03. Crime of Passion
04. Choices in Time
05. Begin Again
06. The price you have to pay
07. Dream within
09. Forgiven now forever
10. My last goodbye
Simon Shedwell – Lead and
Richard Hall – Lead/Rhythm/Acoustic
guitars and backing vocals
Chris Le Mottee – Bass
Craig Burkitt – Keyboards and Piano
Alex Townsend – Drums and percussion
Additional backing vocals by Tom Englund
and Arnold Lindberg.
Guest solo on ‘Forgiven now Forever’
by Hendrik Danhage (Evergrey).
Recorded and mixed at Division One studios,
Produced by Tom .s. Englund
Engineered by Arnold Lindberg
Recorded by Tom .s. Englund, Arnold Lindberg
and Richard Hall
Mixed by Tom .s. Englund and Arnold Lindberg.
Mastered at Bohus Mastering Sweden.
are the UK’s hottest new progressive
metal talent. With a reputation which is
already seeing them described by press as
“The saviours of British progressive
metal” and “The English Evergrey”
the band are set to release their new album
‘Illumination’ on June 15th
a fresh modern sound that sees strong guitar
riffs compliment powerful keyboard parts
and melodic catchy vocal lines. ‘Illumination’
has a lot of light and shade with strong
melodic ballads backing up heavy guitar
driven songs. Yet with this diversity an
original voice is heard, one which is likely
to appeal to a large cross section of metal
started out in 2000 in Cambridge (UK) and
until June 2006 were known as Humanity.
Formed by the original six members Simon
Shedwell, Steve Wallace, Richard Hall, Alex
Townsend, Craig Burkitt and bassist Chris
Le Mottee the band quickly gained a reputation
on the local circuit for being a very professional
and captivating live act despite then having
an ave band age of 18. 2003 saw them hook
up with Killin Time Mgmt which led to their
first album ‘When Silence Calls’
being recorded by Peter Coleman (AC/DC,
Paradise Lost, Napalm Death), the album
was then released on Carbon 13 Records and
received a solid 8/10 across the board from
a UK tour and festival appearances at home
and in Germany the label with into liquidation.
Undeterred the band got on the 2005 Bloodstock
Open Air bill where they would hook up with
Swedish metal giants Everygrey a contact
which would later bear fruit. The band then
decided to go into the studio to record
another album before looking for a new label.
When it came to deciding where to record
they went to the top of the list.
meeting Evergrey Singer/Guitarist Tom Englund
at BOA, Keith contacted Division One Studios
in Gothenburg, Sweden with an aim to recording
the new album there. Tom not only agreed
to record but offered to produce the album
and as vocalist Simon Shedwell said in a
recent interview, “I tell you nothing
is better than that!” - So in Spring
2006 Humanity were off to Sweden. Produced
by Tom Englund and engineered by their own
Arnold Lindburg, they recorded “Illumination"
- an album of 11 exciting new tracks which
sees them moving away from the progressive
licks of the 1st album, to a more direct,
heavier sound, much to the pleasure of the
band. “We've all grown as musicians
and songwriters and this is a much more
commercial album” guitarist Richard
Hall comments. With Tom contributing backing
vocals and Evergrey guitarist Hendrik Danhage
lending a solo to the track “Forgiven
the 8 months leading to recording the new
album, relations with long-term guitarist
Steve Wallace began to break down. In March
of 2006, Steve was asked to leave the band…
Humanity saw Steve’s exit from the
band as the right time for rebirth, which
would become the theme for the new album.
By changing their name and continuing on
as a five piece, they would start afresh.
Now known as AWAKE, 2007 promises to be
an exciting year for the band, keep an eye
» Promotional video for ‘Disbelief’
» A fresh new metal talent from the
UK with the potential for wide cross over
» Live dates in UK and across Europe
in support of ‘Illumination’.
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