The Courage to Be

by Lux Terminus

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Prashanth So hard to describe all the musical styles this album covers. But what an incredible listen it is! If you enjoy a good keyboard oriented instrumental album, you'll listen to this on an endless loop. The album traverses multiple moods, goes soft to heavy riffs, and back again all while keeping the listener absolutely spellbound! Not a weak spot in the album, while the 20 min title track is a masterclass in writing instrumental music. If you want to make your mark with a debut album, I can't think of a better way to do it. But once you look at the discographies of the band members you realize the pedigree of these three awesome musicians. 5 stars!
Fran Borrego
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Fran Borrego Todo. Un álbum excelente. Favorite track: Epilogue: Fly (IV) [feat. Anneke van Giersbergen].
Logan Tucker
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Logan Tucker Despite being nearly completely instrumental, this album conveys hope in every passage. The dynamic songwriting and fluid chemistry of the trio will leave nothing to be desired. Strong contender for the album of 2018. Favorite track: The Courage to Be [feat. Timo Somers and Raphael Weinroth-Browne].
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Nicklaus A solid prog instrumental album. Almost no guitars or vocals (only some guest appearances), yet the intensity, the presence, the storytelling are here. I'm amazed (and maybe a little jealous) of the talent it takes to write and perform this kind of music with only 3 people. Favorite track: The Journey (II).
Alessandro Valtulina
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Alessandro Valtulina Simply amazing.
Fusion with hints of Djent/metal, masterfully crafted in a really refreshing album. Favorite track: Effusion.
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“Stunning... there is no doubt regarding the captivating quality of Lux Terminus’s dazzling debut.” – National Rock Review

“What a breath of fresh air this... a treat for fans of thinky piano-led prog.” – PROG Magazine

“There is a demonstrable cinematic quality... there’s depth, a richness of sound and a deftness that brings things to life so beautifully, Nothing is forced, nothing is contrived, and it comes across as smooth and effortlessly elegant... about as good as technical, complex instrumental fusion/progressive music gets.” – Man of Much Metal

“The best and most exhilarating keyboard performance of the year... easily one of the best instrumental albums I’ve ever heard, and an absolute must hear for any serious prog fan.” – The Prog Mind

“A beautiful gift of rich and entrancing music... [their music] is the light at the end and a balm to the soul.” – Metal Wani

“Wonderfully fresh... A beautiful, dense, and thoughtful package.” – EverythingIsNoise

"An impressive debut that deserves a complete listen, and begs for an immediate second one. Lux Terminus definitely is a band to watch very closely."
Sonic Perspectives

“If you enjoy progressive, instrumental, jazz-influenced music, you need The Courage to Be.”
Progressive Music Planet


released August 24, 2018

All music composed by Vikram Shankar, except “Miles Away” composed by Vikram Shankar, Matthew Kerschner and Brian Craft and “The Road Home” composed by Vikram Shankar and Matthew Kerschner

Lyrics for “Epilogue: Fly” composed by Vikram Shankar

All instruments engineered and mixed by Vikram Shankar at Prime Mover Studios (Cleveland, OH), except drums and percussion engineered by Jim Stewart at Jim Stewart Recording (Cleveland, OH)

Mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima at Tower Studio (Montpellier, France)

Artwork by Brian Craft

Lux Terminus is:
Vikram Shankar - piano, keyboards, and orchestrations
Matthew Kerschner - drums and percussion
Brian Craft - bass guitars

Additional performances by:
Anneke van Giersbergen - vocals and additional vocal melodies on “Epilogue: Fly”
Timo Somers - guitar solo on “The Courage to Be”
Raphael Weinroth-Browne - cello solo on “The Courage to Be”
Lauren Nolan - vocals on “Prologue: The Departure” and “The Road Home”
Vikram Shankar - vocals on “The Road Home”

Anneke van Giersbergen appears courtesy of InsideOut Music.

"Although The Courage to Be is almost entirely an instrumental album, it is very much a concept album — a collection of songs that tells a story through impressionistic musical characterizations of mood and drama. The central theme of this album is that of two lovers, driven apart by forces beyond their control. The Courage to Be explores how the protagonists cope with their reality — the avenues from which they draw strength, the worlds to which they escape, and ultimately, their efforts to come to terms with their shared fate.

When we are faced with adversity, from where can we draw the strength to move forward? For me, the courage to be is drawn from the grace of loved ones, the relationships we hold dear, and music, art, and life itself. Ultimately, my wish is that this album provides a message of hope: that even during the darkest times, when our circumstances seem the most dire, there is always something — often that which we take for granted — that can offer the promise of serenity, truth, and peace.

I hope you enjoy the labor of love that is The Courage to Be. May it bring some light into your life when you need it most."

- Vikram Shankar


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Lux Terminus Cleveland, Ohio

Lux Terminus (“the light at the end”): three musicians with a shared vision to create piano-driven progressive rock informed equally by metal, jazz fusion, and cinematic music. Formed in 2016 by keyboardist Vikram Shankar (Redemption), drummer Matthew Kerschner, and bassist Brian Craft. Debut album “The Courage to Be” available now! ... more

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