloning and an hysteria
surrounding Live Reality T.V. fights to the death. With
frustration towards greed and a power struggle within political
circles the world turns to street riots and uncontrollable
violence. Due to the intervention of women who split society
into two separate species, mankind is saved from total
Consortium Project III “Terra Incognita (The Undiscovered
World)” released in 2003, finds the species now divided. Set
centuries in the future a new era evolved were war, poverty and
money no-longer exist. The planets eco-system and ozone layer
now significantly restored. Women know as Neofems - the good
people of the earth - set a task to venture outside of the
protection of their futuristic Biosphere to re-united the
species once again.
By 2007 having received worldwide recognition & rave reviews,
the strength of Ian’s Symfo-Progressive Gothic Metal concept
gains additional credit due to performances by some of the
world’s best metal musicians in a unique collaboration admired
the world over. Ian’s concept story was complete so he thought,
but after many requests from fans and members of the press
alike, he embarks on the continuation of his formidable concept
band with Consortium Project IV “Children Of Tomorrow”
being the 4th part of this continuing sage.
Now set more than 300 years further in time the world now
peaceful and united. No hate no greed one and all working for
the preservation of mankind. However another kind of dilemma
still exists after the discovery that mankind’s origins are not
of this world?
Wishing to complete his inspirational concept, Ian has written &
produced a final chapter. Consortium Project V “Species”
is a culmination of brutal, but melodic gothic-power metal at
its best. A classic epic Sci-fi scenario, which takes mankind
into outer space in search of its ancestors. It combines a
selection of the best musicians from all 4 previous consortium
albums such as; Stephan Lill (Vanden Plas) Casey Grillo (Kamelot)
Kris Gildenlöw (Pain of Salvation) to newcomers from the gothic
metal scene Lene Petersen & Niels Vejlyt (Infinity Overture).
This final instalment marks the 21st album release from Ian
Parry celebrating a career of over 25 years in the world of rock