Trans-Siberian Orchestra will release their new album, Letters From The Labyrinth, on November 13th via Universal Music. Billboard recently caught up with Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale, who handles the lead vocals on the song “Forget About The Blame”:
Hale: “In all honesty it was a complete honor and surprise to me. It kind of came through the pipeline that they were looking for my contact, so of course I’m like, ‘Hey, what’s up?’ ‘Well, we have this great song and it’s a love song’ and, as Paul (O’Neill) put it, they wanted somebody who had ‘the whiskey dust’ in their voice. They ended up coming to me in Nashville during our last little stint of time off and cutting it, and it was awesome, just an amazing group to work with.”
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TSO has become one of the most successful stories in rock ‘n’ roll history. Defying the odds with each project, they continue to search for new and original ideas to bring to reality no matter how difficult the challenge. The TSO saga continues this year with a new album, Letters From The Labyrinth – yet another endeavor in creating something different. O’Neill’s inspiration for this album came out of his love for history.
As collector of antiquities and historical artifacts, he explains, “Over the years I have been able to read and hold in my hands letters from people that have inspired me and left a mark on civilization. People like Mark Twain, Ben Franklin, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright – when I actually held a letter in my hand that President Lincoln wrote, it brought me into his world in a way I could never have imagined.”
Letters From The Labyrinth finds a conceptually provocative song cycle pushing the proverbial envelope yet again – this time with what O’Neill calls TSO’s “first hybrid album”. The overall concept is based on TSO’s Night Castle (2009) and a dialogue between the wisdom of the past and the hopes for the future, via a correspondence between a child and an old friend of the child’s grandfather.
On Letters From The Labyrinth, TSO deals with subjects as broad as humanity’s journey through the ages (“Time & Distance”), and as specific as bullying (“Not The Same”), the fall of the Berlin Wall (“Prometheus”) and the world banking controversies (“Not Dead Yet”).
“I love making music and I love making it relevant,” O’Neill says. “I always believed the arts have a way of inspiring and uniting people. We try to maintain that tradition on the albums and all the other projects we do. I think that when everything else is falling apart, people look to the arts to help make sense of things and put the events they are experiencing into some kind of context.”
“Time And Distance (The Dash)”
“Madness Of Men”
“The Night Conceives”
“Forget About The Blame”
“Not Dead Yet”
“Not The Same”
“Who I Am”