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NEW STRING SPONSOR 

I'm very happy and proud to announce I've signed with US guitar strings giants DR STRINGS! 

When the company contacted me to discuss a possible collaboration, they've sent some samples of their different strings products for me to try, and I literally fell in love with their amazing DDT strings. 

The DDT are specially designed for drop down tuning, and since all my guitars are tuned down one step (in A), it felt like home! The Act (accurate core technology) makes the intonation perfect even at a very low range. 

So if you play 7 or 8 strings guitars, go and give them a try, you will be amazed. 

https://www.drstrings.com/product-page/stephan-forte-adagio

I will post a little video soon about it so stay tune 😉 

Photo 📷: LuLu Inthesky

RESET  

Hey guys, 

Been a very long time, hope you're all doing great!!! 

First of all, thank you so much for all your birthday messages ! I won't be able to reply with a message to everyone but be sure that I've read all of them and really appreciated it before I pressed the like button ;) 

So yeah, last post was a very long time ago, and since then no news, no picture, no 
sound, no video, nothing (...I've even been notified that I was featured on a 
website called "DeadorKicking.com, where people are checking if certain artists 
are well...dead or still alive hahaha :D ) 

Well I definitely AM alive and happier than ever ! :) 

The reason for this long silence on social media is that I just felt I needed a 
break from Facebook and Instagram, and a big giant break from everything to take some time for myself and my personal life. 

And to be honest, this time away from negativity, complaining crybabies, drama, etc... Felt better than anything! 

Even though many of my friends and relatives experienced it, I thought all the 
myths around turning 40 were BS, never understood nor believed why, there would 
be a change all of a sudden when crossing the 40 years old mark.... 
Well, I was wrong, that just hit me right in the face!!! Haha 😂 
And I guess that when the time come, you have no other option but 
to pause and think about where you're at today, who you are and if your 
goals are still the same. 

I needed to face my insecurities in silence, accept and let go of a lot of things, think 
about what I really wanted in life and do my best to try and be a better person. 

Everything is getting clearer now and I'm happy to be back in business with total 
serenity, confidence and happiness :) 

A billion thanks to my sponsors, and especially Ibanez Guitars for their great patience, 
support and understanding as well as DR strings (yes it's a new sponsor 😉) and to the fans for sending me so many messages on both Facebook and Instagram to know if everything was ok :) 

Outside from that, lot of new things (and new challenges lol), new music, videos and I'm taking you 
guys with me ;) 

Cheers, 

Stéphan 

picture by my beloved LuLu Inthesky ;) 

NEW VIDEO - "The Shadows Compendium" Playthrough 

Check out Stéphan's official YouTube page at 6.00 pm (Paris Time) to discover his new Video playthrough of the song "The Shadows Compendium" The song features a guest solo by Jeff Loomis (Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Solo)

Watch the video HERE

Tabs and Full backing tracks are already available on the store !!

SOLO 

Hi guys, a few words to let you know that after 17 years of dedication to Adagio I've taken the decision to fully pursue my career as a solo artist. 

I've been thinking about it for quite some time, but before doing so I felt I had to deliver what would be in my opinion the most intense and personal Adagio album ever and that's why LIFE has been such a monster to do. Not one single detail has been left aside, and that was the condition number one before taking that big turn. 

I am not excluding the possibility of releasing another Adagio album someday, but as for now, I feel it's time for me to move on and fully embrace what made me want to do this in the first place and go back 100% instrumental. 

Taking that decision was definitely not a light thing since it involved not only me but the whole band...Adagio would have never been possible without them, especially Franck who's been there facing the waves with me since day one and Kevin who arrived shortly after. Their reaction was a huge and heartwarming surprise as not only did they all show such an incredible support and understood my need to move on, but also accepted to follow me into this new direction! 

So as far as the lineup, I simply couldn't dream of a better team as Franck, Jelly, Kevin, and Mayline will also be part of this new adventure!!  
I am over the moon and have no words to express how blessed and grateful I am. Thanks so much to you guys for your friendship, talent, priceless understanding and for trusting me. 

I also would like to take the opportunity of this message to thank my brother Kelly and tell him how much I love him. You have done such an incredible performance on LIFE brother, it was way beyond any expectations and you've once again proven that without any doubt, you're the absolute Metal King. 

Activity wise, I am currently working on my third solo album, and a first tour is in the works for later this year. 

The very first solo show will take place in exactly one month, on May 5th in Clermont-Ferrand FR at the wonderful venue LE TREMPLIN - Musiques actuelles - Beaumont 
I will perform songs from both "Shadows Compendium" and "Enigma Opera Black" and will give a masterclass in the afternoon. 

Picture © 2018 LuLu Inthesky