Italian power metal band Secret Sphere celebrates the 20th anniversary of their foundation this year with the release of a new album called “The Nature of Time”. It was released via Frontiers Music on 2nd June and is the band’s first studio album of new material since 2012.  The track “The Calling” was included on the Friday NI Rocks Show this week.


Secret Sphere formed in 1997 and released 6 albums with original vocalist before the current frontman Michele Luppi joined the band for the release of “Portrait of a Dying Heart” in 2012. That album was followed by a re-recording of the band’s second album “A Time Never Come” in 2015 and the live album “One Night in Tokyo” in 2016 ( ).

Luppi will be known to many as the keyboard player and background vocalist for Whitesnake since 2015. He also contributed to the recent House of Lords album “Saint of the Lost Souls” and guitarist Jimi Bell told how that came about when he was a guest on the Friday NI Rocks Show in April -


Two of the founding members remain with the band – guitarist Aldo Lonobile and bass player Andy Buratto. In addition to Luppi, the other members of the band are Gabriele Ciaccia on keyboards and Marco Lazzarini on drums.


There are 11 tracks on “The Nature of Time” which was written as a concept album, looking at ‘back to life’, talking about ‘love and kindness’ and making a positive impact.

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